This is the big issue we have been dealing with lately. We recently took in a new cat and there have been all kinds of new and wonderful issues since we did, but this is the only one we can't live with. I have read most of the "new cat" posts and it seemed that since ours are already past the primary introduction, I would need a new take on our situation.
Tao is our oldest, a 7 year old Himi/Persian boy, and then there is Sophie, a 2 year old Tuxedo girl. She was raised with Tao since she was young, so they are very fond of each other. Both are fixed. Tao's pic is to the left, and I just learned how to post pics so I will post the others soon.
Anyway, we moved into this house last year from the apartments we lived in previously. Tao and Sophie were both raised there. It was a crappy little apartment but it was 2 stories with a tiny back patio/yard so they were mostly inside cats there, but they went out there once in a while. They were opened to a new world of "backyard" when we moved to this house, and have been loving it ever since. Sophie is very independant and adventurous so she jumps the fence and explores every night, but poor Tao can't jump high enough so he stays in the yard, but still loves it.
One night we started seeing this other cat poking around in the backyard, and then he started haning out in the front. He would post up in the bushes and just hang out all day. Our mailperson said she only started seeing him recently at our place, so we figured he was abandoned and Katrina started feeding him on the porch in the mornings. After a while, the weather started getting nasty and we decided to take him in.
He is a real sweet guy, and there were obvious signs that he was somebody's cat a while ago but it looked like he was either abused or abandoned for a long time. He knows all about the litter box, and he loves laps. We had no idea he was 7 until we took him to the vet for a check up, we thought we was 2 or 3! He had some tooth issues and some digestive issues, and we got those cleared right up.
Well, Sophie is definitely the dominant kitty in the house so she did not take well to George (we actually named him Georgous George from the movie Snatch - great movie!) but he and Tao get along fine. George keeps to himself and never challenges the other kitties unless its just to play.
It's been about a month since we got him, and Sophie still hasn't gotten over it. A little while back she decided to start PEEING ON THINGS! I don't know if this is an attention ploy or a marking instinct, we are baffled. She will back up and spray just like a male does, with the back feet marching in place and the tail up and twitching. I have never seen a female do this! Sometimes she will come in to our office and look up at us, meow, and then do it right on the **** couch! And now, we just caught George marking on one of her spots. We tried hard to clean the "danger zones" as much as possible, but after reading up on this on the forum, I realize we have to get something stronger like Nature's Miracle to clean up the scent.
We are just losing it because we don't know why she started this pee battle or what it means, and we are getting ready to move into a nicer place! The last thing on earth we want right now is this spray battle happening there! I did a bunch or reading on cats and new places on the forum too, so we have a plan in place for that. What on earth can I do to put a stop to this in the new house!?!?!
Sorry for all the typing, I tend to ramble...
Thank you for reading and for any advice you can offer!