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djkittn wrote:Cats pee outside the box because something's wrong. Stress from your 4 year old cat can be dealt with, but it could be illness. (Vomiting frequently is also a sign of illness.) I would go back to the vet and have some testing done, especially urine, to make sure nothing's out of whack. Being "diabetic" alone isn't enough to make a cat go outside the box; this is an indication that he's not feeling well so perhaps his management protocol needs adjusted. Rehoming your cat will be very difficult and even then, it's super hard to find a home that will give your senior, special needs cat (or cats) the proper care he deserves if you aren't willing to do it yourself. If nothing else works, could you rehome the four-year old- who will be much easier to find a home for as he doesn't require special care- and allow your two senior cats to live out their lives in peace, rather than risk giving them to someone who won't have their best interests at heart since they have fear and medical issues?
-Animal rescuer and training/behavior consultant, slinking back into the shadows now.
The peeing all over the floor and other objects started a couple of months before we took him to the vet and he was diagnosed with diabetes. Nothing else changed in the environment and the 4 year old cat's behavior hasn't changed either. He did have kidney problems in the past, but the vet checked on that when he was in recently and that seems to have sorted itself out and everything seemed fine except for the diabetes. We have modified his diet slightly (not as much as we are supposed to though, as it pissed the cat off when we did) and give him his insulin twice a day. His blood glucose is now fine, and the peeing seemed to have stopped for awhile, but then we discovered he has just started peeing elsewhere instead.
As for the puking cat, I would take him to the vet if I didn't honestly think it would give him a heart attack to do so, he is that skittish and utterly frightened of everything. He was a rescue from the streets as a very young kitten. We don't know what traumatized him, but something obviously did and he has never gotten over it, despite all of the love he gets.
I suppose it does make more sense to try to find a new home for Taz (the youngest) and see if that clears up the problems with Weasel. If it doesn't we'll be right back where we are right now though, only without Taz (although admittedly, he is getting on our nerves more in the past month as he has decided to start meowing outside our door in the middle of the night to be let in and to demand treats because he thinks he should get treats 24/7).
Ugh. I love our cats, but they can all be such a pain!
-Heather (First Burgandy Olfactory Center 12/6/11)