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RobZip
March 4th 07, 12:23 AM
During one of my road trips last week, my wife discovered two times that one
of the cats had taken a dump outside the litter box. She mentioned it to me,
but there wasn't any way to determine the culprit - 4 cats have access to
these boxes. The trip I just came back from has proved to be enlightening.

My boy Spot, the dominant male, is very close to me. He's always quite happy
to see me when I get home. When I was preparing to leave Thursday morning,
Spot sat on the sofa, next cushion over from me with his back towards me. I
had already taken most of my gear to the van, so he knew I was leaving. I
called him by name and he ignored me. When I reached over and scratched his
back between the shoulders, he drew forward away from my hand and looked
over his shoulder as if to say 'Don't!' Spot was very obviously pouting. He
pretty much snubbed me as I prepared to leave and walked away when I bent to
give him a head scritch on the way out.

That afternoon there was a turd pile beside the litter box. Same thing again
on Friday. Today, I'm home and no turd pile. Spot was his usual attentive,
loving self. I'm curious to see if this persists on my next road trip.
Perhaps I'll get some local runs and be home every day for a while. If it IS
Spot, I wouldn't have a clue how to modify what is obviously a reaction to
me being gone. I suppose a daily crap in an inappropriate place is less
damaging than some of the stuff he could do.... Anybody else ever have a cat
react badly to their number one human being gone?

bobblespin
March 4th 07, 12:29 AM
"RobZip" <no > wrote in
:

> During one of my road trips last week, my wife discovered two times
> that one of the cats had taken a dump outside the litter box. She
> mentioned it to me, but there wasn't any way to determine the culprit
> - 4 cats have access to these boxes. The trip I just came back from
> has proved to be enlightening.
>
> My boy Spot, the dominant male, is very close to me. He's always quite
> happy to see me when I get home. When I was preparing to leave
> Thursday morning, Spot sat on the sofa, next cushion over from me with
> his back towards me. I had already taken most of my gear to the van,
> so he knew I was leaving. I called him by name and he ignored me. When
> I reached over and scratched his back between the shoulders, he drew
> forward away from my hand and looked over his shoulder as if to say
> 'Don't!' Spot was very obviously pouting. He pretty much snubbed me as
> I prepared to leave and walked away when I bent to give him a head
> scritch on the way out.
>
> That afternoon there was a turd pile beside the litter box. Same thing
> again on Friday. Today, I'm home and no turd pile. Spot was his usual
> attentive, loving self. I'm curious to see if this persists on my next
> road trip. Perhaps I'll get some local runs and be home every day for
> a while. If it IS Spot, I wouldn't have a clue how to modify what is
> obviously a reaction to me being gone. I suppose a daily crap in an
> inappropriate place is less damaging than some of the stuff he could
> do.... Anybody else ever have a cat react badly to their number one
> human being gone?
>
>
>

My co-worker's cat peed on her duvet every time she went away. It cost
her a fortune to have it dry cleaned time after time.

Bobble

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Spot
March 4th 07, 02:45 AM
I have a cat who misses sometimes and one who gets mad if I don't clean the
box quick enough (apparently twice a day isn't enough on some days) and he
will mess outside the box.

My solution was to sit the litter box inside of an old dog carrier that I
have. This catches any messes they kick out and any messes they leave
outside the box either unintentional or intentional. It all can be dragged
outside and scrubbed out and rinsed. It was the best thing I ever did.

Celeste


"RobZip" <no > wrote in message
...
> During one of my road trips last week, my wife discovered two times that
> one of the cats had taken a dump outside the litter box. She mentioned it
> to me, but there wasn't any way to determine the culprit - 4 cats have
> access to these boxes. The trip I just came back from has proved to be
> enlightening.
>
> My boy Spot, the dominant male, is very close to me. He's always quite
> happy to see me when I get home. When I was preparing to leave Thursday
> morning, Spot sat on the sofa, next cushion over from me with his back
> towards me. I had already taken most of my gear to the van, so he knew I
> was leaving. I called him by name and he ignored me. When I reached over
> and scratched his back between the shoulders, he drew forward away from my
> hand and looked over his shoulder as if to say 'Don't!' Spot was very
> obviously pouting. He pretty much snubbed me as I prepared to leave and
> walked away when I bent to give him a head scritch on the way out.
>
> That afternoon there was a turd pile beside the litter box. Same thing
> again on Friday. Today, I'm home and no turd pile. Spot was his usual
> attentive, loving self. I'm curious to see if this persists on my next
> road trip. Perhaps I'll get some local runs and be home every day for a
> while. If it IS Spot, I wouldn't have a clue how to modify what is
> obviously a reaction to me being gone. I suppose a daily crap in an
> inappropriate place is less damaging than some of the stuff he could
> do.... Anybody else ever have a cat react badly to their number one human
> being gone?
>

Lynne
March 4th 07, 03:17 PM
on Sun, 04 Mar 2007 00:23:06 GMT, "RobZip" <no > wrote:

> Anybody else ever have a cat
> react badly to their number one human being gone?

My 3 year old, Rudy, used to get really angry when I left him to go on
trips. He would actually attack me when I got home, but then be his normal
affectionate self within a couple of hours. That behavior has gone away
since I got the kitten, so I think Rudy was just lonely--though he would do
this even when one or both of the kids were here in my absence.

Since you already have other cats, I haven't got the first clue about how
to go about making Spot happier in your absence. All I can say is that
thankfully his protests involve poo and not pee!

--
Lynne

RobZip
March 4th 07, 04:04 PM
"Lynne" > wrote in message
m...
> on Sun, 04 Mar 2007 00:23:06 GMT, "RobZip" <no > wrote:
> Since you already have other cats, I haven't got the first clue about how
> to go about making Spot happier in your absence. All I can say is that
> thankfully his protests involve poo and not pee!

Thankful indeed and fortunately in a spare room. Looking back to 2005, Spot
used to insist on sparring with me upon my return from a regular 4 1/2 day
trip. He would stalk me as I brought my gear into the house and insist on
wrassling with me, slap boxing, biting (gently), and being grappled with to
earn back my place in the pack each week. When it finally got intense enough
to start leaving bloody spots, I would give him a light body slam and he was
okay from that point on. Hopefully this too will be a short lived expression
of his thoughts.

Lynne
March 4th 07, 04:15 PM
on Sun, 04 Mar 2007 16:04:27 GMT, "RobZip" <no > wrote:

> Thankful indeed and fortunately in a spare room. Looking back to 2005,
> Spot used to insist on sparring with me upon my return from a regular
> 4 1/2 day trip. He would stalk me as I brought my gear into the house
> and insist on wrassling with me, slap boxing, biting (gently), and
> being grappled with to earn back my place in the pack each week. When
> it finally got intense enough to start leaving bloody spots, I would
> give him a light body slam and he was okay from that point on.
> Hopefully this too will be a short lived expression of his thoughts.

Spot sounds a lot like Rudy. Since I got Levi, the worst thing Rudy does
is sit on the kitchen counter when he knows I'm coming in through the
garage. As soon as I open the door he's there for affection, but he's also
protesting to some degree because he knows he isn't allowed on the kitchen
counter...

I can't complain, though. Whether I've been gone for a few hours or a few
days, every time I come home I have Rudy on the counter and the dog and
kitten at my feet, all to greet me.

--
Lynne

T
March 6th 07, 02:17 AM
In article >, "RobZip" <no
> says...
>
> "Lynne" > wrote in message
> m...
> > on Sun, 04 Mar 2007 00:23:06 GMT, "RobZip" <no > wrote:
> > Since you already have other cats, I haven't got the first clue about how
> > to go about making Spot happier in your absence. All I can say is that
> > thankfully his protests involve poo and not pee!
>
> Thankful indeed and fortunately in a spare room. Looking back to 2005, Spot
> used to insist on sparring with me upon my return from a regular 4 1/2 day
> trip. He would stalk me as I brought my gear into the house and insist on
> wrassling with me, slap boxing, biting (gently), and being grappled with to
> earn back my place in the pack each week. When it finally got intense enough
> to start leaving bloody spots, I would give him a light body slam and he was
> okay from that point on. Hopefully this too will be a short lived expression
> of his thoughts.

I'm finding out that Evangeline is a play biter too. I completely forgot
what it was like to have a young cat in the house.

Lynne
March 6th 07, 03:26 AM
on Tue, 06 Mar 2007 02:17:25 GMT, T > wrote:

> I'm finding out that Evangeline is a play biter too. I completely forgot
> what it was like to have a young cat in the house.

My kitten, Levi play bites. At first they were much too hard, but a few
well timed OUCHes and he learned to ease up. Now he bites very gently and
then starts licking. Who says cats can't be trained?

--
Lynne

zinzee
March 6th 07, 03:31 AM
On Mar 3, 7:23 pm, "RobZip" <no > wrote:
> During one of my road trips last week, my wife discovered two times that one
> of the cats had taken a dump outside the litter box. She mentioned it to me,
> but there wasn't any way to determine the culprit - 4 cats have access to
> these boxes. The trip I just came back from has proved to be enlightening.
>
> My boy Spot, the dominant male, is very close to me. He's always quite happy
> to see me when I get home. When I was preparing to leave Thursday morning,
> Spot sat on the sofa, next cushion over from me with his back towards me. I
> had already taken most of my gear to the van, so he knew I was leaving. I
> called him by name and he ignored me. When I reached over and scratched his
> back between the shoulders, he drew forward away from my hand and looked
> over his shoulder as if to say 'Don't!' Spot was very obviously pouting. He
> pretty much snubbed me as I prepared to leave and walked away when I bent to
> give him a head scritch on the way out.
>
> That afternoon there was a turd pile beside the litter box. Same thing again
> on Friday. Today, I'm home and no turd pile. Spot was his usual attentive,
> loving self. I'm curious to see if this persists on my next road trip.
> Perhaps I'll get some local runs and be home every day for a while. If it IS
> Spot, I wouldn't have a clue how to modify what is obviously a reaction to
> me being gone. I suppose a daily crap in an inappropriate place is less
> damaging than some of the stuff he could do.... Anybody else ever have a cat
> react badly to their number one human being gone?

My cat loves when I sweep, but is terrified of my hairdryer and
vacuum! Recently I took a vacation to California and when I came back
I went to vacuum my rugs. I realized he must have gotten up on my
radiator (we live in NYC) and sprayed the vacuum cleaner! Better
plastic than the rugs, I guess! And better the vacuum clean than my
hairdryer!!