All right, it’s that time. Let’s put on our1940sstyle fedora, put in that press card righton the band right there, get out our big, oldstogies, munch down on it. Lefty, you’ve got togive me the story. I’ve got kids to feed here. It is time for catjournalism part II,
your questions, your answers. Let’s get to it. Catify the world! MUSIC PLAYING Last time around, we weretalking about cat journalism. We were talkingabout the concept of going deepinside of a problem
but at the same timekeeping some subjectivity, stepping away at thesame 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 whatwe’re going to do. The first one isfrom Kitty B. I have had my cat Izzy for eight years.
A couple days ago, he peedin the laundry basket. That was pretty random. We do spoil him a lot. And I noticed he didthis when we ran out of his favorite food. I wonder if he was tryingto send us a message. Here’s what I like about that. What I like is yousaid, I noticed,
meaning that you werepresent in that moment. Now, you did hintthat it was spiteful that it was a vengeful pee. In my experience, that’snot something that happens. Take apart that day. Why was that daydifferent from other days? Eight years he never peedin the laundry basket. How many times inthose eight years
did you run out ofhis favorite cat food? Was there fightinggoing 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 wasgoing to the vet? What raised thatlevel of anxiety?
Why Does My Cat Pee Outside The Litter Box
All right folks, I’ve beenhassled about this forever. We’re going to talkabout litter boxes. As cats are all littleindividual snowflakes, they all come from the sameplace, 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’regoing to break this down in a very fast fashionbecause there’s a lot of information to coverin a very short amount of time. Now here’s the first thing. If your cat is peeing or poopingoutside the box, number one, go to the vet. Rule things out.
Get a urinalysis done. Get a full blood panel done. Make sure that yourcat’s not acting out from a very simplephysical place. You got to know. I’ve had cases in the pastwhere a cat has actually been acting out this wasin the shelter environment. The cat was within aday of being euthanized
because of thisbehavior problem. And a friend of minewho’s a fantastic vet had the presence of mindto check the cat’s mouth. And sure enough, that cathad an abscessed tooth. And that’s why thecat was acting out, not using a litter box. And that abscessed toothalmost cost that cat her life. So let’s think about this.
Again, rule numberone, go to the vet. Now here’s the nextreally important chunk. You have to know thetools of the trade here. You’ve got to knowwhat you’re going to need in order tosolve the problem. You know I’ve talked toyou about this before. It’s the power of journaling. This helps you in anumber of different ways.
You step away from the pee. You step away from the poop. It’s not all about you andit’s not all about the fact that you’re angrybecause your cat peed. You’re looking for thewhats, the wheres, the hows, the whens, the whys. Now if this wasn’thappening a week ago and now it’s startingto happen regularly,