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Cats behaving inappropriately. Cat toys and treats do not solve the problem!

Saturday, January 23, 2010
posted by Jim Murphy
Our little Millie

Our little Millie

I have two cats. My older cat, Mollie always resented us bringing our younger, adopted cat Millie in the house. That was four years ago and the resentment continues. Mollie is very jealous of Millie and does things to tantalize her. For instance, she will block doorways so that Millie cannot get in the room where I am sitting or working. She also will go after Millie for no apparent reason. She will never hurt her but torments my poor little Millie whenever she has the chance.  One day, as I way doing my work, I noticed  Millie digging on the rug in the living room. I stopped and observed her. Then, to my shock, she started peeing on the rug!! I was really upset by this. I cleaned it up right away but this behavior continued and continued and continued! I was at my wits end. Then one day as I was getting ready for work, I noticed my older cat, Mollie blocking the bathroom door with the litter pan is. Millie was sitting there trying desperately to go around Mollie and get into the bathroom. I then realized what is making Millie pee on my good living room rug! She is even being blocked from doing her business!

Here’s some advice that I was given, add additional litter boxes. As a general rule, it is advised that the number of litter boxes should equal the number of cats in the house plus one. I have two cats but should have three litter boxes. The size of the litter box should fit your cat appropriately.

This did help solve the problem. Sometimes it’s very difficult to determine why cats do certain things. Before, yelling, punishing, removing treats or cat toys, get to the bottom of the problem then work toward the solution.

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