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My dog started peeing in the floor after we got a cat, help!

Taylor in Noble, OK
Oct. 18, 2018

My husband and I recently adopted a cat, and our 6 year old dog, who we adopted in May, has now started peeing in the house every single time we leave. Jemima, our dog, was completely house trained when we rescued her from the pound to the point where she didn’t go pee the first 2 days she was there because no one had taken her outside and she didn’t want to go inside. However, she has always “resentment peed” in the floor. If we would come home and then leave fairly quickly after, there was almost always a puddle in the floor when we got home. Not every time, but sometimes. And she KNOWS it’s wrong. She gives herself away every time she does. We can immediately tell when we walk in the door because of the way she cowers down and looks sad. Well, we’ve had the cat a couple weeks now and ever since we’ve gotten him, almost every time we leave she pees. And it’s in the exact same spot in our hallway. If we stay home all day, she never goes in the floor, and she only ever goes once while we’re gone (which is usually 11+ hours during the week) so that makes me think it isn’t a physical problem like a UTI or something similar. She still gets top spot over the cat because the cat isn’t too social at this point. He comes out and gets pets every once in a while, but most of the time he just sleeps in his hiding spots. Jemima still gets to sleep in the bed with us every night, she has her own bed in the living room and gets free reign of the other furniture. She’s queen bee resident diva (and I think she knows it).I’m just sick and tired of cleaning up pee!! Help!

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Hello my name is Stephanie, it sounds like your dog is most likely marking territory. Maybe put an object in that spot one she wouldn't want to potty on or take her out more and give her a treat when she potties outside. Remind her what happens when she doesn't potty outside.

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Logan in Ruskin, FL
Oct. 18, 2018

I think your problem is that you have a jealous dog, and I will attempt to provide some ideas to help you out. First, your dog is angry because you aren't putting in enough time into them as you used to, or that's how she feels. Maybe take more time out of your day to walk or play tug with Jemima. When I experienced this, I also put on the TV or Jazz and that seemed to help. Also, if you come home and Jemima hadn't peed, reward her with a treat or food you know she likes, you may not think they would know it's a reward, but they are smarter than you think. One other thing that may be worth your money is buying a Kong, to distract them from their anger or 'jealousy'. I own two cats and one dog so I have been through this before. I hope any of this helped you!

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Taylor in Noble, OK
Feb. 15, 2019

We ended up realizing that she was doing this to keep the cat out of the hallway by her so she had her own space. We opened our bedroom door during the day and allowed her to go into the bedroom and it stopped because she had her own space free of the kitty. I think we solved it! Thanks for all the input!

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User in Loveland, OH
Nov. 30, 2018

Most likely it is separation anxiety. When you are leaving she is not getting the attention so right before you leave do not give her too much attention and when you come home don't show too much excitement this generally will help. Best of luck.

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Kylie in Seneca, SC
Oct. 18, 2018

It may be that either your dog feels as if the attention is off of him with a new animal in the house, can sometimes make a dog feel like they are being neglected. Which would result in them peeing to gain attention of some sort because my dog used to do that. But if you say it happens when y'all are not home maybe the dog gets scared of being around the cat, maybe it is something he is not used to and causes him to be uncomfortable which can result in her peeing in the house. Another big things dogs love doing is marking their territory, especially when another animal comes around. When dogs mark their territory they do so by peeing in a spot. It might just be her way of showing her dominance towards the cat or something. Just a few suggestions that might be of help to you! They may not be accurate but I have had pets in my life do all of the above so I am just speaking from experience!

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Have you tried any of the products that spray on her area of choice to deter her?

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Try using pee pads. When you take your pet outside to use the restroom before leaving, take the pad with you and rub it over her urine so it holds her scent. Then leave the pad in an area she usually marks so shes tempted to pee on the pad. If she does, be sure to let her know she did good and give a treat. Using key words like, "Pee pee" helps as well when taking them out. Repetition is key.

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Most likely your dog is peeing because this is how she is communicating to you. She must like like the cat or just jealous. When you leave do 1 or 2 things put her in a designated room such as maybe the kitchen if it is large enough with a pee pad and close her in or another room. Or put the cat in a designated place so your pup is not able to see her. Cover the area in which she is peeing and spray solution to kill the pee smell to distract her from going there. When I say cover I mean with a large item so she cannot squat. For sure try separating her from the cat. With a little more effort she will eventually stop. But remember dogs do this out of spite, mine do and they will keep marking due to my many. When new walks in and I dog sit they go for it and the new dog will too. Lots of luck and hope this helps. Oh also I had a stray who was stressed when I walked out the door feeling abandon so every time in the beginning of her 1st year or so with me she peed on my carpet out of spite. ):

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Annie in Anderson, IN
Jan. 24, 2019

If I were ;you, I would set up a camera or two, and see what is causing her to pee on the floor. She may be scared of the cat, when left alone, through no fault of the cat. Sometimes being from a shelter, you do not know what tribulations they have had to face. Or maybe there is a noise, that provokes her. If it were a UTI, I would think she would be having accidents when you are there. You might put her in the laundry room, or a bathroom, by herself, and see if it happens then.

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He is simple marking his territory. That has happened to us and should stop once he is used to his new housemate.

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Susan in Anaheim, CA
Jan. 14, 2019

I think you're in an adjustment period and it should work itself out. Make sure that the pee smell is completely gone if Jemima is going in the same spot every time.

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Ashley in Oceano, CA
Jan. 11, 2019

It takes time, be diligent. And take her out more often, 11+ hour is to much. If you need someone to come mid day and take her out let me know.

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she's showing dominance to the cat. my husky does it to all my other dogs and cat it should eventually stop

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Positive reinforcement can help re-train Ms. Jemima that outside is potty time, but it sounds as though she is marking her territory, because a newcomer [cat] has intruded what she perceives as her terrain. This can prove tricky, because it's not about the need to go potty that is causing the inside urination. It's sort of like a show of dominance of domain. I am pretty confident the kitty tinkled in that spot in the hallway, and Ms. Jemima is covering the scent with her own pee-pee. I've had a similar situation with my dog, where she was jealous of my rescue cat when I brought the kitty home. I would usually just have both pets with me on the couch and pet them at the same time, to show that they are both loved, and soon they were both sleeping together, and the jealous peeing stopped. It takes time, but positive reinforcement and mutual affection could help.

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I too think you answered it yourself. Resentment per...her nose is out of joint! Adjustment takes time...

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Jem is inscure. Being in a pound and in a new situation just like a kid they think that this living situation is temporary. Crate her during the day. and when home its IMMEADIATELY outside to potty. Overly praise her and treats too. Good luck

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User in Spokane, WA
Dec. 24, 2018

I would kennel her while you are gone.

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Did you try putting a pet pad down in that spot?

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this is a serious problem, since the dog and the cat weren't raised together they find it difficult to get along each other, since the dog was the first one to be in the house she pees because she is marking her territory. At least that is the reason i think for this situation, i really don't know how to make a dog and a cat get along given that they are strangers to each other, i guess only time can tell if they are going to be able to live together

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Your dog might be marking his territory.

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It takes time for a pet to feel normal around a recently adopted pet being brought home.

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It's always best to have a visit to the vet just in case! That being said, I think it is the sibling jealousy taking over. There are anti-anxiety sprays and the like you can get from pet stores and it's good to go the extra mile with extra walks or treats etc. You always want to introduce new pets SLOWLY. Doing all of the things above consistently should help but it will require a lot of patience on your part!

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Dee in Brookline, NH
Dec. 1, 2018

Unfortunately your dog may be very sensitive about having another pet introduced into her home, especially when she is still fairly new herself. Your dog may feel nervous because either she isn't familiar with cats and feels threatened, or she was mistreated by one in the past. My suggestion, if it can be done, is to provide a place for the dog and cat to be separate while you are away. Not all homes are set up conveniently to do that, but shutting the cat in a large room with her food, water and litter box and giving the dog space for awhile may be the ticket. After a month or so try leaving them alone for just half an hour and see what happens, then extend that time gradually if all goes well.

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Hello, it seems that your dog may be overwhelmed and confused by the new furry friend in your home. She is most likely peeing on the floor because she knows that it will get a reaction out of you. Dogs crave attention, sometimes when they do something bad, they get more attention than when they do something good. I would suggest calmly cleaning it up. Try not to give her the attention she is expecting when she pees on the floor. Instead, positively reinforce her behavior when she pees outside by giving her praise and/or a treat.Hope this helps!

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Mysti
Nov. 29, 2018

Out she goes. Leave her OUT of the house when you have to go somewhere - in the garage or in the yard. She'll get the message soon enough that she's lost her house privileges. After a couple of days, let her back - if she doesn't 'piss off' on your floor, thank her with a treat, explain why you're so happy while standing where she has been making her deposit.

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Amy in Tyler, TX
Nov. 28, 2018

The dog might be a bit jealous. Make sure you love on both a lot perhaps the at the same time or in close proximity to each other. For you dog a new toy might help and some individual play time, or a nice walk. Hope this helps.

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Sounds like it is resentment, sometimes with cats and dogs it is beyter to get them both when they are puppy and kitten so they get used to each other. I think the idea of having a different part of the hose designated for the cat(if you have enough room) is good. But maybe just having an animal behavior specialist talk to you...if you can do activities with both pets together, giving special attention to the jealous one, this might help build there relationship slowly but surely. I will pray for your pee problem!

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Hello, my name is Barbara and I have a degree in Veterinary Medicine in Brazil. The animal can use this behavior to draw attention. This happens when he feels alone and wants the attention of the owner. She clearly knows where the pee should be made and purposely out of place. The treatment consists of adopting behavioral strategies that do not allow or discourage the animal from presenting the behavior in the presence of what causes this reaction. Some situations can be controlled so that the animal does not have an exaggerated emotional reaction... - not to appreciate this attitude - positive reinforcement training when she hits (compliment and snacks) - withdrawal of attention when erring - reward when the behavior is appropriate.

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I would crate her when you go out until she realizes she cannot pee in the house

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Katie in Guyton, GA
Nov. 26, 2018

she is probably peeing in the house because she is marking because she is basically saying its her house to the cat hey just have to get used to each other

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When I was younger my family had a similar issue with our young puppy. At the time we had gotten the puppy we already had a cat and they both got along great and there were no potty issues with the puppy or the cat. We then decided to rescue another cat and within a week after that we noticed issues with the puppy's potty training, and would frequently come home to a pee puddle on the floor. A friend of ours suggested maybe the new cat is scaring the puppy while we weren't home, or that the puppy is just trying to mark its territory and recommended maybe separating them while no one was home. We ended up trying it and we had the cats stay downstairs since the liter box was down in the laundry room and we kept the puppy upstairs with a couple puppy pads on the floor just in case and we didn't experience problems after that. After a while we lessened the separation and the problem went away. So my suggestion to you is maybe try separating the animals and see if that helps get rid of the house training problem. I hope this helps!!

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That is behavior related. He is likely acting out because of jealousy or territory. The next time you go t the vet, speak to them about it and they can likely give you some good advice on next steps.

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How old is the dog? I would rule out any psycological issues and try to take the pet to the vet.

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Hello, As aggravating and unhelpful this may sound, there is nothing you can do. The dog, like you have stated who is aware of her mistakes, simply is marking territory and dominance. Although, over time the dog should stop acting out, if not, there are always training assistance, etc. , but I am sure it will not come down to that. I know that you guys are busy with your jobs and other activities, but maybe just giving her some more one-on-one attention would greatly help. ~Caitlin

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Try having the cat stay in a room away from the dog. Slowly introduce them again after your doggie eases up on the peeing problem. Some enzyme cleaner should help too. The dog is most like ticked because of the new cat. With some space and time the peeing should subside.

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Melissa in Bray, OK
Nov. 19, 2018

Have you tried putting up a doggy gate to keep her away from that particular spot? Also to make sure you leave the TV on or a radio for comfort. My dogs used to do this a lot but now only occasionally when they are just in a mood and upset because we left. Also dogs respond really well when you try to use the same words or phrases over and over again. When she pees outside try to always say Good Potty, Good Potty so she knows that, that is where she is supposed to go and gets praises for it.

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Terri-lynn D.
Nov. 19, 2018

It sounds like Jemima has alot of anxiety, rejection and trust issues and still struggles with believing she is loved. Depending upon the history of the animal, some animals simply thrive as being the "one and only" pet in he household. I realize it's after the fact, but, it's always a good idea to do a "test run" when bringing animals together, even though, they are not of the same species. There are a couple of ways to approach this; however, you didn't say what you have tried in order to resolve the issue? Do you use a firm voice to discipline Jemima and show her what she did? Or do you, just clean it up and go about your business? Is Jemima left with an empty bladder every time you leave the house? Do you show both animals affection at the same time, if possible? Jemima may have fear of the "unknown" since the cat is not too social yet. Perhaps, bringing them together if you can and engaging in some play time to show them both you love them and help them get acquainted. Jemima may feel as tho there is a stranger in the house and see the cat as a threat rather than a companion. Sometimes with works and other times animals are simply not a good match for one another. Hope this helps some!

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Erika in Chicago, IL
Nov. 18, 2018

I would suggest a trip to the vet to rule out any medical issue first. However I suspect it's behavior related. The dog could be reacting to the new cat being in the home. I had the same issue when I got a new cat several years ago. My older cat started peeing all over the house. Vet ruled out medical all issues which meant it was behavioral. I ended up having to give the new cat to my mom. Once I did that, the peeing stopped.

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Hi there! I have a similar issue with my rescue girl. The urination for her is stress-based due to boredom from being home alone all day and separation anxiety manifested in urination when left alone too often. It sounds like yours may be experiencing the same thing with the addition of a new family member to boot! A few things really improved the situation for mine - first, interactive toys (food dispensing ball, stuffed/frozen Kong toy) helped her with the boredom after we left. Next, we had a dog walker come any day we had to be gone more than 6 hours for a 30 minute walk. This absolutely did wonders. She was tired and happy to sleep until we came home after! Finally, we slowly introduced her to a crate and made it her 'happy place'. She 'got' to go in her crate when we left with her fun toys and yummy things to chew! So long as the crate is appropriately sized, and the pet is not left in it too long, dogs will not urinate in their place. Once a habit of urination is established in a space, it can unfortunately be difficult to discourage. I would highly recommend a professional cleaning if a carpeted area. Hope this helps!

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Kelly in Easley, SC
Nov. 18, 2018

I feel this is a behavioral issue with your dog since you adopted the new cat. Jemima sees she is not the only animal trying to get your affection. You can leave a pee pad in and around this same spot everyday, and offer her reassurance of your love and devotion to her through extra petting and offer treats when she does not pee on the floor. If you feel comfortable with this, try a kennel that your dog could stay in during the day . This generally offers extra security for a animal, you could leave the door open, so Jemima could stay in or go out. Hope this is helpful, it takes time for new animals to get used to your home and new animals sometimes places insecurities on the animal that was there first, in turn causing behavioral issues like the peeing. Be patient.

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It's most likely anxiety or acting out due to change in the pack. Try taking more walks and having more play time. This will allow your dog to release pent up energy, use the bathroom more, and re-establish it's bond with you. If that does not work, try a visit to your vet. There could be a deeper underlying problem that needs to be addressed.

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Jules in Austin, TX
Nov. 15, 2018

The fact that she is peeing in the same spot everytime you leave is more of a dominance than a health problem. I have a Minature Dashcund and we have another dog, a Boxador. My Dachshund, Enzo, would pee in the same spot in my bedroom over and over, but it was to show dominance, a marking in the territory. So she may just be marking her territory even though she gets that same amount of attention she's going to let the cat know that this was her place first and if your cat starts marking it is because Jemima started it first. She cowers because she knows she will get in trouble so if you have scolded her in a loud voice or yelled it won't change the fact that she is going to feel the need to mark, she'll just become afraid of you, which is why she cowers. I would also talk to a veterinarian to get their professional opinion and find ways or solutions to let her know her dominance is clear so she won't have to keep peeing.

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Rylee in Nampa, ID
Nov. 15, 2018

I think it might be a territorial thing. Because the dog is not used to the cat, the dog is trying to show the cat that it is their house.

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It sounds like she is suffering from anxiety. You can hire a pet behaviorist for help.

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Unfortunately, there's not a great answer. It all depends on your resolve. Because Jemima is a rescue, we don't know her stressors. If she has abandonment issues, those may be stronger than your resolve. My wife and I had a cat that acted out when we were gone. We had him for over ten years, but he never grew out of it. We knew his experiences before we rescued him. He was abandoned when he was very young, and adopted by one of our family members until he was six. Our family member died at home. "Kid-T" was left alone for the second time in his life. My wife's uncle went over to her Grandmother's two to three times a day for about a month caring for Kid-T before we agreed to take him in. He was the light of our life, but he never shook that feeling of abandonment. Your new addition deserves to have the love and attention that you have given Jemima. Assimilating a new animal requires both pets to bond with each other. Right now you have two unhappy pets, and that may undo the good intentions that you have for both. I suggest that you concentrate on getting them to interact with each other and become "friends" who can be a comfort when you are gone. If that's not possible, then the kind thing to do would be to look for a better living environment for your cat.

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Kellie in Lee, NH
Nov. 13, 2018

It sounds like she may be stressed when you are not home and this is more separation anxiety. Also 11+ hrs. is a very long time to expect any dog to have to hold it.

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Cain in Rosser, TX
Nov. 13, 2018

i think it might be social problems. she might not be getting enough attention, so to get attention she is peeing on the floor. from my research, dogs need a lot of attention, way more than cats. so try to give her as much as attention as you can give her. also take her out more than you normally do and just let her run around.

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Vanessa in Cadott, WI
Nov. 13, 2018

Is she spayed? If she isn't then shes probably peeing to mark her territory but if she is spayed it's most likely a Uti and those are a serious condition and need medical attention right away.

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Try paper training her. This will show her to go ONLY in this spot. Once the dog does this, then you can keep trying to show her to go outside. A doggie door would be good. Just in case this might be medical related, check her for diabetes.

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I have a suggestion for a situation like this. Jemina seems to be using pee as a way to mark her territory from the new cat's territory which is very common for dogs. A way to hopefully decrease this behavior is to invest in a large comfortable cage for Jemina to stay in while you are busy during the day. Dogs tend to prefer not to use the bathroom in the same place that they will be sleeping so you don't have to worry about her peeing on the floor or her new cage. Hope that helps!

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Your dog may be stressed or have anxiety because of the new pet in the house and she is overwhelmed and doesn't know how to share her owners with someone new. Its kind of like when you have a kid and they are an only child for so long then you have another kid it can cause the first kid to get jealous or sad or feel not as loved. So make sure she gets lots of love and knows its okay to share her owners with someone else. Hope this helps!

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Personally, to me this sounds like anxiety. Could be added anxiety due to the known presence of the cat, but also separation anxiety. You may have to get an oversized crate to crate her, when you are gone. Make the crate a fun place (have a nice toy, get a little treat for going "Kennel"). This could also make her feel safe from the other "known presence" (the cat), until they get more used to each other. I have also used pee pads for one of my dogs, who in spite of having the company of its two other dogs housemates, still is very anxious when the humans are gone too long. (You can buy these in bulk at pet stores and Sam's Club or Costco.) I put the pee pad in the spot were she pees. Finally, I recommend "clicker" training. I think it would work very well for her. The training gives her extra very active attention, and the pee issue can be trained out of her. Clicker training is very effective and easy to do, but just takes a lot of time initially. There may be other tips others may share.

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User in Hemet, CA
Nov. 9, 2018

I think she's marking her territory at the door you use, to secure the area from the cat, she is insecure when you leave...Before I rescued my dog Bear, he was a very insecure dog and marked everywhere (he was an outside dog when I was dog sitting at the time). when I adopted him I brought him inside. I had a spray bottle of water in my hand, when he looked like he was going to mark my furniture I sprayed a stream of water at him and used a verbal command of "no" (in a game show buzzer way), he never tried again...that's because he understood everything in the house belonged to me (top dog). As Caesar Milan says, Pack leader...Somehow you could get the cat involved to bring out the insecurity of your dog and let her know the cat belongs to you...(not necessarily with water), but she needs to know it's unwanted behavior, at the same time you don't want to "rub her nose in it" or any punishment as that doesn't work, just creates more problems, like lack of trust. Maybe put the cat in a carrier on the spot the dog markes, tell her the cat belongs to you and then her. Might work, the hard part for you is your not seeing it done in front of you, if you could catch her and just let her know it's not wanted behavior, then if she doesn't do it you would give lots of praise. Rule is never punish the dog...

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I had the same problem with one of my dogs, I took her to the vet and they said she was healthy as can be and that maybe it was stress of a new environment or a change. If you guys have never really had another animal it may just be new to her and that stresses her out or maybe she feels like she needs to act out for a little extra attention. Maybe try taking her out for a extra potty break until she gets use to the fact that she has a new sibling may be a option but I also understand with busy work schedule. If she uses the potty everytime you take her out she may actually have a UTI or something, when she is alone its probably all she thinks about because there is no excited like when you guys are there. Just to have a piece of mind I would talk to a vet, I hope she get better!

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Lindsey in Hurst, TX
Nov. 8, 2018

Even though the dog is still top priority and gets the same treatment from the owners it sounds as if the dog is marking his territory which is normal when they go from being the only pet in the house to not they are jealous and acting out of their personality. If they aren't seeing eye to eye I would have one parent hold the cat and one hold the dog and show the dog that it is okay. The dog is showing a sign of dominance. Even though you might be showing the dog more affection they are still jealous that another animal is entering their home and making them feel like the cat is trying to take his spot.

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your dog is marking his territory...hes basically letting the cat know whos in charge

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Hi, I think your pup is scared for whatever reason of kitty and can't hold it as long as she was able to before or when you all are home. I can't help but think since you adopted your pup from the pound you probably don't know much about her past and how well she got along with cats. I know that dogs do not like to disappoint there owners especially when they know you saved her. ( I believe they know and are grateful) Kitty might be just trying to play with Jemima but its really scaring her. If you have someway of video taping whats going on while you both aren't home you may find out why. This definitely can be fixed and both animals can learn to coexist with out anymore accidents. Thank you so much for adopting you guys Rock!!

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I would suggest making sure you let her go outside to pee right before you leave, then crate her during the day, and possibly going home for lunch to take her out to pee or get someone that can come take her out during the day.. 11+ hours is along time for a pet to not go potty

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Chase in Clayton, IN
Nov. 7, 2018

Most cats out of adoption are a little mean and the cat could be scaring your dog while your gone I know it sounds funny but it happened to me whe i bought two cats myself i would try separating them and see what happens.

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Unfortunately now your dog is smelling the place where she peed and its triggering her to go there again.At Petco they have solutions that will remove the odor completely. Dogs can smell what we cant. Start with that. Then go back to crate training. Dogs wont pee where they lie down.

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Hi there my name is Desiree ! I have actually graduated my vet assistant and I worked in an animal hospital. I would suggest putting a small potty pad in that spot every time you leave. You could even check for s UTI but usually that's non stop urination she would not be able to hold it while your home. I also would possibly attempt leaving the pet in a comfy Little home "cage" while you are gone and then immediately take your baby out to use the restroom but if you do not want to do that I'd definitely try the pee pad. Being it is in the same spot.

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Kaitlynn in Pala, CA
Nov. 6, 2018

I had a cat that was like that. Them peeing on things if their way of claiming their territory

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David in Menifee, CA
Nov. 6, 2018

One option is buy some pee pants for the dog and put them on every time he'll be in one of the situations when he regularly pees. (BTW, my wife made some pee pants for one of our dogs -- they were easier to use and stayed on better than ones we bought off the web.)

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Since Jemima is a rescue, she has separation anxiety from that. She seems to be intimidated by the cat and thinks the cat is taking her place. Perhaps spraying the area where she pees with an odor deterrent may help. She may also be marking her territory like dogs do outside when they go to the bathroom to show the other dog or animal that they were there first. Reassuring her is the best way you can build her confidence. Its a hard call to make, but time and patience is what you need in this situation. You may also speak to your vet to see if they have a suggestion or could offer some insight.

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Jemima is probably marking her territory because of the new addition to the family. It may stop over time or it may not but it is most likely behavioral. If it was a UTI she would be constantly squatting to pee with only a little bit coming out each time. You can try to block off the area in the hallway where she pees so that she doesnt keep smelling that spot and peeing there. I would also recommend the product Nature's Miracle; it is a cleaning spray for when there is an accident in the house. It is supposed to break down the enzymes so dogs wont keep peeing and pooping in the same spot. It is probably too late to use for that spot in your hallway depending in what kind of flooring you have, but it is always good to have on hand in case of an accident.

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Sounds like your doggo is marking her territory! She will soon grow out of this when she realizes the cat is here to stay. (if that is the case) My advice to you as a dog and cat owner is to get them to somehow socialize together. Maybe find a way to keep them in the same room. When I moved in with my fiancee, my cat HATED his dog. but the more time they spent together, the more they liked each other :)

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My advice is taking her outside more. Maybe getting a doggy door. She is getting older and most dog's shouldn't be left well over 11 hours to hold there bladder. 4 hours is the most I like to leave my dog at home by himself because I don't want him to pee. Does your dog get nervous around the cat and possibly pee on themselves? If so you may have a nervous peer on your hands. And please make sure before you leave to go anywhere take your dog outside and let them go before you leave the house. I do hope this helps.

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I'd try a couple of things: 1) Make sure when you clean up the pee in that particular spot, that you use ammonia or clorox or something that is really going to take up the pee smell. Dogs usually go for where they've gone before or some other dog/another animal has peed. The smell is there unless you can find something that will eliminate the odor completely. You can also try 'temporarily' covering that spot with furniture or something the dog can't move (even if it's inconvenient)(even if it's in the middle of the floor) just to see if the dog will 'pee' somewhere else or if it's that spot & the smell attracting him to it. Did the cat pee there at one time? Dog could be peeing on a spot the cat left before finding the litter box. 2) Dogs get anxiety. I have one. Dog may be anxious when you leave, especially when you've brought in a new pet. Some CBD Oil (a good brand) could eliminate the anxiety & the problem could stop. 3) Crate the dog when you leave which will eliminate the problem. If he still pees in the crate, then take dog to doctor for checkup. Dogs will never pee in their space in a crate unless they are sick. I'd get a vet visit anyway just to be sure. Good luck. Barbara

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Have you thought about crate training? Most dogs will not go pee in the cage because it is where they need to sleep for some hours. I know its not ideal as you are gone a lot but it may get her to stop doing that. And maybe even try using a dog walker to take her out in the middle of your shift. Thats what we do and it works like a charm!

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User in Concord, NC
Nov. 3, 2018

I guess it all depends on what type of dog it is and if it has had prior experiences with cats. I know that animals can be very territorial and that is probably why the cat is peeing. if the cat was there first and something new invaded all of the space she used to have, then she is probably mad about it. the dog, on the other hand feels sad when you guys leave home and try to make you guys see that by peeing.

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There are many possible answers to your dilemma. In my experience with animals, when a dog basically "resentment pees," it is usually in front of the owners to prove a point of not being happy. First and foremost, make sure Jemima does not have any health problems before moving onto behavioral issues. If there are no health issues, then it is probably her way of marking her territory. Since she is peeing in the exact same spot, my conclusion would be the cat is threatening to her territory when you are not in the home. Animals act differently in front of their owners and when the owners are not around. Possible remedies to this issue would be to keep the cat and dog separate from each other when you are not in the house. Maybe have the cat occupy the upstairs and the dog the downstairs. If there is no end to the peeing even after that, give an update and let's see if any new signs come up. Hope you don't have to clean up any more pee!

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It is probably a situation where your dog is trying to mark their territory. Mainly dogs are territorial with other dogs, but they can some times be with cats and other animals as well. Cats mark their territory by rubbing their face on things (it marks them with a pheromone). Maybe the cat has marked this spot this way and continues to do so and the dog repeatedly marks it back by urinating.

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she may be reclaiming her territory since there is another animal that she is unfamiliar with, it may take her some time to get used to the fact that there is another animal in the house.

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It's very simple. She is jealous of the cat and is acting out. It doesn't matter that she still gets the same attention, she's mad at you and showing it by her behavior. This happens when there is a sudden change i.e. move to a new home, new baby, new cat. Maybe you can give her an extra walk on the weekends. Take the extra step of getting her and the cat together so they can become familiar with each other. It won't be easy. I suspect the cat won't have a great reaction to it. It will take a lot of work on your part, but it will be worth it in the end.

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This is easy. Dont let her have freedom when you are gone. Put her in a crate so that you can break the pattern of peeing in the same spot. Or confine her in a different room. It may or may not have anything to do with the cat. But it doesnt matter, just address the issue and dont kill yourself trying to decide what the dog is thinking. Ellen Ringle Aint Misbehavin Dog Training, nine zero eight, three three four, three eight two nine

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Larry in Capitola, CA
Oct. 31, 2018

Sounds like the dog is upset because of the new home and new companion I know my husky needs a safe place which is her crate . I leave the door open for her so if she feels like being in her "dog cave" its there.

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Keira in Richland, WA
Oct. 31, 2018

Your dog is marking her territory, you can't just bring in a cat so quickly and think she will accept it. She is showing the cat that it's her house and that she doesn't want it there. Dogs are known for being jealous and since she has been the center of attention for a long while she will do that. You have to give her a lot of attention, cats aren't known for seeking attention 24/7 like dogs. The only way to stop her from peeing is to let her outside before you leave, give her attention more, and let her get comfortable with the cat.

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William in Dallas, TX
Oct. 31, 2018

She may be acting out either to be territorial or because she's just plain jealous/upset that this new creature has entered her domain. If she's doing it out of "spite" I would honestly get pee pads and barricade her in a room with tile while you're out for long periods... I'm sure she will not like the limited space but until you notice she's learned her lesson or at least given in to sharing her castle it will at least save you from having to come home to a mess. Either that or possibly a mid day dog walker just to get her out of the house while you're away for long hours.

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I'm thinking she is doing this as 1-A protest against having to now share you with the cat, and 2- To "mark" her territory in a way to communicate to the cat. This would have me frustrated, too! I'm sorry that I can't answer further with a suggestion.

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Jill in Corvallis, OR
Oct. 30, 2018

Dogs are like 4-legged alarm clocks and they have a need for orderly, dependable and consistent care, especially in times of stress. Anytime a new pet or a child for that matter enters a home, it can put an inordinate strain on your pre-existing pet and they can become a little more high maintenance and need constant reassurance that they still matter. I would recommend clock-like regularity of being taken outside at specific times of day and night to perform their toilet duties multiple times a day and be given praise each time they do it. I usually even give a little reward after each time they go outside to build a positive association with that task. If I need to use the john every 3-4 hours, chances are so does my dog. If you think it's a bothersome chore, so will they. Dogs are all about affirmations so give them lots of praise and opportunities for praise. They are furry kids, if they are afraid of a raised voice they may act out ahead of time. Reassure them as much as you can and be consistent, you'll have a better behaved family member.

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Your dog is definitely reacting from seperation anxiety. I would try a " calming collar " sold at most pet stores to relieve some of his/her anxiety or maybe even a " thunder shirt" applied when you leave the house.

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It sounds like Jemima has a bit of separation anxiety, anxiety because of the new cat, or is jealous of the new cat and is claiming her territory. It's difficult to assess without me meeting her, but it sounds like a bit of anxiety which is common. I would take her for frequent walks. At least once in the morning and once at night to avoid her having the opportunity to pee in the house. If possible, come home in the middle of the day and walk her around outside. Many adopted dogs have separation anxiety, and adding a new pet into the mix only heightens anxiety in most pets. Also, when you leave in the morning, don't make a big deal about it. Research shows that when a dog owner makes a big deal about leaving every morning, this only heightens the dogs anxiety because they can tell it makes the owner sad that they are leaving for work. So stay calm and assertive! Also, research shows that leaving an audio book on while you are at work lessens anxiety. Just some ideas :)

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Alan in Spanaway, WA
Oct. 30, 2018

make effort to include the dog more often. even while watching TV, bring the dog in and make him feel that he is still part of the pack. doing this more often will relax his insecurities about the INTRUDER! lol

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Terri in Holland, MI
Oct. 29, 2018

Hello! After your family has the carpet cleaned (since the dog has urinated quite a few times)go to Care.com and hire me as your new pet sitter! Or, if you are not currently living in Michigan, I really recommend getting a pet sitter who can watch your dog and work with the cat to bond more. Cats do not need one-on-one attention like dogs do; they are more high maintenance(I mean that in a good way!!)

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Hello, this is very difficult, the dog had her own space and time with you and now all the sudden, it changed. Some dogs are so confused about that, it may not change. I feel bad for your doggie. We made the mistake of buying a puppy without introducing the puppy to our existing dog on a neutral ground. So, our existing dog was VERY unhappy. We just brought the puppy home and called it a day. It was a big mistake on our part. It took months for things to settle and I started to research why our dog was aggressive to the puppy. It took a lot of time and patients to get this solved. Bottom line is, it was their home first and we just decided to bring a stranger without them to get a know each other a neutral grounds. Just a thought. Maybe the cat is not nice when you are gone, who knows. Maybe you can put up some cameras to see how things are when you are not around. Then you know what happens while you are away. Hope it is getting better.

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User in Colonia, NJ
Oct. 29, 2018

Hopefully they do get along.. Keep letting them know about your disappointment by trying to catch them in the act & correct them by getting their attention.Or just place potty pads where your doggie seems to go.. Use white vinegar to remove their scent.. Always spot ck though to be sure it's compatable w/ the floor surface. Please realize they cannot hold their pee usually for more than 4-5 hrs & that is amazing for any dog !! By giving her a spot to go is the true answer, since you're out for quite some time during the work wk. Good luck w/ your Babies !

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Sounds like the kids are not getting along when no one is home. Jemima is trying to mark her territory in the home, is what I feel she is doing.talk with vet for the best solution for your pet.

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This is usual, and I'm sure that some anxiety. I am not sure when you leave, do you leave them alone together? For Starters, if you catch her in the act, I find a Spray bottle with Water works, take her outside, to the Yard, or walk, then Praise her when she goes, outside. I would spray the floor, rugs, with a mix of Lemon Juice, and Water, it is a pleasant scent for people, not for Dogs! If it continues, I would Crate her when I leave, well I did my dog, initially, I do not know the age of your Pup, I had a Huge Lab, I crated her until she was 3 or 4, if I didn't take her with me, and know I would be gone more than 2 hours. Hope that Helps!

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Dogs can be territorial. Im sure thats the problem, its not you or Jemima its the cat shes not quite used to. Give it time and consider crate training Jemima because I really think shes just showing the cat whos boss.

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Lyssa in Redding, CA
Oct. 25, 2018

Call the vet. This is very common in cats, as they pee in different places due to changes. I have not heard of this behavior from dogs though.

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First off if she has been known to resentment pee she is going to do it again. Second 11 plus hours a day is a long stretch with no potty breaks. I couldn't hold it for 11 hours. I would recommend she go out right before you leave and if possible have a dog walker come in and let her out and play with her during the day. Can you come home for lunch? Sounds to me like she can't hold it for the length of time you are gone and the resentment pee especially for a rescue dog will likely occur again. Having some one come and take her out might make her feel like she isn't so alone. If she is social she might benefit from a doggy day care as well. Good luck!

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Paulina in Denver, CO
Oct. 25, 2018

I truly believe it is not a physical problem, and nothing to be too concerned about at all. It seems as if, the 6 year old dog, Jemima is marking her territory (in the same spot). She is letting this new kitten/cat know that this is her home, her territory, and to just make sure she is in control. I do believe she knows she is doing it, and knows you both (as the owners) know that she is doing it, purposely because she is trying to make a point. She could be a bit jealous if she sometimes gets less attention (just a general assumption) and I'm sure she still gets attention but sometimes dogs really express emotions and feelings similar to human beings, they have a way of showing how they feel about certain situations and circumstances. But, I also do believe over time that shall pass and she will grow more comfortable with the new cat in the home with her.

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User in Roseville, CA
Oct. 25, 2018

If she pees in the same spot every time, place a puppy pad there for easier clean up and maybe eventually move it to a better location and she might travel with it. If you do end up moving the puppy pad use a urine spray so the "pee spot" will no longer be the go to spot. Hope that helps a little.

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There are some plug-in pheromone dispensers (much like the air freshener ones) that don't emit smell that can be sensed by humans, but can aid in calming animals. They're super easy to use, and could aid in helping your pup!

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She might be trying to mark her territory, usually it's something that male dogs do but she may feel threatened by the cat. I'd find a way to have them socialize or every time she goes pee in the back yard give her a treat so she associates good behavior with treats. That is how I trained my now 6 month old German Shepard and she almost to never has accidents.

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Leigh in Atlanta, GA
Oct. 23, 2018

Sounds like there might not have been a transition period. New pets should be introduced slowly. The cat should've been kept in one room initially, with brief periods of introduction, so both could get used the other's scent and presence. I would make an effort to give Jemima some private time with the two of you. It might help to separate the cat from Jemima when you leave the home. Good luck!

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Dogs feel a new animal at home, tend to mark their territory, if the cat is not sterilized, they mark and urinate through the house. That makes the dog mark its territory. We could try mixing water with apple cider vinegar in a spray container and sprinkle on the parts that the cat and dog urinate. Also in the pet stores, sell products to educate dogs.

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i think your dog might have anxiety or separation anxiety, did yoy try and take your dog to the vet.

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You need to clean up that spot really well...dogs tend to pee in their favorite spots. Also, maybe you can try keeping the cat, or the dog, closed in separate rooms while you are out and see if that helps. With time, your dog will accept the new family member even if she may never really like him.

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Just like a child calling for attention feeling jealous. If it's in the same spot all the time look for a product that has a smell that he, she do not like. You might find it in a pet store. Every time the dog pees on that spot spray it.

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Jodi in Fontana, CA
Oct. 22, 2018

Clean the place with an enzymatic cleaner, to completely remove the scent. Then, since the cat isn't out in the daytime, anyway, confine the cat to one room with the litter box (and food and water)inside. The "resentment" pee is probably more likely anxiety or loneliness. By the way, where does she go when you are gone 11+ hours? Holding pee that long can be harmful.

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Hello, Have you tried putting a pee pad where she goes. It didn't work for us. Putting a shower curtain down Carley, did her pee there. I just cut a large piece an put it in living room. Now I just through it away. Can get a shower curtain at the dollar tree. So this is easy and cheap. Good Luck

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I think there is a spray that deters dogs from peeing also when you clean up the spot where she pees use a spray that will cover up the smell as they usually like to go where the same place they went before.

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It sounds like your dog is having separation anxiety. You could try a pheromone collar or plug in device or herbal drops for anxiety. Your dog might be feeling insecure about the new family member (aka kitty) and will get better once they have adapted to the new kitty. Also, if you don't use the right cleaning product when you clean up a pet mess, then the pet will keep soiling in the same place. This is because their urine or "pee" has an oil in it that stays behind. So it is really important that you use a cleaner specifically formulated for "pet messes" to ensure that the oil in their urine is removed. You talk to your vet about your fur-babies problem, they should have great advice on how to solve the problem. Good luck and best wishes, Rose

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Your dog is marking their territory. She might feel threatened by the new cat and her defense mechanism is peeing because that shows that the area belongs to her.

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User in Fairburn, GA
Oct. 19, 2018

I think Jemima is jealous and just needs a little coaxing to understand she is still loved

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This sounds more like marking his territory than a submissive pee since it's in the same place each time. He needs to be formally introduced to the cat. Take him n another room and play with him to relax then have someone walk n to room holding the cat and see reaction. If you punish him it will only get worse, when u see that he has take him outside immediately.

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I would give Jemima more than the usual attention to reassure her of her place in the family. Since the cat is not too social, I think the cat would not mind.

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Linda in Omaha, NE
Oct. 18, 2018

Have you tried using training peeing disposable pads. You can also buy filler to use in a litter box for a dog. A cat will probably not use this dog litter box as the filler is peanut shaped little absorbent and disposable material that a cat would not find conducive to covering up his urine or stools as cats normally do. They want a cat litter in their litter box that they can use to easily scratch at and cover their two types of eliminations. Hope this helps you. Some people also use absorbent disposable diapers for their dogs that have a hole for the tail to go through so the diaper is not pulled off by the dog or fall off and not catch all the urine and stool of the pet. Hope this helps and remember to toilet your dog when you are home about every two hours and praise him for his efforts. You can also install a dog exit door on your house door to your back yard to eliminate the problem quite easily and not require a pet sitter to toilet your dog during the long periods of time you are away from home. Sincerely, Linda L. , pet sitter/house sitter

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Tanya in Pullman, WA
Oct. 16, 2018