We are stumped. The situation is this: Luckie is one of our 3 fur kids. He has always been a bit different than the other 2. We acquired him about 2 years ago. Someone had dumped him (we lived out in the country at that time) and either in the dumping or in a tangle with another animal his tummy skin was torn open. He was starving and in great pain. Since it was night when we found him, we spoon fed him and I held him wrapped in a warm towel until we could get to the vet the next morning. He was cleaned up, sewed up and neutered at the same time. He has alway been a little jumpy since, which is certainly understandable. He didn't really warm up to either my husband or myself but we have loved him much and now, while he still is not overly fond of my husband, he seems to have finally decided that mama is okay. We don't know why he does not care for my husband and he loves Luckie very much and is very patient, gentle and loving with him. He will go for a few days and have very little to do with me and then for days will he will follow me everythere, talk to me, jump up and lay on me when I'm ready to go to bed or get up in the morning and want to be petted, scratched and rubbed. In fact he is now laying on the back of my chair here at the computer. We are always very gentle and soft spoken with him and he gets his share of gentle hugs, strokes and kisses every day even on those days when he's not having anything to do with us. We just make the touches very brief on those days. But about 2 weeks ago he began to do something that is driving us crazy. He began to urinate on our bed, always on my husband's side of the bed. I keep plastic on the mattress now but I've had to wash the bedding every day. We've been careful the whole time we've had him not to raise our voices at him. Yesterday I sat him on the wet spot and while he was sniffing it, without raising my voice, I firmly told him no, no, no. He just looked at me, jumped down and walked away with his tail in the air. The vet says he is healthy. We can't figure out why he began doing this nor what to do about it. Friends say get rid of him but some idiot already got rid of him in a horrible way and we are not about to if I have to wash the bedding everyday from now on. We love him dearly and he is one of our babies. Since I really would rather not continue to wash the bedding every day we would appreciate any idea as to why he's doing this and how we can stop it. We think he is about 2 years old. He reminds me of a foster child who has had a terrible life and needs to be secure and loved a lot. Nothing has changed in the last couple of weeks that we can think of to cause this problem. He gets along well with Nikki and Jessie. Thanks for any advice.
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6/14/02 at 12:04am