All right, it’s that time. Let’s put on our 1940sstyle fedora, put in that press card right on the band right there, get out our big, old stogies, munch down on it. Lefty, you’ve got to give me the story. I’ve got kids to feed here. It is time for cat journalism part II,.
Your questions, your answers. Let’s get to it. Catify the world! MUSIC PLAYING Last time around, we were talking about cat journalism. We were talking about the concept of going deep inside of a problem.
But at the same time keeping some subjectivity, stepping away at the same time exploring it. That’s what a journalist does. They say, just the facts, mam. And in gathering the facts, they uncover the story. And that’s what we’re going to do. The first one is from Kitty B. I have had my cat Izzy for eight years.
A couple days ago, he peed in the laundry basket. That was pretty random. We do spoil him a lot. And I noticed he did this when we ran out of his favorite food. I wonder if he was trying to send us a message. Here’s what I like about that. What I like is you said, I noticed,.
Meaning that you were present in that moment. Now, you did hint that it was spiteful that it was a vengeful pee. In my experience, that’s not something that happens. Take apart that day. Why was that day different from other days? Eight years he never peed in the laundry basket. How many times in those eight years.
Did you run out of his favorite cat food? Was there fighting going on in the house? Had you gone on a trip? Were you going on a trip? Were suitcases out? Was his carrier out? Did he know he was going to the vet? What raised that level of anxiety?.
Because don’t forget what he did, he went into a place that smelled distinctly like you. So something territorially really set him off. Cats outside the house, cats inside the house, new child, what came in there that could have spiked him? Kitty B, I want to hear from you. Don’t forget the hash tag TeamCatMojo and the CatJournalism as well.
Why Does My Cat Pee Outside The Litter Box
All right folks, I’ve been hassled about this forever. We’re going to talk about litter boxes. As cats are all little individual snowflakes, they all come from the same place, from that big cat cloud, right? And like any other cloud, a little bit of pee must fall, or dingleberries, or let’s get catified.
All right, folks, we’re going to break this down in a very fast fashion because there’s a lot of information to cover in a very short amount of time. Now here’s the first thing. If your cat is peeing or pooping outside the box, number one, go to the vet. Rule things out.
Get a urinalysis done. Get a full blood panel done. Make sure that your cat’s not acting out from a very simple physical place. You got to know. I’ve had cases in the past where a cat has actually been acting out this was in the shelter environment. The cat was within a day of being euthanized.
Because of this behavior problem. And a friend of mine who’s a fantastic vet had the presence of mind to check the cat’s mouth. And sure enough, that cat had an abscessed tooth. And that’s why the cat was acting out, not using a litter box. And that abscessed tooth almost cost that cat her life. So let’s think about this.
Again, rule number one, go to the vet. Now here’s the next really important chunk. You have to know the tools of the trade here. You’ve got to know what you’re going to need in order to solve the problem. You know I’ve talked to you about this before. It’s the power of journaling. This helps you in a number of different ways.
You step away from the pee. You step away from the poop. It’s not all about you and it’s not all about the fact that you’re angry because your cat peed. You’re looking for the whats, the wheres, the hows, the whens, the whys. Now if this wasn’t happening a week ago and now it’s starting to happen regularly,.
What changed in my home? All about observation, not interpretation. Also use blue tape. Now I’ve talked about this as well. You have paper tape that painter’s use and every time your cat pees, you put an x down on the ground. The anti treasure map is what I call this guy, right?.