I haven't posted here before, but I'm looking for some help/advice. I have three cats who are all three years old. When my daughter was born 15 months ago, peeing/pooping outside of the box began, somewhat sporatically, and usually when were out of town for a few days at a time. Over the past three months, it's gotten a lot worse. After months of spot-cleaning with every technique, chemical, etc we could think of, we could still smell urine so we ripped up 1200 square feet of carpet throughout the house and found pee ALL OVER the place. Disgusting. Obviously, we can't live like this -- especially with a baby who puts everything, including her hands and feet, in her mouth. In a moment of desperation, my husband and I decided to put all three cats down because we can not figure out who is doing it. We can't catch the culprit(s). After we rationally talked about it, we decided that we would try to figure out who was doing it before we put all of them down (please understand that this decision absolutely breaks our hearts and we do NOT want to do it. They are our babies and we love them).
All medical issues have been ruled out. Our vet feels that there are no other medical or behavioral tactics we can try to make this stop, and putting the cat(s) down is the only way to alleviate the problem. We've been trying to rehome them for weeks ... no one wants peeing cats, though we explain that the behaviors exist because we have an energetic toddler in the home.
We are throwing out all of the carpeting tomorrow and replacing it next week. So we have until next week (when the new carpet comes) to determine who is doing the peeing. We just switched to Dr. Elsey's Cat Attract and began using Feliway. My question is ... once cats pee/mark, do they ever stop? What has your experience been with improper elimination problems??? I am so hopeful that they will stop once the carpet (and old pee smell) is gone ...... but I fear I'm being naive. Thanks for your help.