Thursday, December 23, 2010

Cats in the Dog House

It has not been a good morning, so far.  And it's all Gina and Becky's fault.  First, Becky ate her breakfast too fast, and then proceeded to yak it all over my kitchen table.  That was a joy cleaning up.

Who, me Ma?


Then, I noticed that Gina had excavated a large portion of the litter box onto the floor, not an uncommon occurrence.  Not thinking, I got the dust pan and brush and started to sweep it up --  right through a large puddle of pee.  You see, Gina is almost 14 and just a bit senile.  She will get into the litter box, and pee outside of it.  And, this time, she pee'd in such a way that it ran for quite a distance over the floor.  So, I cleaned that all up.  Stupid me for not checking.

I've been here all the time, Ma!

So, now everything is spread out, and drying.  I'm sweating, and feeling just a little dirty, in spite of the fact that I have washed my hands until they're red, and those two are just a little bit in my bad graces, in spite of the fact that I do know that they didn't mean to cause me a bad morning.

17 comments:

texwisgirl said...

Children! Don't they know Santa is watching?! :)

Sharon said...

Aw, poor Gina! Does she need a vet check? I am not trying to scare you, but that's what happened with Yoda - couldn't quite make it to the litter box, then not quite to the bathroom door. Of course Yoda was pretty blind, but it was shortly before she had her big stroke. It wouldn't hurt to have her evaluated before she gets worse???
Please don't post this if you think it's impolite, but I am just concerned for Gina.

Louise said...

Not impolite at all, Sharon. I have talked it over with the vet. Apparently, it's not an uncommon thing with older cats. She's really very good, always sits in the box. She just can't quite figure out that if she sits too near the edge, she is going to pee over the side.

Sad as I am to say it, Gina never has been the brightest bulb in the box. I honestly think that she just doesn't realize any more that she's not keeping her business in the box.

It's OK, though, because I love her, and really don't mind cleaning up after her. And, it's on linoleum, so it, at least, doesn't soak into anything.

IsobelleGoLightly said...

And Rachael and Leon were angels this morning! Tee hee. I think they were planning to get the two ladies into trouble!

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

I've seen the igloo type of litter boxes. Maybe if they had to walk into something? Then they couldn't make a mess. May be a good Christmas present for yourself. :-)

Gloria said...

I have the same problem with Honey Bear. She is 15 years old and a lot of time she pees a little on the floor before telling us she has to go out. Then she drops all the way to the door. I have linoleum, too. I told Jesse It is either clean up, or put Honey to sleep. An he said, "CLEAN UP". We love her so much, she is part of the family.
They are the same as a sick person, you just do what you have to do and take care of them.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

We both have cats that are in the proverbial dog-house!! Because you don't even want to get me started about what CC (our cat) brought in this morning to play with--It must be the nearly full moon causing them to forget the manners we've spent years trying to teach them--Or it could just be that they are being themselves!!!

Madi and Mom said...

OMC
Becky was sharing a little too much today....and Gina bless her heart...our first kitty was a male and as he aged he too would miss the box a time or two....
Hugs and may Chrissymas Eve be the beginning a a new day.
Madi and Mom

Tammy said...

Hi Louise,
I feel for you! Some mornings it just doesn't go smooth at all. The yakked up hairball being a favorite since nine times out of ten I manage to step it before it's 'discovered'. I'm having a similar problem here--'someone' is missing the litterbox while urinating, but I haven't figured out who yet. I don't think it's a medical issue because they are IN the litterbox when it happens, but some of it manages to splash outside. I think I just have a squirter or something. ;-) Like you, I have vinyl down, so just makes for more cleanup. Hope the kitties settle down and you can enjoy the rest of the day. By the way, my Meshach is 14 too! Merry Christmas!
Tammy

Judith said...

I haven't heard the term "yakked up" before. I like it! Very descriptive, that is indeed the noise my cat makes when she delivers a hairball onto the carpet.

Canyon Girl said...

All I have to say is be glad you don't have a 17 month old, huge pup covered in white long hairs. Yesterday as I got home from town, there was number 2 on the carpet! I cleaned it with the spray and then washed it with Pinesol and water and a brush. Put brush and the water outside and forgot about it. Today, said pup, stole the brush, tipped the pail of water, got a ton of wet dirt in his previously white, long fur!! I miss my CATS so much!--Inger

sophie...^5 said...

Yes the nasties can happen to all of us...I try to be on my best behaviour when I upchuck in the middle of the night and guess who steps in it snicker snicker...oops! Happy Holidays!

Jabacue said...

Poor Gina! I remember oh too well when Rita our cat for 17 years got very senile.......
Louise, have a great holiday.
Jim

Vicki Lane said...

Oh yes, we have a little old dog who has decided the bathroom mat is a better place to poop than the snowy out of doors. It teaches us to turn the light on BEFORE stepping into the bathroom in the night.

Terry said...

Poor Louise! What a way to start the day. Tomorrow will be better.

barefootheart said...

I liked "yak" too. Yak happens around here pretty regularly. Pets can be a lot of work, not all of it fun. I enjoyed the sharing here!

AJ-OAKS said...

Had to laugh at the 'yak' part. That is a great word to use when they leave those nasty little presents laying around.
One of our cats also does the pee over the side every once in awhile.
Kids! Always having to clean up after them. lol
Your kitties are so pretty.