Conversations with Animals: Cherished messages and memories as told by an animal communicator by Lydia Hiby with Bonnie S. Weintraub.
I liked this book. It was easy to read and there was lots of useful information in the book for those owners who know that pets have feelings just like we do. They also know a LOT more than you give them credit for. Lydia tells about one cat, Boo, who had stopped using his litter box (like none of us with cats have ever had that problem, eh?)
Boo was using the bathmat in front of the litter box to urinate on. The owner was, of course, frustrated and sought out Lydia to find out why this was happening. Boo said, “The bathmat is new and I don’t like the odor of the rubber backing.”
Now cats mark offensive odors with their urine. They will mark other ammonia smells–like marking windows after they have been washed with Windex. Fabric softener sheets are also an offensive odor to cats–so clothes and bedding dried with these sheets are a favorite to urinate on.
Boo continued, “I like my new uncovered litter box. I liked my old litter better, though. The new scented litter gives me a headache.”
Useful tips. Believe them. After 30 years of being around veterinary medicine, inappropriate urination is one of the most interesting yet time-consuming problems I see.
Another tip is to advise new pet owners to immediately take a picture of their pets and make up a “Lost Pet” poster to keep in their pet’s health file JUST IN CASE. What a great idea. Who has the time to search through hundreds of pictures trying to find a good picture of your pet when you are in a state of panic? I also believe microchipping is an excellent thing to do. It is usually available through your local animal shelter for a very reasonable price, but many veterinarians also chip.