|Originally posted by nhlee529
...I may need to look for a new vet... I didn't get any real answers. He didn't even ask me to bring her in for a check up, instead he said come in to the clinic to buy the hairball formula cat food and some laxative.)
Not to get up on a soapbox here, but like any other professional service we purchase, we tend to blindly accept what our vets suggest, then go away frustrated and angry because they haven't helped. It is up to us to ask questions, and *GASP* even disagree with them when we feel their advice or suggestions do not fit our problems. You know your cat better than anyone else, your vet included. In my opinion, your vet sounds like he isn't highly concerned about much else besides selling product, and that would make me very angry.
|...Milukhu is still not pooping in the litter box (continues to pee in it though), instead yesterday she pooped in my newspaper basket sitting next to my kitchen counter...)
Have you tried a different type of litter? Sometimes, cats don't like the texture/smell/whatever of a particular litter and won't use it appropriately. If she is using a newspaper basket, maybe you should try shredding up some and placing it in the litter box to see if she likes that better. Also, I have heard it suggested that there should be one litter box for each cat in the house - maybe a box all her own would help.
The ideas others gave you regarding trimming are also good ones. Long-hair cats do have problems with matting, and trimming the fur around her bottom would help with that.
|...She's constantly scratching at the carpet underneath the door, but even more so now...By the way, does anyone know how to stop them from scratching? I've tried "no scratch" spray, tape, plastic runners w/ the nubs turned up, and water bottle, etc... none of it works...)
Scratching is a normal behavior associated with cats, and you won't be able to ever "stop" it from happening. Even declawed cats still perform the action, even if they cannot do damage without their claws. The best we can do is to redirect the behavior to an area where we don't mind it happening, such as a scratching post, or other area where the cats can stretch and flex as they need to. Provide her with a couple of choices, and when she scratches on an inappropriate place, gently but firmly say NO, and physically place her where you want her to scratch. If she is resistant at first, gently take her paws into your hands and simulate the scratching motion with them so she gets the idea. Once you've done this for about 10 days to two weeks, you can stop physically taking her to the scratching place, and implement another deterrent, such as a soda drink can filled with pebbles or coins. Shake this when she scratches inappropriately. The sound will make her stop immediately.
Now - also remember to employ a reward system when she DOES use the appropriate area! Some treat she particularly likes (mine love yogurt) is a good idea for this.
|...This is also very frustrating. It's almost impossible to spend more time and attention with Milukhu since I already spend so much time with her- to the point that I worry what will her sister (Bumpy) do out of jealousy. I don't need another kitty with behavior problems. I am a slave to my two babies and don't know what to do! Please help me... I am so worried!
Remember to breathe, my dear...you will get through this. Our cats do pick up on our emotions, and when you are stressed out, they know it. Calm down, take a deep breath, and approach this from a practical, not emotional, attitude. Of course you love your cats, and want to do everything you can for them, so let's see if we can figure this out together...it might help you to keep a daily journal to log specific events and what was happening immediately before/after they occurred. If this is indeed a behavioral issue, then it will help greatly to be able to accurately report the symptoms to your vet if necessary.
We are here to help if we can, and so, please...try some of the ideas mentioned here, and let us know how things go. Redirecting behavior does take some time, it won't be an overnight success story, and you will have setbacks. But, don't look at them as setbacks - instead, think of them as signs that something needs to change because it isn't working. Keep a positive attitude.
Hoping for the best (and sorry this was so long!!),