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post #1 of 29
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when i change the litter box or scoop it out prince and princess are right up my butt wondering what i am doing and no matter how clean or dirty it was before i cleaned it they always go as soon as i am done i was just curious does any one elses cats do this and do you know why they do it?
post #2 of 29
Yes, many times I have some waiting to use it when its scooped clean - perhaps they just have to go at that time or maybe's its more of "remarking" their pan...who knows - important thing is that they use it
post #3 of 29
Yes!! No matter when I clean it he has to get right in there and do his business.
post #4 of 29
Yes! My girl Nepenthe does this. Even though I have an automatic litter box (litter robot), there is no poo in the box, and I go to just change the bag she runs right in afterwards to go potty. Also when I change the litter it is her first priority to go and roll in it then poo in it.
post #5 of 29
Yup, Davidson is right in there checking out what I'm doing. They both sit in the bedroom with me, Davidson on my lap and Harley on the bed. They are just making sure that I do it right I guess!

When I'm finished, Harley hops in, does his business, and shortly after, Davidson goes right in!
post #6 of 29
Smidge did it just this morning. She only does this though when she is getting a full change, not justscooping. She got up from napping just to watch the process - and didnt wait for me even to put the box in its proper place first.
post #7 of 29
I thought maybe Libby was the only one who did this! I found great amusement in telling my husband what she was doing on a daily basis when I first realised it wasn't a one time thing.

Every time I scoop out her box, she first paws at my hand and the scoop and then without fail goes in there, while i'm in the middle of cleaning, and leaves me a gift! I thought when she did it the first time that I just happened to do it at a time she neede to go, but nope, every time - and she never waits till I'm finished.

Sometimes she can barely squeeze anything out, but she tries and tries until she does something, bless her, lol.
post #8 of 29
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Originally Posted by CDubbie View Post
Smidge did it just this morning. She only does this though when she is getting a full change, not justscooping. She got up from napping just to watch the process - and didnt wait for me even to put the box in its proper place first.

Ruby did this to me last night after I completely changed out the boxes. She didn't even let me set it on the floor, but hopped in in mid-air and made a stinky!
post #9 of 29
Although my cat has just gotten acustomed to using the litter box, she certainly has a curious mind whenever I am there cleaning it. If she doesn't use it right away she will at least go in and inspect it!
post #10 of 29
Yes, my cats do that intermittently. My guess is either (or combination) of curiosity or rescenting or that cats prefer to use "cleaned" litter.

Once, my big male was especially attentive when I was cleaning out the litter: purposely in my way, mewing and looking in my face, and rubbing on me ... annoyingly so! Then it dawned on me, it was one of the very few times no litter was piled and scattered outside the door of the litter globe ... and he's the main "flinger".

I think he was proud of his accomplishment.

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post #11 of 29
Sometimes I think the sound of the litter being scooped triggers them and other times I think they are reclaiming their space.

I've had one follow me through the cleaning of four boxes and use each one, although by the time we got to the fourth he hadn't anything left and kind of just fake squatted to make his point.
post #12 of 29
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Originally Posted by Cearbhaill View Post
Sometimes I think the sound of the litter being scooped triggers them and other times I think they are reclaiming their space.

I've had one follow me through the cleaning of four boxes and use each one, although by the time we got to the fourth he hadn't anything left and kind of just fake squatted to make his point.
Is that kinda like hearing running water for us?
post #13 of 29
we have two boxes and whilst i clean one Trouble goes and pees in the other and then when i finish and start on the other one she goes and poos in the clean one!! little git.
post #14 of 29
oh YES. Same thing happens here with my two kittens. They want to know what I'm doing with their litter box...god it is fascinating to them....

Since I have five boxes all over my house they follow me around several times a day...I wonder when they will tire of it.
post #15 of 29
Thread Starter 
thats funny how all the cats do that
post #16 of 29
Hello, there. -Forgive my butting in. -Just signed up to ask a question and saw this.
I read in a book sometime ago the if you put a little sprinkle of the old litter in tray unto the fresh (oh, no; it doesn't have to be soiled/wet sand) they won't do it, as the tray will then have a familiar scent.

I've tried it; it seemed to work about more half the time (pretty good odds when there are cats involved!). But then why bother when they seem to enjoy Christenning the virgin sand so much, eh?
post #17 of 29
Yes, my kitties do that too.
post #18 of 29
Yep! Every one of them does it, and my daughter's cats all do this as well! Makes hubby so mad when he changes the box and they stink it up right away I let him read your posts so he knows that it is not a reflection on him
post #19 of 29
Yeah, Molly and Polly sometimes do that. It's pretty cute. Right now I need to go clean it for the day. Hasta!
post #20 of 29
mine do this when i'm emptying the littermaid containers. or anytime i'm replenishing the litter in the box, too.
post #21 of 29
They like using a clean toilet just like we do! They're not trying to be obnoxious, promise!

Also they have scent connections with their litter boxes, because it has "their" smell on it; so you are messing with something they've marked as theirs, and naturally they are interested.
post #22 of 29
Swanie does it, but not so much Cynthia.

When Misty lived up the road and used to hang out here, I had a litter box for her - even though she mostly used outside. Anyway, one day she was sleeping on the bed and I decided to change her litter. She saw me dumping the litter in a trash bag, and I hadn't put much new back in when she came flying off the bed and "christened" it right then and there. It was so funny, I really wished I had a video camera.
post #23 of 29
My Pixie doesn't do that, but Elliott does...I assume he's marking his territory...what's funny is I don't even have time to pour fresh litter in, and he's going at it....usually gets covered in litter too. Or I change the bag, and as I'm bringing it to the garbage, he goes, and lays down in the empty litter box...almost waiting
post #24 of 29
Both of my boys do this too! Loki likes to watch, Jacob tries to climb in before it's finished sometimes!
post #25 of 29
i currently have 2 girls and one boy, after i cleaned the first litter box, the boy went it in immediately!, before it was even back in its space. after i cleaned the 2nd box, he went it and dug and scooted around in the litter but didnt do anything else in it. neither of the girls bothered with it.
post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by Euterpe View Post
I thought maybe Libby was the only one who did this! I found great amusement in telling my husband what she was doing on a daily basis when I first realised it wasn't a one time thing.

Every time I scoop out her box, she first paws at my hand and the scoop and then without fail goes in there, while i'm in the middle of cleaning, and leaves me a gift! I thought when she did it the first time that I just happened to do it at a time she neede to go, but nope, every time - and she never waits till I'm finished.

Sometimes she can barely squeeze anything out, but she tries and tries until she does something, bless her, lol.
That's just too much! Sounds like she's a real pleaser!

Mine are also very interested when I'm cleaning, and then go after I clean it (mostly Phoebe does this)-- -- -- so, one time, when the vet wanted a "sample", all I had to do is pretend I was cleaning, and my "sample" became available.
Gloria
post #27 of 29
Both my kitties. Sometimes they stand in line waiting for me to finish scooping. Sometimes they just can't wait and will hop in when I'm half finished. Just hilarious.
post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by Cearbhaill View Post
Sometimes I think the sound of the litter being scooped triggers them
I think that too. When I pull the tray out of the corner and start scooping Jaffa comes and uses it often. He doesn't wait until it's cleaned, he just wants to use it because it's out there.
post #29 of 29
lol pick it up, and set on the counter to clean out(comes from having a busted back) anyway, as soon as i get done she jumps in and sits down

i just said heck with it put the lid back on the box and carry box and kitty back to her spot
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