Ask US Anything: Cat Getting Old?, Questions to Ask a Shelter and Kitten Pooping Outisde of Box

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Our “Ask US Anything” is a series of posts on the site where I share the questions/concerns/ideas that readers have sent in and then the responses from our readers about those questions/concerns/ideas.

Seal Mitted Ragdoll Getting White Hairs on Face

Barb wrote in saying:

I noticed something on Charlie a few days ago. At first, I thought he had been in the litter box & had dust on his face, but as I looked more closely, he’s got white hairs speckled all over one side. Check out the eye on the left in this pic. He’s only five! Do you think they’re just “gray” hairs? But just on one side?? My son noticed it too, so wasn’t just me being crazy. I plan on saying something to the vet the next time I’m in there.

The pic is pretty light, but they show up better in this pic.

I wrote her back:

“I have seen that before on seal mitteds – my own, in fact. It will come and go. I think it’s diet related, but I am not sure. Want me to throw it up on Facebook?”

And so I did…


What to Ask When Adopting a Ragdoll from a Shelter

Rayna wrote in saying, “I have an appt at a local shelter this week to see 2 female ragdolls. the shelter is estimating their age at 13. they do want the cats to be adopted together.
what should I look for when I see them? or what should I ask?”

I posted her question on Facebook, as I do not have a lot of experience with rescues or rehoming.


Ragdoll Kitten Pooping Outside of the Litterbox

Claire wrote in: “Hi Jenny! I have been watching your videos and looking at your website for info on Ragdolls and have found it very helpful. We got two ragdoll kittens a little over a month ago (a brother and sister pair) and things have been going great until yesterday. The female kitten has started pooping on our rugs. I was hoping you could offer some tips on what we should do. They will be 16 wks in a couple days and we got them their last kitten shots this past Sunday. The vet looked them over there so I don’t think it would be medical issue related.

Anyways, we have 3 large plastic storage container litter boxes throughout the house, filled with pine pellets, which is what the breeder had used with them I believe. The one they both use most is in a corner of our living room–at the end of a couch. They had been using them fine, though I noticed the female doesn’t seem to cover her poop. Then yesterday she pooped on the area rug a few feet away from the litter box. We thoroughly cleaned it, but overnight she did it again. So we took the rug away, and this morning she pooped on the hall runner rug which is a good deal farther from that litter box.

Not sure what to do. I was trying to increase their wet food by giving them a half a can at a time instead of the former quarter can, so their poop has been softer. I saw about trimming their rear fur, so thought I’d try that. I thought the pine pellets were getting lower in the box, so I added more, but now have read they may like the level lower so the poop doesn’t stick to them. She uses the upstairs box that is in a carpeted room fine. The basement box is rarely pooped in–just #1 and is on a cement floor. The living room box is used most and is on a hardwood floor. We try to scoop the poop out of it at least twice a day, esp. as it gets very smelly when she doesn’t cover her poop.

I really liked the pellets and was happy the breeder had used those with them already so we didn’t need to transition to them. I really hate the thought of switching to Tidy Cats or something similar as I have heard there is cancer causing stuff in the powder they would lick off their paws. Not to mention it is much more expensive than the natural pine pellets. Not sure what to do.

If you have any ideas, I’d really appreciate it! Thank you!!”

And I replied:

Hi Claire,

Thank you for writing.

They are not declawed, right?

I would start by offering another litter – sometimes if they are pooping outside, especially on a hard surface, they feel more comfortable doing it there. Pine pellets on little feet might not feel the best, especially when you have to get into the pooping position.

We have a page about this problem here: Cats Pooping Outside the Litterbox – take note of the litter mentioned there.

I also posted your question on our Facebook page to see what other cat owners had to say:

Please do check the Facebook link again in 24 hours as more people around the world respond and see it.

Please let me know if I can help further.

Thanks,
Jenny


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  1. Wonderful new post in this series, Jenny!! Just fascinating topics this week for sure!!! 🙂 <3

    How interesting about Barb's concerns about the white hairs appearing on her precious Charlie's face. Makes sense that it could be related to diet. Glad it's nothing serious to be concerned about! 🙂 <3

    Wishing Rayna tons of luck with getting her questions she seeks for her possible adoption of those two older Ragdoll girls from the shelter. I don't have any experience to offer in that area either. 🙂 <3

    Ruh roh. Poor Claire and her precious Ragdoll girl pooping outside that one litter box! Great advice and guidance you offered, Jenny!! I'm sure she will be able to read that specific post about it all and fix that issue with no problem. 🙂 <3

    Again, I enjoy this series of posts sooo very much! Pawesome. 🙂 <3

    Big hugs & lots of love!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

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