Brotherly Cat Love

By on 5-14-2012 in Uncategorized

Brotherly Cat Love

Today is my brother’s birthday, so let’s talk about cat brothers!

This question was asked on Just Answer: We have 2 cats, brothers, 15 years old but very fit & healthy for their age.
We moved to a new house 3 months ago & decided to use a litter tray for the first few days (they previously used to go in our back yard).
Since then have let them out & one cat will go outside & dig & toilet in the yard, but other one will only use the cat tray. It seems as though he has forgotten how to dig in the yard. Have tried putting some of his soiled contents of the tray in the yard to encourage him to go, but although he likes staying in the yard in the sun he will just lie down next to the bits I’ve left & totally ignore it.
He goes down with his brother & watches him doing toilet but seems to have no idea what to do.
Tried scratching his paws in the newly dug dirt but he gets annoyed. Normally the most passive cat ever.
He will rush upstairs to go pee / poop & then go back down to the yard.
Am at wits end as the house is small & don’t really have space for the litter tray. By the way if I remove the tray he will go in the bath or shower. We have not reprimanded him at all..just clean the tray / bathroom etc.

This was the answer given by the veterinarian adviser:

I think that when you described him as a passive cat you accurately described his problem. He is too passive and afraid to go outdoors in an area that he has not identified as his own and where other cats may disturb him, or worse attack him, while he is eliminating. At your old house he was “home” and comfortable. It was his habit to go outdoors and it smelled only like he and his brother. At your new place it likely smells like previous cats and he isn’t one to make waves and “mark” over a strange cat’s scent. That would be an aggressive move. Although physically he seems well he knows he’s not in his prime and has no wish to fight.
I am glad that you aren’t reprimanding him. That will only make him more uneasy and he may choose a more inappropriate place to go.

That sounds like a good explanation to me, but I doubt it will satisfy the question. When someone claims they don’t have room for something like a litter tray, what they’re really saying is they don’t WANT a litter tray in their house. A litter box doesn’t take up much space, so do whatever is most comfortable for the cat. At 15, these boys are actually in their 80s, and at that age, wouldn’t you want your own elimination needs accommodated in the most comfortable way for you?

A question was asked on Yahoo Answers:

Are cat brothers too old to separate at 6 years old?

One of the brothers developed over the past year a habit of peeing on the carpet. My wife is moving into an apartment in which she is afraid he will ruin the carpet there and have to replace it. She can keep the one who uses the litterbox, but she is thinking of giving the other one away. Can cats that have been together this long be separated?
(I’m going to answer this one.) No, they cannot. Wait — your wife is moving into an apartment and thinking about getting rid of one of her kids? What about you — as the husband — do you not share any responsibility? If someone is willing to abandon their cat, for any reason or no reason, does it really matter whether the brothers are inseparable? So if they’re too attached to separate, then the peeing on the carpet is not that big a deal?
Usually when people get rid of their pets they give an excuse like soiling floors or allergies or moving. But the fact is that these cats are owed the right to stay together. They’ve been raised together, they live together, and they deserve the chance to grow old together — which sadly for cats, isn’t a very long trip. In people years, they are 42 years old. Could you imagine turning your middle-aged loved one out on the street because his aim is off and he misses the bowl? Because that’s what your wife is considering — and by passivity, so are you.
The carpets will not be ruined by cat pee. Here’s what to do: stop using clay or any kind of scented litter. Those could be the problem. Both cats don’t have to show their disapproval; obviously one is having a problem and that’s enough. If your litter boxes have covers, remove the covers. Maybe it’s too stuffy and stinky in there. Use World’s Greatest Cat Litter. If accidents still happen, spray with a water-white vinegar solution and blot dry. The smell will disappear. Also observe if either kitty shows any discomfort when urinating; maybe a trip to the vet is in order to rule out a UTI.
Here’s a hearty meow to all the brothers, cat and otherwise, out there! Please sign up to my site for more brotherly love!

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