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Help, Think Cats are Jealous

8ball
August 12th, 2008, 05:27 AM
I need help.! I have 3 cats. 2 females and 1 male. The male is the youngest and I'm not having any problem with him. I had a baby about 10 weeks ago and since then, my 2 female cats (about 7 and 6 years old) have stopped using the liter boxes. I have 3 liter boxes and all three are cleaned at least once a day. Lucky and Mookie (my female cats) have started spraying the doors and walls like I would expect a male cat to, and they are also eliminating on the floor. All 3 cats have been fixed and the problem didn't start until I had the baby. And the females are not marking, they are actually urinating on the doors, walls, and even some of the storage containers that I have extra baby stuff stored in. I'm at the end of my rope I love them, but I don't know what to do. I feel like I spend more time cleaning up after them, than giving them attention; and I can't keep them unless I get them to start using their liter boxes again or they will have live down in the basement due to the baby. I know that they aren't getting as much attention as they were, but I still make sure and spend as much quality time with them as possible. Can anyone help? Also all 3 of my cats have been around infants to young teens before because of my nieces and friends' children.

chico2
August 12th, 2008, 08:16 AM
8ball,I am sorry to hear of your troubles but yes,cats can definitely get jealous.
I too have 3 cats,one is jealous of the others,but we make sure he gets lots of loving.
I don't really know what you should do,but these kitties are probably stressed because of the changes in the house-hold,maybe try some Rescue-Remedy in their water or Feli-Way plug-ins.
I use Feli-Way plugins in two rooms because of spraying and so far it's been working.
One of our cat-gurus will come along and give you better advice,I am sure:fingerscr
Could it be possible they both have UTI(urinary tract infection)?

ancientgirl
August 12th, 2008, 11:16 AM
You might also want to get a special cleaner for the areas they have urinated and pooped at. They may still smell the odor and will continue to see it as a place to use the bathroom.

dashi
August 12th, 2008, 12:26 PM
Hi. I am so sorry to hear this and also terrified! I am pregnant with my first, I have 3 males and will have a 4th added as my brother moves in with us... I have been super concerned that they are going to act out with all these changes.

I am so glad that you posted this question! (Even though I feel terrible for what is going on in your home right now).

Not to butt in and I hope you don't mind me asking the question - maybe you are curious too...

ancientgirl - What special cleaners are there that will help eliminate cat smells from areas that they have gone before?

ancientgirl
August 12th, 2008, 12:47 PM
Hi. I am so sorry to hear this and also terrified! I am pregnant with my first, I have 3 males and will have a 4th added as my brother moves in with us... I have been super concerned that they are going to act out with all these changes.

I am so glad that you posted this question! (Even though I feel terrible for what is going on in your home right now).

Not to butt in and I hope you don't mind me asking the question - maybe you are curious too...

ancientgirl - What special cleaners are there that will help eliminate cat smells from areas that they have gone before?

They have to have special enzymes to get the odor completely out.

If you look here (http://www.petco.com/petco_Page_PC_productlist_Nav_209_N_23+128.aspx) you can see some of the products that might help. Or you can look at some of these links (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1G1GGLQ_ENUS284&sa=X&oi=spell&resnum=0&ct=result&cd=1&q=enzymatic+cat+urine+cleaner&spell=1).

Love4himies
August 12th, 2008, 12:51 PM
That is strange that both females reacted the same way over the baby. Here is a link that I found that may help: :fingerscr

http://www.usask.ca/wcvm/herdmed/applied-ethology/behaviourproblems/urinemark.html

sugarcatmom
August 12th, 2008, 01:21 PM
Hi. I am so sorry to hear this and also terrified! I am pregnant with my first, I have 3 males and will have a 4th added as my brother moves in with us... I have been super concerned that they are going to act out with all these changes.


It would be a really good idea to get all of the cats prepared for the baby before it arrives. One of the big issues with infants, besides all the new smells and the change in routine, is the sound they make. Not sure if you've ever noticed, but a crying baby sounds an awful lot like a cat in distress. This can keep the cats on edge, adding to their stress of this new situation (cats hate change). One thing you can do is get a cd of pre-recorded baby sounds to get them used to it: http://preparingfido.com/

Some more tips here:
http://www.fabcats.org/behaviour/cats_babies/info.html
http://www.catsinternational.org/articles/natural_cat_behavior/bringing_home_baby.html
http://www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/introducing_your_pet_and_new_baby.html

chico2
August 12th, 2008, 04:42 PM
SCM,you are so right,whenever a baby is crying on TV,I have to lower the sound,or Rocky gets all anxious.
I have used Natures Miracle to get rid of odors,available in most Pet supply stores.