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|Purred: Mon Mar 23, '09 4:48pm PST |
|1 - What kind of litter? Not necessarily interested in brand or cost, but mostly content or material.
Scoop Away unscented. It's clay based, rather than the one the manufacturer makes with crystals, we are told crystals are bad for cats. It's what Boris had grown up with. I tried switching both cats to Feline Pine, but the transition did not go well: my husband is extremely allergic to dust, and Feline Pine produced a greater amount of it than our go to litter.
2 - Were/are there medical problems? If so, what?
It's unclear whether you are thinking of elimination problems or general health. We've never had elimination problems. Every once in a while Gracie will forget to clean her bottom and will trail something around the house, but it's very clear it's an accident due to fur (when the stuff stuck to her fur does drop, she tries to bury it in on the spot and looks to mom for help) .
3 - What stressors may have contributed or been the cause?
Again, no elimination problems. Gracie is just medium haired, and not the most efficient of groomers, though she has gotten tidier as she has grown up (she still prefers it if Boris cleans her bottom, which he will only do if he feels like it. The rest of the time, I will just examine her in passing and use kitten wipes if necessary).
4 - What changes seem to coincide?
5 - How many cats in the house? What are their ages? What are their kinships to one another (biologically)?
2 Cats. Miss Gracie will be one very soon, and Boris is 2 1/2 right now. They are not related, but they get along almost as well as littermates would. Gracie was ridiculously tiny when she came home, and I could make a case that Boris literally raised her into adulthood (he's been very patient with both her and us: we never owned any cats before Boris, so we've been learning what it's like to have cats as we go ).
6 - How many humans reside in the house? What are their ages? How many & what type of regular visitors?
2 humans, both in their early 30s. We don't really have friends visit too often, but Boris knows and loves lots of our friends. He didn't start out so outgoing, we just had to reassure him a lot at first. He now reads our vibes and just rolls with it. Gracie is a little more skittish when it comes to people, but will usually come out after a while (she's too curious a creature) and enjoys the attention when she gets it.
7 - How do the cats interact with one another? With human family/household members? With frequent visitors?
The cats play not unlike litter mates. I think they both can't really remember what it was like before they were together, which is good. They have a pretty good bond with each other, but Gracie does tend to want more space to be alone, whereas Boris really really likes company. His idea of being alone is to sleep about a foot away from his people or Gracie. Gracie's idea of alone time is to hide in plain sight (she's grey, and a ninja kitty) for hours. Boris is very bonded to me. He used to be possessive of me with Gracie, but will generally let Gracie sit next to mom as long as he doesn't want exclusive attention. Gracie on the other hand is probably bonded to both me and my husband. She goes back and forth on who she likes best, but she's generally very loving no matter what. For info on how they generally deal with guests, see above.
One of my husband's friends used to petsit for Boris when he could (nowadays he's busier, so we've had to hire a petsitter). Boris worships the ground he walks on, seems like: he almost turns doglike with him.
8 - Any dogs? No. Boris is curious but aloof around dogs (we were told he was terrified of dogs, but he has met my MIL's beagle and was unperturbed by her until she tried to swipe his food ), while Gracie is deeply terrified of them. We probably won't be getting a dog anytime soon, either. My dog lover husband is surprisingly a cat guy now.
9 - How many & how often do boxes get cleaned?
We only have one box. I know the experts say to get one more than the number of cats, but when we had 3 boxes, they always would go to the smallest box available and share it, so it seemed natural to eventually pick the biggest box we had, and make it the only box. I did keep an extra box in storage for any emergencies (i.e., for when Gracie was spayed and needed her own space, or for when we travel sans cats, to make up for the fact that they only get their box cleaned once a day). We scoop twice a day, and I dump out all the litter and wash the box out once a week. I didn't really clean the box as often back in the day when I only had Boris, but after Gracie came I started to do it more often. I find the cats don't really care, but it sure makes it easier on me to clean frequently. The more you put off cleaning a litter box, the more I find you have to spend time on cleaning it once you get around to it.
10 - On a scale of 1-10, (0 being boring, 1 being completely laid back) how anxious or busy is the energy in your home?
Maybe a 1. We're very laid back. Home is where us humans go to relax, and both cats can count on some semblance of a routine from both of us.
11 - How much outdoor time do they get?
Both cats are indoor only. We've never lived anywhere where sending cats outside would be safe for them (nevermind that safe is a relative word), and we promised to keep them inside when each one was adopted.
12 - Finally, on a scale of 1 to 10 (0 being no problem at all, 1 being only problems due to medical conditions, but not persistent ...and so on) how bad is the problem elimination? Describe, if you've a mind. Please include urinary and fecal issues.
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