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Thread Starter 
We just adopted 2 cats...a 2 year old female who seems to be a normal domestic short hair and a 4 year old male who seems to be part domestic short hair part bengal. So far they are doing great...except for the litter box...they don't seem to be burying their business properly. We got them from a local rescue center at Petsmart ($175 to adopt!!!), so they spayed / neutered them and did all the tests and shots already.
post #2 of 25
Welcome to TCA OzzieGt, thank you for adopting your new kitties, they will become treasured members of your family very quickly. We love pictures here, so if you can........ we are waiting for them

Sometimes cats won't cover their poops as a form of territoriality. Because they are new to the house and and assuming new to each other, they are still sorting things out. Do you have more than one litter box? Adding another box should help. Also, if their diet has changed things might be a little extra stinky until their digestive systems adapt to their new food.

Look forward to seeing you on the boards
post #3 of 25
Hello and a warm welcome to you and your fur-kits Its great here, theres always lots to do and see and theres always someone on hand for those kitty-type queries

Once you get settled maybe you could post some photos we just love photos here

Enjoy the forums !!
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This is such a great site, and everyone here is so nice Also this site can be very helpful and informative too !!! Also we do like to have fun around here from time to time as well I cant wait to see photos of ur crew, we just photos here! Bless ur heart for rescueing those 2 kitties We here have a house of 6 rescues well all rescued some way from shelters to strays Well see u on the forums
post #5 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the replies. Photos will be coming soon!

As far as the litter stuff goes, yeah I am not sure, he might be trying to mark his territory. They were kennel mates at the store, the employees said she was the only cat there he got along with. But we'll see. He is definitely a "flicker"...there is litter all over the bathroom. I am either going to get a Booda box or a big rubbermaid tote this morning before I go to work.
post #6 of 25
Something that you might want to think about is getting a deeper litter box, or adding extra litter to the one you have. When I brought my cat Linus home from the Humane Society I had the same problem, with him and the reason for it was fairly simple, they use very small very shallow pans in the cages and he never learned to cover up his droppings up. It took him about 3 days of watching my other cat to get the idea. Now he does it all the time..
Covered boxes are great for the flying litter problems, but a rubber mat under the box that can be easily clean works well to.
Hope you enjoy your new pets, and welcome to the forum.
post #7 of 25
Welcome to TCS!
post #8 of 25
Yeah, covered litter boxes are a must! You might also try some Feliway plug-ins and sprays. It helps alleviate their stress and the need to mark new territory.

Good luck!
post #9 of 25
Hello and welcome to TCS. How wonderful of you to give these 2 kitties a home. People have already given you some great advise on the "bury" issue. Again, welcome.
post #10 of 25
Welcome to TCS!

You might also try a covered litter box, which might help them from kicking it all over the floor.

I would love to see pictures of your kitties!
post #11 of 25
Welcome!! I am new here as well. Awsome thatyou adopted your kitties! All my cats I have ever owned are rescues, and itis the greatest feeling in the world!
post #12 of 25
Welcome! I also adopted a 7 month old female calico kitten from an adoption agency that was located in Petco! Thank you for adopting! Both of my cats were feral at one point, my bf got his from a farm at no cost and mine was adopted!
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Hi welcome to TCS!
post #14 of 25
Welcome to TCS ! Good luck with settling your furbabies! Lots of advice here..esp in the health/behaviour/care sections which will be of help to you no doubt!
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post #16 of 25
Hi there we're so happy to welcome you and your lovely furfamily to TCS. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay with us - we're one great big family and you'll find loads of friends here. If I can help at all while you're finding your way around TCS just click on my username and send me a Personal Message - I'll do what I can to answer your questions

Hope you get the litter flicking sorted out soon - covered litter boxes are fantastic though!
post #17 of 25
Thread Starter 
Yeah we got a rubbermaid tote and that seemed to really take care of the flicking. However, he is going to go back for other reasons (mainly because he likes to attack your hands with his teeth and claws and it really freaks my wife out). We are probably going to replace him with another cat though, since the female is too cute and she is really social.
post #18 of 25
Ohh.. I'm sorry to hear that. You know there are always ways to get him to stop I'm sure there are other people that will come along and give you better advice from experience than I can though.

Welcome to TCS!
post #19 of 25
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Well, he is 4 years old so we are afraid we might not be able to fix his behavior. It's really bad...you can be standing there and all of a sudden you have this cat jumping at your arm. His history says he used to be a stray so we are thinking he isn't really houstrained much. She went back and saw a cute orange tabby which is really tame so I think we are going to go tomorrow and "make the switch".
post #20 of 25
Hi and welcome to TCS! Glad to have you here!
post #21 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the welcomes everyone. This community looks to be a great resource to share experiences and get information!
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post #23 of 25
Hola y bienvenido a TCS!..
(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS!!!.....)

See you on the forums!
post #24 of 25
Hi! Welcome to TCS!!! Glad you could join us!! I had that problem and I bought a litter box with a lid. Now the litter stays in there!

See ya around the forums!
post #25 of 25
Welcome to TheCatSite

and thank you for adopting multiple cats! That is wonderful that they have been tested, neutered and gotten their baseline innoculations -- that's the right way to start out in life. We hope you enjoy the forums and are able to find lots of good information to help you and your cats enjoy a happy, healthy and safe life together. Lots of times, patience and a little bit of showing them (by taking the scoop and covering completely before they leave the box) is all that's needed to get the habit. Love and patience are always the key!
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