When I talk with people about what type of litter their cat likes, I often get these types of answers: "I like this brand because it smells good," or "I like this brand because it clumps well," or "I like this brand because it doesn't track as much." These are all fine answers to the question what do YOU like about your cat's litter. But the question is, what kind of litter does YOUR CAT like? And how do you know? What is the best litter for your cat?
Archive for tag: Litterbox Issues
I get it – cleaning out the litterbox is not the most fun part about living with one or more cats. But consider this: toilets were made for humans. Humans sit on toilets, do their business, and flush the toilet to get rid of our waste. Toilets were not designed for cats, and in fact, I can’t really think of a more unnatural potty experience for a cat than training it to sit on a toilet to urinate or defecate. Why do we want our cats to do this? If you have a dog, you walk your dog, you clean up after your dog…why is that any less gross or inconvenient than cleaning a litterbox? Yet, we would never consider training dogs to use the toilet, right? It just sounds ridiculous!
Even though we usually associate pumpkins with autumn and feasting holidays (pumpkin pie, anyone?), pumpkin is actually available year-round for our dining pleasure...and health. This is great news for your kitty, because even though cats are obligate carnivores, pumpkin is a supplement you can easily incorporate into your cat’s diet that can help with several issues. Which means, as you may have heard, pumpkin is good for cats! The primary benefit of pumpkin is its naturally high dietary fiber content. If your kitty has occasional digestive issues, pumpkin can help with the following...
Come join me at the Portland Pet Expo! Feline Behavior Solutions will have a booth near the Cat Agility Course (which is reason enough to stop by in an of itself, don't you think???) and I'll be giving away some really great raffle prizes during the day. In addition to those, I'll also have a PET PHOTO BOOTH with fun pet-sized props! Admission is free, and it will be a lot of pet-related fun. Stop by and say hello!
Liz from Alcohol Cats and I have once again teamed up to bring you another episode of Cat Chat with Liz and Marci! Our fourth episode is now available for FREE for your listening pleasure – you can either stream it, or download it for listening to at your convenience. Episode 4 addresses everything you need to know about the crazy, confusing world of why your cat might "go" outside the litterbox, and how you can either prevent or resolve the issue.
Do you know what's causing your cats to act a certain way? Are concerns about your cat medical or behavioral? I recently had a client named Taylor, who at age 16, was (ahem) pooping throughout his guardians' home. The kitty would not consistently use his litterbox to stool, and his human family members were finding "deposits" in their bedroom and the living room. This started after the carpet was replaced and at first I thought it might have something to do with that (new smells, developing a substrate preference, etc.), but after questioning his guardians about the type of stool they were seeing and how often they were seeing it, it appeared that Taylor had been having gastric upset for the past several months. In fact, in addition to his chronic diarrhea, he had lost weight. Cat behavior issues - medical or behavioral? In this case, medical.
I'd like you to meet Daisy and Peaches, two of my clients who were introduced to me by their guardian, Dorothy. Dorothy originally contacted me because both of these kitties were pooping and peeing outside of their litterboxes. However, after talking with Dorothy about these cats' history, behavior, and interactions, I decided there was more going on here than just a case of the litterbox blues. We had a relationship problem and a stress-related litterbox issue on our hands!
As too many of us know, once your cat discovers that there's some place more desirable than her litterbox to pee or poop (due to whatever stress or environmental factor is causing a problem), it may take more than simple steps to resolve the issue. In fact, not using the litterbox properly is the leading reason why people surrender their cats to shelters, or abandon them in some other way. So, what I want to do with this article is not simply add to the heaps of information that are already out there, but: 1) simply and concisely share with you what I've found that works for a litterbox setup, and 2) help you avoid litterbox issues before they start.