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Cat woe, Part II

The cat shat on the mat.

Jack relieved himself on the other bathmat. I thought he was well and reasonably content, if a bit bored, but evidently not.

He hasn't done this since January. I thought I was keeping his box the way he liked it, but that seems not to be true, either.

Well, as Things Cats Shit On go, a bathmat is a relatively positive choice. He previously targeted a pet bed (his Xmas present!) and my knitting, so a bathmat is the most disposable and most easily cleaned target so far.

What's going on in your furry little head, Jack?

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glory_jean
May. 15th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
My sympathies. We have given up on the concept of bath mats and throw rugs because our male cat tends to use them instead of his box whenever he gets in a snit. (Or is bored, I dunno.) Good thing all our floors are wood or tile.
np_complete
May. 15th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
This bathmat was a present, or else I'd throw it out like I did the one he'd been peeing on.

(It seems to me my journal is focusing a lot on cat mess. Should I keep my frustrations to myself, do you think?)
glory_jean
May. 15th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
Hee. Maybe you just need a pet-people filter. ;)
fishwhistle
May. 16th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
Shadow used to pee on bathmats fairly often. I think some of that was just marking.
But, you might want to have the vet check for any medical problems that might be making elimination uncomfortable--- one time when one of the cats was having especially a lot of issues with "thinking outside the box," I heard from somewhere that sometimes a cat will start to avoid the box just from classical conditioning. And the one time I actually caught the cat doing it, he made a really unhappy noise just before he pooped on the rug, which seemed to be another clue. That was a few years ago, and I don't remember the details, but I remember we took him to the vet and then tried a few different things and eventually the situation improved. I don't even remember for sure which cat that was, either Quick or Shadow.
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