My wife and I have a young cat that does not cover her "leavings" and paws at the toilet after using the litterbox and l
My wife and I have a young cat that does not cover her "leavings" and paws at the toilet after using the litterbox and l think that she is trying to imitate my wife's actions (she started fine as a kitten, but changed after my wife started letting her in during her own "Nature call"). She (the cat) also has a habit of tearing up toilet paper and leaving it in the litterbox after she goes. While I do think that this is a sign of intelligence, I don't think it's a good idea to continue this as it has the potential to permanently alter our cat's behavior. We also have a slightly older cat who uses the litter box in the "appropriate" way. That's my theory, but professional insight is appreciated.
on May 3rd 2012
in Other Behavior & Training
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If you google teaching cats to use the toilet there are a couple of kits available and she sounds like a perfect candidate. Since she is so interested in the toilet and copying your wife this could be a fun thing for her to learn even if your other cat is not interested.
Gogo answered on 5/3/12. Helpful? / 0
Well, I don't know about the "copying your wife" part. She's not behaving inappropriately. Some cats are just like that, they scratch around the box instead of in it. Maybe if you move the box to a roomier area, she'll scratch at the litter instead of the toilet. Tearing the toilet paper up is also normal - it's a wonderful toy. It sounds like it just happens to end up in the litter box because the bathroom sounds small.
Monster answered on 5/4/12. Helpful? / 0