My cat is stupid!

United States
February 16, 2008 9:42pm CST
I got my cat when he was 2 months old. I was assured that the mother has been very attentive to him. Well, we've had him a year and 1/2 now and I can NOT get him to cover his stuff up in the litter box!! Does anyone have any advice? I am so tired of it.
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7 responses
• United States
18 Feb 08
PS. your cat is not "stupid" he is trying to train you to clean up after him. Unfortunately he is going to succeed if you don't want the litter box to smell. Oh well, we are supposed to scoop a few times a day anyway.
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@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
18 Feb 08
Try using a covered litter box. Sometimes also it is just not big enough. My cat doesn't cover his stuff very well either, but he really tries. It's just that he scrapes the area around the box instead of in the box. It's actually quite comical. I just know that I have to cover it for him later, or scoop it more often.
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• United States
20 Feb 08
I just got him a bigger litter box and it seems to be helping... I mean he's not covering anything, but it's helping me be able to cover it better LOL. He does the same thing, trying to cover the ground around the box lol :)
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@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
20 Feb 08
Well, I guess that's really what counts--making life easier for us. He will probably never cover anything for real but he is certainly more comfortable in the larger box. At least he doesn't miss the box when he uses it...lol
• United States
20 Feb 08
Some cats just don't cover up their mess. It has nothing to do with how smart they are or how attentive their moms were to them. It's not that big of a deal. Get over it already.
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• United States
20 Feb 08
Every cat I've ever had (even 2 outdoor ones when I was little) covered their stuff. So, yes I'm a bit surprised. It's in their nature to cover up their stuff. It's a "big" deal to me cuz I am tired of smelling it. And my husband gets pissed and said if he doesn't cover it we'll get rid of him. He likes animals but he's not as tolerant of their "bad behavior" as I am. If you don't want to give advice, why even respond to the thread?? I mean seriously?
• United States
18 Feb 08
One of our cats goes to the litter box, peers in to make sure there is not too much of other cats remains, enters the box, turns around, squats, does her business, gets out and leaves the box. She never looks at what she has done, never turns around, never makes any attempt to cover. At this point you have no reason to believe this will change. There is no explanation to it. Said cat of ours pees a lake, which makes it worse. The other cats pee straight down so even if they did not cover it would not be the end of the world. I guess the only answer for both of us is to be diligent in scooping up after said cat. Ya gotta love 'em.
• United States
20 Feb 08
Yeah I do love him :). The funny thing is, my other cat that passed away a year back would cover everything and then wipe his paws on a mat after... my current cat saw this... He wipes his paws but wont cover the stuff... it's just so weird LOL. Oh and everyone is making such a fuss over me calling my cat stupid. I think he is the silliest most hare-brained feline alive. I'm not hurting him by calling him stupid. He's very well loved and VERY pampered. But, honestly- if you knew my cat you'd have a couple of names for him too :). I love my doofy kitten :). But thank you for the advice, it's very appreciated!
@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
18 Feb 08
Poor kitty! Well, he didn't have a potty training guardian with him. I would recommend to go to some of the cat feline message boards and ask there. Also, you can ask your vet. You may want to show examples with teh litter scoop. After he goes (in presence), use scoop to motion and dig and cover up, so he can see. Reward when he does. Good luck.
• United States
20 Feb 08
I've been trying this with him, but for some reason he seems to think he is being punished, and wont even take treats after it or anything. I'm going to call a vet soon. But thanks for the advice, it's very appreciated!
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
20 Feb 08
Your cat isn't "stupid" at all. He does what he feels is the right thing to do. It's his/her personal preference whether he/she wants to cover it or not. It's not a big deal. Heck, if I that is all I had to worry about, my life would be so much easier.
• United States
20 Feb 08
Oh dear God... I was asking for advice on a problem with my *cat* ... this isn't my biggest problem BY far. I am posting about a cat, so therefore I am not going to spill out my life's troubles on something about my cat. It is just annoying cuz it reallllly stinks and I have a 10 month old son. But, thanks a lot.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
20 Feb 08
Am I the only one getting this kind of response back from you? I'm not the only one who feels this way. However I do have an idea for you, you could get a child gate and put it up so your son doesn't get near it. You could put an air freshener in the room where the cat box is to help with the odor. Baking soda helps with odors too.
• United States
20 Feb 08
No, you're not the only one. I have a baby gate, and I use some Tidy Cats litter box odor control. Litter box is in laundry room with other fridge so we have to go past it quite often. My husband sees it and gets mad. This has been going on for quite some time now and I am just asking if anyone had the same problem and had found a solution. But I guess I'll stick to asking vets for advice.
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@diansinta (7550)
• Indonesia
17 Feb 08
When he starting have pup face. make him walk to the littler. And when he is already pup in the wrong place. You must show the pup to the cat and tell him you really upset about it. Some spang on the butt with rolling news papper would show you who is the bos in the house. Be patient and good luck :D
• United States
18 Feb 08
Spanking a cat is not the same as spanking a dog. You NEVER spank a cat. It harms the cat, it ruins the relationship between the cat and it's owner, and the cat has no idea why it is being spanked. The best you can do for negative behavior such as biting is say "NO" strongly. But that will not work in this case. If you tell the cat "no" after it comes out of the litter box you are telling it not to go in the litter box.
@diansinta (7550)
• Indonesia
19 Feb 08
my cat - my cat image
My relationship with my cat is just fine. He still greets me in the end of the stairs every time i go home after works, still waiting for a kiss when i watch television and sometimes i teasing him by ignoring his face that pointed upward at me waiting for my kiss. He still pur every time i touch and still following me around even in the bath room. I'm sorry my explanation was is not complete, Of course we don't use the "Man power" for hurting the cat. It is just to show who is in charge around, You or the cat. But maybe it's different types of cat we were talking about. My cat is what we are indonesian called "kucing kampung" are very active, compassion, and tricky.
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