Friday, August 6, 2010

Thanks! (And Ivy update)

Mommy and I want to thank everyone for all of their support and the great suggestions. Mommy is definitely going to follow the advice and see if any of it helps Ivy out.

There hasn't been any changes in litter or food. The big change in the house was the arrival of the CCB, but that was over 8 months ago and mommy isn't sure if Ivy is just having a delayed reaction to that or if it is something else. Mommy and the FD did replace the back door in the past month. It was old and falling apart and there was some rot issues. (The previous owners never really took care of our house, so we are dealing with the problems as we get the green papers to do so.) Ivy used to express her stress and displeasure with poo in front of the back door. Mommy is wondering if the back door area now smells strange to her, so she transferred her emotional potty issues to the couch instead.

Ivy is the sensitive kitty in our house - whenever something exciting happens (exciting to her at least) she has to run to the litterbox. A few years ago when the FD was still just the AD and he was gone for a month or so, Ivy took his absence really hard and was pottying in front of the back door ALL the time. When he came back it tapered down and then finally stopped. Whenever there is a schedule change, like when the FD starts a new semester or has to go in to work, there will normally be at the very least a few Ivy incidents. It's just all of the time now. It started with a few poos on the couch, and then it was a pee, and now it is both.

Mommy won't have the green papers to take Ivy to the V-E-T until the end of the month, unless it is apparent that it is a BIG emergency of course. Like I said in the last post, both mommy and Grandmama checked us all out as thoroughly as they could to see if they thought there were any health issues going on, and that included getting personal and touching us in certain places to see if it caused any discomfort. We all passed their tests. Mommy really thinks it is an Ivy emotional issue.

Since mommy has been using the Nature's Miracle spray, the pottying seems to have tapered off a bit. The next plan is to get the pads to put on the couch and to look into the Feliway to see if that helps Ivy out.

We'll keep you posted!

6 meows:

Gemini and Ichiro said...

Good luck. I don't think that there is anything more frustrating than a kitty who isn't good about the litter box.

The Island Cats said...

We hope you can get Ivy's pooing and peeing inappropriately under control. Mom says she knows how frustrating this can be.

There's one other thing you can look into trying, but we realize that green papers may be tight and you may not be able to. There's a supplement you can buy over the counter called Anxitane S that is supposed to help calm and relax pets (both cats and dogs). Both Ernie and me just started taking it so we don't know if it really is working yet. Just a thought. You can google it to read more about it.


SeaThreePeeO said...

Good Luck! We're sending lots of clean kitty vibes!

Unknown said...

Poor Ivy!...and poor Mummy for having to clean up the couch!

I am betting it has something to do with the new door - I don't like ANY changes in my house at all, but I just cry and cry and cry....

Good luck.

Jacqueline said...

Best of luck with sweet, sensitive Ivy...Happy weekend friends...kisses...Calle, Halle, Sukki

Sweet Purrfections said...

I hope the Feliway helps out and that Ivy will settle back down.