Well, it’s been almost a year since I started this thread, and several years since this incident first began. Anyways, our cat is still urinating and defecating in places he shouldn’t be, though oddly, he’ll go weeks (or even months) without a single mistake, then he’ll start right back up again.
Some details on the cat. He’s a four year old male persian. He’s had a crystal problem in the past, though he’s on a special diet and some type of pill, taken twice daily, which should aleve him of that problem (there doesn’t seem to be any crystals in the urine at this time either). We’ve tried isolating him, as suggested, in a small room with food, water and a catbox several times (he’s isolated right now) so he’d hopefully learn to use the catbox for bathroom behavior. It seems to help for a short while, then he’ll go right back to finding various places around the house. It’s interesting though because he does use the catbox frequently, but yet we’ll still find urine around the house.
So here’s where we stand, my parents are understandably fed up with this behavior. They’ve tried virtually everything to curtail this problem to no avail. They were going to put him down, but the vet recommended an organization that deals with this problem. Don’t get me wrong, my parents love the cat and really did not want to put them down, so they’re glad another option is available.
So we gave the organization a call and as it turns out, the woman we spoke with deals specifically with Persians. She said what we’re experiencing is very normal for this breed (presumably because of the inbreeding) and that most everyone she’s taken a cat from has been in our exact situation. Upon receiving the cat, she’ll try to find a home with people who have no children or other pets and who are aware that this is a special needs cat. If this doesn’t happen, she’ll simply keep the cat in her tailored home (ceramic floors, etc). This is obviously a better method than putting the cat down, and even I agree it’s the better situation, but it’ll be tough to give him up.
Anyways, I’m just wondering if there’s anything else we could try before we commit to this. The only thing I could think of was that might be contributing to the problem would be that we only have two catboxes for three cats, however, they’re very large cat boxes (cleaned daily) and even I doubt it’s the cause of the problem. Again, while it looks like there’s nothing else we can do but give the cat up, I just wanted to do one last check and make sure we’ve exhausted every possible correction. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.