a. “I really dig that cover
band.” Yeah, the digging
and covering goes on … and
on … and on.
b. In and out, efficiently and
neatly covering her “business”
c. A small amount of litter is on
the floor surrounding the box —
outside the box than inside.
That must be why she didn’t
cover her deposits.
6/What happened to all the cat oys?
a. They’re usually in plain sight.
b. Most are visible, and you’ll find
the others under the sofa.
c. There’s a jingle ball and catnip
mouse in the middle of the
floor, but the rest are under
the sofa, behind the bookcase,
beneath the bed, in your
shoes, floating in the
water dish …
retrieved, but some have
disappeared into a
tex where we’d
find all those
7/Your friends are over for dinner. How does
kitty act during their visit?
a. Gives herself a thorough
bath, offering your guests
“dinner and a show”
b. Tucks herself neatly under-
neath the bed and waits for
them to leave
c. Rifles through purses, pulling
out “toys” like tissues and tubes
of lip balm
d. Takes a monstrous poop and
doesn’t cover it, overpowering
the delicious smell of the fancy
French dish you just cooked
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whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds.
Your cat is the picture of pristine when it comes to cleanliness — there’s never
a whisker out of place. She’s also got fabulous litter box etiquette and keeps
track of her toys. She’s the quintessential “Felix” of The Odd Couple. This is all
well and good, but keep in mind that there’s such a thing as overdoing it when it
comes to grooming.
Excessive grooming in cats, known as psychogenic alopecia, which can be caused by
stress, is one of the most common compulsive behaviors in cats. This excessive grooming can happen if major changes occur: moving, schedule shifts, litter box relocation, a
new family member or any number of things that upset a cat’s environment. After visiting a veterinarian and ruling out any medical reasons for the behavior, you can help your
kitty by reducing stress and providing enrichment to her environment. Your veterinarian
can help you create an action plan.
Cats are cats! Your kitty is pretty average
when it comes to neatness, but it’s import-
ant to take note of your cat’s typical
behavior so you’ll be
aware if there are any
changes that need med-
So your cat isn’t a clean freak or a complete Messy Marvin;
however, you may have to sweep a little more litter than the
average pet parent. Keeping a little hand broom and dustpan
by the litter box area can help with quick cleanup. It’s also a
good idea to keep off-limits items (like butter dishes) out of
Oh, yeah — this cat’s a slob and doesn’t care who
knows it. Although some messy behavior can be cute
or funny, it could also be a sign of a significant issue.
Overweight cats have a more difficult time grooming
themselves, so talk to your vet about an ideal weight for your kitty and incorpo-
rate appropriate exercise opportunities and food choices to get or keep her there.
Speaking of food: Placemats sometimes
help contain the aftermath of a messy meal. It
also may be worth trying a different shape or
size of bowl or even a non-slip model.