Bad Kitty

Monday, September 28, 2009

We got our new kitty Lexi on July 11th. She was about 8 months old at the time. She came home and was freakin' adorable and won us over pretty quickly. Then she started scratching the furniture, so we went out and bought two different scratching posts, which she used when they were nearby. We went through some growing pains as she would wake up at 3:30 a.m. and start batting at the metal pull on DH's bedside lamp, waking both of us up. Then scratching the furniture became Lexi's favourite hobby. Then she ran away, twice, and got 70 feet up in a tree. Then she started peeing near the back door. Then she started peeing in the dining room. Then she started peeing in DH's closet.

We took Lexi in to have her front claws removed and during her pre-surgery assessment, I asked about her peeing inside. The vet figured the cat was marking her territory. She suggested cleaning the brick and the back door, and spraying it with citrus oil. I also read about putting tin foil where the cat is marking, as they dislike the noise when they step on it. I went one step further and sprayed the tin foil with citrus oil. I also went downstairs and cleaned her litter, making sure it was pristine.

No sooner had I done that than she peed on the tin foil which was sprayed with citrus oil!

The good news is the de-clawing went well, and she was fine after about 3 days. Other than the cost, it was a fantastic decision. Our furniture is no longer in jeopardy. About a week after the surgery, Lexi started peeing near the back door again and I caught her peeing in DH's closet on the weekend!

Bad kitty!

For now, we're keeping the door to the back hall and DH's closet closed as we can't figure out how to stop her from peeing in our house.


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