Saturday, July 23, 2011

the trouble with charlie.

This is our cat, Charlie. You may have met him before. He enjoys catnip, cuddling with our dog, and napping with his paws over his eyes. Since we've moved into our new house, he's taken up some not-so-cute habits as well, like peeing on our nice new floors.

It might be that he's trying to mark his territory, or maybe he doesn't like his new roofed litter box, but I think he's just mad that we won't let him stay outside. Besides the fact that the heat index is well into the hundreds, I'm just nervous letting him roam around now that we're back in a more urban environment.

When we lived a few blocks away, we had a neighbor turn him in to animal control several times because, technically, leash laws apply to cats as well and he was trespassing on her property. And then there's the matter of fast cars, mean dogs, and just the fear that he'll get lost.

That said, we're slowly acclimating him to the new neighborhood, letting him out for a few hours each night. So far he's always come in at the end of the night. Here's hoping Charlie can cut it in the new 'hood — and that he stops peeing on the floor.


  1. sorry to hear about charlie's new bad habit! hopefully he is just adjusting to the new home and will return to his normal ways soon!

  2. You don't wanna mess with a cats litter box, any change we made to ours the cats would act out.

  3. Maybe he's trying to tell you he has a kidney infection brought on by all this new environment he's getting used to. Or, like you said, marking his new territory (with all those new building material smells competing with all his efforts).

  4. Ugh, that is the worst. My cat did the same thing 5 years ago when we moved in with my husband. Never stopped, unfortunately. I lived with it for about 2.5 years and was miserable. But when we built the new house (and bought all new furniture/rugs...) we made the decision that he'd have to live outside b/c it was just too nasty. We've built a serious fence and he really loves it out there. Good luck! Hopefully Charlie will stop.

  5. Poor little guy... and I guess I should say, poor you, too. Hopefully you figure out what's going on with him. It could be the new place I guess. Maybe with just a little time things will be back to normal again.