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.
Ragdoll Cat Peeing on Dining Table Rug
A reader wrote in saying, “My 5 yr old rescue Ragdoll has started a strange habit of peeing on the dinning table rug straight after using the litter box for poop. Its a shag rug with long hair and a rough texture so I’m not sure if he thinks its sand, he wipes his hands the exact same way he does after using the litter box. He picks a hidden corner near the wall and does it. He has been a champ at using the litterbox ever since we got him 2 months ago but has been doing this once or twice a day for the past week or so. The only change I can think of that might have triggered this is that we left on a 2 day vacation and he was left at home with a sitter coming to feed and check on him twice a day since he hates. Any advice on how to change this? His 2 litter boxes are always clean and he seems healthy otherwise. Also what carpet cleaning products would you recommend?”
I posted the question on Facebook, but also sent him a link to our cat peeing outside of the litterbox page – as there can be so many reasons why a kitty isn’t using the litterbox to pee. And it’s best to send the full list on that page and let the owner start the elimination process (pun intended =)). I have embedded the Facebook post of his question below, so you can click on through and read the comments, if you’re interested.
Disappointed about Not Lap Cats
Rose wrote in, “We got 2 ragdolls a few months ago from a breeder. One is 2 years old, her kitten is 7 months old. They will not come to our laps, nor stay in our laps when we put them there. They like to be kissed and petted, and are very sweet but we are dissappointed. Is there anything we can do?”
“Did the breeder tell you that the mom was a lap cat? In other words, where did the disappointment come from? Did you think you were getting a lap cat? I am not used to Ragdolls being lap cats, in general, but have also learned not to stereotype.
I am not sure what to tell you, as I do not like lap cats – so I have never forced my cats to do it. I can certainly pose the question to our community on Facebook.
Please let me know.
She wrote back, asking me to post on Facebook, and so I did:
Instant Pot Cat Food
Ronee wrote in,”After having really bad reactions to canned cat food with my two, even though they were fine in the past, and reacted to the roof at different times, I am wondering if any of your followers have come up with homemade cat food recipes? Specially now that the Instant pot is so hot. Still a little afraid of raw.”
I asked on Facebook for her:
What questions do you have?