Free Book Friday: Why…….


….when you give a cat a fresh, clean litterbox do they immediately KICK THE HELL OUT OF IT and spread the fresh litter all over the cellar porch?


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  1. Cheryl S. says:

    Why, when you have extra money, do extra expenses also pop up to claim that extra money?

  2. Elizabeth says:

    How come every time you deep clean something somebody comes along that very day and spills something major on it?

  3. Teresa says:

    Why Suzanne, He knows that you have nothing better to do in between sweeping up and opening up his can.:fryingpan:

    How are you doing?! Been a while since I’ve been around to play. Have a great weekend!!

  4. Melissa says:

    :wave: Suz. I’ve been gone cause my Daddy passed away February 23rd.

    There can be two reasons for your cat’s behavior. Sometimes when a cat is not happy with the box, the litter, the placement, or whatever, they will do exactly what you described. Or they’re just marking their “fresh” territory. After I change my cat’s box and he goes the first time, I say “He’s christening his box”.

  5. Angela Giles Klocke says:

    Cats are here just to amuse us, me thinks. And to give us pause to question such things 😉

  6. Joyce says:

    Had a cat a LONG time ago, before litter boxes. Do remember them kicking dirt over what they did.

  7. Becki says:

    How come…
    …no activity at the litter box until one cat goes in. Then all three have to go, at once, and first. For this situation, don’t suggest more litter boxes. Been there, done that. Doesn’t work.

    …cats that appear to be sound asleep wake up when laundry fresh from the dryer enters the house in a laundry basket. Kamikazi Kitty does a “Kowabonga” (sp?) into basket from what appeared to be a comatose condition.:rolleyes:

  8. Angie says:

    Why, after spending a big ol’ chunk of change on one of those “self-cleaning” litter box deals, the fuzzy little nazi decides to use your shoe instead? Personally, I wouldn’t do this. My Trudie is an indoor/outdoor kitty, but my best friend did.
    It took over a week for Tabby to warm up to the Robo-box. Guess she just wasn’t ready for the 21st century….. :rotfl:

  9. Caro says:

    Buttercup is simply reminding you of your place in the universe — isn’t that obvious? :mrgreen:

  10. Robyn says:

    I would think the cat/litter box episodes are similar to the dog/blanket one: my dog has to smooth out his blankets on his cushion, mess them up, try to straighten them again and so on. (Even though they are smoothed out he takes his paw and presses around and smooths the blankets and then pushes them into a heap).

  11. Jennifer Yates says:

    Suz…I sense some pent up resentment from Buttercup due to the new arrivals.

    Hugs Melissa!!!

  12. ruby55 says:

    Melissa, my sympathies to you and your family. May God comfort you in your sorrow.

    Why does my whole arm hurt so much after I’ve done a little bit of blogging and typing? Am I not even allowed to do that? :loser:

  13. catslady says:

    Is this behavior new? Have you changed to another kind of litter? If not, are the other cats suddenly using her litter box? (possibly she’s just having a good time playing in the new sand 😆 ) Possible solutions: Get a deeper litter box. Also, you should have one more box than cats. I have 6 boxes lol. Hope that helps.

    My condolences, Melissa.

  14. Jennifer Yates says:

    Why do my TBR stacks seem to reproduce overnight? It seems like every time I look at them, they have more books than before. 😕

  15. Maureen says:

    Why does every checkout line I get into suddenly stop moving?

  16. Jennifer Yates says:

    What causes a traffic jam when there is no wreck? I have been in several traffic jams where once you get past a certain point, the jam ends.

  17. Lori says:

    Your question assumes the cat cares. Humans were placed on the planet to take care of cats.

    Silly human.

  18. Suzanne says:

    I’m so sorry, Melissa!!

  19. Lis says:

    My guess is exercise. Its his workout to kick the litter out of the box and then he enjoys watching you sweep it up. Maybe he considers himself a personal trainer? lol

  20. Stacey115 says:

    How about when you are ready to go out – you use the lint roller and get every inch of yourself and your family you can reach and remove all the extra lint and hair.

    You either A) Get sit on something or have the cat sit on you and have to start over.
    Or B) The dog, who never jumps on you or travels with you, think he is going with you in the car and tries to sit on your lap.

    Every time it is either a or b without fail.

  21. Gina says:

    My cats immediately go in there fresh box here in my house. I think they are marking territory. Perhaps yours is kicking out because you have too much litter in their box. Mine doesn’t kick out much of their box. I actually just got a new kitten in the last week. I haven’t been around much since I lost my older cat at the end of January. He ran off never to return.

  22. Carol says:

    I have to agree Gina. I don’t put a lot of litter in the box and I don’t have a problem. I just add a little more when it is needed. I’m sorry your kitty ran off!

    I’m glad you’re back Mel. We’ve missed you! Big Hugs!

  23. Estella says:

    Cats cannot stand a neat litterbox.:wall:

  24. Fannie M Wiggins says:

    Suz, have you just put your feet up when this happens? Cats can’t stand for humans to relax. They assume they are being neglected if you take a break.
    Melissa, my prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. Lokk to God for comfort and He will answer.
    Hope your cat comes back soon,Gina.:cry:
    Hugs to all you cat lovers. Have a great week-end.:wave:

  25. Laurie says:

    Since I don’t have any animal friends my question has to revolve around my children…
    Why Oh Why does someone always get sick just as we are going to go on vacation???

  26. Melissa says:

    Thank you to all who expressed condolences. I appreciate it. 😥

    I’m glad to be back. I missed ya’ll, too.

  27. Cheryl S. says:

    Hugs, Melissa! My sympathies for your loss.

  28. Michelle says:

    So sorry, Melissa!

    Suzanne–I think it’s an exercise in top-secret human training. :thumbsup:

  29. TeresaH says:

    Why is it that you can clean house day after day after day…and never have any company, but the one day you decide the heck with it and let the house look like crap, well, sure enough, everyone and their dog decides to come visit you!?!?

  30. TeresaH says:

    Oh, my condolences Melissa!!!

  31. Sue C says:

    So sorry, Melissa!