How Sanitary are Litterboxes?

@carolbee (16241)
United States
November 19, 2007 9:46am CST
We have a cat who loves to play in her litterbox. She spends long periods of time rearranging things and straightening out the litter. After she's been piddling in the box, she comes to find me and wants to paw at my face or arm. She's simply trying to get my attention so I'll pet her. How sanitary is it for a cat to be in the litterbox and then find it's owner only to stretch out their paw and touch the face or arm? Sometimes her paws are damp. Should I be concerned?
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@williamjisir (22903)
• China
20 Nov 07
Hello carol bee. I think that it is better not to let the cat touch your face or arm though she is cute to do so. From the angle of being hygienic, it is better to get the cats' paws washed first before she plays with you that way. I think that it would be better. Thanks for your discussion, dear friend.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
20 Nov 07
Most often this happens after I get into bed. She wants me to pet her head and will paw at me to get my attention. Thanks for your response.
@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
19 Nov 07
You can always wipe her feet with Baby Wipes. I understand that there is a similar product especially for cats. And it's true that sometimes, a cat who just finishes using a litterbox still has some pee on her paws. My Mimi's paws are damp with pee after she's done. So I just gently wipe her paws and she's good to go! Of course, I wash my hands and arms thoroughly where she's touched them.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
19 Nov 07
Part of my problem is I lost my sense of smell as a result of an accident or I would know where her paws have been. Yucky, now I need to really pay attention........lol Thanks for responding.
• United States
19 Nov 07
I dont think litter boxes are very sanitary. It would be like putting your hand in the toilet then touching your face. I wouldnt let her do that. The dampness is pee on her feet.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
19 Nov 07
I pretty much assumed the damp paws were from pee but didn't want to really believe it. I like your way of thinking. Thanks for your response.