Because everybody cares about my life as much as I do. (Not really!)
After one week at the new daycare, DC2 decided ze loved it. Ze proudly proclaimed that ze had friends and named some. Dropping off only took a little lingering. After two weeks, ze stopped having nightmares. Dropoffs became, “Yeah mom, bye, whatever” (though more in body language than words) and instead of clinging and crying ze complained about getting hugged if my coat was wet from rain. Ze informed us that ze loves hir teachers. Every day when we pick hir up ze says, “I had a good day.” Since starting, hir eczema has also been entirely gone, which makes me suspect that they’re a lot better about making sure that ze doesn’t accidentally eat wheat. Either that or there’s some topical allergen ze isn’t being exposed to in the new place (that just happened to not always be present at the old place).
High quality daycare is amazing and awesome. What a difference! I am a bit worried about next year though… I feel like we haven’t quite been fair with DC2 compared to DC1 who never had to experience a bad schooling experience.
Nice kitty who sometimes pees on cloth:
So far we’ve tried having 4 litterboxes for 2 kittens (6 litterboxes for 3 cats, but the other two are in the utility room instead of the master bathroom the kittens use as home base). One covered litterbox (formerly 2 covered litterboxes), 3 uncovered. 3 with standard litter, 1 with special pine litter. Different depths of litter. Scooped every single night whether they need it or not.
They stay in the master bathroom (~100 sq feet, lots of windows, cupboards, scratching posts, a cat house, etc.) overnight until the late afternoon. This keeps our older kitty from feeling overwhelmed and has allowed us to minimize pee damage. They’re used to it and willingly go back to their home-base at night when it’s time to go. If we let them out earlier they often just stay in the room.
We’ve tried not leaving cloth out, for example, putting our bedsheets away before letting the kittens out.
We’ve tried litter retraining (not letting the kittens out of the master bathroom while we’re out of town for a few days).
All of these have worked to decrease the amount of peeing on things, but none eliminated it.
The most recent thing that we still have our fingers crossed for was Prozac. Nice kitty did not like being pilled at all, and while on Prozac she would hide from us and mostly stay under our bed or in the master bath during their family time. The vet said to try it for two weeks. During those two weeks she didn’t pee on anything (other than the litter, presumably), even though it seemed to make her more anxious rather than less anxious!
After the two weeks, we stopped the Prozac, because nice kitty really hated being pilled, and the vet said it was possible that even after stopping Prozac after the two weeks her peeing on cloth habit might also be gone. So far so good. But we keep waiting to find something peed on.
So those are my updates. Fun times.