6/What’s that smell? a. What smell? I smell noth-
b. Dust clouds of litter moving
across the room
c. Fresh kitty poo! Of course
it’s uncovered. Of course
you have company.
d. Cat pee dripping down the
wall because kitty couldn’t
quite keep his bottom
inside the box
7/What are you thinking as you scoop the litter box?
a. Easy peasy! My cat must
have had lessons from Miss
b. Can this scooper reach all
the way down there? Man,
these clumps are really
c. Is there such a thing as
“Learn to Cover Your Poop
101”? If so, where do I sign
my cat up? Can he start
d. Box? I can’t find the box. It
must be buried some-
where under this litter
that’s all over the
GOT IT COVERED
Well, aren’t you the lucky one? Your kitty typically covers his pee and
poop and even keeps the litter inside the box. Smell is minimal, and
scooping is a breeze. Hey, can your cat teach a class? Maybe the “Learn
to Cover Your Poop 101”?
In all seriousness, there are many reasons why a cat does or doesn’t
properly cover his deposits. One reason is because the box and litter
are or aren’t a good fit for the cat. Some cats respond better to certain
types of boxes and litter way better than others. You must have found
great matches for your fastidious feline!
TOTALLY DIGGIN’ IT
Cats instinctively enjoy digging, and most of the time all that digging is
completely normal. If it becomes excessive, you may want to consider
a few things:
Is there enough litter in the box?
Is the box being cleaned regularly?
Is it in a calm and comfortable location?
Is the box big enough?
UNCOVERING THE STINK
No one likes the smell of
uncovered kitty “business” in the
litter box. If your cat isn’t regularly
covering, it could be that he wasn’t
taught properly. He could also have
an aversion to the litter, so trying a new
brand could help. Additionally, some cats prefer
large, open boxes to covered ones. Try various options
to find what works.
If your cat previously covered his waste and now isn’t, visit
the vet’s office to rule out any medical conditions.
Some cats are just plain messy when it comes to using the litter box.
One way to prevent flying litter and over-the-edge urine streams is to
give your kitty a large litter box. Some cats do well with sizable plastic
totes with a door cut into the side.
If your cat is defecating or urinating outside the box, it’s time to
check in with the vet to make sure his physical and behavioral health is
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