My cat Mystic

@aprilgrl (4460)
United States
March 17, 2007 5:36pm CST
I don't know why she don't use the cat box, but she uses the newspaper. Is this good for a cat to do that? I have never seen any cat's like her and she is like a weasel, every time we are eating she stands like a dog. She has never been around dogs.She is three years old and like i said she never used the cat box I have tried it since she was a kitten. Anybody had this problem or is it ok for her to do that? I think it's easier to clean up.
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10 responses
• United States
17 Mar 07
I think its okay as long as she doesnt go all over the house. But if you want to get her into a litter box I would suggest shredding paper up and putting it in the box, then move the box closer to her paper every day until she starts using it.. then you can use shredded paper or actual litter. Cats are smart, she should catch onto this really fast.
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@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
17 Mar 07
I haven't thought about shredding the paper. I think I will try that and thanks for your response.
• United States
17 Mar 07
Well vets recommend using shredded paper when your cat gets declawed so the litter doesnt get under their pawsers and irritate the area.. so we used shredded paper in the boxes and the cats used it just the same.. its worth a try. Good luck!
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@Stringbean (1273)
• United States
17 Mar 07
I heard once that kittens learn to do things by watching their mothers. Maybe if you borrow a litter-box trained kitten from a neighbor and your cat observes the kitten using the litter box she will try it, too. Also you might try moving the newspaper she likes to use closer and closer to the litter box until it is completely inside the litter box. You don't need to put any litter in the box while you are doing this. When she gets used to going on the paper, inside the litterbox, you could add a little litter at a time and finally take the newspaper away.
@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
17 Mar 07
I have tried that too but no luck. I had her since she was a 9 weeks old and now she's 3. Thanks for your responds.
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• Singapore
17 Mar 07
nothing's wrong unless she marks territories all over the place..
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@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
17 Mar 07
she uses in the same spot and I keep a fresh paper every day. thanks for your response.
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• United States
8 Apr 07
Cats are creatures of habbit. Either shred the paper and put it into the litter box, buy paper litter pellets, or put the full sheet on a cookie sheet. My cat likes to stand up like a weasel too, it's very cute. Good luck sugar.
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@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
8 Apr 07
Yeah they are cute when they stand up like a weasel. Thanks for your response.
• Oman
6 Apr 07
I dont think theres anything wrong with it. Infact it turns out to be much cheaper than buying litter all the time. My cat loves her litter box. Shes allowed to go out but when its time to go she comes in and uses her litter box most of the time which gets on my nerves sometimes because Im the one who has to clean up. But then she loves doing things especially if she knows shes annoying me. Thats why I love her ;)
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@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
6 Apr 07
I agree is cheaper. Thanks for your response.
• United States
25 Mar 07
as long as they're changed,i don't see a problem.vets often have you use paper when cats have surgeries for a while. i have an older cat (16) who has a form of colitis- he has a litterbox with cloth because paper and litter irritate him. old clean t-shirts,towels,whatever cloth,he doesn't mind.
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@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
25 Mar 07
I havent thought about the cloths. Thanks for the reply.
@melanie652 (2526)
• United States
24 Mar 07
The newspaper shouldn't hurt her at all. That's probably pretty convenient that she uses paper instead of the cat box? After one of my cats had surgery, the vet recommended shredded newspaper in the litter box instead of cat litter. If the newspaper caused any harm, I don't think my vet would've recommended it.
@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
25 Mar 07
I knew that the paper wouldn't hurt her it just that I have never seen a cat use the paper but I do need to shredded the paperand see what happens. Thanks for your response.
@AmbiePam (48681)
• United States
22 Mar 07
Mystic seems like the coolest cat on the block. Can you she come over and train my puppies? : )
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@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
22 Mar 07
LOL. My daughter has a pup and she watched my cat so she is now housebroken Maybe Mystic thinks she's a dog.
• United States
18 Mar 07
news paper is what the vets reccomend when yu first declaw a cat. Its easier on their paws, she probably dosent like the feel of litter. Hve you considered putting newspaper down in her litter box so she still uses the box ( contain smells and all) I know our cats will use newspaper if there is no clean litter about.
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@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
18 Mar 07
She's not declawed. The cat box is still next to the paper but she keeps using the paper oh yeah the cat box is clean but I guess she just likes paper better. Maybe cats has their own opinions,(smile) Thanks for the response.
• United States
18 Mar 07
I don't see why this would be a problem, if you don't mind it. I'm guessing she uses it in just one spot, rather than going on any paper that is left out or anything (that could be a problem!). As long as she is using it consistantly and you are fine with cleaning it up, I would say it is fine.
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@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
18 Mar 07
Yes, you guess it right. She uses in one spot and I changes the paper alot. It seems to be easier to clean. Thanks for your response.