Our Cat That We Love Is Literally Pissing Us Off

June 29th, 2016, we had the perfect kitty, Loki. Just look at her.

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What she’s laying on is a spare, essentially brand new mattress we have had for two years, and as a result of us living in a 550 Sq Ft one bedroom apartment, it has served as our headboard for that time. Basically, though, the mattress belongs to the cat.

Then on June 30th, 2016, we closed on our new home, a 2000 Square Ft, four bedroom townhouse. It’s a glorious place, but seems to have really shaken the cat, as her lifestyle changed dramatically.

The first week we lived in our new home, we had my husband’s mother and her friend stay with us. They helped us with the move. One night passed after they left where it was only Tom and I at home before we welcomed a temporary roommate.

This is where the major problems started, we think.

Our friend was moving to Charleston but needed to stay somewhere for a couple weeks until she could move into her apartment. Naturally, we had the room, so we offered her one of the bedrooms…including the guest bed. This wouldn’t be a problem, we think, but in hindsight is a major red flag.

Our friend is allergic to cats, and therefore kept the door closed 24/7 to prevent cat hair from getting in. Two weeks pass with no incidents and then our friend is moving what few belongings she had with us from the guest room to her new apartment. WHILE SHE IS IN THE ROOM, with the door open, the cat strolls in, squats, and pees on the bed.

Okay…the cat is sending a message and remarking her territory. We figure we learned the lesson; the cat wants access to her territory back. So once our friend leaves, we leave the door open and move some of the cat’s toys, etc into that room. A couple days pass and Tom notices she pooped on the bed, and urinated a couple more times.

I take the mattress outside and scrub it with bleach, soap, and some special pet waste removal stuff. It dries, and out of laziness, I leave the mattress in the bottom room for a couple weeks. The cat leaves it alone.

Fast forward to Saturday, August 13th. I’ve finished cleaning and I put the new guest bedroom together, including the cleaned guest mattress. I move a bunch of the cat’s toythings into the room. I play with the on the bed for about an hour to get her comfortable. I feel I’ve won a hard fought battle, and what patience!

This night, we had a small house-warming get together. One of our guests is severely allergic to cats, so we close her in our bedroom for the night with her litter box, food, water, toythings, etc.

In return for closing her off socially for the night, she now peed on our comforter (now at the dry cleaner and costing $30). That we could understand. Maybe we had it coming. The next day, I check the bed to see if she left it alone, and she had. *Whew*, I wipe my brow.

I was wrong, and I discovered it upon bedtime Sunday night. Since our normal down comforter was out of order, I went to grab the one off of the guest bed only to find two great circles of urine. Clearly, she had not given up on this bed yet. I have resolved that I’ll have to throw it out, at this point.

That wasn’t enough. We both went to work today, Tom gets home around 2pm on Monday’s and I had come home for lunch (actually to grab the comforter and take it to dry cleaner). We discovered she had peed on our bed twice.

We changed a lot about her environment very quickly. We’ve had more visitors  (nights occupying) in the last 6 weeks than we have had in the last 24 months. I get that she may be stressed, but Loki needs to seriously modify her behavior because when I throw her off the Ravenel Bridge it will be far more stressful for her.

Anybody who knows what they’re talking about know what we can do?

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