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Hi everyone ! I have two cats (brother and sister about 1.5yr). Cougar, the male always covers his business in the box and is a very clean kitty, while his sister, Kaycey is a little piggy. She never covers her business, yet scratches the corners of the box as if she was. Is this normal?? Is there anything to help her learn to cover it up? Also she is an extremely smelly thing when she does her business. We've tried every food there is and it still all comes out smelling horrid. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I was reading this and thinking it was my own 2 cats, brother/sister also! Btw, is your boy cat creamy colored and your girl cat Grey/white, it sounds just like mine. They're almost 1 1/2 yrs old and Twinkie is such a clean litterbox user, covering up very well, my bf claims that he is really doing this good b/c Twinkie is scared that predators will be after him hehe. His doesnt smell much at all but sheesh Sugar is another story AND she doesn't cover up which smells up the bathroom and sometimes she paws the litterbox on top and has the pawing motion but she's not covering anything up. Once in awhile she will cover it up surprisingly but mostly dont.

I recently switched them to Chicken Soup for cat lovers/ Felidae and it seems like it has been helping a little bit with the smell but anyways I don't really know how to get Sugar to cover up better. They both eat same foods so maybe some cats are just are naturally stinky like that. I can't sit her in there and reach for her paw to do the motion b/c by that time she will run out. What I do is let her watch me cover it up with sand and Im hoping she gets the message but it has been getting better lately though. I'm just glad she uses the litterbox well, and not anywhere else.

Good luck! :wink:
 

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This is an interesting topic. I especially like the boyfriend observation that maybe Twinkie is afraid of predators. I would guess this is behind the natural instict of covering up the waste.

Perhaps the cats we traditionally think of as stinky just feel quite safe and confident.

An alternative thought is that maybe she doesn't really like the way the litter feels on her paw. She would rather leave her mess uncovered. Have you tried different types of litter to see if this helps? The clay-based litter sticks to the kitty's paws if their paws are wet w/ urine. There have been reports of cats getting sick, sometimes ending in the hospital w/ these huge bezoars of litter in their stomachs from cleaning it off their paws. It expands when swallowed or something. If she covered it well in the past, cleaned the litter stuck to her foot, then got sick on her stomach, she might have learned to avoid touching it afterwards.

I have a messy boy, Cooper, who rarely covers also. I feel like it has to do w/ how soon he was taken from his mother, or rather, his mother was taken from him by a car on the freeway where he was found. I think the mothers will usually teach this to the kittens who don't seem to get it from instinct alone. My other cat used to watch Cooper go and then get in and cover it for him. He finally gave up on the lesson I think.

The Littermaid might be your answer because it will scoop it up immediately, eliminating the need for your cat to worry about covering it anyway. It's a pain to clean though when it is time to disinfect it. You have to get a screwdriver and take off the raking part and it's a big mess. I have one out in the garage I quit using for this reason.
 

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I too have a Littermaid which is what my cats use. If Sugar used the restroom in the middle or the front side she will get to cover it but when she does it near the rake, she misses and keeps pawing the top of the litterbox area where the machine is, sometimes she flicks a few sand pebbles onto the mess but its only when she uses the restroom all the way in the corner. Weird... at least she covers in the middle hehe :lol:
 

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my old roommate had two cats that were sisters. one would cover her mess fine, the other would scratch at the top and sides of the box and even reach and scratch outside the box, but not the litter. so in that case it wasn't the mother, because they were taken away at the same time. but she was kind of a dirty cat in general, she didn't clean herself very often. maybe that had something to do with it.
 
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