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Tang Talk – May 2012



To pee or not to pee in the litter box…that is a common problem. I have seen many humans and their felines at the clinic because the fabulous feline is pooping or peeing outside the litter box.

My slaves ask a lot of questions, do a physical exam and look at the kitty’s urine under a microscope.

Why would a cat avoid the litter box? I often hear Dr. McDonald asking about how many litter boxes are in the house (we felines like to have more litter boxes than cats in the home…if you have 2 cats, you should have 3 boxes…if you have 4 cats, you should have 5 boxes, etc)

How often do the slaves scoop and completely clean out the litter box? We cats DO NOT want to use a “dirty” or “smelly” bathroom. We have a better sense of smell that you do and just because we lick our own bums, you should not underestimate our need for a clean box.
Other reasons to avoid our litter box are if we don’t like a new litter, the room is too noisy (like a laundry room) or one of our feline friends likes to attack us.

The humans are trying to figure out if the pee problem is physical (UTI, FUS etc) or behavioral. If your problem is in your head and not your bladder, they will try to figure out if you are avoiding the litter box, marking territory or if you are expressing anxiety.

Ta Ta for now … pee pee in the box.