Getting puss to use tray outside and need new kitten!!!!(15 Posts)
Please, I need advice from you wise cat people,
My 10 month old Seal /Chocolate point (nuetered) female Siamese has been allowed out to play for around three weeks now. (we needed to install a cat flap, get her chipped and neutered, get antibiotics when she removed the stitches) so we didn't do it sooner.
I may be thick but any tips on getting her to use my garden rather than the litter tray, at the moment she goes out (not for very long as it's cold) and then does her enormous poos in her tray.
Also, I need another cat as I love her so much, she is the sweetest most affectionate cat ever. i know you don't know her, but how are Siamese kittens at adapting to another (Probably Siamese so many of you will hate me ) kitten?
( I wanted two moggies but husband said I could only have a cat if it was Siamese, now we would both like another, I know we shouldn't, lots of kittens need adopting, I've had rescue cats in the past|)
I wouldn't bother moving the tray, I wouldn't fancy going to an outside loo in this weather. If she gets diarrhoea one night it's easier to clean it out of a tray than the Axminster.
In the summer she might start going out more but not when it's chilly/windy/raining.
I'll wait until the summer xxx
(Scared of eventual backlash of wanting another pedigreekitten)
I'd keep the tray unless you have good reason to banish it to a cupboard. She may prefer to go inside - many cats do.
And a word of waning. I'm not the only Siamese owner on here by any means but I've had a lot of them - and they don't like other cats much. I've nearly always had neutered Siamese boys so maybe girls are different (and maybe other Siamese owners can give you more positive feedback) but they just get so bonded with you that they really don't want to share.
(They don't seem to mind dogs - I think they regard them as
stupid lumps a species which can be safely ignored.)
Thanks cozie. Don't want a dog, we both work every day so couldn't commit to it. We could have got my puss and her sister but couldn't afford two pedigrees!!!!! She seems happy but I love her so much I'd like more. However, if she'd be unhappy then I'd need to put my needs after hers :-(
Thanks, wise cat folk of mumsnet xxx
Sorry, I meant two pedigree cats at once, got cash for another now if necessary.
My Siamese girl tolerates the other cat...but she'd be happier alone, I believe kittens react differently though.
The litter tray - she comes in to use hers tbh and once she was past kittenhood very rarely goes out in anything other than warm summer weather anyway, she won't go out if it's cold, windy, raining, has rained recently...well you get the idea, lol.
I have had a tactic with past Siamese boys of trying to force them outside when there's a howling gale, horizontal snow/rain or something similar. They take one horrified look and head like lightning for the stairs to get back to bed.
I reckon, if any of you have read James Hilton's book, that they think like the native born residents of the valley of Shangri La. Outside is a mean and nasty place compared to inside which is heated and carpeted. (And even has draftless sunshine pouring onto the carpets in summer.)
tabulahrasa So basically she goes out June to August between 11-15.00?
I posted recently on trying to get my cat to go outside and got some great advice from the Litter Tray ladies. Well, after a sustained onslaught of chemical warefare at the evil paw of Kitty McLeod, litter tray has been reinstated. I am much happier as I am not coming dowstairs to find cat poo surprises in random places, and she is happy because she doesn't have to go outside and the insubnordinate staff are finally behaving themselves again
Possibly not as long as that, we're in Scotland...lol.
Well done the Perdita household for at least getting the situation back on track.
Some of them like going out and some prefer inside. I can't say I blame the latter lot.
I have the opposite situation with one of mine. She has a deformed back leg so can't make the leap out of my flagstoned yard. She just loves sitting there though, and uses it to poo as well. She has a luxury covered litter tray indoors (sigh) which she refuses to use. I prefer to scoop poo from the tray than go out and bag it . She prefers the yard. Maybe I should post separately. ( sorry to hijack!)
Maybe a separate thread would be better to get more responses. I'd be interested to know how old she is though and whether she's on treatment for anything.
I had a kitten and when he was six months old we got another 8 week old kitten. It was instant battle stations with older cat beating up kitten.
Got older cat 'done' and it was like a Californian love in within minutes of him getting home. Cleaning the kitten, grooming him, parochial approach to the best way to cover a poo in a litter tray etc. Always together and slept with paws entwined.
I have a cat now (very old and rickety) who I took on because she was being beaten up every day by the other two cats she lived with. It was total harmony for four years but for some reason the dynamics changed and she was an 'outcast'. She loves being a 'sole' cat and would hate an interloper. Too old and crabby now to even entertain the thought of young blood.
I do dream of 'finding' a stray kitten though and trying it.
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