Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Okay, well I really, really didn't want to have to admit this, but I guess I'm going to have to. Allie (the older of the two) has actually peed on the kitchen counter! I know it was her, because the kitten can't jump quite that high yet. Anyway, this happened more than a week ago, but it almost caused me to consider returning her to her rescuer. I can put up with a lot, but pee on my kitchen counter crosses that line.
Anyway, to make a long story short, Allie came from an abusive home and was dealing with the trauma of a dog and a new kitten, as well as a new home, from which she managed to escape (via a doggie door) on day two. This past Tuesday, I bought a set of three calming collars (Feliway, I think) and put one on her. I was afraid that she would freak out by having something around her neck, but it didn't seem to bother her at all. I have never in my life seen such an immediate about-face in any animal. Allie came out of her shell within literally less than an hour. She is now calm around the dog, allows the kitten to "almost" snuggle up to her, and wants to spend most of her time wherever the family is. Before that, she didn't want anybody to touch her, was scared of the dog, and hostile to the kitten. And that's all in addition to her peeing on the kitchen counter!
It's been a week since she peed outside of her litter box and she is clearly a much happier cat than she was for the first three weeks we had her. I still don't want her on the counter, and I'm finding that double-sided tape on sheets of poster paper are deterring her. I've also put a cat tree at one end of the counter so that if she wants to be up high in the kitchen, she can be. But yes, disinfectant wipes before using the counter are a definite must!
Last edited by marie73; 10-29-2017 at 04:36 AM.