Please Help - cat died and now another is acting out
I just had to had my sweet Ernie put to sleep this week - he had lymphoma. I am just devastated. My oldest cat Jack is now acting out. We caught him peeing in the house twice and have found pee in two cat beds. It seems to be in places that Ernie used to sleep. Ernie had a number of health problems throughout his life and he "told" me something was wrong (he had a UTI from crystals) by peeing in the house. Then Jack would get distressed and try to cover it which is how I always knew. I am utterly shocked that Jack is doing this now when it always stressed him out when Ernie did it. Jack has NEVER done this before. I don't know if this has any bearing but he now scoops lots and lots water out of his bowl and then licks his paws. He has never done this either and he isn't paw dipping to drink water. He seems to be sloshing the water out of the bowl and then licking his paws. We just caught him peeing on the leather couch. I don't know what to do. I know he must be grieving too but I can't have him destroying my house. We are trying to give him extra attention. I am afraid that locking him up will make things worse. I should also tell you that Jack is hyperthyroid and has arthritis. Please help!!!