Gray: “Back off! Social distancing!”
Ross, I have had to bring the “neighborhood cat” into my home after he sustained a fighting injury. At the vet, he tested positive for Feline AIDS. He has always been a hobo cat roaming from neighbor to neighbor. He is not litterbox trained. Do you have any past experiences or suggestions to help him get acclimated to living inside forever and using his box and not my carpets?
Get him neutered ASAP. That should help with marking behaviours. If the litterbox is a completely alien concept, try filling up a litterbox with moist garden soil, then gradually mixing in regular litter a little at a time, day by day. He might also have a urinary tract infection which is causing the inappropriate peeing. Discuss this possibility with your vet.
FIV+ cats are not a threat to other cats unless they are super aggressive fighters. I’ve had several FIV+ cats who lived normal lives and lifespans. Also – the FIV+ snap test (the one done quickly in office, looks like a pregnancy test) has a pretty high rate of false positives.
Thank you for your reply. This big guy just needed some time to get used to a litter box. Its been 7 full days and he’s got it figured out! He WAS an aggressive street fighter, and I just can’t take the chance he won’t infect another cat. We’re all adjusting to living inside. It’s hard when he looks wistfully out the windows…
Oh, he did get neutered the same day.
It takes a couple of weeks for the testosterone to leave their system. It seems to throw some mature male cats into a panic. I’ve had rescue cats who went on a spraying frenzy for a couple of weeks while it dwindles, then it finally stopped. The stinky pee smell will also lessen. The tomcat smell can also set off other fixed cats, so it’s best to keep them separated for a little while and gradually introduce them. I never dealt with any bloody battles between a FIV+ cat and a non FIV+ cat. The FIV+ cats I lived with usually turned into really sweet, affectionate pals once they adjusted to not having to fight to survive. That said I have met a few cats who were cat hating cats who could only function being the only cat in a household, but these were rare exceptions. Thank you for taking this tough guy in !
Ross….photos of your kitties always bring me a smile…..love them..!!
Gray is a poster child for our troubled times.
Gray is the priority right now. Purrrr
Gray says this is my special space. All others watch out and remember Ross belongs to me.(each one thinks this is true) These kitty pictures always make me smile and feel happy. I love them. Thanks
Ooo-hoo-hoo…..Ears back, WATCH OUT!! LOL…
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