Wow, what a mess.Our Abby would put her two front paws in the box then let go right on to the floor. She was old and very sickly. Plus our Zipper (also old) steps in, lifts her rump and it usually goes over the side, too. I put a plastic sheet down on the floor about 2' all around the box (an old shower curtain liner works great) then lots of newspaper and paper towels on top of that. The paper towels absorb better and faster than the newspaper does. It wasn't Abby's fault, she was trying, just too weak or sickly to make it all the way in.
No, it's not laziness, Abby was just so old and weak it was the best she could do while Zipper is 16+ years old. She tries, but just is a little "over reaching" with her rump. I have to get higher boxes, but little Missy is so tiny (5 pounds with tiny little legs), that I don't want to upset them with high sides right now. I'll deal with the mess. It's not every time, just often enough to be a minor pain.Wow, what a mess.
Is it just laziness?
Our cats haven't gotten to that point, but it sure appears to be heading that direction in the next year or so...
I think we are done with cats when these guys eventually pass. They've been awesome, but we want our lives (and our house) back.
Usually when an indoor cat is reacting to an outdoor cat, in my experience it's more the result of smelling (or hearing) the other cat than seeing it, so closing the blinds isn't going to do much.We thought he might be seeing cats outside and he is marking his territory, so we closed ALL of the blinds so he can't see out.
Is the litter box covered? Many cats don't care for covered boxes. They might feel like they could be "ambushed" because they can't see anyone approaching. And they can get a static shock from rubbing against the entrance as they enter or leave.
What kind of litter is she using? Many cats don't care for scented litter. We use cheap unscented, non-clumping litter. She could try that, might be able to switch to clumping litter later. Or she could try Cat Attract, either the additive you mix in other litter or the litter that already has the additive built in.
Where is the litter box? If it's close to something that might start suddenly and make noise, like a furnace or washing machine, she could have been startled while in the box. Could a child have startled her? A quiet location, but where she can see if anyone is approaching, is best. And at least one on every level of the house.
How many boxes does she have out? Chloe might like to have multiple boxes, especially if she's particular about the cleanliness of the box. (Scoop boxes at least once a day.)
Having said all this, there's a good chance that Chloe was just nervous/scared the first few nights and will do better as she gets settled in.