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?.
How to Stop Your Cats From Scratching Furniture
All right. Fine, Jackson, fine. You told me all about declawing and how terrible it. Is And fine, fine, I won’t declaw my cat. My cat is still wrecking my house. My cat is scratching up my furniture. My cat is scratching me.
I don’t want my cat to scratch. Now what do I do? Well, calm down Sleepless in Scratchville. It’s time to get catified. If you watched episode about declawing, you know exactly where I fall on the matter. I mean, I made myself pretty clear, right?.
Don’t do it. Don’t do it. It’s inhumane, it’s cruel, it’s unusual, it’s unnecessary. And it rarely works in solving behavioral problems. It usually makes other ones crop up. And did I tell you it hurts? You said, find. And you said it in loud, loud ways.
I mean, thank you by the way, people. The way you’re coming out, team Cat Mojo in force, right? How do you live with a cat and her claws? Well, I’m going to tell you it. There’s a few things we have to bear in mind. Scratching is a necessity for cats. It’s not a luxury. Cats need to, first of all, exercise.
The top part of their body. It’s a nice way to grab something and pull down and get that exercise. Also, it’s a really important part of marking territory. Now remember, Cat Mojo 101. Cats need to own places. If they don’t own places, they become very, very insecure and anxious, and they act out in other ways.
If it is a necessary, if cats do need to scratch, well then, what are we going to do about that? The first thing that we do is trim their nails. You take either a nail trimmer or a human nail clipper, or the ones that they sell in the stores that are more like systems, whatever suits your fancy. You press the cat’s pad. And boink, out comes the nail.
All you’ve got to do is take off the tip. You don’t have to take off that part where the red meets the white. You don’t have to worry about hurting them that way. You don’t worry about what we call quicking them, which is hitting that blood supply and making everyone unhappy. Just bump, and it’s done.