Funny that I should find this entry as I just caught my ‘well behaved’ 14 year old female pee on a large upright flattened cardboard box that had its flaps on the floor. I place cardboard boxes around the basement like this to keep my stuff from getting marked by my spayed alpha 15 year old female. I have 4 adult fixed cats and 5 litter boxes thought the 3 floors we have and I clean them at least once daily. Today I didn’t go into the basement at all until tonight for something I needed.
My 14 year old was down there with me and she peed on the cardboard instead of in the litter box which was 5 feet away.
She strolled into the laundry room where 1 of 3 litter boxes are placed around the basement.
She looked inside, saw an unburied poop (there were a couple of buried ones as well) turned away and went and positioned herself on the cardboard.
I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
Is she really gonna do this?
Since I’ve never actually ‘seen’ her pee outside the box before and we always blamed the 15 yr old alpha female when I saw pee in numerous places of our home she wasn’t nervous that I’d yell at her.
To her it was only natural not to want to go in a full litter box.
Who could blame her? It was my fault for not cleaning it out this morning, AND this evening.
Lesson learned. 4 cats? 5 litter boxes? Check them ALL twice a day and maybe I won’t have to clean up pee.