Since I will be at Falls Creek next week with no puter which means no blogging (will I go into withdrawals?!) I might as well get in as many posts as I can. I’d hate to leave all 5 of my loyal readers with nothing to do but go outside, get some sunshine or interact with real human beings. Kidding! Sort of.
I mentioned yesterday that I checked out The Cat Bible from the Metro Public Library. Let me preface this by saying that I grew up with cats – we had 3 or 4 with the occasional stray. Still, cats are often characterized as aloof, independent, and moody – which just hasn’t been the case with my feline companions. Then there was this problem with Lucy using the potty (and I mean #1, not #2) in places other than her litter box, and since the aforementioned problem is the #1 cause of cat owners to abandon their pets, I thought I better do some research and see if indeed the problem is her, or me.
I say “me” and not “us” because I am in charge of the litter box. It’s in my bathroom, so my deal. Not fun, but I get the job done. So I was completely surprised when Lucy took it upon herself to relieve herself on the rug in front of my shower, twice. I was revolted, disappointed and perplexed. She’s trained, is a 4 year old cat, and her box looks clean.
Looks is the operative word I guess. After some research I found that the problem was two-fold. One – just cause it looks clean doesn’t mean it is. Two – cats are creatures of habit. They pee somewhere once, and will do it again if you don’t completely eradicate the smell. *Pause – okay this is gross post number two, I am really sorry you guys!* I did manage to get the cat pee gone for good – see this page for tips on how to get rid of, well, anything.
Please don’t think I am a crazy cat lady; I’m not – I just want to provide the best home for our little friend and make it pleasant for all. Also I wanted to know what type of cat I had and all those little fun, nerdy facts that I love. I’ve learned a lot so far from The Cat Bible. I know she’s a mutt-kitty, but I have somewhat narrowed her breed(s) down. Also, I got some great, practical tips on making the litter box situation better, and decided that I will start buying the all-natural, bio-degradable littler not only cause it’s a “green” thing to do, cats like it better. (Julie, I hope I’ve made you proud!)
Apparently, the head-butting things she does is her way of saying, “you’re my mom.” Wow. I’m a little flattered. The book also says that one way a cat shows their affection for you is to show you their butt. Gross. Glad she doesn’t like me that much.