When your cat refuses to use the litter box

I read an interesting article today about hooded cat boxes.

It seems some cats who pee outside the box do not like their hooded litter box.

From the human perspective, these types of litter boxes can be desirable as they tend to keep the odor inside. But many cats find the smell undesirable ~ especially if the box is not cleaned often enough.

Removing the hood is one of the simplest solutions to try first for anyone having this problem.

Help for Dog’s Chronic Urinary Tract Infections

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Obama dog in the news

It looks like the official announcement of the White House dog will be made tomorrow, but the story has been leaked early.

What a huge disappointment that the Obama’s new dog came from a breeder.

I feel so discouraged for all the dedicated people in rescue and especially for all the homeless animals out there. This was a wonderful opportunity to bring to light the truth about dog overpopulation and encourage people to adopt from a shelter.

I have felt disappointed all day and more so since I just read a response from Jana Kohl (A Rare Breed of Love) commenting on how she feels betrayed by this development. I think of brave Baby and how we let her down.

Feels like a sad day for rescue.

Feline Gingivitis — Kate’s story

Kate had her gingivitis re-check last week and she is very much improved. I still saw a faint red line on one side of her mouth, so it is not completely gone. But she doesn’t have to be on antibiotics anymore which is great.

Our vet said we need to keep an eye on it and she may need to get her teeth cleaned more often than most cats…perhaps every year. But because I don’t want to subject her to that much anesthesia, I am doing a lot of research into preventative measures. She is definitely going to have to get used to having her teeth brushed, but I think that she will.

When she first came to us, she wasn’t used to being touched or brushed, but now she is a real snuggle bear who LOVES to have her fur brushed. So I am hopeful she will get used to a toothbrush.

In any case, we will go back to the vet and get her gums looked at in about 6 months.

Fortunately, Kate is such an easy going gal that she doesn’t seem too concerned.