Cat is Peeing When We Leave on Bed & Couch
This will be long-winded. I am sorry!
About a week and a half ago, we adopted an almost 2 year old, Domestic Longhair (possible Maine Coon mix) cat. His name is Parker.
When we adopted him, they told us that he can be "crazy" as in, he hits & bites/hates to be picked up. He also had an accident in his bed at the shelter (after being there one year). They checked him out right before we took him home & no issues with UTI, etc.
We took Parker home and he has been a love. He follows us everywhere, loves to sit with us & sleeps with us. He's not aggressive at all.
The first night we let him have the run of the house since he seemed to adjust so easily (only a two room apartment) and he peed on a floor cushion we had. I threw it away when we woke up & tried to keep him in the bedroom with the litter pan until he adjusted. He peed on the bed and I walked in on him. I didn't yell, just placed him in his litter pan. I noticed he was going in the box (uncovered) and scratching at the wall when he was done but not covering the pee/poop. So, I got a box with higher sides and made a little more space for it. He still does that scratching thing (maybe just a meticulous cat?). He goes in the box regularly (about 3-4x a day while we are at work for a short 8 hour span). I have since thrown all of the bedding away as he peed on the bed every day we were gone (Tuesday through Thursday). I used Natures Promise on the mattress just in case though it didn't seep through. I tried to leave a TV on, bought Feliway, etc. Finally, we put shower curtains on the bed and on Friday...NO ACCIDENTS!
All weekend, he was great. We let him try to have run of the house again and he was wonderful. No accidents at night or anything. He even sleeps in the bed! Yesterday, we let him have the house again while at work (tv on, treats left around for him to find). Plastic on couch & bed in case. He didn't pee on the bed while we were gone yesterday but he did go on the couch. Thank god for the shower curtain! We kept him in the bedroom again today & instead of the Feliway spray, we plugged in the diffuser. He doesn't go on the floor or are rugs at all. He doesn't do it when we leave only a few hours. He has not peed at all since the second day when we are there! It's only when we leave.
Today I left an extra litter box. Maybe Mr. OCD needs someone to be home and clean his box every day, all day.
I have read so much about this (including on this forum). I know cats can get Separation Anxiety. He lived at the shelter for a year (and was well taken care of from what I saw). He was found on the street, one year old and was neutered at the time. I am assuming he was abandoned at a young age by his former owners. Is there anything I can do? Has anyone else seen this happen? I will leave plastic on my furniture forever but I don't like leaving him in one room. I am also so stressed whenever we are out for a long time because I feel bad that he may be upset and is peeing. I want to erradicate the situation and I can't take on another kitty.
Any more I can do? Or just wait for him to adjust?