Oct
13
2009

  These Cats!

For a long time we've been having a problem with Fenway marking up the house, and we can't take it anymore. He did have the kidney stone, so we can give him the benefit of the doubt and chalk some of it up to discomfort.

But a lot of it is territorial. We kept him separated in the upstairs rooms for a few weeks after his surgery, with his own food and litter box, away from the other cats. That worked out ok, until we opened the door and let the cats mingle again.

We got pheromones, to see if that would help. They actually DID stop Fenway from going in the rooms with the pheromones. But he just chose a different room to poop in. We're not buying pheromone plug-ins for the whole house, so that solution is a bust.

Rambo and Fenway have just been fighting each other mercilessly, so tonight we had another idea. We separated RAMBO. We've got HIM locked in the upstairs rooms. We'll see if Fenway and Merlin get along, it could be that we need to deal with the aggressor cat instead of the victim cat, although our issue is with the defensive markings from the victim cat.

We'll keep Rambo separated for two weeks. The vet said that is how long it takes for cats to establish new territories, and hopefully stop battling. If Fenway doesn't pee or poop in the house during those two weeks, then he gets to remain an indoor cat. If he STILL marks, he's out. We'll let him be an outdoor cat, and see if having him outside some of the time takes the pressure off the territory issues between these guys. But if Fenway behaves for two weeks, but the fights resume after we let Rambo back out, then Rambo will be the one we let out. I personally think he'd prefer the outdoors more than Fenway, but we'll see how it goes. It might also turn out that if we let one cat out, the others will claw through the screens to get out themselves, so they'll ALL be outdoor cats.

If that's the case, so be it. Daisy and Pipit both loved the outdoors. And now that we're not toting the cats to and from a little apartment in NJ we don't have that to deal with. Sure, the odds are their lifespan will be shorter than if they stayed inside. But right now poor Fenway's quality of life is so low, almost anything would be an improvement.

If anyone reading this does not have any other cats, but would like one, we'd give you Fenway. I'm afraid if there were already other cats in the new household, it would just be the same problem all over again. By himself, he's really a sweet cat. Very much a lap cat, laid back, soft fur. Timid, but when things are quiet he'll curl right up in your lap. The poor guy is just not happy in his current situation, and we're running out of ideas.