Desperately seeking advice
My Cat Charlee and I need your help.
Charlee has urinated twice outside of her litter box within a two week period. She has chosen my sofa to do so. She is almost 10 years old. I have taken her to her usual veterinarian for a full examination. She had urinalysis and blood tests and x-rays to check for infection and bladder stones. All tests returned "no issues" apart for a slightly elevated urine concentation level for which the vet instucted me to give her more wet/can food. Done. It should be noted that she still uses her litterbox regularly even though she made it a point to use my couch twice so far. I’ve covered the couch in plastic to avoid further damage.
Charlee has done this before. 5 years ago, she was found to have bladder stones. She had been urinating on my sofa and other soft surfaces daily (which I ended up having to throw away – more on that later). It was explained to me that due to pain, she had developed a litter box aversion and sought out soft surfaces to do her business. Makes sense. Long story short, Charlee had an operation to remove the bladder stones and NEVER missed another litter box appointment. She was put on a prescription diet of Hills c/d Multicare Feline Bladder Health. She was brand new. I bought new sofas and all was fine - until now…
My couch is again ruined. It cost me $600 in vet fees and $200 to professionally clean the couch and the next day she did it again (the plastic had been off to dry from the cleaning). When this happened 5 years ago, I paid approximately $1500 in vet fees and $3000 in new furniture. Money was of course an issue, but I would have paid more. Unfortunately, times are more difficult now. HOWEVER, what would be the point of buying new furniture anyway? If the problem is behavioral, she’ll just keep doing it right?
I’m so bewildered and disappointed. I don’t know what to do. I love my cat but I know that I can’t keep doing this. It’s affecting my mood, I worry about Charlee and I’ve pretty much lost the use of my living area.
What can I do for Charlee and also is there any way to save my couch??
Last edited by Phil; 11-13-2012 at 03:32 PM.