New Chapter in the Pooping Kitty Saga

@CRK109 (14421)
United States
January 3, 2017 3:57pm CST
As many of you know, my wonderful cat has recently been gifting me little "presents" on my bed. Not only do I not appreciate her gifts, but the smell makes me very ill. Yesterday, a very large drop cloth arrived. My cat has taken over the box (of course). She slept on it most of today. The drop cloth, even folded in half, covers my whole bed. It's made of canvas (which makes me want to grab some paint and decorate!). My cat walked all over it last night, unsure of what this was all about. But during the night, I noticed her curled up on it, so I guess she's accepted it as a new covering. The bedroom door has been open all day. She was in there sleeping at one point, but I have a window open in there and it's a little chilly. She's now sleeping on my rocking chair. And so far (knock on wood), there are no little presents on the bed. And she's been using her litter box. Yesterday, I had the bedroom door closed most of the day and there were no accidents anywhere else. She cried for the bedroom for a little while but eventually stopped. She used her box and behaved herself everywhere else. So, here's hoping we're on to a nicer relationship. She's still pretty anxious. She could be sleeping but if someone even walks past our apartment door, she picks her head up and stares at the door as if the boogieman himself is going to crash through at any second. Well, one step at a time. Hopefully those drops should be here tomorrow and we'll see if those can help calm her down. -Claudia-
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@Drosophila (16742)
• Ireland
3 Jan 17
Ya cats get way too attached to their old environment, glad to hear she's getting used to using her box
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@CRK109 (14421)
• United States
3 Jan 17
I've begun to check her box every so often to make sure she's using it. If she's not, I have to check the apartment to see if she's left a "present" somewhere else. She seems calm today so far, so I'm very relieved.
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@Drosophila (16742)
• Ireland
4 Jan 17
@CRK109 that is good! hope the trend continues
@GardenGerty (96659)
• Marion, Kansas
3 Jan 17
I had a cat once that expressed herself in that way. I put a plastic shower curtain over my bed. I did have to clean it, but it protected the bedding. She did this when my first husband was ill. She did it again when my current husband moved into my house, but was not sleeping in my bed. Once we got married and were sleeping together she stopped. It is sometimes hard to understand the messages they are conveying to us.
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@CRK109 (14421)
• United States
3 Jan 17
My cat previous to Ruby had been sleeping in bed with me when I married Britt. After he moved into the bedroom, that cat (Pickles) began sleeping on top of me every night to show his ownership of me! It was really funny (except for the backaches I had every morning!). Ruby didn't begin this particular "show of affection" right away here, so I have no idea what set her off. It just seemed to begin out of nowhere. She snuggles with me in bed at night, so I'm very surprised that she would poop there, too. But if this drop cloth solves the problem, it will stay on the bed!
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@BelleStarr (36949)
• Portland, Connecticut
4 Jan 17
I hope that this turns out to be the solution to this issue, I have my fingers crossed and my eyes lol
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@CRK109 (14421)
• United States
5 Jan 17
Well, she went back and pee'd some more after I cleaned up, but thank goodness for that drop cloth! The wet just beads up until I clean it off and there's no stinky smell! I'm thrilled (and I'm giving her the silent treatment for a little while)
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@BelleStarr (36949)
• Portland, Connecticut
6 Jan 17
@CRK109 she sounds like she is suffering from anxiety I hope she calms down
@JudyEv (118543)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Jan 17
It's a shame she is so stressed. I would be hard pushed to cope with little 'present's anywhere but in a litter tray. But then we love our pets, don't we?
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@CRK109 (14421)
• United States
4 Jan 17
Well, it's like this. She can't possibly understand why we had to move here. She doesn't have a choice and she just wants to go back to the peace and quiet we had at the house. Can't blame her there. I'm her only possible salvation, so I have to be loving and understanding. So, even when I begin to climb into bed and find a "gift", I just get back up, hold my nose and clean it up and find a way to get some sleep because we can't do laundry after 9pm. And then I just try to find a way to solve the problem. She's been near me all day long today instead of the bedroom, so something is working. And the drops have arrived. I put some in her water and I'm just hoping that they give her some relief at some point.
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@JudyEv (118543)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Jan 17
@CRK109 She is a lucky cat really. I hope she gets over her anxiety.
• Midland, Michigan
7 Jan 17
Glad the drop cloth is large enough and that she's using the proper receptacle. Maybe the material is a bit off-putting for her little behind or something? Was it something you found on amazon or from a cat/pet store or something?
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@CRK109 (14421)
• United States
9 Jan 17
I did find the drop cloth on amazon, but only because I went searching for one. I had been talking with someone about my problem and I happened to mention a drop cloth in passing, and then realized I might have found the solution to my own problem. She does still urinate on the bed from time to time, but now it's very simple to clean it up on the drop cloth, since nothing soaks through. So I don't have to keep taking my bedding downstairs to the laundry room.
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@jaboUK (53412)
• United Kingdom
4 Jan 17
Fingers crossed that things carry on like that and you get no more 'presents'.
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@CRK109 (14421)
• United States
4 Jan 17
I continue to hope! So far, so good!
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@amadeo (61493)
• United States
3 Jan 17
no help from me on cats.
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@CRK109 (14421)
• United States
3 Jan 17
Okay Fredo, I'll forgive you this time! I love you anyway! xoxo
@Corbin5 (99705)
• United States
3 Jan 17
Amazing that the canvas drop cloth has worked so far. It must have a surface that just isn't appealing to kitty to use, probably because it is not absorbent perhaps. I think it will take a long time for kitty to adjust to the new place, but hopefully she will adjust.
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@CRK109 (14421)
• United States
3 Jan 17
I feel awful that it's so hard for her. She trusts me but she's so afraid of strangers, and I know that a few times when I was out of the apartment, people did have to come in to fix things and that just terrified her. Thankfully, she has a couple of hiding places. I did read that it's good to cover the bed with something that the cat doesn't really like and I had no idea what that could be. But it looks like the drop cloth has done the trick, at least for now. I am so relieved!
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@atoz1to10 (6842)
• Australia
3 Jan 17
Cute. I know I know... It's not cute at all when you have to do the cleaning. :)
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@CRK109 (14421)
• United States
3 Jan 17
I do see the humor in it, even though I almost screamed my head off one night when I saw her little "gifts" to me in three spots on the bed! I like having the drop cloth there right now so I don't have to buy additional bed spreads. We seem to be locked in some sort of war and I have won this battle. Now I get a little rest until she decides what to do next! lol
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@Morleyhunt (19540)
• Canada
3 Jan 17
Something caused her upset. Fifi became quite ill in the week following my fathers move and my husband and I going on vacation for a week. There is speculation it was brought on by stress.