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Over the past two years, I have had problems with two of my cats peeing on things after we moved to a new house.
I took them to the doctor to make sure they didn't have bladder infections. This had happened before with my parents' cat, and that was the trouble. However, the vet determined that the cause was not physical, it was behavioral.
These cats had always been high-strung. I changed the type of litter. I moved the litter boxes to very quiet locations. I added litter boxes to new locations. I bought a fortune in enzymatic cleaners to completely remove the scent of urine from anywhere they had messed. The vet prescribed them Valium. This helped a bit, but they still were urinating on things. I also didn't like that they seemed "foggy" on Valium.
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I need advice. I have a cat that's been living with me since 2.5 years. I have to go on a trip for 2 weeks. And I am worried about it. My cat is an outdoor/indoor cat. Last time I had gone for a week for the first time leaving it behind with my other family members.
Now I am going for two whole weeks. And I am worried about it again. Although my other family members will be at home and it will be well fed as well. But I worry that it will be sad and depressed. I just hope it won't lessen it's health. Can I have some condolence from you guys :(
Animals dont have the memory of humans. If your cat is well fed and cared for, it will do just fine.
Cats can get down when their person is gone. I cat sit frequently and have seen my charges mope around until they get used to me. That others who are usually around are still going to be there should mitigate the situation as the cat won't be with strangers and will have familiar smells.
It sounds to me like your cat should do OK. In his normal surroundings with people he knows should take care of most of it. I have always felt cats do not have the same level of separation anxiety that dogs do. They handle our absences better. Maybe some special treats (my cats love the freeze dried salmon) to make sure he feels special. And dont laugh...I have talked to my cats on the phone and they got real excited. They talked back too.
I hope you have a successful trip and return to find a happy well adjusted cat.
Usually it is best if a "familiar" person can take care of a cat while the owner is away but some cats adjust to strangers after a short period of time.
Lots of loving attention on your return should take care of any lingering fears.