|Purred: Fri Oct 25, '13 6:29am PST |
|Hi, everyone - I think I may be worrying about nothing, but I figured I'd post in case it turns into something more.
First, I don't mean to be overly worrisome about a kitten. It's just that Edison was 18 when I lost him in September, and I'd had him for 17 1/2 years, so - there you have it! It's been 17 1/2 years since I've had a kitten, so I'm a bit out of practice, and I want to do my absolute best for Violet. I don't want to screw anything up, you know?
Miss Violet has been a very good girl, and tomorrow makes three weeks since I've had her. She does her crazy kitten stuff, but nothing out of the ordinary. I was told she was feral (2 mos. old when I got her, she'll be 3 mos. old Nov. 5th), but she's been socializing and bonding with me beautifully. Eating and drinking normally, she's been very cuddly and affectionalte, and she's using the litterbox normally, and for it's intended purpose!
So last night, she was a little more "crazy" than usual, but there had also been some workmen in my building during the day, and since I was at work, I don't know how much their noise may have disturbed her. We played, she ate, I cuddled her to try to calm her down, and then I just let her romp around and play with her toys.
So she goes over to her litterbox, and starts digging around in it with her paw. She's outside the box, but there's something in there she's after. Suddenly, she flips a clump of litter out (it was pee) and starts batting it around like a toy. I went over and grabbed the scoop and flipped it back into the box, and said, "No, Violet - that's pee pee, not a toy. You only use this box to pee and poop in, okay?" I went to get a baggie to scoop the box out, and before I could, she dug in and flipped out the exact same clump of pee! There were a couple of other clumps in there, and a couple of poops (I had just gotten home from work and hadn't tackled the box yet), but both times, she only showed a particular interest in "rescuing" this specific clump.
Here's where I don't know if I'm worrying for no reason - I scooped the box and took a look at the clump she was so interested in. It turns out that the pee had clumped into the exact size and shape of one of her favorite toys! She has a little black mouse (one of those little fur covered ones) that she just loves, and except for the tail, this clump of pee was the exact size and shape! The litter had even darkened to a dark gray color, which may have been close enough to black for her.
So I scooped the box and threw out the clumps and poop. She dove back into the box to check out where her "toy" had gone, saw that the box was empty, and didn't seem overly concerned. I hunted around and found actual "black mouse" and tossed him to her, and that seemed to calm her down.
Do you think she had some kind of issue with the litterbox, or do you think it was a case of "mistaken identity" on her part? And if it might be a litterbox issue, any suggestions on how to fix it before it becomes a bigger problem?
(Although honestly, I do think I'm just worrying for no reason...)
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