Does your cat do it's poos outside or use an inside litter tray?

@jennybianca (12914)
Australia
November 17, 2009 8:24pm CST
One of our two cats is silly. She has an inside litter tray which she loves. She regularly goes outside exploring the garden. There is plenty of suitable sand for doing her poos. Our other cat does nearly all her business outside. Why does the second cat, race inside to use the litter tray to do her poos? Why she cant she go outside when she's there? I have to clean out the litter tray very often because of this obsession shes with it. Do you have a cat that does silly things like this?
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@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
18 Nov 09
Both of our cats go outside on a regular basis. We either have 'em leashed or we watch them (neither has even been an outdoor cat and with mountain lions, dogs coyotes its not safe for them outside alone) and neither will use the bathroom outside - even when they can smell other cats have used our garden.
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
18 Nov 09
When one of mine was young & not used to the outdoors, I used a leash with her too. She became quite good wih it. I have never heard of cats who have access to the outdoors, to not want to use it for their poos!!
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@GardenGerty (102466)
• United States
18 Nov 09
Mine do not, either, I do not know why.
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• China
18 Nov 09
My cat always do it outside and cover it with some dry earth.
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
18 Nov 09
My older cat does that, but not the younger one.
@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
18 Nov 09
My older cat does that, but my yoiunger one doesnt.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
18 Nov 09
We only have a dog right now but we used to have a cat too. We got it a litter box and it would go to it like it was going to use it. It got in it and hung its butt outside of the box and poo'ed on the floor LOL.
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
18 Nov 09
Dear me... he was a confused cat!!
• United States
18 Nov 09
My cat is strictly an indoor cat, so he uses a litter box. He was litter trained at two weeks old [I was so proud!] and hasn't gone outside the box since. He does, however, like to play with his poop, and occasionally I'll find some of it on our kitchen floor. We're trying to break him of this habit...!
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
18 Nov 09
That was very clever of your cat to be trained at two weeks of age. But playing with his poo!! Oh, well, he will grow out of it. Our dogs are fadcinated by cat poo.
• United States
19 Nov 09
hey jenny's back! yea,my blue used to rearrange the poo-his,and everyone else's. he'd shove them in the corner while meowing under his breath about it. it was hysterical to see. some cats are just so used to routine they won't break it,even when they could do it outside.
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
19 Nov 09
Yes, Im back and it's great. FGood to see my friends here too. What an odd thing to do, to rearrange poos! My older cat meows under her breath, but not about poos.
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• United States
21 Nov 09
he was..a unique cat,that one. very tidy.
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• United States
18 Nov 09
Yes, my cat Dubby likes to mark his territory. He is neutered, and he still likes to mark his territory. He is not a very smart kitty. Oh, did I also mention that he has gotten himself injured, and he is always bringing other cats into my yard.
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
18 Nov 09
Does this mean he does his poos outside? How did the poor cat get himself injured? Does he want to be friends with the cats he brings into your yard?
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• United States
18 Nov 09
Yes, he poos outside as well. He injured himself from getting into a fight with another cat, and this was the first and only time he lost in a fight (he has fought several cats before, the other cats always start the fights, and this was the one and only time he lost). As for the other cats, they are usually just friends, girl-friends (he loves the ladies), and his foster children (I swear this cat thinks he Batman!).
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@pastorkayte (2255)
• United States
27 Jan 10
This is normal if the cat has been litter trained, some cats have and will always be outside cats and they prefer the outside to do their business, however some cats take their training very seriously, and some if you have adopted them later were abused if they did their business anywhere but in the litter box. Therefore just be happy your cat is not using your house as a litter box and be patient with her.
@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
28 Jan 10
Oh, Im patient with her. She's a great cat, very sooky and loving.
@fifileigh (3619)
• United States
6 Dec 09
maybe it is force of habit, what the cat is most raised with and used to. my cat has a litter box, and he uses it all the time. he is an indoor cat. i dont want him outdoor.
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
28 Jan 10
Yes, guess it must be habit. This cat was kept inside as a kitten much longer than the others, so he must have got used to it.
@sandymay16 (1619)
• Philippines
19 Nov 09
My cat had a litter box at the porch when he was still smaller. I rescued him last August from the bushes. Now, he's a little bigger and he no longer uses the box because one night it rained hard and the box got so wet. He always ran outside to the garden and does his thing over there near the pile of compost. But I always see him pee near the fence where i usually hang my clothes to dry LOL
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
20 Nov 09
At least hes found a favourite place to do his stuff!
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
19 Nov 09
I used to have 4 cats and only one went outside if it wasn't cold or raining. He was in the house all winter. He would always come back in to use the litter box and I thought that was strange. After reading the other responses I guess a lot of cats do that and here I thought he was unique.
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
19 Nov 09
Sorry to spoil your cats uniqueness... guess some of us have learned that many of our cats have their funny little ways & cant be changed.
• United States
19 Nov 09
Our cats can't wait to use the box after it is cleaned. Even if they have been outside all day long, they come in and bless the box! This makes my hubby crazy! Good to see you about again!
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
19 Nov 09
Im really glad you are still here too. Ive been looking out for my friends. Yes, my cat gets excited about a clean litter tray & often uses it imediately after I have cleaned it (and from coming in from the outside)
• Canada
18 Nov 09
My cats generally go outside when they can. But if it's too cold, they stay inside and go right BESIDE the litter tray. Very annoying.
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
19 Nov 09
Beside the litter tray!! How odd.....
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
18 Nov 09
My mother and I both have had cats that do that. It was funny because one of her cats would hold it until she got inside and ran to the litter box. lol I have a doggy/kitty door so mine can come and go as they please but still, a few will come back in and use the litter box. I'm not sure why but maybe because it's clean sand and that they know it'll always be there for them but others just plain rather use the outdoors. I scoop my litter box twice a day every day so that my cat continues to use it and not on my floor or carpet. If the litter box is dirty, a cat will not use it because they're clean animals and will only use clean things.
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
18 Nov 09
Obviously my cat is not unique in preferring a litter tray. You could be right that some prefer nice clean litter to dirty sand. Our litter box has a cover too, so maybe she likes hiding when she does it. Thanks for your response.
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@GardenGerty (102466)
• United States
18 Nov 09
Like your cat, mine can be out all day, and then dramatically run in to use the litter tray. I just do not understand. I have one that would rather do it in the snow than do it indoors but the other two want the indoor experience.
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
18 Nov 09
I had to laugh at your response, especially the running dramatically part... thats just what mine does.
@rg0205 (2638)
• Hong Kong
18 Nov 09
My cats use their litter box and I have 11 of them and that's one of the reason why we always have to have someone in the household. We never leave our pets alone so everything stays clean and they're looked after. The 11 are adopted by the way. So, we go through tons of cat litter every week.
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
18 Nov 09
My goodness!! 11 cats. I love cats, but possibly couldnt cope with that many. I used to four cats. The problem being is that some dont get along with others. Yes, I guess you bulk litter. I think its great that you love cats so much and adopt them. Both our cats are adopted. Good Luck.