Fostering a senior, but he pees on my bed?
So I ended up fostering the old cat from the no-kill shelter here, and so far things have been good...except he pees outside the box every day while I'm gone at work.
I am seriously getting frustrated. I scoop the box daily and I always find pee clumps inside, but then I inevitably find a large stain somewhere else. Last night I was pleased to find no wet spots on the couch (he had peed there the day before) but as I got into bed I discovered that he had peed there, all the way through my blankets down to the mattress pad. I spent the night under towels and bathrobes (in 40 degree weather) on a bare mattress and stayed up till 1 am cleaning, so I am not exactly chipper this morning.
He is between 10 and 12 years old, and I'm afraid this problem is partially a result of old age. He seems a bit senile, though he's improved a lot in the few days that I've had him. He has become more active and has started playing with some toys as well. He eats well (all wet food) and doesn't have a mean bone in his body, and has a sweet personality that I am growing fond of.
The question is, can this be stopped? Is there a realistic solution to this problem? He is probably stressed from being in a new environment, but I can't exactly wait for three weeks for him to stop peeing everywhere since I rent. I can't have him peeing all over the carpet or walls and end up losing my security deposit. He was checked by the vet before I got him (kidney levels and everything) and he came back with a clean bill of health so I don't think it's a UTI. I don't think the litter is the problem since he poops and pees in there with no issues and they used it sometimes at the shelter. He is just freaking out while I am gone at work...so how am I supposed to fix it? I can't exactly grab him and put him in the box while I am at work. I've thought about getting another cat to foster to keep him company, but I live in a tiny apt and I don't want to add stress to him by bringing in a new cat that might bully him or who might have territory issues with him.
If this continues, I am going to have to take him back to the shelter. I don't have a big place (or even own it) and I can't just lock him in the bathroom all day with a litter box....I think that is pretty inhumane. I hate to give him up but at least the shelter is no-kill and he can live out his days there.
Still, is there anything I can do? I've thought about Feliway, but I used it with my previous cat with no effect at all, and others I have talked to with senior cats have said the same things. I just don't know what my options are.