Furiends, many felines will cover their solid waste when they go to the litter box. But some of us do not. For example, in my home, I rarely cover my poop. Jacey sometimes does, and sometimes she does not. And Koji always covers his. That is three bengal cats in one home, all with different preferences for covering our poop.
Why is it that some of us felines cover our poop and others do not? You humans have many theories.
First, there could be a medical condition that causes us to associate the litter box with pain. If that is the case, then of course we do not want to spend any more time than we have to there. But if we do not have issues peeing in the litter box, it is unlikely this is the case.
Many smart humans think the reason we do this is behavioral. Some felines never learned to cover their messes because their mothers did not show them how or they were taken from their mothers too quickly.
Another reason we may not cover our solid waste in the litter box is because we have learned there is no need to do this. We felines cover our waste outside because we do not want predators to know we are around. But inside a home with you kind humans that is not needed because there are no predators!
Other humans say we do this because we want other felines and humans to know we are around. We are saying, this is my territory and I belong here.
Whatever the reason, the human does not mind us not covering our solid waste. He says it smells no matter what. And when we do not cover our poop, it is easier for him to scoop up and flush down the toilet.
What do you think of felines not covering their poop?