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My miracle kitty
I swear to GOD, my cat is stupendous. Abby is just...amazing. Under normal conditions, the longest her highness has to wait for me to clean out her cat box is maybe an extra 24 hours (of course I do it daily, don't you? *snerk*). But every now and then, the old arthritis kicks me hard, you know? Especially when it gets exceptionally cold. Well, this last week was not good and just to get to bathroom, I had to use the walker caarianna
brought to me. I'm ashamed to say that for five *hits head on tray* days, I didn't empty the box. It was less the lack of ability and more a lack of remembering in the face of the cold weather. Well, my little darling didn't so much as blink. She used it no matter what (or how full it got - which was FULL) and never once considered 'punishing' me or attempting to gently remind me by sh&**&%@ all over the rug in the living room!!! And having had cats before, well, Abby's loyalty to the box and being a 'good girl' was stupendous.

*pets furry, shedding, purring princess*

Maybe selling her for the ability to eat a few extra In & Out burgers is a bad idea after all....

So how does your cat react when the box gets a bit...heavy? And if you're perfect and this never happens?


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ninja007 From: ninja007 Date: January 11th, 2013 08:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Kia has refused to use the litter box unless the situ is dire. She prefers to go outside. It's a good thing we live in California...
alyburns From: alyburns Date: January 12th, 2013 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Unfortunately, since moving

to South Orange County, having an outdoor cat means you get a new cat every few months (coyotes and bob-cats, seriously). So Abby has no choice. :( And yes, I've heard that once a cat has been an outdoor cat, using a litter box is very difficult, so it's lucky she can be an 'outie' *BG*
ninja007 From: ninja007 Date: January 12th, 2013 02:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Unfortunately, since moving

the only problem we had, was a neighbor who poisoned all the cats one year. I made it known that if he continued, the same would happen to him. He moved. Now, the neighbors all have cats again.

I also used to have a friend who lived in the foothills and she'd loose her cats until she figured it out that she needed to leave them indoors, which disgusted her husband. Hey, but life's hard sometimes and he had to deal with that. Jerk. She also had to watch out for large predatory birds...
alyburns From: alyburns Date: January 12th, 2013 04:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Unfortunately, since moving

Oh lord yes, the birds. We have hawks - BIG ones - and I even worried about Lucy (my poodle) when I had my house in Mission Viejo. If she was out on the patio area, hawks (and even eagles) would swoop down and she'd run inside. Never let her out there at night - ever. That's what the doggie door was for into the garage! :)
sistermu From: sistermu Date: January 11th, 2013 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can only wish all cats were like Abby because maybe then they WOULDN'T GO IN MY GARDEN!!! Grrr.

Sorry, it's my major stress, having to check the garden is clean before I can let the children out to play. And being told by cat owners that if I want to stop it, I should get a cat of my own, then it wouldn't happen. And I say I'm allergic, not mentioning that I'm not a cat person because that doesn't help. And they look perplexed and sad and offer no more solutions.

I just, I know it's an unpopular POV but cats should be kept in the house, or house and garden if there is some way to keep them in your own garden.

But kudos to Abby for being an amazing animal. They say some animals can sense when something is wrong with their owner and have some sympathy. Maybe Abby understands you and is kind. Which blows my mind because I can't easily think of cats as kind
sallye From: sallye Date: January 11th, 2013 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I bought some 'cat spikes' to keep our cat out of the fica tree. I found them through a gardeners supply catalogue, gardeners.com. You can lay them out in squares or cut to fit in your pots. They work very well keeping our cat out.
sistermu From: sistermu Date: January 11th, 2013 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's good advice, thank you. I will look into them.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: January 12th, 2013 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)

I had outdoor cats when I lived in Long Beach

but we had an apartment over-looking the ocean and a small 'cliffside' with tons of vegetation and dirt for the cats and their bodily 'litter'. :) As a result, I never had to worry, but I still sympathize with you. Dogs, cats, any and all pets that are 'outdoors' and roaming have the potential to disturb neighbors. Dogs dig and leave nice large 'dumps' in prime locations and cats leave their smaller gifts in prize gardens (while teasing and terrorizing 'backyard dogs' *G*). And their owners never seem to get it; to understand that just because their 'baby' is their baby, it's NOT their neighbors 'baby'. We all need to be responsible and considerate about our pets with regards to those who live near us. *nods*
sallye From: sallye Date: January 11th, 2013 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Odie's pretty good, but we do have 2 litters boxes.part of that is laziness on our part, and the other is making sure he has a spot he can go, if the other doesn't meet his rigid expectations. It was my fica tree that was in danger of being used as a potty. But we don't dare let him out with all the coyotes around. Give Abby a good scritchin' behind her ears from me!
alyburns From: alyburns Date: January 12th, 2013 04:06 am (UTC) (Link)

She got herself a good scratch and says "Thank you!"

And can you believe it? I just received your Christmas card on Wednesday!!! I'm glad you're "Still here", but what did you mean, "Barely"??? Everything okay? Email me!
kitzen_kat From: kitzen_kat Date: January 11th, 2013 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
My cat carries on quite a lot. He likes a clean litter box all the time.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: January 12th, 2013 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Now that's the behavior I'm used to!!!

ALL my previous cats (whether indoor or outdoor cats) acted the same way. Button and Charlie, both outdoor cats when we lived in Long Beach, only went out during the day, so had boxes for night time and even knowing they would be 'set free' in the am, they *still* put up a stink if we weren't right on that box. Later, Squirt and Banjo, both indoor cats, also put up a stink if the box wasn't always clean (Squirt expected to have it cleaned after each use; talk about Princesses!!!). So having Abby truly is a miracle. She's never even thrown up; not so much as a hairball.

I'd better find some wood for knocking on ASAP, eh? :)
kitzen_kat From: kitzen_kat Date: January 12th, 2013 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Now that's the behavior I'm used to!!!

Absolutely! After writing this, I found that His Majesty had made a puddle on the bathroom floor near the toilet to explain how unsatisfactory his litter box was!
alyburns From: alyburns Date: January 12th, 2013 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Now that's the behavior I'm used to!!!

LOL! He KNEW you were typing about him!!! :)
kitzen_kat From: kitzen_kat Date: January 12th, 2013 09:59 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Now that's the behavior I'm used to!!!

Yeah. He may act all laid-back, but he still has the essential kitty diva nature underneath all that.
claudia603 From: claudia603 Date: January 11th, 2013 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
SO far so good. Neither of my cats has crapped outside the box, even when things get filled, except for when I just had Helo and he locked himself away from his litterbox by shutting the door to the basement when I was gone for three days. He crapped on my couch and peed on a pile of plastic I had on the ground (it almost looked the shape of a litterbox) and I think he was mortified at having to go outside his box (he's very fastidious). So that was special circumstances, but normally, no.

alyburns From: alyburns Date: January 12th, 2013 02:34 am (UTC) (Link)

I have a door blocker now, so Abby won't do that

to herself if I'm not here (or if I am, but like, you know, SOUND asleep?). She LOVES to close doors and has often thought it hilarious to shut the bathroom door on me (me on the inside, she on the outside and sitting up on the lawyer's case). She'll 'play' with the door even if I'm not on the inside and thus accidentally shut herself out of her own 'bathroom'! So now - a door-blocker. :) She HATES it when she goes to all the trouble of getting up on the lawyer's case, swatting the door shut, only to have it bounce back at her. *BG* And yes, she could move the blocker, but she doesn't know that...yet. *looks at cat perched on leg and wonders how long before she does*

claudia603 From: claudia603 Date: January 12th, 2013 02:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: I have a door blocker now, so Abby won't do that

yep, after that incident described above, I propped the basement door open with a chair for awhile and then later I did eventually get a door stop! I really need one for my bedroom, too, because he loves to play with that door, too and I'm afraid some time when I'm gone for a weekend he'll lock himself in THERE and then he'd be trapped without food or water, too! So I always try to remember to prop that door open, too!
aliciajd From: aliciajd Date: January 12th, 2013 02:34 am (UTC) (Link)
My cat pees only in the north end of the litter box. She poops only in the south end. When she is finished she kicks litter from the middle to cover things up. Thus, the pile of litter gets steadily higher and higher at each end if I don't do my chores regularly. When the pile gets high enough, she hangs her butt over the end and does her business on the floor, instead of in the box. Gets my attention every time...

Humans are trainable, just ask my Allie she'll tell you.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: January 12th, 2013 04:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Well, Abby has me trained in several

areas, but the one she gives me no grief over is that box. The sweetie. And I love the idea of your *allie* making piles! That's so wonderfully obsessive, like me. *G* Your cat and I share the same name and obsessive disorder! LOL! (okay, I do it with food, laundry, drawers...not...you know....*G*)
monkeyfun1 From: monkeyfun1 Date: January 12th, 2013 05:21 am (UTC) (Link)

Scoshi, Impala, Karma and Flower the cats...

My 20 year old cat, Scoshi will sometimes miss the box, but she doesn't do it on purpose, she just doesn't get that her butt isn't in the box. The 1,Impala, and 2. Karma, year old never miss, but they also will run inside to use the box instead of going outside which I think is silly. Now, I used to have Flower, who was 3, and she would just do her business wherever she wanted to. She hated the other cats and had staked her claim on me, so if she was mad at me for having the audacity to pet another cat, she would use the toilet right in front of me, on the bed, the floor or wherever. She is now in a single cat home, happy as a cat can be and not using anything but the cat box. I knew she was a good girl at heart.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: January 14th, 2013 05:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Scoshi, Impala, Karma and Flower the cats...

cats can be amazingly "one person" and that one person had better only have the ONE CAT! LOL!
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