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Litter Tray strike?

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Bogburglar99 Sun 14-Feb-16 14:22:45

BogBastardKitten has had a hooded litter tray since arriving home in August aged 3 months. After repeat performances of him appearing with a crap-covered bottom I wondered if his now enormous size (Siberian, not quite as big as a Maine Coon but getting there) meant he was being squashed down into his own doings. Therefore removed the lid from the tray to make it open. Tray now not used since yesterday morning. BBK full of beans and not obviously unwell or distressed.

A) is this a strike due to unfamiliarity? B) if A, which of us is likely to crack first and c) when should I worry about non use of litter tray and seek vets advice? If cat otherwise well and eating, drinking etc?

cozietoesie Sun 14-Feb-16 14:36:47

Have you checked behind all sofas etc? wink

Bogburglar99 Sun 14-Feb-16 17:14:39

Thank you for that thought smile I don't think so - certainly can't smell it! DD says he has been observed to pee in the lidless facility so hopefully he will be first to crack.

cozietoesie Sun 14-Feb-16 18:04:31

They can hold off for longer than you would think if they're not happy with the facilities for some reason but you do become used to the rhythm of your cat's innards. What goes in must eventually come out though.

Does he appear to have peed as much as usual?

Bogburglar99 Sun 14-Feb-16 18:20:51

Hard to say - he does also have access to outside so may be going there. Eating drinking and the campaign to ambush my tights proceeding entirely as normal.

cozietoesie Sun 14-Feb-16 18:26:03

Keep an eye on him them. How might he react to an 'intervention' eg being put on his tray shortly after eating and having his paws scrabbled a couple of times?

cozietoesie Sun 14-Feb-16 18:26:18

* then

Bogburglar99 Sun 14-Feb-16 18:28:12

Don't know - will try smile

cozietoesie Sun 14-Feb-16 18:45:02

I'm just wondering whether his tray might not smell so.......intense.....with the lid off - except he's using it to pee, you think. Or whether he's a shy type.

I suspect you're going to lose this one. Have you worked out where to put the second (hooded) tray yet?

Bogburglar99 Sun 14-Feb-16 22:56:54

I cracked. The lid went back on. Approximately twenty minutes later there was the sound of enthusiastic scratching grin

This is a fight I cannot win. But at least he doesn't seem to be ill. Thanks for the advice!

Bogburglar99 Sun 14-Feb-16 22:57:44

What I need I think is an extra large hooded tray for small dogs or cats approximately the size of a baby elephant. Anyone make those?

cozietoesie Sun 14-Feb-16 23:23:00

Ah well.

I think - if you have the room - I'd still try having an uncovered tray around the place in the hope that he'll grow used to it.

Amazon have large litter trays but I suspect that the real prize source would be the United States. (Eg Amazon US has a number that look like monsters. Trouble is the importation - maybe it's doable though.) And they're none of them cheap in the first place - even the UK ones.

Measuring tape out and do a cardboard mockup for placement and sizing I reckon.

cozietoesie Sun 14-Feb-16 23:52:41

eBay have extra large litter trays. I was looking on eBay US for examples and they're a doddle to import from - if expensive on the shipping as you would expect. You could always have a look there before you get the measuring tape out.

Bogburglar99 Mon 15-Feb-16 08:27:03

Americans also have super sized cats??

Thanks very much for the tip. Will have a look on eBay. Zooplus seem to have a few which are reviewed as being suitable for Maine Coons, as well, and he isn't quite as big as one of those!

Id actually prefer a hooded tray, just not at the expense of his rear end being unable to clear the necessary!

(When I were a lass we had proper ex farm cats what went outside and buried it afterwards ... grumble ... bloody pedigree mog doesn't know he's born ...)

cozietoesie Mon 15-Feb-16 09:54:19

I don't know - maybe it's that Americans seem to go more with trays - they have much stricter animal control laws in many states - so have a greater range?

Worth a look anyway if you can't find anything to suit in the UK. (I'm sure you can find a way to import via most US websites by the way, it's just that eBay has it all set up so I tend to use that site more to buy in the States. Not exclusively though. smile)

SuburbanRhonda Mon 15-Feb-16 09:59:17

Is there any reason he can't go outside, OP?

I've had cats for 50 years and have never had one who's used a tray beyond kittenhood. Current cats have a patch in the garden which I clear regularly. It's only since I've been on MN that I've realised not having a litter tray is seen as a bit weird.

And before anyone piles on about my cats doing their business in other peoples gardens, if anything, our patch has become a bit of a community facility smile

cozietoesie Mon 15-Feb-16 10:09:29

I'm just used to cats who prefer inside facilities even if they go outside, I guess. smile (And that includes The Lodger who moved in with us after raising himself mainly on the streets and actually came to prefer an inside tray.)

Doesn't bother me. I'm happy enough to clean a tray and I wouldn't like to pee behind a bush in driving rain either! grin

Bogburglar99 Mon 15-Feb-16 10:10:48

No, he can and does go outside. Breed evolved in the Siberian forests so I reckon he can stand a little UK weather although he is hiding indoors from a millimetre of snow today

He just doesn't yet seem to have thought of outside as a toileting option!

cozietoesie Mon 15-Feb-16 10:19:44

And I for one don't blame him. grin That's just me though and - as I've said - following a succession of outside going cats who used to come inside for toileting. (And then go back out to play again. wink)

SuburbanRhonda Mon 15-Feb-16 10:19:58


I think it's the smell that swings it for me grin

But I realise I'm in the minority.

Bogburglar99 Mon 15-Feb-16 10:40:30

I'm with you there Rhonda, hence the preference for a hooded tray smile

Given his apparent strength of both character and sphincter though, I wouldn't fancy my chances with getting him to go outside unless he decides he wants to!

SuburbanRhonda Mon 15-Feb-16 18:00:05

Does a hood completely mask the smell then? Might get one for DH to wear grin

Bogburglar99 Mon 15-Feb-16 18:36:36

Not entirely but it certainly helps - and I do find it more visually acceptable as well! (presumably not a consideration with your DH)

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