oops! Sorry! I didn't know you were in there!

@cortjo73 (6500)
United States
March 29, 2008 2:05pm CST
So, I accidentally did the equivalent of walking in on a human when they are in the bathroom on the potty yesterday to my oldest cat, Sydney, yesterday! LOL! She was not happy with me! I always clean the litter boxes, of which there are two, when I get home from work. So, I went about my business of the few chores I do as soon as I get home from work and, I knelt down, put the garbage can down on the floor in front of the litter box as I always do, lifted the lid and there she was doing a nasty stinky. I quietly apologized, began to replace the lid being careful not to close it on her tail or anything else but, she finished up in a hurry as I was replacing the lid! OOPS! I felt so bad. I tried to apologize to her but, she seemed either ticked or embarrassed or perhaps she was both! Turns out, our little furry friends want their privacy as much as we do. I'll have to remind her of that the next time she scratches at the door while I am on the toilet! LOL! Do I even have to ask if you have accidentally interrupted your cats on the commode? LOL!
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@II2aTee (2560)
• United States
18 Jun 08
That is really funny and I can deffinatly relate. You are going to think Im such a weirdo, but one of my ferrets will not go potty untill I leave the room. My ferrets are both litter box trained and they have a special box in my bedroom because thats where they like to play the most. When Hodge has to go potty he will run into the litter box, then turn around and stare at me. It's like hes saying "Excuse me... do you mind....?" He will wait untill I get up and walk out of the room before he will do his business. After he is done I am allowed back in because now hes ready for playtime. LOL I know it sounds weird... but hey... I never once in my life claimed to be normal. It must have rubbed off on my pets....
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@II2aTee (2560)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Aaaaand I just noticed this is an old discussion. Oh well. I blame El Nino.
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@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
19 Jun 08
LOL! First of all, I am glad that you didn't ignore it simply because it is an old discussion! Your responses are always welcome and fun to read! And, second...seriously, you think your story is weird? Not even a little bit! LOL! My cats follow me into the bathroom when I am, well...you know. And, I give them the look like Hodge gives you! LOL! I do have to tell you...I have a fear of ferrets. It is a long story resulting in a ferret attacking my leg and I still have the scar. I was maybe 10 +/- and have never recovered from the fear. LOL! So, it is foreign to me to imagine that ferrets can be playful. But, I know that the one that bit me was not a good representative of their true natures. Big meanie! LOL! Thank you for sharing your story with me! I don't think your are weird! Especially since I have never claimed to be normal either!
@II2aTee (2560)
• United States
19 Jun 08
I know that all animals are potentialy dangerous, but I honestly dont think Hodge has a mean bone in his body. Hes the kind of ferret where you could rub his belly and put him to sleep LOL. Now my female.. shes a different story. Shes still gentle and kind, but shes still a little baby squirt and sometimes she dosent realize how hard she is playing. Hodge is a hunny though - I'd trust him in a crib with a baby. Hes too chubby to be of any threat LOL.
• United States
30 Mar 08
Oh my gosh Cort. Can I ever relate to this??? Four cats, and their litter box is in our mudroom. In and out traffic all day long and I field looks from them all when they are doing their stinkies. And I do mean stinkies. They actually race to see who can get to the litter box earliest in the morning. Phhhhew!
@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
30 Mar 08
LOL! The other day, I was upstairs doing some chores and I came downstairs headed for the laundry room, which is where the downstairs box is. I walked into the middle of the kitchen and could smell a massive beast of a stinky. I actually looked around for the source, seeing none, I walked into the mudroom and it got worse. Again, a search gave me know source. So, into the laundry I went where the source was at its peak freshness. I had just cleaned the litter box so I wanted to make sure that it was indeed coming from there and that something wasn't in a corner somewhere and, there it was...an uncovered steamy pile of stink that would make a skunk proud...or jealous. Sydney doesn't tend to cover her business. The other two do. But, not her. I think she just cuts and runs because to linger while covering would mean a full on assault to her delicate sniffer! Never mind the rest of us! Heaven forbid her sniffer get assaulted by her own nasty! LOL!
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• United States
30 Mar 08
Oh my gosh, my big Nemo cuts and runs too! He's 25 pounds of beast.. so imagine that. I tell him to cover up his dookies!! Thats SO nasty, it makes me gag. He actually wipes his PAWS on the wall after he goes!!!
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@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
31 Mar 08
What is with that? Sydney does that too! She doesn't cover the dukes because she is too busy rubbing her paws down the side of the lid of the litter box. What the heck? LOL! I feel bad for her sisters because they have to go in there sometime after her and, I can't imagine they like the smell of her uncovered dukes anymore than we do! LOL!
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@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Yes, i have done this. I also have 2 boxes. I picked up the 1st one to be cleaned and it seems really heavy. I put it down right away realizing that 1 of my 3 cats were in it. They dont mind walking in on me. As a matter of fact they run to the bathroom almost everytime i go in there cause they like me to turn on the tap so they can have a fresh drink of running water.
@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
19 Jun 08
LOL! Oops! Did your cat have a pretty bad reaction to you suddenly lifting it in the air in the litter box while it was doing its business? LOL!
@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
19 Jun 08
No, the scratchin just continued. But i told her i was sorry.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
1 Apr 08
Hehe..bet you got a nasty look to boot when you interrupted "madame" in her loo. Oh yes, my two like their privacy as well...I don't have one of those pans with a lid on it, just a regular one, but if I walk into the bathroom and my one cat in particular, Kissy is trying to do her thing she gets scared and will run out..only after I leave the bathroom will she go back in...uh, yes, I have that problem too though...if I go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, Kissy insists on accompanying me to the bathroom, intertwining between my legs, then hops up on the toilet lid..like hey, I need to go!!!
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@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
1 Apr 08
LOL! Kissy sounds like a character! And, yes! I did get a nasty look...in fact, several nasty looks for the next day after I interrupted "madame" in her loo! LOL! What is it about the bathroom when we use it that makes cats so amorous? LOL!
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
1 Apr 08
Mmm...I don't know why it is when we go to the bathroom our cats get amorous..LOL..all I know, one of these days as I'm heading to the bathroom and Kissy is following me I swear one of these nights, she's going to trip me...sheesh
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@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
31 Mar 08
Oh my--- that made me laugh... And I needed that! How funny--- So you have the enclosed cat litter pans and had no idea she was in there. How often do your cats come to the bathroom when you are in there? I know my cat is always coming in- she pushes open the door if is not latched tightly – the bad part is she expects me to pet her and tries to get on my lap. LOL… I push her out of course. I can’t even take a bubble bath without her hearing the water and running as fast as she can to get in before I shut the door- My sig other thinks it is funny to let her in- once I’m already in the tub- then she sits up on the side of the tub and watches me- She loves the water! Lol. Yes I have done the same thing- She usually gets scared and runs- lol…. I’ve done it a few times. I usually check to see that I can find her before scooping the litter pan.
@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
1 Apr 08
LOL! I'm glad I could make you laugh! And, I would say she gets into the bathroom with me a couple times a week. LOL! Mostly she just wants is for me to pet her but, one of my other cats used to try to get on my lap while I was in there! LOL! One of my cats gets amorous towards the shower door while I squeegy (sp) them down (it cuts down on any soap scum). She'll rub back and forth on the door. I have no idea why she gets so amorous about the post shower clean up but, she does! LOL!
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
30 Mar 08
I think she most likely was just a bit startled at the invasion.
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@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
31 Mar 08
LOL! Me too! Like we would be I guess!
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@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
30 Mar 08
I have 2 litterboxes as well, one is covered while the other isn't. My cats don't seem to care if I interupt them or not while they are using them. Shoot, I can't get them cleaned out w/o 'help'. Every time I try to unbury a log, one of them is there reburying it. lol Or they will just sit next to the box and supervise, telling me to get that one and that one..don't forget the wet spots. Tigger and Simba insist they join me whenever I'm going potty so they better never get an attitude with me. lol
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@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
30 Mar 08
LOL! There are times when I leave the bathroom door open and, Sydney will join me too! So, I actually tried to have that conversation with her that day but, she just kept trying to stay as far away from me as she could. She didn't want to hear it because all she was concerned about was that she had her door shut. It is my fault if she comes in on me and I didn't shut my door but, she didn't leave her door open! LOL! And, how funny about your cat supervising you! LOL! You better make sure you get it right. It sounds like you have a micro-manager on your hands! LOL! Don't want to get fired for failure to scoop!
• United States
31 Mar 08
I'll never get fired for failure to scoop cause Tigger lets me know when HIS box is dirty. If I don't hop on it right away, he will pester till I do. Gotta love the lil rascals.
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30 Mar 08
hahaha bet your cat probably was embarrassed or didnt like the feeling that she had to rush her business. You will have to fuss over Sydney and give her an extra treat just so she knows your sorry! My mums cat (she did have two) they havent used a cat litter tray since they were kittens, so she doesnt have this problem anymore!
@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
30 Mar 08
LOL! I think she is ok now. It took her a day but, she isn't acting like she is embarrassed anymore. LOL! Does your Mom's cats use the toilet? I tried to train mine to use the Litter Kwitter (I think that is how it is spelled) which goes over the toile and is supposed to teach them to use it instead of a litter box. But, they weren't having any of it. They were too stubborn and set in their ways.
30 Mar 08
No my mums cats dont use the toilet, they always went outside to do their business. She had a cat flap in her back door so they could go out and come in whenever they wanted to!
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@fifileigh (3619)
• United States
30 Mar 08
for some reason, i have always understood my pet's need to go to the bathroom in privacy. i am not sure why. my cat's litter box is in the washer and dryer room, as well as her food. and i leave the lights off. he doesnt need light to go to the bathroom. plus i figure, going in to the bathroom in the dark gives him more privacy...cats dont really need light. if i am in the same room when my cat crawls in the litter box, i just turn the lights off and leave...even though i think pets look cute when they go to the bathroom...
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@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
30 Mar 08
LOL! That is nice that you respect their privacy! I can't figure it out either how I know they need it! They just do. Thank you for your response!
@fifileigh (3619)
• United States
31 Mar 08
i think i remember why. from one of my late cats, once i was watching it going to the bathroom because it looked cute like a baby's first steps to potty training, and the cat just looked up at me and gave me a hard look as if say, "Do you mind? What are you staring at? Do you have a problem?" Then, i figured it wants to do it alone...and doesnt want me watch it using the bathroom in its box. so i just left.
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@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
29 Mar 08
Well, a couple of times, I accidentally walked in the spare room where my Mimi cat was taking a dump. She looked just as surprised to see me there. But I quietly stepped out of the room, waited for her to finish, then went back in to remove the soiled papers. Then I sprayed some deodorant to rid the room of the horrible stench. No point in apologizing to Mimi, as she had already headed back to the sunporch. At least she uses the litterbox, unlike Columbus who insists on pooing on the floor. I clean the floor with Chlorox, but even that doesn't deter the cat from soiling the floor. And he does a LOT!
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@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
30 Mar 08
Oh no! You know...Sydney actually is quite a princess. Her litter boxes have to be cleaned every day or she will do her business on the floor outside of the boxes. But, she has another princess like attitude. She won't cover her poo. She drops and runs. And, boy does it kick up a stink! I feel bad for her sisters because they have to go in after her and sometimes they have to cover it for her in order to be able to breath while they are doing their business. LOL! Cats are something else, aren't they?
@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
30 Mar 08
Lol, that they are! My Tabitha, who passed away in October 2006, was the same way. Right after she used her litterbox, she took off as if someone was chasing her. I'll never forget her. She was 14 years old and peed in the litterbox even though she was dying. Her tail was down in the pee. Unfortunately, it was after 6 pm and I couldn't find an available vet to help her. But I'll see her again someday, along with my other deceased cats.
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• Canada
19 Jun 08
My cat never had a problem with this. I don't have a shelter over my toilet, so he doesn't have one over the litter box. Ironcially, whenever I go into the bathroom and use the toilet, he chooses that time to go and use the litter box.
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@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
19 Jun 08
That is funny! Like he times his business with yours? That is really funny!
@myklj999 (18228)
30 Mar 08
Cats - I'm sorry!!
I no longer have a cat, but have shared my home with many over the years.(Cat people understand; you don't "own" a cat; it simply chooses to stay with you) Almost every one had the habit of as soon as I changed the litter, they'd basically be standing there waiting for me to finish so they could use it. I never understood if it was a way of marking the territory or what.
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@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
30 Mar 08
LOL! The cat I "walked in on" does that too. I told someone else that she is a princess and her litter box has to be cleaned every day. Well, on the especially polluted days, she will actually stalk me as I am cleaning the litter boxes and she will stand and wait until I am finished. Then she'll crawl in and do her business. One day, she inched closer and closer and practically crawled in as I was cleaning it. I guess she wanted to hold it as long as possible since I tend to clean them around the same time every day. I think she just figured she could wait until I cleaned it to do her business. Only, she must have misjudged the size of her bladder and how full it would get that day. LOL! So, I don't think that it is them marking their territory. I think sometimes they just know your routine and are willing to way for the freshest time. LOL! And, I am definitely owned! LOL!
@jeanniemay (1803)
• Philippines
29 Mar 08
haha! That was funny. But then again, wow! It's also nice to respect the little friends, our pets, that we have of their own little routines as we want for ourselves. It's adorable of you that you apologized. Makes sense. That I haven't done. i would always be angry. Haha! I learned from you again. I will remember this discussion when I see them. Lol. Smiles.
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@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
30 Mar 08
LOL! I felt bad! I know it is funny that I felt like I needed to apologize. I couldn't help myself! She just looked so disturbed. Like, if she could have used her paws to cover up and actually say, "Uh! Excuse me! Occupied!" She would have. LOL! I think she has forgotten all about it today though as she has been back to cuddly with me again. And, she isn't running from me anymore today.
@myklj999 (18228)
29 Mar 08
cat - Hey!!
Other cat interruptions.
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@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
30 Mar 08
LOL! That is funny!
• Canada
29 Mar 08
haha thats actually pretty funny but im pretty sure that your cat didnt actually realize what was going on.. and that she didnt think anything of it.. but i could actually be wrong and she could of felt embarassed.. but my cats walk right by us and walk right into their litter box! but i guess its abit different than lifting the lid up and maybe even scaring them a little!!
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@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
30 Mar 08
LOL! I actually don't think she even finished her business. She pretty much dropped what ever was already falling and got out of dodge before I could even put he lid back on. Then, for the rest of the day, she wouldn't come near me and she ran away from me every time I tried to get near her. That is very unusual for her as she is pretty cuddly. LOL! I really think that I disturbed her! Poor thing!