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PJ, the girl who stands to pee

post #1 of 8
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I didn't know what to call this post... or if this was the right place.

Anyway, PJ is my 11-12ish year old girl. She's in perfect health except for her thyroid, which is being managed. For the 2 years I've had her, she has always stood up to do her business - pee or poop. Our other cat (incidentally, a boy) doesn't do this.

So, Teddy can pee in front of the litterbox just fine (Jumbo rectangular covered pan), since he squats and hangs his tail out.

PJ thinks she can too. Unfortunately, since she stands up, we've had pee to clean up outside the box.

Both cats like covered boxes, and they're big(ger) - 13 pounds - so they like jumbo boxes.

I'm nervous about trying a top entry box, but since both cats can jump the height of one, it might work out okay. Short of doing that, however, does anyone have any suggestions about what to do for PJ? We line the floor with plastic, then put a rug on it - so the pee isn't ending up on our floor, and the rug is cheap and disposable so we just replace it - but when she has multiple peeing in the front of the box episodes and she misses, it starts smelling. : P We're not sure what else to do to clean up/contain the pee that misses!

I think I'm going to get a giant rubbermaid container, cut a hole in the top, and see what that does. Like I said, she loves to jump on stuff (and play in the litterbox), so it might not be a problem, but changing a box makes me nervous.
post #2 of 8
Top entries might work if they don't mind a covered box. My girl stands to poo (not pee though) and my fiance thinks shes wierd (we end up with poo on the floor even with a huge litterbox). Of course she likes to pee just outside the litterbox too so we have to clean that up too! (we're working on that behavior)

Oh teh joys of cats.
post #3 of 8
Wow, I guess Oliver's the real gentleman then.... he squats to do both! And more often than not, he hops in the box, scratches around a bit, spins around, sticks his head back out the entrance (it's a covered box, but no door cuz he wont use it with the door) and does his "I'm going" face then turns to cover his business.... but I noticed when I still had an uncovered box that he squats some, hehe
post #4 of 8
You might try a bigger box. If there is a Container Store near you, they often have large plastic storage boxes with missing lids for around $2. These work great for me.
post #5 of 8
I put old newspapers around the litter box, because mine sometimes have accidents....
post #6 of 8
Have a shallow smaller box (empty) just outside the door, and while you'll have to clean it up, at least it won't be on the floor.
post #7 of 8
I have the same problem with my youngest girl, Pete Pete. A few months ago, we got her the Booda Dome Clean Step litter box & haven't had to clean up pee ever since! Its larger size & the steps leading up through the door of the box prevents her from peeing out the door. We love it! Here's a link if you're interested in checking out the box: http://www.pet-dog-cat-supply-store....roduct_id=1909

post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
it's always good to know I'm not alone.
We find it a funny little PJ quirk.

I've looked at the Booda Dome, but I just don't think it's big enough for the cats - they both really like to move around and work the little box! I also think PJ would end up somehow peeing down the steps... which would be interesting to clean up!

I went out and got a large rubbermaid container this afternoon and I've just left it open for the cats to explore. PJ loves boxes, so I think she's interested - she's sniffing and looking, so it might be a good option.
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