Litter Box Blues
Cats and litter boxes: Where to begin? Pam mentioned in the topic below that her cat often thinks “outside the box.” Also, sometimes there is no “flushing.” Hmmm, a cat that likes to air his business to the world! Shannon asked previously about tracking down and getting rid of cat urine odor. So I figured it’s time to air our own dirty litter laundry and share our litter box trials and tribulations.
Catfish is a perfect gentleman. He covers completely. Tarzan sometimes doesn’t, and often I’ll catch Catfish doing it FOR him. So I figure, Tarzan is the man leaving the seat up and not flushing and Catfish is the woman tasked with the job of cleaning the bathroom. Sound familiar? I wonder if Dragon does latrine duty at his house? :)
Pam, you said your cat is big, right? So is Tarzan, and I think sometimes that is why his butt sometimes hangs over the edge. When he does cover, it’s like he’s digging to China; I’ll often find a huge pile of litter right outside the box from his digging expeditions. I am thinking of getting a bigger box for this problem. You know how some cats are shy about going in front of others? Not Tarzan. Every single time, without fail, the minute I go to scoop the box, he marches right over and plants his big butt into the box to go! He’s like a boss who can’t stand that you might have some lag time—gotta give you more work!
Does anyone used covered boxes? I use one on my front porch. Yes, I have a box on the front porch, and they use it. Since they can’t get out of the yard, I don’t want them going in the same places in the landscaping. I had a regular box, but you know how damp litter gums up, and Tarzan would fling it all over the porch! The covered box fixed that. I think I’ll try getting rid of it to see if they will go to the inside box, eliminating one of my many pet chores. Some cats don’t like covered boxes. One former rescue cat I know that now lives inside was first introduced to a covered box and peed and pooped everywhere but. Once a regular box was substituted, he went right to it.
Pam, is your cat declawed? I’ve heard from the women at Cats Are Us that declawed cats sometimes have issues because their natural scratching instinct gets messed up from the procedure (That is another topic to cover another day!).
There are so many reasons for litter box problems: dislike of scented litter or change in litter, too small box, health issues, and on and on and on. So share your problems, ideas, tips and advice on dealing with the Bathroom Blues!
Picture above is of Catfish and Tarzan after a hard day of cat napping. I wish I had it so rough!
posted by Sandy at 1/24/2007 10:46:00 AM