It's that time of the week again, and I've got a doozy for you! Most of you know I have a cat. He's a sweetheart and his name is Gus. I adopted him as an adult almost 12 years ago. They estimated him at around six years old at the time, but I think he was probably only around three or four. Either way, he's aging. For a period of time P.B. (pre-baby) he had a terrible habit of peeing and pooping on the living room floor when he was displeased with the condition of his litter box. We replaced the carpet and I became more diligent with his highness's box. And things have been good. Until recently. I started using a little briefly a couple weeks ago that he had previously liked. Apparently he no longer likes it. I promptly switched back to a more acceptable brand. But he has taken to pooping in the living room again. He uses his box to pee, so that's clearly not the problem. He's just got some kind of attitude with me. And we're going away for eight days. Ugh. I've tried everything I can think of to express my displeasure with his behavior. I've put the poop in the box so he knows where it belongs. I've rubbed his nose in it. I've rubbed his nose in and sprayed him with the squirt bottle. I've even tried the "I'm dominant" stare-down. We've both tried being extra nice and giving him more cuddle time. But still, every morning, I come downstairs to find a small load of poop in the living room.
Faithful readers, I need to know what I can do to break this habit?!? And just as importantly, what on earth do I do about the pooping problem while we're away?? HELP!!!
8 years ago