I have a two year old, silver-shaded persian cat named Bear. Recently he has started both peeing and pooping outside his litter box. He is neutered and never goes outside. At first I had the litter box in the basement and that worked fine, until we had a good week or so of rain that caused part of the basement to flood. He then started doing his "business" on the dry parts of the basement, mostly on carpet remnants. So I moved the box and food upstairs and made the basement unaccessible. That seemed to be fine for awhile, I had the food in a different area from the box and I scoop the box frequently. He has peed on stuff (shoes, throw rugs, etc.) that have been outside the closet his box is in. He has pooped in the bathroom on the rug in front of the tub. I removed the throw rugs, then he peed on my boyfriends shoes, which were by the door. That did not go over well to say the least! The bathroom rug I have not had down on the floor and have tried to get the kids to keep the bathroom door shut. It was left open last night and he peed on the bare bathroom floor and he then peed outside one of my plants and then dug the dirt out of the plant to cover it! I am at my wits end! I love this cat and don't want to get rid of him. I have read your threads on what to do and I have tried everything. He is extremely attached to me and my boyfriend thinks he is acting out because he is feeling threatened of losing my attention. When I am in the bathtub, he sits outside the door the whole time, or "knocks" on the door. He is on my lap whenever I am sitting and likes to sleep in my bed (above my pillow). My son recently got a guinea pig, and my boyfriend thinks this pig may be the cause of Bear's insecurity. What are your thoughts on this? My son does not want to give up his guinea pig, and I don't want to give up my cat (he has been with us longer anyway). I do have another cat, domestic long haired, no specific breed, who could care less if we had a whole zoo running through here! Please help, he seems to be trying to send a message of some sort (since he does this stuff right in plain view, or associated with my things or areas).
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7/4/03 at 10:00am