hello everyone, i am new to the forum here. my name is anzelina and my cat's name is umlaut. you can see a picture of him below.
anyhow, we got umlaut and his brother as kittens (from a shelter) shortly after i moved back home after college. this was almost two years ago (in may).
we live in the country, so we let the cats outside during the day when it's warm, or just for short times when it's cold, for them to go to the bathroom.
unfortunately, the brother cat got lost or eaten or stolen this past october. we haven't seen him since.
about two months after the loss of his brother, my cat started to pee on the leather couch. he also has been acting weird, he refuses to go to the bathroom outside, he spazzes out sometimes for no apparent reason and speeds around the house, slamming into the doors, he sometimes won't eat unless i watch him eat.
he has peed 3 times with the past month, on the leather sofa, each time on a different cushion. i don't think it's marking (although i have never caught him in the act) because it seems to be a full bladder's worth of urine and he also doesn't mark the same spot.
i am wondering if he may simply be stressed out because of the loss of his brother. would getting another cat help?
my mother wants to restrict him to the basement because she apparently favours dead animal furniture over live animal cuteness. she also refuses to put foil on the couches or to put a litter box anywhere inside, despite my pleas otherwise. by the way the basement is finished, with 5 or more rooms where he is known to sleep.
does anyone have any suggestions?
i need to know :
#1 : how to get cat pee out of leather
#2 : how to treat my cat's problem
thanks in advance!