The cat problemNicole and I have a bit of a problem and I was hoping that those of you who are regular readers and animal lovers as we are might be able to offer some good suggestions to us. Some of you may know that we raise rabbits, but they live outside, so does our dog Daisy. We do have an inside pet-a cat we call Casper.
Casper is about six months old and since we brought him home, he has a history of being quite bratty-he'll get into things he isn't supposed to, or scratch things he shouldn't, but if you tell him no and push him away, he'll cut it out. One thing he has never had a problem with in the four months he has lived with us is knowing where he needs to go to use the bathroom. He has gone in his litter box almost instinctively and we've barely needed needed to so much as show him where to go-until now.
For the past three days he insists on using the bathroom somewhere other than his litter box, and always in an area where he would never be permitted and where his litterbox simply would not and should not go. We are at a loss what to do to get him back in the right habit of going in his litterbox. For now, we've locked him in the bathroom with his litterbox and the absolute necessities of life. If he doesn't quit using the bathroom where he should not go, he won't be able to stay with us. As much as I love him and I know we're a good home, my house is not a barn. Even though we own our home now and the plot of land around it, I am afraid to let him outside because we live very close to the railroad tracks, and I fear he'll be run over by a train.
Anyone have any suggestions what we might do to break him of this awful habit?
In a worst-case scenario, we might be looking for a good home for him, perhaps a place where he can safely be outdoors. Obviously that is a last resort.