|Yup, purchased for $5.99!|
Happily, I found nothing. Zero. Zilch. So, that means this isn't a territorial marking thing for Chuck. So, we have to look at possible physical problems for him. He's had a history of urine and intestinal problems (urine crystals, bladder infection, constipation), and he's been diagnosed by the veterinarian with arthritis. The weather quickly became colder, and perhaps Chuck is feeling achey and cannot hold a squat like he used to. Or, his internal organs are playing games.
So, I decided it was time to clean every litter box in the house, and start with new litter. The hubby generously agree to wash, while I poured out the old and put in new. We cleaned four cement mixing tubs, that we've found to make terrific litter boxes. HOWEVER, in one I placed not the usual clay, clumping stuff (the least expensive in all the land) and filled it with some wheat litter, that does NOT clump. I've read that the clumping chemical could actually CAUSE constipation in cats! And we've been battling this same thing in Chuck for years...yes, years! So, I have to try, although both he and Angel had a sniff at the new stuff then walked away. That's okay, I've got time. Changing litter brands is a difficult task, since no one wants the cats to start AVOIDING the boxes.
The idea that we could be causing Chuck's problems by the stuff we are using just makes me shudder. I would fill each litter box with garden dirt if I thought it would be good for the kitties! But one step at a time, and very, very slowly we will move forward. Starting with clean boxes.
|Chuck believes it's more important to feed him, than to mess around with his litter box! |
Don't have to be a cat whisperer to read what he's telling us here.