It's with a very heavy heart that we have decided to cage Sassy because of her bathroom issues. Wednesday she started peeing on the pad (she's hasn't done that since early August) and this morning she both peed and pooped on the pad right next to the cat box. Needless to say, we're both frustrated. We've tried all the methods except this one and this is our last resort. From here, taking her back to the shelter is our only option and we're sure no one will adopt her if they know she won't use her cat box 100% of the time. Our plan of attack is to keep her in the cage during the day when she can watch the birds and put her in our downstairs laundry room at night so she can walk around a bit. Both areas will have a cat box just a few steps away. We will remove the rugs in the bathroom before we put her in just in case she's tempted by them.
Carl is also off renting a rug shampooing machine so we can clean the carpet in the living room. We want to keep the litter box in the bathroom if this works; we will not be returning a litter box to the living room and hope that cleaning the carpet will make her lose interest in the living room as a bathroom.