Yearly Archives: 2023
Reason your cat urinates outside the box
Cats don’t set out to be bad or have a revenge plot in mind. I know it can be frustrating and there can be many reasons for what seems to be a revolt. Trust me, they are not capable of a manipulative behavior. Yes, cats are smart but would never do a no-no to teach you a lesson.
I have had my share of cats peeing and pooping outside of the box. It is frustrating. Most incidents there was a reason and for the ones that were a puzzle I found a solution.
It is just like they say in real estate, location, location, location.
That is probably the first issue to look at. If a cat feels like it has no privacy where the litter box resides they will find somewhere else to do their business. But what if that was fine months ago for them, but why is it a problem now? The answer to that question is what has changed. Do you have a new pet? Is there someone new in the house? Is there more activity in the area of the litter box? Was there something that fell in the area that frightened your cat? Are there new smells in the area?
Are you using a new litter box or a different cat litter? Is the litter box being changed often enough? Do you have enough litter boxes? Are the litter boxes placed in a convenient place for them to use when needed? Are the litter boxes sharing space with people in the house?
Not sure why my cat Freckles, decided to use a suitcase. Had left it on the floor after a short vacation and she used it to pee on, totally out of character for her. Tried to cut the odor, but it never really did go away. For her reason, I doubt that it was because we had gone away. More likely the luggage smelled maybe of a room that had a dog in it or the litter box she wanted to use was occupied at the time and this was an easy substitute. But not a pay back for leaving. All the cats had been left before so this wasn’t a reason.
If nothing in the environment has changed time to investigate another reason.
What Colors Cats See
And we all thought our feline friends could see that red mouse you so happily picked out for Christmas. UGH… They were not impressed with all the green and red toys. We were so naive about that cute stocking full of cat toys. Surely our cats would be impressed with such a vibrant selection. But apparently not.
They may have appeared impressed with the new selection and smells of those new additions to their toy box, but alas, not the colors. Just crazy shades of gray to them. You didn’t know that it was packaged for you to whip it up off the shelf and put in your basket to impress your cat at Christmas.
I had been told they don’t see colors like we do, but I didn’t want to believe it. After all they attack my new artificial flower arrangements, so surely they must notice the colors when I change them and some seem to attract them more than others. Apparently even I was fooled. In fact their color range is much smaller than I first believed. Continue reading
5 Good Reasons to have an elevated feeding station:
4. Cat anxiety
5. Monitoring water and food consumption
There was a time I had water and food set wherever it was convenient for me. No cat complaints and life was harmonious with my happy cat family.
Which Cat Bed is Best?
With so many cat beds on the market today, how can you decide?
I have bought beds that the cats climbed in immediately.
Then there were others that they sniffed and walked away. Even with times of putting them out for a while and removing if I had no takers. Washed it up and when it was warm from the dryer they got in or if it was the caves, they laid on top. Defeated again. Hung on to them, hoping the next cat I get would like it. In the winter they were more likely to get in a freshly laundered bed. But soon it was back to their favorite. Sometimes the favorite was no more than a soft throw blanket.
Picking the Best Cat Litter
Today there are so many kinds of litters.
Prior to the mid-1940s, cats did their business outside. But the more domesticated they became, soon some were living indoors full time. Sand, dirt, paper, wood ashes became a part of the indoor lifestyle for a cat. Messy, tracked throughout the home, and not so great on hiding odor. In 1947 clay was used and named Kitty Litter.
The home resident cat has come a long ways. Happier caregivers found better solutions. I don’t think the cat has changed its preferences, but has adapted to whatever we stick in the litter box.
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