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Why Felines Stop Using The Litter Box

Furiends, you remember how I told you that I started going outside of the litter box a few days ago and it drove the human nuts? Well, we have reached a kind of compromise between me and the human. He carries me into the box, and sets me down in there. And then, I pee in the box. And when I do, furiends, it takes a while for me to get it all out.

But furiends, this is not something we can continue to do for a long time. The human is going to talk to the white coated humans to see if there is something happening with me.

After all, I was using that litter box for a long time without any problems. So it is unusual for me to go outside of it. And that is why the human will talk to the white coated humans.

When a Feline Stops Doing This, Talk to the White Coated Humans
When a Feline Stops Doing This, Talk to the White Coated Humans

If a feline stops using the litter box in your home, it is important for you to talk to the white coated humans. For male felines, it is even more important to do that quickly. You see, we could have a partial blockage. That means it is painful for us to urinate. Our feline brain associates the litter box with painful urination, so we stop going there.

If the white coated human finds this out and treats it, then the problem will likely go away. No more coming home to a carpet that smells like a litter box for you!

But if the white coated humans find out that we are healthy, then it is all behavioral. And that means you will have to think like a feline. What happened to get us to stop using the litter box? It can be many things, and you will have to be a good detective to figure it out. The human thinks it is because Koji ambushed me when I came out of the box, so I do not want to go in there again.

But he is not sure, because I poop in the box. In fact, I did that right when the human was typing this! So the human will have to play detective more.

Hopefully he will figure it out, so that everyone in the home will be happy.

 

November 12 Blood Sugar Readings

Hello, furiends. It is time for me to tell you about my blood sugar readings. Then I will tell you about a problem the human is having with me and ask for your help.

For the week, my blood sugar readings averaged 173. This is pretty much the same as the week before, when they averaged 178. The human is concerned that a couple of mornings, my blood sugar went very low. It has him even more concerned that even though there were plenty of noms in my dish, I did not eat them.

And I complained to the human about not having any noms when the talking box started talking in the morning. He does not understand why I did not nom on what was left in my dish when I was clearly hungry.

But the human will keep working to make sure that my blood sugar levels stay where they belong. He is just confused by my refusal to nom when there was food left in my dish!

Now, on to the problem that the human cannot figure out. I am not a feline who goes outside of the litter box. The exception to this was when I had undiagnosed diabetes. Because I had to pee so much, I could not make it to the litter box and went on the carpet. The human did not like this, but when he learned I was battling diabetes, it all made sense.

Well, the other day, the human noticed that a part of the bedroom smelled like urine. He did not understand this, because he had seen me use the litter box earlier. And Koji, for all his issues, does not go outside of the litter box. But later, he saw me urinating on that spot.

The human sprayed the spot with Nature’s Miracle and cleaned it with a spot cleaner. He even put some old rags on there to absorb any left over moisture and urine. But, I went back there and peed on the rags. And this morning, the human saw me heading over there. He shooed me away, and picked me up and put me in the litter box. I relieved myself, and acted like nothing was wrong after that.

The human does not understand why I would do this. He saw Koji ambush me once when I went to the bathroom in the litter box. Do you think this could be why I do not want to go in there anymore?

What should the human do?

Why Do Felines Bite Human Toes?

Last night, the human was lying in bed, getting ready to sleep. He was nice and comfortable, relaxing before he fell asleep. And then, Koji decided to pounce on his toes, which jolted the human out of his relaxed state.

Koji When He is Not Biting The Human's Toes
Koji When He Is Not Biting The Human’s Toes

Koji did not bite the human hard enough to do anything but startle him. The human told Koji he did not appreciate getting his toes bitten. Then, he relaxed again and fell asleep. He stayed asleep when we felines opened one of the kitchen drawers and turned some of the things in there into toys!

Now, you might be thinking, Bagheera, the feline I share my house with does this to me, too. Why do you felines do this?

A white coated human says we do this because of our prey instinct. We see your toes, and they are hidden. We pounce on them, because our prey instinct takes over. Then, we let go because the rest of our brain tells us you are not noms. But we enjoy it, and since we do not hurt you too badly, we will do it again.

Do not forget, furiends, that we felines also like getting you attention. We can do it with meows, with paw taps, or, if you are like Koji, by biting our human’s toes! We do not mean to hurt you, and we know that you are not noms.

So furiends, now you understand why we felines like to bite your toes. We are not doing it to be mean to you. We think it is a game. And it all goes back to our prey instinct. Without this prey instinct, we felines would not have survived in the wild. And you humans would not have brought us around to catch rodents. So enjoy the little nip that we give you when we pounce on your toes!