Litter Box Sign Language
A discussion of all the different factors that may come into play when a cat doesn’t use the litter box would fill a hefty tome. And like any information related to human and animal behavior, it would require constant updating as new behaviors evolved as conditions and cats change. The only constant will be as always: the animal’s desire to achieve physiological and behavioral stability in the most energy-efficient way possible.
While this podcast discusses one feline coping strategy used by territorial housebound cats, it made me wonder what kind of behaviors similarly confined dogs trained to used pee pads might muster. Logic says they should evolve their own behavioral repertoire to cope with the elimination/marking dilemma too. If you’ve experienced or know of such a situation, please let me know.