16 January 2008

My cat keeps me on top of my laundry

Our house has been on the market now for 2 months. 2 months of frantic cleaning. 2 months of interrupted nap time (realtors love to stop by in the afternoon). 2 months of laundry free floors.

Laundry is the one household chore I grow weary of. My husband is great about helping me push the loads through the washer and dryer, but I get to sort through the piles after they land on my bedroom floor, fold them, and stuff them into drawers and closets that are too small. It's my least favorite thing which I love to procrastinate. However, my cat begun peeing on the put off baskets of laundry a few months ago. Just in time for us to put our house on the market. I don't know if she was feeling the stress of us making home repairs or what, it just began happening out of the blue. After ruling out that she was sick, we began letting her outside more, to get away from the crazy stress once in a while. (Yes, we are still just talking about the cat) No help and the problem wildly increased. So I surrrndeed and began trying to stay on top of this thing I loathed most. And now our floors are laundry free. A realtor wants to stop by in 20 mintues? No need to shove them in the empty chest at the end of the bed or under the armchair. My cat no longer pees outside of her litter box and my husband no longer wishes to euthanize her.

He may, however, wish that she'd move on to the closets.

24 comments:

Jen said...

LOL!

The most common cause of kitties not using their box is a urinary tract infection, but stress can cause it too.

Glad you got it resolved. Nothing smells worse than cat pee.

Liam's Mom - Gina said...

Our cat has had a chronic urinary tract infection for 3 years now. He does the exact same thing, but only in our dirty laundry basket.

I am sorry for the added stress while you are trying to keep the house clean. That is so hard to have another "thing" to keep track of, especially when it's a blasted animal. Oy, I so wish we could get rid of our cat.

Lucy said...

Perfect. What a perfect description of what can happen to a perfectly sane mother.

I think I'd vote with your husband. Not fun.

Misty said...

We have a kitty, Spice. She also did the same thing. We let it go, thinking she was marking during a period of time she was in heat, we were slow to spay here - BAD idea. So, we spayed her, she stopped, until we brought our baby home - - and she crapped by my husband on the bed, the same day Olivia entered the house. THAT was the day she became an outside only cat, and she's loved it. She doesn't want it, she stays out, and I have learned my patience may need polishing.

Yvonne said...

Just what you need. I am so sorry.

Hope your house sells REALLY SOON!

Morning Glory said...

Oh, you're funny! Thanks for the great chuckle!

It's always such a delight when I see you have a new post up.

Lara said...

Hmmmm.....as I'm reading this I'm wondering if you should lend me your cat for a bit.

I cannot keep up with the laundry. There is a huge pile on my bedroom floor right now, waiting for folding and stuffing into the too small spaces. I should probably stop blogging and actually go do it, but I doubt I will.

yes, send your cat to my house for a couple weeks to train me. :)

Good luck getting that house sold!

Julie said...

Okay, I need me one of them cats! (Not really...I'm allergic - but I need SOMETHING to keep me motivated to finish the laundry.) :-)

Kasie @ ~The Art of Life~ said...

Oh my! I'm sorry about that. I know exactly what you mean about laundry.
It's like the never-ending chore! You think you're caught up and....nope. The basket's full again. :)

MommyK said...

I'm a vet tech, and inappropriate urination is one of the most common things we see cats for. If she starts doing it again, you should have her checked for diabetes, especially if she is overweight.

My washer and dryer died in December and it took us a month to replace them. I didn't realize exactly how much laundry my family creates until I had to haul it somewhere else to wash it!

Lei said...

Ok, so Jen, Gina, Kayris - should I be concerned even though she's stopped? Ever since I stopped leaving the laundry out (and she would even pee on the clean laundry,regardless of where it was - in a basket, on the dryer, you name it) we've not had a problem. Wouldn'tshe jsut go somewhere else if she were ill or had diabetes? TIA.

Misty said...

Lei,

It sounds as though we suffered very closely as children. I had the same experience with my mother being mainly the abuser and my father mainly being the enabler. In my eyes, he holds the same guilt for not stopping what was obviously wrong. And I agree, what has been done to me, abuse before and after my adoption, has changed who I am as a person. I felt for years, until recent, that I had it all under wraps, and was discouraged to see it effecting me so intensely again. I guess the battle rages on, and I'll keep up the good fight. Thank you for understanding AND listening. Some times that is just what I need. And it is hard that few can comprehend and/or understand. Sadly, that is what I need the most, and have had many turn away.

Blackeyedsue said...

I have a mountain of laundry in my family room.

Maybe I should get a cat.

MommyK said...

I wouldn't be concerned if she has stopped, BUT I would keep a close eye on her. If you've been preparing to move and showing your house, that's a big upheaval and some cats are more sensitive to stress than others. Pay attention to her appetite, water consumption and energy level, as well as her litter box habits. Some cats are extremely picky when it comes to change and will start peeing outside of the box for something as simple as changing the brand of litter you use. If she's overweight (and most indoor cats are), her risk of developing diabetes is higher than if she is a healthy weight. One of my best friend's extremely obese cats was just diagnosed and their first clue was that he was drinking more water than usual. Good luck!

Nicole said...

Nothing like cat pee to get you motivated.

Nettie said...

Things must be so stressful right now for your cat AND you. I hope you can all move through this phase in life smoothly and quickly!

My Ice Cream Diary said...

I almost wish your cat would come help me get my laundry done...almost =)

Michelle said...

ROFL! I especially love the last two sentences!

Cat smell on your laundry is the worst. We had the problem and it wasn't even our cats. lol But cat pee - yuck! I might have sided with your husband. lol

Glad you have laundry free floors! It does make life a little easier that way. :)

Belladonna said...

As I prepare to interview for a job that would necessitate a cross country move the part that gives me the most angst is the issue of selling my beloved house. I just can't bear all the strangers poking through it. I'd be so stressed I would be the one peeing in the laundry basket, I'm afraid. If I get the job I'll blow kisses at it and leave, trusting it to sell after I'm gone.

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Terina said...

i just got a new washer and dryer, and for the first time, doing laundry is kind of fun....i know it won't last long.

i tagged you. so glad you are back in the blogging world!

Darci said...

Just wanted to stop by and say HI!!! Man moving is not fun at all. I love unpacking though and putting everything in new places.
Ok your cat is weird:)

utmommy said...

Laundry is a job that is NEVER done. It's my least favorite too.

Liam's Mom - Gina said...

I wouldn't be concerned if she's stopped either. Plus, she is female. A good sign it's not a UTI, but behavioral. I am so happy to hear she's stopped... may your laundry and whatever else stay urine free!