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post #1 of 13 Old 09-11-2013, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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Why, Cosmo? Why?!

So, when we got Jasper, I put a second small litter box in the master bathroom for him and put pine pellet litter in it (mainly to try out the pellet-type litter). We left it in there after Cosmo and Jasper became buds, as a "just in case". The main litter box (a nice big enclosed box with a clear plastic flap) sits in the laundry room on the other side of the house.

Jasper loves the main litter box and uses it all the time (it's got normal clumping clay litter in it). In the last week and a half, 20# Cosmo has decided that he prefers the tiny (12" by 9" or so? Maybe smaller) litter box in the bathroom with its pine pellets. It wouldn't be a problem except that he's so big, he pushes pellets out of the box (as in a cup or more at a time), a single pee from him soils the majority of the litter in the box, and his poops are huge and rank. Plus he's just too darned big for the box.

So, tonight I took the small litter box out of the bathroom completely, mainly because I was tired of stepping on pellets and picking them up. Not twenty minutes after I removed the litter box, Cosmo went in and pooped on our bed.

Now I don't know what to do. Do I put the tiny litter box back with its annoying pine pellets? Do I switch out the pellets for clay litter (it'll be pushed out of the box when he uses it, just like the pellets)? Do I not put the box back? There's not enough room in the bathroom for a big litter box (even an open box), otherwise I'd just do that. Help!
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you could always put something to catch the fallen litter with

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you could always put something to catch the fallen litter with
I'd still have to clean it up and it'd still get tracked all over the bathroom. The purpose of the main litter box being enclosed was to eliminate the litter being pushed out of the normal litter box (Cosmo is a big, messy litter box user) and to "hide" the smell of his poops, as they are potent enough to stink up the whole house (even cleaning the litter box morning and night). Both of those problems are brought to the fore by the small litter box.
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Well, he clearly wants his " bathroom" back.
I have long given up on small litter boxes, covered or not. I have now medium sized, open top with high( about a foot) walls and the litter mats in front of it.
You could put the smaller pine box also in the laundry room, where the other one is. Maybe he's okay with it.
I used Rubbermaid square containers before they started making higher- walled litter boxes, they come in all kinds of sizes.
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Try getting a bigger litter box with pine pellets. He likely doesn't like being enclosed. Try open top with high walls. Fluffy (my Maine Coon) was the same way.

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He still goes in the enclosed box, that's what is weird about it. I'd say he goes in the smaller box twice a day. I only kept the small box because I thought Jasper might use it.

We'll have to try a second box in the laundry room. There's just no room in the master bathroom for a bigger box (and the spare bathroom is attached to the laundry room).
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I suspect that the root cause of the problem is actually Jasper. It's recommended that you have at least 1 litter box for each cat as sometimes one cat doesn't like to go in a box that smells like another (territorial instinct).

I'd get another large litter box and maybe put it either in the laundry room or the spare bathroom. You might try it at first with the same litter in both, but if Cosmo still has a problem, go back to the pine pellets or try another litter.

I found this stuff a while back and, personally, won't use the clay litter again. This seems to control the odor better (I have 4 indoor cats) and one of my cats has a sensitivity/allergy to some ingredient in clay litters that causes him to eat off all his hair. Not had a problem since I've been using this.
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Interesting, smrobs.....I have a hair eater, too. Never thought of the litter being a possible problem.
As for odor control I found the Fresh Step w/ carbon THE best, even the non clumping, coarse kind. 2 cats, indoors only, second box with clumping litter, it lasted a good month, never smelled and they preferred it for their little business.
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Cosmo is so smelly that we were using a multi-cat litter for him even before Jasper came along. Lol.

I'll see about getting another large litter box this payday. Until then, I'll put the small box in the spare bathroom.
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Let me start by saying that the loud laughter you heard from over here, wasn't me laughing at you. Ha ha I just whole heartedly understand your situation.

Ahh Cats! My cat is a bit of a pain in the rear with her litter pan as well. When I first got her as an adult from the shelter (said to be about 8 yrs) she was very nervous coming home to a house full of Rottweiler's. She ran under my one couch in the living room and stayed there. I put a litter pan next to that couch so that when she finally came out, she didn't have to go far to use it. I didn't want her to start having accidents because she was afraid to move to far from the safety of the couch. I planned on moving the pan to a less obvious area once she settled in.

Forward much time and a cat who now owns the house and rules over the Rottweiler's, she insists her pan stays right there in an obvious place between two lovely leather couches. Nothing like a stinking cat pan as a focal point of your living room. Ha ha Darn Cat! I have one cat and 4 pans in this house as I have been in homes where someone's cat had an accident and that smell is so bad, I can't have that. My cat won't use the other pans but they are staying there in hopes that someday I can move the stupid pan out of my living room.

As far as the litter traveling around, I put a small hand towel (sort of fleece) on the floor in front of the pan (the pan is a covered one) It helps keep the travel to a minimum (it is on hardwood floor) but I shake it out into the pan every day when I am doing the twice daily scooping. I still vacuum every single day also as it drives me nuts having stuff like that traveling about my house. Daily vacuuming is just a part of life with a house full of hair balls, I guess.

I know there are people that use those larger rubbermade containers as litter pans. Maybe your big guy needs something like that? They are a bit deeper too so the litter wouldn't travel. I wish that my cat would use the pellets as they don't seem like they would travel as much, under normal circumstances.
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