I am BEYOND DESPERATION regarding my cat. He has had anxiety issues off and on for 10 years and he is in his worse spraying episode - going on about a month now. When I first rescued him, he had these issues and I figured out what to do over time. He requires a huge rubbermaid container as a litter box in quiet area, certain type of litter, cleaned daily, can't use rubber backed rugs. Would put vinegar soaked cloths in containers where he would spray or containers of kibble if more out in the open. That really worked well. Cannot use "fabric" furniture, must be vinyl or wood
When his BFF died 7 years ago, he went through this again. About 3 months after that, I rescued the runt of a feral litter found in a barn and after a few weeks, they miraculously became best friends. They remained best friends, inseparable - until last summer.
When he was diagnosed with diabetes
3-4 years ago, same thing happened but it was because I removed his kibble. He would never ever eat soft cat food
. He now only eats high protein pate and for treats, he gets people chicken or turkey. At that time, he went into diabetic remission quickly. Learned all this through a website called diabeticcatcare.com (DCC) who also provides support.
We moved last summer (probably the catalyst). Started spraying alot again. By the way, these do not work - feliway, calming collars, Spirit Essences from Jackson Galaxy. We finally put him on fluoxetine last year - prescribed 10 mg once a day since last summer which worked well but about the same time he developed severe chronic stomatitis. Has now has had all teeth removed and has been fully recovered for several months. However, his diabetes kicked back in. He is on lantus, I test him myself and give him shots (almost 6 weeks now.) Something still wasn't right with him, he was becoming hypoglycemic even though GLU was 90's (wobbling, incoherent, not responding). DCC sent me a link that said sometimes lantus and fluoxetine may not work together plus the standard dose was 2.5 - 5 mg once a day. I stopped the fluoxetine. After a few days, he became more normal.
As he has been recovering from all this, he has become his old self again where he is very playful and loving, lots of purring and snuggling. He still hisses and bites at his former BFF who now avoids him most of the time. We do have other cats in the household, always have, although he is the alpha cat. He HAS to live in our large bedroom only (he sprays within a minute of leaving the bedroom) and also has a 12 X 12 catio. The other cats come and go in the bedroom and I believe he wants to be an only cat but the others definitely do not bother him at all. As he appears to be feeling better though, his spraying stepped up BIG TIME. I use a FULL container of hydrogen peroxide every day. He sprays multiple times a day and the last few nights, actually on the bed, multiple times. Last night, on the headboard, on my pillow, on my husband and woke me up for the 4th time as he was spraying my head. Husband is very upset and wants to put him in garage. He has had a full blood panel, GLU is the only issue. I don't know what to try now. Am putting food back on the bed hoping that will deter him. Had hoped his diabetes would go back into remission so I could put him back on fluoxetine. I've read many online articles. I don't know what to do, he simply cant live in the garage. Any suggestions?
I know this is lengthy but want you to know I have a nonprof org where we do low cost S/N and TNR. I have successfully rehomed quite a few cats and kept the "unadoptables" who all turned out to be very loving cats