With FUO, cats may have stones, crystals, or mucous plugs in their urethra that prevent them from being able to urinate. Not only is this painful, but it can also lead to temporary kidney failure, electrolyte abnormalities, vomiting, lethargy, cardiac arrhythmias, and death. The other added benefit of scooping frequently is that it helps you detect medical problems earlier. If your cat isn’t urinating, you’ll notice when there’s no urine in the litter box for two days.

If your cat becomes a diabetic, he may be making larger and larger clumps and your whole litter box will be one huge clump after its weekly cleaning. But you’ll never be able to tell this if you’re not scooping enough. As tedious as it is, please do your wife a favor and flush, and your cat a favor and scoop. So, how do you scoop? You and your cat’s carbon footprints are contributing to the overfilled landfills and making Al Gore very angry. Not only is this expensive, but it’s really wasteful.

If you really want to know, I only completely empty and bleach out the litter box a few times year or so. Use clumping litter if you’re not sure what your cat prefers, since studies have shown that cats prefer this type of litter the best. Clay, clumping, and crystal kitty litter: Which should I choose? Dump the clumps directly into the empty container, and voila: you just have to dump the plastic bag once a week. It makes it oh so easy to scoop, contains the smell in the empty bucket, and saves a few plastic bags while making it more convenient to scoop. As the kitty litter box becomes emptier, just add in clean clumping kitty litter. Have any tips this dirty job?

Justine has more than 18 years of experience in the veterinary industry and is a board-certified emergency critical care veterinary specialist and toxicologist as well as the CEO and founder of Vetgirl. She is also a founding member of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team. How Can You Reduce Your Cat’s Stress at Home? Why Does My Cat Chew Plastic Bags? Why do Cats Cough Up Hairballs? Is Your Dog Eating Cat Poop Out of the Litter Box?

Dealing with a dog eating cat poop? We’ve found some tips on how to keep your dog out of the litter box — for good. Dogster » Is Your Dog Eating Cat Poop Out of the Litter Box? I live with three dogs and four cats. For the most part, it’s a peaceable kingdom. So what if the cats sleep in the dog beds or if my dogs think that mouse toys are meant to be shredded. The joys of living with both dogs and cats outweigh the small challenges of an interspecies household.

Dogster Magazine Is Here: Subscribe Today! This Is The Dog Report! A cat and a dog eating from the same bowl. In case that’s not clear, I mean that I’m dealing with a dog eating cat poop out of the litter box. Is your dog eating cat poop? My dogs must think it awfully nice of the resident felines to consistently leave these gifts in their boxes.

Darned if my dogs don’t feast on feces and come right over to me with poo-poo breath and want to kiss my face. I had to figure out a way to stop my dogs from eating cat poop. Experts say you should have one more litter box than you have cats. So four cats means we have five litter boxes in our home. All are in rooms with closable doors: in bathrooms, the basement, and one in my son’s room where one cat spends most of her time. With 2 litter boxes in the basement, we used a system of bungee cords to pull the door closed and boxes to keep it open just wide enough for a cat, like Calvin here. With two litter boxes in the basement, we used a system of bungee cords to pull the door closed and boxes to keep it open just wide enough for a cat, like Calvin here. At first, to keep the dogs out, we used a combination of door stops and braces. I put a brick or other heavy object on the inside of a door to make it difficult to open. That meant every time humans left the bathroom, we had to perform an awkward combination of reaching around the door while pulling the brick toward us and simultaneously closing the door just the right amount so that a cat could fit in but a dog could not. It was not a practical or sustainable solution. Then we tried using a combination bungee cord and make-shift door stop. It worked, but only for a little while. For our terrier Tucker in particular, the cat poo was too much of a temptation. He learned how to barrel his way right into the bathrooms.