For all of Dinah's life (she's 17) she has been finicky about using the litter box. She did a number on the house I used to live in (which I own) and it was terrible to deal with when I moved out. Now we are in a rental house and she has destroyed the carpet in the dining room (of all places). I thought she was doing better in the new place without old odors to make her think it was OK to pee on the floor, so I didn't know she was doing it until it started to smell - the carpet is beige and she was going along the edge. She is not sick, so it's not that. I have placed a box in the dining room behind a fake tree which she uses sometimes but not always.
We tried making the basement the 'cat apartment' when we first moved in to prevent this issue and allow them a nice spacious place where it was easy to clean. Dinah and Cala would not have it and eventually we allowed them back upstairs. I have been fighting this battle for so long...I've tried all sorts of products to no avail, I have placed throw rugs along the edge of the carpet so I can wash those but she has now gone pretty much everywhere on the carpet in the dining room. The house stinks even though I clean it with a small steamer weekly. I am very frustrated. I have tried containing them with an exer-pen (but it doesn't have a top so they climb over. We can't barricade the basement steps because they always make their way around it somehow and then tear at the basement door. I tried a cat condo but it isn't big enough and neither is a dog crate. We have to figure something out - it is out of control. We are happy to have them upstairs with us when we are home and able to keep tabs on where Dinah is, but we NEED to contain at least Dinah when we are not home and at night....
PLEASE HELP! Anyone else have this problem and able to solve?