bizarre behavior change in cat
My 10 year old neutered cat has developed some rather odd habits in the last year. First, he's developed a sock fetish--if I leave my sock drawer open he starts collecting bundled socks, carrying them thru the house and 'talking' to them like a mama cat. He also has started chewing on soft plastic, such as kitchen garbage bags and grocery bags. He will occasionally deposit his poo beside the litter pan, or on a throw rug at the door. And finally, he's started peeing in anything that looks like it might be a litter pan. He doesn't seem to be doing this as a 'marking territory' behavior. Rather it is a "oh, that looks like it might be a potty, I should use it". He's peed in cardboard shoe boxes, plastic storage bins and also some other rather weird things, like the plastic formed tray that a dozen peaches came in, and the reel that held 100' of electric cord. Yes, I have other cats. I had one old one when Isaac came as a kitten, added a 3rd when he was 3 and a 4th when he was 7. He gets along fine with them--mutual wrestling matches and cuddles etc. Old cat died 4 years ago, and new kitten added 1 month ago (people seem to keep dropping kittens at the house with the blinking "SUCKER" LIGHT.) I have 2 large litter pans for the 4 of them to share during the day, with clumping litter that gets scooped daily (no, haven't changed brands) and Isaac also has his own pan in his room where he stays at night. (long story, don't ask) He also gets to go in there to pee/poo/eat whenever I am home. I'm at a loss--obviously the sock thing is cute rather than a problem (although he has been known to substitute dirty laundry if he can't find socks) The plastic is worrisome, since I am afraid he will get a blockage, the poo is a pain but managable. The pee is the real problem--I can try to remember to keep containers up and closed, but after the cord reel incident, I'll never know what he might baptize next. Does anyone have a suggestion?