What dreams are made of.
For anyone following the problems I’ve been having with my cat, click through to read the latest update. Cliff’s notes: she had another accident (this time on my couch), so she’ll be living with my parents for awhile.
Alright cat people, I need help. My cat peed on my bed pillows again tonight. She’s been fixated on them ever since her midnight accident during the thunderstorm last week (basically Thursday night she was obsessing over my pillows, and when I went to get in bed I found a huge puddle of pee on my sheets right where she was laying the night before, during which we had a crazy thunderstorm that definitely startled her, so I assumed it was that and I was so tired the next morning that I didn’t look before I got up and threw the covers back on my bed). Although now I’m wondering if maybe she didn’t do it during the night and instead did it during her weird pillow obsession on Thursday evening.
I threw out the pillows, changed my mattress pad and sheets (and none got onto the mattress) so there’s no trace of the smell. She’s been obsessing over my pillows for the past few days, and I made her get down 4 times tonight out of paranoia (usually by distracting her with her toy or a laser), but when I was doing dishes tonight she jumped up there and I caught her in the act. I put her in the bathroom with her litter box while I cleaned everything up. She was literally peeing in between the pillows on my bed (between where she and I sleep at night).
She’s used her litterbox normally since the initial incident on Thursday. Nothing has changed in my habits/schedule or hers (it’s not like I have a new guy sleeping in my bed suddenly), so I can’t imagine it’s rebellion. I am cat-sitting for my former roommate’s cat, but she lives in my building so I just go up to clean the box/refill the food…the cats aren’t interacting with each other, and I only started that Thursday morning (potentially after the thunderstorm incident, otherwise the morning of the incident if it happened at night). And at my parents’ house there’s a dog and cat, and I play with other dogs all the time that I see outside, so the smell of another animal shouldn’t be the issue. Plus, I only check on the cat every other day, and I haven’t been up there since yesterday morning, so if that was an issue today it shouldn’t have been.
Otherwise her bathroom habits have been normal (pee+poo in the morning between 7-10am, and again at night between 8-10pm), and there’s no blood in her urine so I don’t think it’s a health issue. Maybe she’s drinking/peeing a little less than normal (although there was a lot on my bed Thursday night). She’s been acting totally normal, and we’ve been having the same amount of playtime and sleeping the same amount. She’s still as cuddly and cute as ever. My apartment is super tiny (<300 square feet), so it’s not like the box is crazy far away. She seems to intentionally be choosing the pillows.
She’s only ever peed outside her box once before, and it wa s when I was visiting my parents for a weekend in my dad’s leather recliner, right after she had pooped in her box. We assumed it was maybe because of the leather/smell.
Any suggestions? I’m going to take her to the vet Tuesday morning regardless (my first opportunity to), but any thoughts would be helpful. Right now I’ve covered all my furniture in plastic and blankets/towels, and am going to confine her to the bathroom + closet with her box while I’m gone tomorrow to prevent any other issues since I will literally be gone for 12+ hours because of work and class.
And her litterbox is clean, so that’s not an issue.