I need some tips. First of all, I cant keep Mollie out of the litter box. I live in an apartment, so I have few options for a location. Right now it is in the storage closet, on boxes. Mollie cant reach it, but she can knock it over. I would put it higher or put a gate up, but i have a kitten who cant jump that high yet. Also tried a piece of cardboard with a tiny cut out so the cats can go in, but Mollie just moves that out of the way. She also got into her food last night. And I swear three days worth of food are gone. And this morning I had 3 huge piles of surprises. I was amazed that that amount of poo came out of one dog. The food is in a plastic bin. It has a lid which has been chewed enough so it no longer closes properly. She is driving me insane. Shes peeing on the carpet when I'm gone (its never yellow, always clear), eating all her food, eating cat poop. She never used to do this. Is she mad at me for something?? I'm thinking of getting her a crate, but shes not used to that anymore and all I can think about is the chaos of her having a crate again. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Oh and she knows shes being bad too. When I walked into the living room this morning she was laying under the coffee table looking at her mess. She wouldn't move until I opened the sliding door to let her out. And if there is ever a mess when I come home, she hides.
I'm sorry, but to someone outside looking in... That is hilarious. I know you're probably at your wits end though. Sounds like you've tried everything I would have tried. Makes me love having a basement, our litter box is down there out of the dog's reach! Hmmmm... I know this may be less than sanitary, but have you tried feeding the cats on the counter? Then just keep the container in a closed closet until feeding time? Whenever I have had kittens that I've taken in, I used an old tupperware (square or rect. ) for a litter box and put it in the back of a small pet porter. That is their 'house' at night and when I leave. I do think crating your dog may be the best solution though. Can you shut the dog into the bedroom with you at night? Then that leaves finding a solution during the day though....
lol, I think Mollie would get into that. I know there is a litter box that looks like an igloo that would work, but I have to wait to get that. My door is always open, if the cats are locked in they meow to get out, if they are locked out they meow to get in. I seriously need earplugs. The cat food is on the fridge and the kitten eats in my room with the door closed till he is big enough to jump on the counter. And its the dog food container she is eating out of. Its a huge bin (like the one for storage). I've tried putting the vacuum on top, but Mollie just knocks that over. BEAGLES and their noses! I think I'll put the bin in my bedroom closet. And if crating doesn't work for Mollie, I can try putting her in my room while I'm gone. But I'm a little hesitant to do that, she has previously chewed her way thru my bedroom door.
Too funny. I have the same issue with my Pomeranians. For some reason they love the cat terds. :) LOL I keep my bedroom door closed and my cat stays in there. Not much fun for the cat I'm sure but he really doesn't like all the dogs anyway. He has free roam of my bedroom and bathroom. Maybe you can try that. Otherwise I can't be much help. Sorry. I've tried everything also.
Life isn't like a box of chocolates . . it's more like a jar of jalapenos.
I put up a baby gate- my cats liter box is in the laundry room and daisy thinks its a treat if she gets in the liter box- so i started putting up the baby gate and the cat can jump over but daisy cant- and with the food- both dogs try to eat uggs food- he gets fed 2x a day and i basically stand out there when hes eating to make sure the dogs dont run him off while hes eating. but both dogs eat the hard cat food which is out all the time- They no longer eat thier own dog food which they have wellness and merricks and wont eat it and havnet been gosh for a good 2 weeks and only eat hard indoor formula cat food- and ugg will go over and eat their hard dog food- i give up on keeping them out of the hard cat food but the soft packet food i dont let them eat. I thought about putting uggs food in the laundry room also with the liter box but i dont think that the dogs eating the hard cat food is bothersom to them? i know the soft packet food it and i know that the cat food doenst have things in it that a growing pup needs but its just a hassle..lol I think they think they are cats- lol
bogle - Is a baby gate an option anywhere in your apartment? My first apt had a galley kitchen that would have been easy to block off. If you set the baby gate up a few inches from the floor, the cats (and kitten) can get under.
A book about my pets?? I could write stories about our adventures. Like when Mollie chewed an entire pack of cigarettes in the time it takes for me to rent a movie from Blockbuster. Like when Taco ran away and Rocky found her. Or when I took the dogs for their first walk together off leash. Mollie was busy sniffing the forest and while I was getting her, Rocky disappeared. I called and called for him. Then I saw a bunny running....then Rocky gaining on him 15 minutes later, I finally caught up with them and the bunny had disappeared. LOL, last one, I had both dogs off leash with me taking the garbage out. I turned my head for one second and they were off..BUNNY. They chased the friggin thin like 10 blocks. Luckily taking the residential route. I lived by a freeway. And when I finally caught up with them, they looked at me like "what did you expect me to do, leave it?" Now leashes are mandatory unless we are at the dog park.
I like Nodogyet's idea. I used to do this also, but had forgotten. Leave like 6 inches or so of space under the gate so the kitten could get under it, and the cats can jump over it, and the dog will stay put. Whew!!! That was like an over the bridge and throught the woods moment! Knowing your dog though, he'd find a way under it too! : P
Ours have JUST discovered the wonderful world of cat litter.. I think its that we just moved and they're testing their limits.. ANNOYING.. Lucky will go at it no matter what.. I'll get Lilly out (they're both crated in the garage when we aren't home/at night) and Lucky will dart for the pan and munch down anything in there.. Its to the point I don't want him in the house!! He goes outside, eats Lilly's fresh poop, and then pukes up cat poop and litter, and Lilly poop all over the patio!! I think they're trying to drive me crazy!!
I'd say crate her when you aren't home and try a few different things for the litter.. The igloo type litter pans are nice FOR PEOPLE, but not so much for cats.. It really STINKS in those things.. Poor kitties.. Plus, I know if our dogs know what it is, they'll stick their nose in there and pop the lid right off.. We have a "wrapping paper storage box" as one pan.. Its basically a long short rubbermaid container.. It was $8 which is much cheaper than the Littermaid scooping worthless pan (over $100), and the igloo pans (around $20), and the corner pans (around $20), and everything else.. We've also got the 3 igloo pans without covers, and then a small rubbermaid container with a cut in the side for the cats to get in easily.. Our next plan of attack is to board off the "cat section" of the garage from the rest of the garage..
Have you thought about a kitty door?? We bought a cheap door at Home Depot at one of our apartments and just cut a hole for the cat door and put it up on an empty storage closet.. Sure the closet stunk but the rest of the house didn't.. And the cat doors are typically small enough that dogs can't get in.. I think ours was $18 and we paid $30 for a door..
Wow, rambling.. Hope you find something that works for you!!