Not dealing with the move

by Lynn
(Hermitage, PA, USA)


I used to have the coolest cat in the world...we always called him catdog because he acted more like a dog than a cat. We've had him since he was a kitten and my husband and I recently moved to a new bigger house. We now have a basement and he spends all his time down there. Just about the time that he starts to come up from the basement on his own and rejoin society, he pees on something. First he went on our bed twice(two different occasions), then on the dog's bed, and the last draw for my husband was when he went on his jeans that were lying on the floor in the bathroom. I don't know what to do! My husband told me that he's had it and for me to call the animal shelter because he wants him out. I love this cat and I'm at a loss because I don't know what to do...I've never taken an animal to the shelter and I definitely don't want to take him.

If anyone can offer me any advice, you have no idea how much it will be appreciated. Thank you...

Answer by Kate
this sound like a normal behaviour for a scat to go around scenting everywhere to mark it as his own territory and also to help make them feel more secure in their new environment. Can i refer you to may page about moving home on my behaviour pages here as it give some advice on this sort of situation. Basically you will have to confine the cat to one room for a while and gradually over time introduce them to the rest of the house. this way they can feel confident in a smaller place rather than being overwhelmed with a large space.

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