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Have you taken him to a vet to have a urine sample checked to see if he has urinary tract inflammation, crystals, or signs of an infection? That would be the first step.
If his urine is completely normal then he may need a prescription anti-anxiety medication if the phermones are not working.
What natural calming agents did the vet prescribe?
You can try adding a product called "cat attract" to the litter box. They sell cat attract at larger pet stores and online.
Ok rescue remedy is 65-70 percent alcohol if you read the ingredients.
It sounds like anxiety to me.
I practice hollistic medicine, acupuncture, and western medicine.
In your cats case I think you need to go with Western medicine therapy. At least for a few months.
Yes, ask the other vet for a copy of the urine test and blood work.
Then take those with you to a new vet.
I would start with amiptriptylline but every vet has a favorite. And if the first one does not help in 2-3 weeks there are many others to try.
Your vet can also get the medication flavored or put into pill or liquid form. If there is no way you can get the medication in him then you can get a form where you rub it on the ear and it goes through the skin.
That is called "transdermal."
If they are any stray cats oranimals outside that may be causing him stress you can buy a motion activated sprinkler to keep them away.
Sometimes other animals come in the middle of the night so you may not know they are there but he may see them out the window.
The have them at amazon.com. Just type in "motion activated sprinkler" into google and a bunch come up. I think Home depot has them too. Not sure if they have them in the winter though.
Then also buy a black light so you can make sure all the traces of urine are gone. Urine glows with a black light.
I bought a cheap black light on amazon.com.
I use Natures miracle urine destroyer to get the urine out.
And then try to think if anything has changed in the house or outside that would stress him out and cause him to feel the need to mark his territory.
Okay, but I think a new vet appointment is in order after the Holiday.
Do you have any other questions you can think of for me?
Okay so he may be over protective if your husband is gone. Nothing you can do about that situation.
Anyway, an anti-anxiety medication should help.
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