I’m getting quite stressed out. I have this cat who is completely sweet and unsure of herself. Lately, her problems seem to be escalating and we’re having problems with her deciding the entire apartment is her litter box.
Some background on Sadie. I got Sadie 4 years ago from a rescue shelter run by a private individual. She slept on my lap all the way home and cuddled at the shelter. She was a year old. When we got her home she spazzed out and hid.
If you approach her too quickly she will run away from you in a panic, hitting walls if they are on her way to “safety.” She might just be skittish, but this trait combined with the fact that her tail has been broken several times (you can feel the kinks at the end of it) leads me to believe that she was abused before she came to our home.
Our other cats tend to pick on her because she just runs away and doesn’t fight back. They’ll chase her under the bed and then prance off satisfied. I spray them with water when they do it in attempts to stop it but they haven’t learned yet.
She’s always had problems with doing her more serious business in the box. It’s almost as though if she sees the box then she thinks she is in it. We’ll find her messes anywhere within a few feet of the sand.
Now I’m discovering pee spots all over the apartment. It hasn’t started to stink yet, I’ve been good about catching it and cleaning it up right away, but this can’t keep happening. I live in a rented apartment with carpet that is less than a year old.
I don’t know what to do. I’ve tried catching her in the act, giving her a spray of water and setting her in the box. It doesn’t work. I’ve talked to a vet and all the useless man could tell me was that it was probably something in her training. I would even go so far as to take her to a cat therapist if I could afford it. But I can’t.
I can’t, in good conscious, find a new home for her because even after four years with me, she still has major trust issues. Besides the fact that she really is a sweet, sweet thing. When she trusts you enough to let you hold her and pet her, you feel as though you’ve been given a prize. She doesn’t let just anyone around her. She loves kids. She is ten times better with children than she is with adults.
I’m at my wit’s end, people. Do you have any suggestions on what I can do to fix this problem?