When Pets Do Bad Things – On Purpose

We all love our pets, that’s true, but sometimes, and I mean sometimes, they do things that we know in our heart that it was done on purpose and out of spite.  We have a cat named Angelica, and she is the sweetest cat around, but lately, she has been doing things on purpose.

Most cats, and perhaps some dogs, don’t like the vacuum.  We know that our dog Nikita loves the canister vacuum, but when Mommy pulls out the upright vacuum, she runs.  It’s funny, because Nikita gets vacuumed every day with the canister vacuum and loves it.  She just stands there while Mommy runs the vacuum hose up and down her back to remove excess hair, but when the upright vacuum comes out, it is a totally different story.  She runs and peeks around corners when it starts up.

Angelica and the rest of our cats, don’t like the sound of the shop vac that Mommy uses in the basement on the tile floors, and they all run and hide.  But, Angelica seems to take things to an extreme, and lately, she has been “getting back at Mommy” and doing bad things on purpose, well at least that is how Mommy feels.  (Daddy agrees with Mommy on this one)  After Mommy runs the shop vac, which is a few times a week, Angelica poops.  Yes, she poops probably out of fear of the shop vac, but she is not pooping in the litter box, rather in discrete places around the basement.  Mommy is at her wits end with having the clean up these messes all week long, and today was the Mother of all ON PURPOSE things that Angelica did, as she poopied right in front of the basement door so when Mommy came downstairs this morning to give everyone breakfast, Mommy stepped right in the nice fresh and steamy pile of poop and slipped backwards onto the basement stairs!!!   Mommy was truly upset with this and is now trying to recover from her fall as she is laying down on the couch with a heating pad on her lower back.

We have asked for advice on this topic with the vets, and they said to not scold her when she poops in front of the litter box on the floor, because they said that “she thinks” she is doing a good thing, while the other cats actually use the litter box like it should be used.  The vets also said to never take the cat that is soiling (that is what they called it, but I call it pooping) outside the litter box over to the pile and yell at them, as this won’t work.  Just when I thought that ALL cats knew how to use a litter box when they were born, something must have got mixed up in Angelica since this seems to be her norm lately.   So what is a Mommy to do?  Do you have any advice as to how to re-train her to use the litter box, or is it too late and Mommy should just shut up about it, and go on her merry way every week and clean up the piles, then disinfect the floor afterwards?  If you were in Mommy’s shoes, you would be fed up to the top of your head with this, and today’s fiasco of her slipping in it was a prime example that something needs to be done.   We have even tried changing the litter to another brand, and that did not work, and we even read some tips that said to place a small bowl of food by the litter box where she was pooping on the floor because cats won’t “go” where their food is – and all we got with that tip was – – they ate the food and pooped right next to the empty bowl.  Geez.  HELP!

Paranormal Pooping

This activity is very paranormal.  Mommies from all over the world have been trying to solve this mystery for years.  Weird things have been happening.  We think our house is haunted.  That has to be the only answer as to why this is happening, and it never happens in front of us, yet it appears out of nowhere.  One minute you see nothing, then the next time you look … there it is! 

What is happening is that poop piles are appearing in the basement, paranormal poopies.  No way could the kitties be leaving us presents because we all know that every cat knows how to use a litter box when it’s born, so how can we find these entities where they should not be?  Perhaps something is scaring the poop out of the cats and that’s why these piles appear, but we think not.  So how do we get rid of these entities?

Yes, it’s true.  When cats are born, they instinctively know where they should poop and do their business, but we have one cat, named Angelica, who apparantly does not know that poop belongs “inside” the litter box.  She constantly goes right in front of it, or to the side of it, but never “in” it.  We have tried multiple things like changing the kitty litter (did not work), we have tried putting two litter boxes in the area to encourage her to “pick one” and go (but that did not work), so after disinfecting the area well (time after time), she still goes directly outside the box and it is driving Mommy nuts!  We have even heard that cats do not like to step on things that feel weird, and we might even try getting one of the those fake green grass plastic mats and place it in front of the litter box to keep her from doing her business outside the box, but with our luck, she will probably poop right on it.  (grrr)   We also read somewhere that placing a dish of food next to the litter box would stop the cats from pooping outside of the box, as the article stated that “cats don’t go where their food is (and that theory was thrown out after a day as we found a nice paranormal pile right next to the food dish!) 

We thought that our house had to be haunted to have these paranormal poopies keep showing up, because we know that all cats know how to use a litter box, or do they?  Have you ever had this problem with your cats?  If so, how did you correct the situation?  What methods did you try?  Did you scold your cats and take them over to their pile and tell them that was a no-no?  We need HELP and need some suggestions! 

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