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What to Do with a Finicky Feline

We share our lives with an unusual cat.  Or maybe she is just smarter than we are.  I adopted Lucy, a Siamese-mix, at the age of 6 weeks from a local shelter.  She was my kitten and I adored her.  A few months later, we traveled out of town for a week, and I took Lucy to my son’s house.  David’s boys had 2 small kittens, and I thought they would all get along since they were so young.  But Lucy immediately hid under David’s bed and wouldn’t come out.

I picked her up a week later when we returned, and Lucy sat on the front seat of the car with her back end turned toward me.  She refused to look at me.  At home, Lucy attached herself to my husband (who was not a cat person at the time) and would have nothing to do with me from then on.

When our daughter came home to stay with us, the cat transferred her affections to Elisa. Lucy followed her everywhere and was waiting at the front door when Elisa arrived home from work.  When Elisa died unexpectedly, Lucy was inconsolable.  She paced the condo much of the day, wailing away.

Lucy thinks she’s a dog.  She follows our dog around the condo, mimicking his behavior.  When Jim takes the dog outside, Lucy howls as only a Siamese can do.  Lucy no longer plays with her own toys. Instead, she zooms around the condo, playing hide n seek with the dog.

Sometimes, she gets the zoomies for unknown reasons, often in the middle of the night.  She will stop to chatter to some invisible person or animal and then zoom on.  She tries to bathe the dog with her tongue and if Murphy objects, she slaps him across the nose and drags him back in line.

If you share your lives with an interesting – or unusual cat, perhaps the follow tips will help you.

Cats Love Boxes

If a box is delivered to our home, Lucy is beside herself with excitement.  As soon as we empty the box, she claims it as her own.

You really don’t have to spend money on your cat.  Just get her a couple of empty boxes to hide inside.  Cats like the enclosed feeling of safety they get from a box.


If Lucy is angry with us, she communicates her unhappiness in a most unpleasant way:  She poops outside her litter box or beside the front door.

Rule Out Any Illness

If your cat suddenly begins to leave her poop outside of her litter box, the first step is to get a vet check.  Once she is deemed healthy, you can attack the behavior issue.  It might be something as simple as you moved her litter box a little or a lot that displeased her.  Or maybe she just doesn’t like the litter.  You must play detective and figure out the cause.

Lucy’s behavior was caused by anything that upset her.  At first, it was the loss of our daughter. She felt the pain we suffered along with not knowing how to express her own loss.  It took months of patience and love from us before she settled down.  She finally decided that our changing her litter to Pretty Litter® made her life a bit better.

Cats Expect Frequent Maid Service

If there is one service Lucy demands, it is that her litter box be spotless.  Most cats feel the same way.  We scoop at least twice a day, and the entire box is cleaned weekly.  Some cats might accept a once-a-day scooping but most are picky.

Watch Out for Household Changes

Like Lucy, many cats react badly to changes in their environment.  Whether it’s a move to her new home or unfamiliar visitors, it doesn’t take much for cats to react.  Whether it’s middle-of-the-night zoomies, grief or illness, you have to decipher her problem and fix it if your life is to return to normal.

Lucy is now 16 and very set in her ways.  We try to enjoy many of her odd traits and ignore the others, because she won’t change now.  Just remember the next time your weird cat wakes you in the middle of the night with the zoomies, jumping on the bed and “talking” to whoever, she loves you in her own way.

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