My wife and I have three cats. Two were mine before we got married, one was hers. I’ve had my two kitties for 8 years now, and they’ve always been together. Our one cat, Arthur, has always been the dominant cat. The little one, Henry, has always been low man on the totem pole. Well, starting last year, Arthur had been getting more and more aggressive towards Henry (while still being very sweet to people). Very harsh displays of dominance, etc. And starting last October, Henry started spraying. (Yes, both are neutered, as is the third, and have been since I got them)
We took him to the vet, tried medications, tried medicating both him and Arthur, etc. It would stop for a while, then begin again. We’ve added litterboxes to multiple levels (there was a ‘gateway to the litterbox’ standoff for a while). We had to replace our carpet downstairs with hardwood, and it was OK after that for a while. Then he started spraying in the bathroom. Unpleasant, but easily cleanable. Then a few weeks ago, he sprayed in my office. Back to the vet, more stuff, etc…but it’s not even working short term.
So we were down to our final solution (after a year of trying other stuff). We had to split them up. We offered either cat to my ex-girlfriend, who originally got the cats with me in college, but her husband has a cat that does not get along with others. So, my wife’s aunt, who loves Henry to death, decided she wanted Henry. She is a big-time cat lover, and he will be very well taken care of (and we’ll get to visit), but it was so sad letting him go on Sunday. I miss my little kitty. He is such a sweet, innocent little guy (except for the peeing).
When we got back from dropping him off, the other two cats pretty much freaked, since he didn’t come back with us. They are now super-clingy…I think afraid they may be the next to go. I feel bad…he wasn’t there to greet me yesterday. We called to check on Henry last night, and he was curled up on her lap, being very sweet, so I hope that a) he doesn’t spray for her, and b) he enjoys his new home.
Here’s a picture of him.