Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Ontario, Canada
Moving in with a dog - inappropriate urination
My boyfriend and I moved in together about a year ago. Which meant his cat (Blinx, 3 years old) also moved into the house I'd been in for a year with my dog (Gaia, small, 8 years old). His cat had previously lived in two homes with him, one had a doberman living in it as well, with no problems. We thought there was no problem here either for months. The two aren't fast friends but could be found sleeping near each other if not actually cuddling up.
A few months in we found that Blinx was not always peeing in her litter box (Same box/litter as always.) but now it was placed in the basement. We have a small house and there is no good way to have it in the living space without it being basically in the middle of a room - also Gaia is a known cat poop eater, so we needed in a space she won't/can't go, and in this house that is the basement. The basement is unfinished and the walls are literally stones with mortar. As it is 100 years old the mortar is crumbling, and Blinx decided to use that sand as her new pee place. We cleaned the area well and soaked in the Natures Miracle. Removed the rest of the sand and blocked her from her preferred spot, and thought we had solved the problem.
A while later, the house started smelling like litter, so I went down to change all the litter in the box (although my bf had said he'd just done it) and sure enough he had, the box was clean. However, I noticed that behind the furnace she had created a new litter box where she was now peeing and pooping, and the furnace was distributing this throughout the house. We cleaned this up and this time the smell didn't dissipate as quickly. We were unsure if we hadn't fully cleaned the area, or if Blinx was still peeing, so she went to stay with his parents for a bit while we figured this out.
We've since done a lot of work in the basement to remove the urine smell and shore up the walls so that they don't leave sand along the edges, and only need to seal in the new concrete and then we we thought we were ready to have Blinx come home. But then we went on vacation for a week and Gaia went to stay with my bf's parents and Blinx. When we picked Gaia up, we discovered that she had been peeing in the dogs bed for quite some time. It was soaked through to the floor (which is also odd bc his parents had noted her laying on it).
Since the in appropriate urination stopped when she moved into my bfs parents, we are not concerned with a UTI or other biology condition. It really seems to be a reaction to living with my Dog.
I'm looking for away to have her come home here but not restart urination in random places. We are also expecting a baby come January, so that will likely also be a new stressor. We can't have our house smelling like cat urine. I'm unsure what to try next, and am leaning to seeing if bfs parents will keep her - although, I wouldn't want that asked of me and my dog so I am trying to find an alternate solution.