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!

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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! 

*** We created a COMIC STRIP for Paranormal Pooping, so if you want a good laugh, click HERE to view it!  *** (if you were interested in creating your own comic strip, go to www.pixton.com and create a free account)

Gabriel Gone Wild

Gabriel Goofing Around

Well, today started off on a funny note.  My furry Brother, Gabriel, was having some fun on the kitty tower that Mommy made for the kitties.  It was breakfast time, but for Gabriel, it was play time.   He is one funny cat.  When he gets on top of his kitty tower, he lures you in to pet him, but when you turn around, he climbs right onto your back!  Don’t let that adorable face of his lure you in or you’ll have a cat on your back! 

 
Mommy had a couple of old UPS international boxes laying around, so she made the kitties a really neat tower to climb on.  They love it!  Sitting next to the tower, is their condo, which was made out of old brown boxes.  The condo has doors that they can crawl into and windows cut out that they can look out of.   I have even caught them playing inside the boxes and swatting at each other through the windows.  (silly cats)  I know that if I had any boxes laying around, I would probably just chew them up! 
 
One just never knows what Gabriel or the rest of the kitties will get into, but Mommy always tries to catch them doing something funny, but they usually stop doing it when she gets closer to take a picture!  It would actually be great if we could put a mini camcorder on them to see what they get into during the day. 
 
What does your cat do that is funny?

I Don’t Look Good in Green

I was looking out the kitchen window this morning watching all the traffic go by, like I do every morning, and I happen to notice that everyone has “green” on.  I turned around and asked Mommy why everyone was wearing the same color today.  She said it’s St. Patrick’s Day and that people celebrate this day by wearing all green, funny hats, beads, weird glasses, and drink green beer, and oh yeah, there is a great big parade too.  I don’t get it….  who would want to wear all green?  My color is pink, I LOVE pink!  So I will not be wearing any green today, just my normal pink color that I love. 

There is also another reason to celebrate today, as it’s my Daddy’s Boss’s Birthday today!  I made a really neat birthday card for him and worked on it all day yesterday, so I hope he likes it.  Anyhow, just wanted to give a shout out to him and say “HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIG GUY“, hope you have a great day!  Woof woof! 

I think that Comic Relief hit our place last week, because Mommy did something last week that started a whole lot of laughter.  You see, Mommy took one of our huge round Halloween tubs that we use for candy and put a little pillow inside it for the kitties.  Thoughtful act, right?  Sure it is, but now we have either a “whine fest” or a “game of tag” going on with the cats.  When

This is MY tub!

 one cat sits in the tub, the other one whines that they are not in it, and so on.  Then, whoever is in the tub, the other cat waps the cat in the tub on the head to get out.  (this has been going on for days now, with no relief in sightSilly cats… Tag, your it!

GIVE A LITTLE
I also wanted to write again that I am collecting donations for the Cleveland APL Pledge for Pets.  No matter how much you can donate, $1, $5, or more, this money will help all of the pets in need at the APL.  THEY NEED YOUR HELP!  All of your donations are tax deductible too!  To donate online, click on this link http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/themesnthings/2011-Doggy-Dollars-Kitty-Kash 

We appreciate your donations, I appreciate your donations because, don’t forget that I was adopted too from the APL and I got a second chance for love and a great home.  And, without the APL’s help, I might not have made it as I fought for my life in the beginning.  Now, I’m one happy puppy! 

Have a great green pink day!
Love always – Nikita

Barking Geese & Kitty Kraziness

How do I catch a goose on a roof?

My day started off like any other day, except today while I was napping in the kitchen, I kept hearing all of this noise, so of course, I had to investigate.  When I went to the window to see what was going on, I looked all around and could not see anything, but all of that “barking” noise was still happening.  Where oh where is this noise coming from?  Then, to my surprise, I looked up and saw these two geese walking on top of the building across the street.  Now how in the heck am I going to get those huge birdies?  Big problem, I know.  I wish they would shut up because they woke me up from my nap! 

Anyhow, while I was on goose patrol, Mommy was busy taking some photographs of my kitty sisters & kitty brother.  She got some great photographs of them doing some of the silliest things (silly cats) – things that I would never do. LOL 

Gabriel & Angelica

Princess (aka:Prinster, Prinny)

I just noticed today that most of our snow is almost gone now, because I am finding more leaves & mulch all over the ground, and Mommy keeps taking the mulch out of my mouth so I don’t eat it.  Rats, foiled again by an adult!  Oh well, I know where to find more the next time we go outside!  Hee hee hee  Also, Mommy and I have been practicing on how to walk properly on a leash (I kinda get all excited and run on turbo speed when I’m on the leash).  For some reason, this feels like it is going to take some time to learn, but heck, I am a good learner and hopefully I will pick it up quickly. 

I can see the grass again!

I also wanted to give a shout out to my buddy Karen & her dog Harmony!  Don’t be too sad that Christopher is heading back to college.  My suggestion is for you to start your own blog, like me, and keep Christopher in the loop of what is going on at home.  That way, both of you won’t be sad, but will be able to communicate what’s going on at home & at his college.  (don’t forget to include lots of photos too in your blog)  I also wanted Harmony to know that I did bark at some birdies today (but they were big birds on the roof top) and it did make me happy. 

Have a great “goosy” day,
Nikita