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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-15-2005, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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please help me and my kitty :(

i have a kitty named cookies. lately she has been a brat:

#1 she always is tipping her water dish over, no matter how big or small, why would a cat do this? even though she likes water. i tested this... she tipped the dish and i brought her in to have a shower with me, 5 minutes later she was doing it again, proving that she wasn't trying to get wet

#2 she has been pooping just outside her box, it's always a clean box, it seems its a big box, with a hood as well, why would she do this?

what can i do to stop any of this? if possible?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-15-2005, 02:35 PM
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I have no idea about the water.. but the litter box..

I would try taking the top off. Some cats don't like it.

I know Teagan likes to sit on the side of the box and go, so she doesn't have to step in the litter... she was missing for awhile.. so we bought a bigger box,. and put it in the closet,.. where it fits snugg, so she can't miss now... but she always goes right on the side.. never in the middle...
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For the litter box, maybe try taking the hood off or changing her litter? I put out two boxes for my two kitties -- one with a lid and one without -- and now they have the designated pee box and the other is the poo box. They were able to make up their mind about where they wanted to do their business -- they are also very weird.

Also, when I started litter training my foster kittens, I used that Swheat litter because it was safer if they ingested it, but they didn't like it at all! They would never go in the box-- only right next to it. Then, I found the Cat Attract litter at Petsmart, which has something in it that attracts them to the box, and we haven't had an accident since.

With the water dish, what kind of dish are you using? Maybe the water tastes bad, and she likes the water to flow a little bit? Have you considered one of those Fresh Flow fountains?
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-15-2005, 02:39 PM
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Try taking the hood off the litter box. Some cats don't like them.

If you can find a dish that is wider at the bottom than at the top then the cat won't be able to tip it over. If you can't find any like that, just look for one that's wide and flat and heavy. The cat will probably still move it around, but it will be hard to tip over.
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-15-2005, 02:44 PM
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dittoes on all the above re water & litter. I'll bet you're using a plastic water dish. In addition to getting one that's wider at the base and heavy, get a porcelain dish (that'll automatically be heavy). And set the dish on a tray with a raised lip.

"If at first you don't succeed, try again." Please don't blame Cookies. She's just being a cat.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-15-2005, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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i have one of those bottles, little water jugs, and its very heavy

i have a feeling shes trying to make bubbles, because when i fill up that jug and turn it upside down, air bubbles go to the top and she sits and watches it,

but now i use a small little dish, and the same is happening
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-15-2005, 03:16 PM
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I had a problem with one of my cats tipping the dish over. I bought one of those food dishes that is a dual food and water dish set. If you live near a Petsmart you can get one in the cat section. The one I have has a storage compartment in the bottom of it. My cat hasn't tried to tip this one.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-15-2005, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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thanks 4 the replys

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-16-2005, 03:37 AM
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My water dish is a glass bowl 1.5 inches deep and 9 inches in diameter. There's no way to tip that thing over because it's so big and shallow.

If the box troubles persist, try a different brand of litter. Some cats don't like litter with any "scent" to it. Barnaby didn't like Everclean unscented (it WAS mildly scented) so now I use Pet Gold Plus from PetCo. There is no fragrance at all to that litter.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-16-2005, 01:48 PM
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A really good water dish is those stainless steal ones with the rubber on the bottom. It is specifically for not allowing pets to knock them over! It works best on non-carpet material though
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