I've had Magic two weeks. She's 9 months old. She has lived most of her life in a cage at the county shelter. She is very well behaved and uses her litter box like a good kitty but obsesses over it.
The first week, I got her a clumping litter that the pet store recommended (brand name escapes me but it was pricey). I also used liner in the box. Magic would continuously go to the box and scratch and shred the liner. I thought maybe the liner was bothering her or perhaps the litter. So I switched to World's Best Cat Litter because....well...only the best for my Magic (plus I had read an article on the dangers of clay-based clumping litter and got scared
She still goes in and scratches. I have to sweep the bathroom a few times a day. Sometimes, as soon as I'm done, she'll go right back in the bathroom and scratches until the floor is full of cat litter again. Much of the time she doesn't even use the box. She just goes in there to scratch. Then when she does go, she's in there for ten minutes easy!
I picked the brains of some of the local pet shop workers who all have theories.
The box is actually a few years old. It's a large covered box and it was quite pricey when I bought it a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, the cat I bought it for died a few months after I bought it. I kept the litter box and used it again when I adopted a kitty which I only had for two months because my kitty died of FIP. The litter box was bleached and cleaned and then not used for over a year. When I adopted Magic, I started using the box again.
Could it be the box? One of the ladies I spoke with said that the scents of the other cats are in the box.
There are 3 cats that live on the property because someone abandoned them. (my neighbors and I refer to them as the "property cats"). They're too wild to domesticate but my neighbors and I take good care of them. We feed them, pet them, play with them and let them in when they want to come in (usually when it gets cold and/or rains). They have all slept over over the last year (they go to the bathroom outside). These guys are having a hard time adjusting to a new kitty being here and Magic is strictly indoors (I have seen coyotes on the property which scares me). My point is that the cats have been inside and their scents are clearly all over the place so Magic has already been exposed to the scents of other cats. Not sure if this has any relevance but I figured I'd mention it.
Someone else said maybe it's the cat litter but I've used two different litters and she's continued to behave like this.
Someone else said that maybe that's just Magic's "thing". "All cats have a thing" she said.
While Magic is going in the box and therefore there isn't a huge problem, I still want her to be comfortable.
Has anybody ever experienced something similar with their cats?