On the eve of her very first birthday, our Ruby Roo is presenting me with a behavior issue that I would like to throw open to the experts for advice:
It all started in July. Clara moved out on July 5th. Norman went to the Rainbow Bridge on July 11th. Shortly afterwards (within a week or so), Ruby began having litter issues. She started peeing in Charlie's beds. She peed on the bathroom floor. She was unapologetically, willfully going wherever she pleased.
With a lot of reassurance, some scrubbing, and a dose of lemon juice, I thought we had moved past this. Ruby thought again.
Over the weekend, it started again. I can pinpoint two recent changes in her life...
1. The bravest of the foster kittens have been allowed limited excursions into the main house. She doesn't seem to have an issue with either Garnet or Maxie, although she clearly shows more interest in whatever Garnet happens to be doing. Ruby mostly disappears when they are out and returns later when the coast is clear. The second change could be a bit more challenging:
2. My husband came home. For those who are new here, my husband is an active duty Air Force officer who was transferred out of state when Ruby was a newborn by the name of Willie Rae living in the upstairs bathroom. Ruby does NOT do well with strangers. She typically runs and hides whenever someone to whom she is not "related" comes into the house. My dad visited for an entire week in May and only saw her twice as she slunk as quickly through the room as possible in her attempt to evade notice. Roo is not so dramatic around my husband. She'll come out into the open, but is clearly skittish and distrusts his intentions. It's a little suspicious that she restricts her "acting out" to our bedroom and bathroom. I'm afraid Ruby thinks that he is coming between us.
He's gone again for another month, so I guess I'll get my answer if her poor behavior stops. But help me out experts... How do I get her to stop? I know what to do to clean it up, but I'm having difficulty reassuring her in order to avoid the behavior to begin with. And I've got to tell you... I don't see any way to get his cooperation in keeping another kitten if the last one I kept continues stinking up the bedroom. Not that I'm considering anything of the sort. Or perhaps I am. That will just have to be our secret for now.
I'll be back tomorrow with a very special birthday edition.