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any experience with cats that don't cover their stool in the litter box

post #1 of 28
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Any experience or luck in changing this behavior?
post #2 of 28
Nope lol. Zoey has NEVER covered her poop. She is so weird, she will actually scratch all the litter to one side and POOP in the bare spot, scratch AROUND it but just leave it there lol.
post #3 of 28
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Originally Posted by Sicycat View Post
Nope lol. Zoey has NEVER covered her poop. She is so weird, she will actually scratch all the litter to one side and POOP in the bare spot, scratch AROUND it but just leave it there lol.
Hi Sicycat,
How old is Zoey? Some people claims that their cat out grown this behavior. My Annahita actualy "try to cover" but she do it totally at the wrong place. She poops in the litter box but scratches somewhere outside the box
post #4 of 28
Chessy doesn't cover his either. He is 5 so I doubt he will outgrow it. I use covered litter boxes though, so it isn't a problem.
post #5 of 28
I read somewhere that the more independent the cat, the more likely he won't cover his stuff. I have a cat like that, but fortunately the other two will cover it for him.
post #6 of 28
Zoey is 4 She's always done this lol. It's ok because Saki will come by and cover it for her LOL.
post #7 of 28
My boys have NEVER covered their mess in the litter, my girls ALWAYS have
post #8 of 28
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Originally Posted by fel-d1 View Post
Hi Sicycat,
How old is Zoey? Some people claims that their cat out grown this behavior. My Annahita actualy "try to cover" but she do it totally at the wrong place. She poops in the litter box but scratches somewhere outside the box
Prego does this too, and he's about six. Polly covers it up or if I'm home I scoop it out right away because Prego's bombs are the worst!
post #9 of 28
My Zander doesn't cover his number 1 or 2. He scratches in the general area but doesn't do anything. I haven't figured out any way to teach him too. I just scoop right after him if it is really offensive.

Tricia
post #10 of 28
i don't think there is anyway to change this behavior. i think that they just want to get out of the litter box as soon as possible as they can't stand their stink!~

DH and I joke about stoli leaving a 1400sq. ft. poop. tiny little thing packs a powerful punch.
post #11 of 28
My cat peaches who is 2.5 yrs old, never covers her's either
post #12 of 28
I read that the most dominant cat will leave his doings uncovered as a form of marking his territory. Often in single cat households the cat will bury because he sees himself as submissive towards his favourite human (my single cat obviously thinks he's the boss though!), and in multiple cat households most will bury, but the 'top' one or two cats will leave it uncovered.

I have absolutely nothing to back this up, just something I read.

Also I think cats are taught proper litterbox habits by their mum, and some that are taken away too early, or orphaned, may not be taught to cover their business.
post #13 of 28
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Is there such thing as a type of cat is more likely not to cover their poops? Can you guys tell me a bit more of your cat? Just to see if there is any pattern here. Info which might be usefull ( add if more )

name: cat name or anonymous
coat type: long, semilong, short
face type: flat face/ non flatface
origin: pet shop / shelter / breeder / home breed
age: years or month
pedigree: yes/no if yes specify breed


let me start..

name : Annahita
coat type: long
face type: flat face
origin: pet shop
age: 6 month old
pedigree: no
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by fel-d1 View Post
Any experience or luck in changing this behavior?
Yes, increasing the depth of the litter in the box.
post #15 of 28
My neutered male does a LOT of scratching but he's hit or miss as far as getting it covered.

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Hi Sicycat,
She poops in the litter box but scratches somewhere outside the box
I get real nervous when I see mine scratching the floor outside the box. It only happens when something about the floor has been changed--litter spilled, cleanser used on the floor, etc. Once I spilled out some smelly musty smelling liquid that had been lurking inside a steam cleaner and he was scratching away like mad--I was worried he was going to try and cover up that smell with his own so I got on it with lightning speed!
post #16 of 28
Jaffa used to cover his but since I got Mosi he often leaves them uncovered. I think it's a dominance thing - he's showing young Mosi who's in charge (they are both dominant cats but Jaffa is bigger and is definitely the boss).
post #17 of 28
Ceci covers hers and thank god she does!!! I often have to wake up in the middle of the night to clean out the box because it is just nasty!

I wouldnt even want to know how it would smell totally uncovered!
post #18 of 28
We had a similar problem with our second cat Rajah. He is only about 16 weeks old and despite his attempts at covering, he always seemed to miss. Our older cat Baron (about 3) would come along and cover it for him occasionally, but he has since stopped. A few weeks ago we decided to try a different litter because we didn't think ours was working well enough, and lo and behold! As soon as we put the new kind in, Rajah did his business and covered it up perfectly. I don't know if it was because the new particles are much smaller, but it certainly seemed to do the trick. Thank God, because he is one smelly kitten!
post #19 of 28
Don't kittens learn this by watching their mother? If so, maybe they weren't taught.

I had only one cat who didn't cover her stool. She was the only one to have lived outside until I took her in. I don't know if living outside had anything to do with it or not.
post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by tempermiranda View Post

We had a similar problem with our second cat Rajah. He is only about 16 weeks old and despite his attempts at covering, he always seemed to miss. Our older cat Baron (about 3) would come along and cover it for him occasionally, but he has since stopped. A few weeks ago we decided to try a different litter because we didn't think ours was working well enough, and lo and behold! As soon as we put the new kind in, Rajah did his business and covered it up perfectly. I don't know if it was because the new particles are much smaller, but it certainly seemed to do the trick. Thank God, because he is one smelly kitten!
You might be onto something, my guys have had the same litter forever.. I am just too scared to change though lol.. plus I like my litter!
post #21 of 28
My cat tries, but she just stands outside the box scraping the bare carpet for 20-30 minutes... or until the noise wakes me up, whichever happens first... trying to cover up with non-existent litter. I used to think cats were intelligent, but now I'm reconsidering ever owning another one after this.
post #22 of 28
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I read that the most dominant cat will leave his doings uncovered as a form of marking his territory.
Not the case in my home.

Chynna is 14 years and she is definitely the dominant cat here. Abby is 8 years and she runs from and yields everything to Chynna if Chynna wants it.

Chynna is what I call a shoveler and she would dig her way to the Orient if there wasn't a hard plastic bottom at the bottom of the box. LOL She digs right down to the plastic, does her business and then piles all the litter she can over the top into a mountain.

Abby on the other hand has never covered her litter. She hates getting her paws dirty. When I first got her she was 4 months old and she would try and balance on the side of the box with all 4 of her legs so that she didn't have to stand in the litter. She couldn't quite manage to balance with all 4 paws on the side, so she begrudgingly put one leg back into the box and stands on her tippy toes. Then she does her business and literally leaps out of the box and goes on her merry way. Sometimes she makes a bit of an effort by getting out and scratching the floor, or jumping into the bathtub and scratching in there. But 99.9% of the time, nope... never covered.

Chynna will go in after Abby sometimes and cover it for her though. Not sure how often she does that, but I've seen her do it a few times.

Some kitties just have bad potty habits. I know some adults that don't flush


name: Abby
coat type: short
face type: non flatface
origin: home breed
age: June 19, 2004 (8 years)
pedigree: No. Orange and White DSH Tabby with amber eyes

name: Chynna
coat type: medium short
face type: non flatface
origin: abandoned kitty (tenants moved out and left her behind)
age: Approx 14 years
pedigree: No. White DSH with green eyes
post #23 of 28
I have to interject here to brag on my kitty. Most of the cats I have had in the past have done a very acceptable job of poopy covering, but Maggie takes the cake. When she's done, (after she fiddles about in there for what seems like ages) her potty looks like I just scooped and raked it, every time. First time I saw it, I thought ..good job! thinking it was an isolated incident, but no..she's a meticulous pooper.

She comes from a cattery where she lived with many cats for three years, so maybe that had something to do with it?
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
Chynna is what I call a shoveler and she would dig her way to the Orient if there wasn't a hard plastic bottom at the bottom of the box. LOL She digs right down to the plastic, does her business and then piles all the litter she can over the top into a mountain.

Abby on the other hand has never covered her litter. She hates getting her paws dirty. When I first got her she was 4 months old and she would try and balance on the side of the box with all 4 of her legs so that she didn't have to stand in the litter. She couldn't quite manage to balance with all 4 paws on the side, so she begrudgingly put one leg back into the box and stands on her tippy toes. Then she does her business and literally leaps out of the box and goes on her merry way. Sometimes she makes a bit of an effort by getting out and scratching the floor, or jumping into the bathtub and scratching in there. But 99.9% of the time, nope... never covered.
Just wanted to say that your post cracked me up!
post #25 of 28
Marcie LOVES to dig in her litter. We were using clumping litter for awhile and she covered her poops and would spend about 10-15 minutes digging around just to make sure. Now that we have switched to Feline Pine, she still digs for a looooong time, but she doen't cover her poop.
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
Not the case in my home.



Chynna is what I call a shoveler and she would dig her way to the Orient if there wasn't a hard plastic bottom at the bottom of the box. LOL She digs right down to the plastic, does her business and then piles all the litter she can over the top into a mountain.
Prego is a shoveler too, but even with all that digging he never covers anything. He also scratches the box itself and on the floor. Silly boy!
post #27 of 28
There is three reasons why a cat will do that:

a) As said before, it is a dominant cat who wants to show the rest this is his box

b) The cat never learned as a kitten because he was for example taken away from his mother too early

c) He does not like to touch the litter with his paws. He ll mostly scratch the sides of the box then.


If it is b) teach him by showing. When he went to the box, show him as you cover it yourself. If it is c) then try a different litter. a) is the hardest to fix. But there must be reason why he s showing so dominant. Are there other cats in the house? coz that might just be it. Dont know how to fix that one though, sorry. Often though, you ll find male cats showing this behaviour for whatever reason, and females of the same household going in after them to bury it, since they are a bit more neat
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by gailuvscats View Post
I read somewhere that the more independent the cat, the more likely he won't cover his stuff. I have a cat like that, but fortunately the other two will cover it for him.
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Originally Posted by Epona View Post
I read that the most dominant cat will leave his doings uncovered as a form of marking his territory.
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Jaffa used to cover his but since I got Mosi he often leaves them uncovered. I think it's a dominance thing - he's showing young Mosi who's in charge (they are both dominant cats but Jaffa is bigger and is definitely the boss).
This would explain why Oberon, the patriarch, stopped covering his poop and pee after we got Sparkle and Lily!

Cheers, from
SwampWitch
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