Originally Posted by Cat-tastrophe
I reallydon't have to worry much about a dirty house, because our 4 cats our strictly outdoors with the exception of bringing them in every now and then to hold on the couch. We used to keep our kittens indoors, and it was a stinky mess. Litter everywhere and our house smelled like pets. Our cats have a nice, big, fenced in yard and a back porch to enjoy. They don't need litter or boxes and are much happier that way. I'm not sure what your situation is, but I find it much easier in general to allow cats outdoors or to keep them outside, provided you give them shelter, fesh food and water and lots of TLC.
This is not a helpful response to the OP's question. Throwing the poor kitties out of the house is not the answer to every difficulty. Many of us feel that cats have a safer, happier life indoors, and in some cases outdoors is not even an option. I wouldn't dare let my cats out unsupervised. Between the coyotes, javelina (wild pigs), and traffic in my area, outdoor cats tend to have very short lives. Most kittens never get the chance to even grow up.utOpia
, what kind of litter are you using? My cats don't like the covered boxes, they won't even stay in long enough to cover their deposits. So it's back to the open boxes/bins. I can't tell you how many different types and brands of litter I went through before I found one that works for me. The ones with little round beads are usually good at odor control but they're the worst for scattering. I'm currently using the Walmart brand, Special Kitty clumping litter in the green box. It has the least dust and least tracking of anything I've tried and the kitties like the texture. It may not be the absolute best for odor control, but it's pretty good. I scoop at least once a day, and usually twice, so don't have much problem with odor.
I don't have any suggestions for the wet food issue except to not leave it out so long. If your kitty isn't hungry when you first put it down, put it in the refrigerator and try again later. I never leave wet food out for more than 10 minutes. Well, I probably would, but the kitties don't.
If one of my girls walks away without finishing her share, another on pounces on it.