(Closed) Litter Box Issues – Help!

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

When my 4 year old cat was a kitten she had a problem with getting her poop and pee all over her paws and tracking it EVERYWHERE! The final straw was when she ran across the back of the couch and some of it even got on the WALL! Whenever we caught her with ‘poopy paws’ we would hold the offending messy paw under her nose until she cleaned it. She got the hint pretty quickly, and became cleaner in her habits. 

Post # 18
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Bumble Beekeeper

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excitedbeeee :  Does one of the cat’s have hyperthyroidism? Or is it something else that caused the recommendation for rabbit? I have only heard of rabbit being suggested for hyprythyroidism. One of my cat’s has it and we give him fresh minced rabbit (but only because it is accessible for us) and then Science diet dry food. I find that when his levels are off his poop is a lot softer and we need to (with the vet) tweak his meds.

Protein is really important and when cat’s have a diet high in protein (supposed to be about 60% I think) then there should be less poop (because the food gets absorbed rather than expelled as waste) and be harder. If cat’s get too much carbohydrates then it can equal more poop/softer poop. For example a lot of the grocery store dry foods are basically kitty crack- full of complex carbohydrates which hey we all love but shouldn’t be the majority of our diet including our cats (I think from memory it should be 30% their diet with fats making up the rest). I woukd definitely discuss with your vet. Just like with our food it is really important to look at the food labelling of our pets food. Anything with lots of perservatives, colours and numbers should be eliminated just like for humans.

Post # 19
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Bumble Beekeeper

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j_jaye :  I love that you have a blind kitty 🙂 We almost adopted one a few months ago but she was snagged by another family first. 

Post # 20
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Bumble Beekeeper

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TheGridMonster :  Lol we are the suckers that end up with all the cats no one wants. The blind kitty had aggression problems so the shelter was going to put him down (like most do with aggressive animals) but I guessed he was just aggressive because he was caged (hates to be confined) and scared. 

We also have a mentally ill cat (severe depression and hates human contact), a cancer cat with dementia and another cancer cat (both are deformed/had parts removed due to cancer). All of which no one wanted and they sat at the shelter for a long long time being passed over. Aside from Norma Bates (the mentally ill cat) the others are the most loving and affectionate and even Norma is warming up to us (three years in). To me cats like humans have personalities and just like humans not all are warm fuzzy loving beings and they don’t deserve to die because of that. 

Post # 21
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Bumble Beekeeper

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j_jaye :  that’s amazing 🙂 the world needs so many more people like you. Norma Bates is such a perfect name btw. She sounds like my first childhood cat who took a long while to warm up to me, but became my soulmate! Sending lots of furry love to you and your motley crew of sweethearts!

Post # 22
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Giving my dog a spoonful of greek yogurt everyday has greatly improved his poops, so much so that I wish I had thought of this years ago. From some quick googling it looks like this is good for cats when they have diarrhea so, it might be a good thing to add a small bit to their regular diet. 

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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excitedbeeee :  We swicthed to a Breeze system over a traditional litter box. It has been sooo much better, it comes with pellets instead of litter so no clumping/tracking it everywhere and I can throw out the pads so the smell goes away. Google it!

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