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Why Does My Cat Pee on My Bed?

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Lucy waiting for cat cookiesReason 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.

 

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How to Pick The Best Cat Litter

Indoor cats enjoying a happy life.Picking the Best Cat Litter

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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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Cat Behavior and Can They Be Taught?

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Chocolate Point Siamese cat on pedestal

Lily obeying the command to sit and stay.

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Normal Cat Behavior

 

    • Is your cat super smart?

    • Can you train your cat?

    • Or are they even trainable?

 

Cats Can Learn

 

But I wonder if they learn by motivation or manipulation.

 

Over the years, I’ve concluded they are in charge of their own destiny. If it pleases them to do little tricks and the rewards are significant enough today, they will play along with the scheme. Tomorrow could be an entirely different story. Never count on trying to impress friends with your intelligent performing cat. They might do a great job of humiliating your bragging. Continue reading

How Many Litter Boxes Do You Need?

 

Chocolate point Siamese cat on a pedestal

Lily on a pedestal

 

Well, the verdict is out…

 

I always thought 2 were ample. Even when I had 10 cats living under my roof, there were only 2 boxes.

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Yes, ten. There were 3 adult cats and 7 kittens. The kittens used the one in the living room. It was by their den. (Bottom of the cat tree.) True, sometimes the adults used the box. But most times, they used the one under the bathroom sink.

 

Once the kittens were gone, I had one box in the spare bedroom and one in the bathroom. Even with 5 adult cats, it was plenty. Different house, with more cats and people. Continue reading

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