Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
This is not an uncommon behavior...that a pet misbehaves by either pooping or peeing inappropriately when its owner goes away on a holiday. But what can be done about it? It might be helpful if the friend who looked after the cat visited with freshly laundered clothes, as there may be lingering scents if s/he has a cat or dog. Use hand sanitizer before petting or handling your cat. Make sure you leave a T-shirt that you've worn next to your body for 3 days that has your scent, and leave it where the cat customary sleeps. Play soothing music or whatever cat is accustomed to hearing on the radio. These things might help to relieve the stress of you being away, as well as visualizing to the cat that you will be returning and when. (I know this sounds crazy, but the cats seem to pick up on it.). Always introduce the cat to whoever will be looking after it a couple of days before you leave, and vocalize it to the cat. My cats don't like me leaving either, and I have to be very sneaky in packing, because as soon as they see my suitcase, they sit in it, watch me pack and won't leave me alone. So far, they like their cat sitters, get along well with them and haven't done any inappropriate elimination.