Written by Diane Tomczak (his adopter)
It wasn’t all hearts and flowers when Bo, a four-year old Maine Coon mix, came to live with my husband and me (and our six-year-old rescued German Wirehaired Pointer, Jaeger).
Although Bo was the friendliest and mellowest cat we had ever known, he unfortunately insisted on using our bedroom comforter and downstairs sofa as his personal litter boxes.
Our vet shared her theory with us. She pointed out that since Bo had a bad case of constipation when we adopted him, his first experience using his litter box was probably a very painful one. Therefore, it was no wonder that Bo associated his litter box with pain and, thus, looked elsewhere.
Once his constipation was cleared up, I bought a new litter box and a different brand of litter, and then I relocated the litter box to a completely new spot. I set Bo in the box several times daily, and it wasn’t long before he was using it all the time on his own. Happily there have been no more surprises … not a one … and we’re closing in on our one-year adoption date. I’m so glad that we didn’t give up on Bo as we would have missed out on one terrific cat.
If you’re thinking of adopting an older cat, there WILL be more rewards than you can imagine, but please realize that such rewards won’t happen overnight. However, with lots of patience, professional expertise, and unconditional love, your newest family member will blossom in his forever home. He will fill your heart with his contented purrs and warm your lap on the coldest of nights. He’ll be your constant companion and trustworthy confidant. Who could ask for more?