Sunday, May 9, 2010

A kitty update and warm wishes

Hi friends!
I have been MIA for awhile now, seems that crate training a kitty is a lot of work! We've set him up in our one bathroom, in a doggy kennel with his litter box and water. Each night, he is let out of the kennel but is confined to the bathroom. He can eat, stretch his legs and play with his toys. Sounds lovely, right? So why he meows for 30 mins before calming down each night is beyond me! LOL. I do have to say that he's taken to it so much easier than I thought he would. I am so impressed with him! Since he's been kenneled, I have steamed the carpet 4 times. Even though I dry vacuum before steam cleaning you'd be amazed at the fur this thing picks up! I am in love! (Despite the steam cleaning, there's still the slight sent of urine. Any ideas? I've used the urine enzyme eliminators, but they are staining the beige carpet yellow, and still the smell lingers..)

So after 3 weeks of antibiotics 2 times a day, crate training him, I really think this may work out! He will visit the area where he use to frequent, sniff around a bit but then head straight to his litter box. I have renowned hope! We have yet to leave him out when we're at work or go to bed, that'll be the real test. But in the 10 years I've had him, he is more calm and seems more sure of himself. I'm surprised this is the only vet to suggest crate training a cat to use his litter....Awe well, just wanted to give you an update :)

I do want to wish all you mother's out there a very loving, spoiled Mother's Day! You are women of strength, abundant love, forgiveness and a foundation for our society. Much happiness to you on your special day!

~ Marcia


  1. Hello Marcia~I've just strolled into your blog for my first visit.
    I adore kitties and have struggled for many years with the "urinaters.' My kitty is 15 years old and has developed arthritis so, using a litter box is impossible for her to maneuver. She's had UTI issues too and has been on a CD cat food, prescribed by her vet which fortunately keeps it undrer control.
    She's been wetting in odd places and refuses to use the area I've designated as a litter zone.
    Here's what has helped me...Wee Wee pads have been a god send. They protect my carpet and are water proof, keeping my carpets dry. Even my old kitty is slowly training herself to using the pee pads. When she's finished I dispose of it, leaving no phantom enzymes traces behind. Cats are creatures of habit, so they're trainable through repetition. We just have to be direct in our signals. The reason cats repeat their offenses is...they can detect the phantom smell no matter how much we steam clean, sending them a mix signal. As you know, the eliminators that are sold don't work, but I've found a miracle product that's a staple in my arsenal of cleaning products. It's called, Kid's and Pet stain remover. I purchase it at my local grocery store where the stain removers are. I'm not familiar with the stores in PA so, here's a link to give you an idea what to look for.
    My sis in So-Cal uses it for a plethora of kitty pee problems. We both use it (by the cup fulls) in the wash when our cats have had accidents on towels, throw-rugs, clothes, etc. I give a VERY LIBERAL soak to the area when shampooing. I will also put some in a spray bottle and spritz the area after it's dried for good measure. It's amazing stuff. It kills the smell from everything!
    Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
    I was happy to read you didn't put him to sleep. I'm a firm believer in trying every option before giving in.

    Sweet wishes,

  2. WOW, I didn't mean to write a thesis, lol.


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