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Litter Box Intimidation. Help Please — 16 Comments

  1. Thanks Michael, Merry Christmas to you too and to everyone on POC who tries to help other people and their cats and of course Merry Christmas to cats all over the world. I’m keeping out of today’s problem as I don’t have anything to add that hasn’t already been said.

  2. Many, many thanks to Ruth (Kattaddorra), Ruth (Monty’s mom), Babz, Eliza, Marc, Dan, Rudolph, Dorothy, Liz (Hairless Cat), keenpetite, Gail, Zach, Maggie, Finn and all the other great contributors. Sorry if I have not mentioned your name.

    I would like to wish a Happy Christmas to you and your feline companions.

    Let’s hope we can make the lives of cats a little better next year.

  3. This is a real life problem. It is taken from the Catster website and there were no answers. I have no more information unfortunately.

    It is well known that cats can exercise dominant behavior with respect to litter box use. This is why it is sensible to have one litter box per cat.

    This problem appears to be an extension of the kind of problems you can get over the use of a single litter box.

    It would appear, as inferred, that Freda is treating both litter boxes as her own. Even though they are apart they can’t be far enough apart to constitute being part of a different home area.

    Ultimately it is about a “home range” which is the area that a cat calls her own. Domestic cats normally adapt to multi-cat environments but perhaps Freda hasn’t really done that.

  4. Thanks Marc, Merry Christmas to you and your cats too and to everyone you’ve named and everyone else who comes to PoC (the nice people anyway lol lol) πŸ˜‰

  5. BTW, Merry Christmas Elisa, Ruth, Ruth, Dorothy, Dan, Rudolph, Hairless Cat Girl, Mayen, … all the commenters on POC and Michael (that was off the top of my head, hope I didn’t miss anyone). I hope you and all of your cats have a lovely time together over the holidays whatever it is you are celebrating. I’m celebrating time off at home with my cats and hoping for a bit of snow πŸ™‚

    • …or I could say Merry Christmas to Monty, Walter, Josef, Charlie, Marvin, Bigfoot, Yellow Cat, Shadow, Daisy(the big dog), Sealy, Furby, Matahari, Matata, Hairless Cat Girl’s cats, …Dan, you don’t have a cat right now? Mayen’s cats? Elisa, if I could remember all your cat’s names off the top of my head I’d have very good memory.

      • And to you Marc. And to Lilli, Gigi and Red’s little sister Molly. Thank you for the sweet sentiment.

        I look forward to your posts next year. Cheers to a good year for cats the world over.

  6. Yes good thought Marc
    Miss A maybe needs to put a few more trays around the house for now as the golden rule is one for each cat and at least another to spare.
    If there were say 4 litter trays spread out, Freda would have a full time job then catching Freddie in which one he was using lol.
    We could always do with a bit more information though couldn’t we!

  7. Maybe Freddy is dominating Freda by pooping in her territory outside the box and so she is having a go at him when he’s doing it regardless of where. We assume that he is pooping outside the box because of Freda but I believe a cat poops outside the box because he wants to or is saying something. It wouldn’t suprise me if he pooped outside the box before she pawed at him pooping. Something the human cant possibly know for sure unless she has watched every poop made πŸ™‚ The explanation is too simple and the problem too weird. I think we must think outside the box πŸ™‚ – literally. Maybe Freddy is infact asserting dominance on Freda and she is reacting.

    • A very intelligent response, Marc. I like it. It may be the case that Freda is reacting to Freddie and Freddie is stressed for some other reason. I think you are saying that and it is a very subtle and neat idea. Perhaps the moral in your comment is to look further at something beyond Freda that might be stressing Freddie. If so, I like that. Good advice.

      The problem is real and actual. It may the case that it is a bit weird because we don’t have the entire story.

  8. This is a strange one! Miss A says that Freddie and Freda have been together since birth and yet one is 5 years old and one is 6 years old?
    So they can’t have been.
    For some reason Freda is warning Freddie off the tray, maybe she found out by accident it scares him when she paws at him and it does sound like Freda is the dominant cat, as females mostly seem to be and the only thing I can think of is that this is a case of redirected aggression. Maybe there’s a strange cat around outside, Freda can’t get at it to chase it away, so she takes it out on Freddie instead.
    They do need litter trays in seperate rooms and for a while need to be kept apart until Freda calms down and leaves Freddie alone when he’s using his tray or he might start holding it in and cause bladder/bowel problems for himself.
    I hope someone can come up with some better ideas, this situation is a new one on me.

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