Wednesday, May 09, 2007

The Litterbox Saga


OK, I usually don't spend much time talking about our litterbox. It serves a special purpose and as long as it's reasonably clean, I don't think about it except when I need to use it.

But when Mom found this cartoon, she talked with me (as Senior Cat here) about it because she feels it's relevant to the situation in our house. The issue here is cleanliness, not how full cats are. I think litterbox use two or three times daily is not unusual, do you? Compare that to how many times the average human uses their litterbox and I think you'll agree. But I digress.

The real issue here is scooping responsibility!! The man stands there and tells the woman the litterbox smells and needs cleaning. He looks healthy and capable of bending down so why doesn't HE clean it? Why is it the woman's responsibility?

This is the situation in our house. If Mom didn't clean our box, we'd be swimming neck deep in dirty litter 'cause Dad is oblivious to our needs. Without Mom we wouldn't have food or water or nail trims...


No nail trims? That's OK with me!


Max please, we're trying to make a point here about shared responsibility. Go on George...


Anyway, we just wondered how many of you have the same situation in your house. Oh, I know some of you live in single parent families so you rely on either your Mom or your Dad for things, so the question is really for cats with both a Mom and a Dad. (whispers) Mom, you can get down off your soapbox now.


At May 09, 2007 8:46 AM, Anonymous Cheysuli said...

It's the woman who scoops. When she is gone, the male takes responsibility but mostly it's up to her...

At May 09, 2007 8:53 AM, Blogger =^..^= said...

It's always the woman. Nefer the man.


At May 09, 2007 8:59 AM, Blogger Hot(M)BC said...

Well, we got a Mom and a Grandma here, so that's sorta like a Mom and a Dad. They bof scoops the boxes tho. Grandma does the downstairs ones and Mom does the upstaris one. We've never heard of a Dad that scoops if there's a Mom around, though. Maybe it's a Dad kinda disease or handicap or something?

At May 09, 2007 9:03 AM, Blogger Daisy said...

ONLY Mommie ever scoops the box! Unless she is out of town. And only Mommie also feeds the stinky goodness. And hands out treats. And cuts nails. And cleans ears. And takes us to the V-E-T.

Daddie plays with us though.

At May 09, 2007 9:13 AM, Blogger Bogdan, the editor said...

Wow! I'm lucky. The man scoops the litterbox here! It's mostly because he does it at night when he gets home from work, and he works on airplanes, so he's already gross and needs to take a shower anyway.

We share feeding (me in the morning, he at night), and both of us make sure the water fountain is full.

I'm responsible for buying food and treats. I do grooming, and we both usually go to the V-E-T with them.

He won't admit it to friends and family... but I think he considers the cats our kids, too!

He even says things like, "Go ask Mom" when they are begging for treats.

Shhhh. Don't tell him I shared all this.

-Morning Scratch human

At May 09, 2007 9:17 AM, Blogger Riley & Tiki said...

Occasionally Daddy scoops, but it's mostly Mommy. He's in charge of scooping Kesey's patio. Daddy feeds us dinner most of the time, but Mommy always feeds us breakfast. Mommy trims toes and gives baths, but Daddy goes with us too when we go to the v-e-t.

At May 09, 2007 9:19 AM, Blogger Riley & Tiki said...

Oh, and Mommy gets the foods. Daddy says he doesn't worry about the recalls because Mommy is OBSESSED!

At May 09, 2007 9:56 AM, Blogger Fat Eric said...

My humans share the responsibility for scooping pretty much 50/50.

They also both feed me, usually it is the first person downstairs who feeds me, which is usually my mum on weekdays and my dad on weekends. Usually in the evening my mum feeds me because she gets home first.

My mum is in charge of remembering to buy stinky goodness, dry food and treats. She also does ear checking and claw clipping.

They both give me treats and they both go to the v-e-t with me.

They both play with me but my mum is better at scritches and her lap is more comfortable. But my dad's hair is more tasty.

At May 09, 2007 10:48 AM, Blogger Bounce, Lucy and Trixie said...

It's all mom, mom, mom. Mom buys the stinky nummies, mom buys the treaties, mom buys the toys, mom takes us to the vetnariam, mom gives Bounce his medicine and mom cleans the litter box. What does dad do? He pets us and tells us we're good kitties. Mom tells Dad we would be naked and starving without her.

At May 09, 2007 12:07 PM, Blogger The Meezers said...

well, when daddy is up here at our house, mommy still scoops. howefurr, when we all go to daddy's to visit - he scoops our box all the time.

At May 09, 2007 12:12 PM, Blogger Kaze, Latte, or Chase said...

The Woman tends to our needs. The Awesome Man says exactly what that man did. The Woman gets MAD sometimes but then she just does it because for one thing she does it better and for another she is the one who wanted 3 cats.


At May 09, 2007 12:31 PM, Blogger Morgen said...

We're a 2-dad household.
It used to be I fed & watered, and Lee scooped the poop.
Then I wanted to adopt Daphne & Chloe.
For some reason, I said, "I'll take over litterbox duties if we can adopt them..."
So now, Not The Mama is the food dude, the water hauler, and the pooper scooper.
And the Temptations doler-outter, and the nip-giver.
No wonder they like me best!
Not The Mama

At May 09, 2007 12:47 PM, Blogger Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

*sigh* We beleeve it is a ruse, like not being abul to do lawndree properly, but dad claims it will make him barf. So yeah, mom cleans da boxes. Dad always sez dat we'd all be dirty and starving if it weren't fur mom, but dat duzent reely help any.

At May 09, 2007 12:54 PM, Blogger Bonnie Underfoot said...

My woman is my scooper slave, but we're trying to raise the boy right; he is 12 and it has become his job, with the woman acting as manager. He doesn't do very well, but that won't get him off the hook. I don't request this service of my man; he's too important to me for that.

I hear that even when my woman was pregnant with the boy and not supposed to clean the box, she always did the job if it was to get done at all.

We go to my woman for food, treats, toys, and water - that's her job. I go to my man for skritches because that's his job.

At May 09, 2007 12:55 PM, Blogger Munchkin, Missy and Monte said...

Our Mom, girlbean and boybean scoop. Dadbean not on your life.

At May 09, 2007 1:18 PM, Blogger Kukka-Maria said...

Litterboxes are supposed to be cleaned? I've been trained to turd-surf my entire life.

I need to investigate this further...

At May 09, 2007 1:44 PM, Blogger Caesar and Princess said...

Our mommie does everything... ev-er-y thing yup yup.
daddy will assist if asked, but he is usually just a really nice warm lap.
He sits more than mommie.

At May 09, 2007 3:50 PM, Blogger Cyclone Cats said...

Our Man in Green (dad) said if the Mom that Lives Here wanted tokeep us, she has to scoop and do everything else (cept he does clippy claws). We only 'member him scooping once and he almost yakked.
It must be a mom's job. Just like baby beans.

At May 09, 2007 6:48 PM, Blogger Marie the Defender said...

Awww...your daddy should "scoop the poop" sometimes and help your mommy out.

If he gets one of those scoop things with holes so that it catches the poop but lets the litter sift down, he can even pretend he's "mining for gold"!! Hehehehe!

At May 09, 2007 7:14 PM, Blogger Jake and Bathsheba said...

Mom does 95% of the litterbox duty. Dad does it when she goes out of town and occasionally other times. He will usually say something to her before she goes to work like, "Can you clean the cats' boxes before you go?" (He works from home.)

Mom also gets the chores of barf cleanup, nail trimming, flea treatments, and vet visits, but she insists on providing most of the meals so we'll still love her. Dad is great for company and door service (we love to go in and out all day long), plus he had wonderful long legs for our naps.


At May 09, 2007 9:28 PM, Blogger Zoey and the furballs (the Zoo Crew) said...

Our Mommy mostly does it but Daddy will do it if he has to or if Mommy goes on strike. Mommy does most of the nail clipping, feeding, treats, brushing, etc. They usually go to the vet together unless Mommy can't make the appointment at a time that's good for Daddy too (notice that Mommy makes the appointment). Daddy says before the furballs it was just dumping, not scooping (thank you littermaid), but the furballs require extra litter boxes so Mommy scoops.

At May 09, 2007 9:43 PM, Blogger Zoey and the furballs (the Zoo Crew) said...

I've tagged you for a meme! It's called "Seven Random Things 'Bout Me!" and you can find all of the details on my blog! As my 'cuz said, stop by and start confessin'!

At May 09, 2007 9:56 PM, Anonymous Tara (not the cat) said...

I live with my dad, and the pets are mine, so my responsibility. I don't have to "clean" the litterbox all that often because the litterbox scoops itself - I just love littermaid. But I am the one who dumps the scooped poop. I am also the one who feeds all the animals, but if I have to go anywhere for work, then he will step up and take care of the cats (the dog goes to a friend's house). My dad will take the pets to the vet if I can't make an appointment when I am available, but since the animals are mine, I do the work.

Tara (not the cat)

At May 09, 2007 11:34 PM, Blogger Skeezix said...

Becuz Mr Tasty Face wint to Perfikt Huzband Skool, he almost always duz all the litterbox kleening TWICE a day, becuz he sez he wants to make the Food Lady's life eezier. And I'm not fibbin' just becuz I'm on yer mom's side.

PS: He always duz all the vakyooming, too.

At May 10, 2007 11:15 AM, Blogger China Cat said...

At my house my Lap Lady is in charge of feeding us and giving us treats and spoiling us. And our dad calls himself the Big Janitor because he is in charge of the litter boxes!

At May 10, 2007 6:07 PM, Blogger muffinmidi said...

Sometimes my Grampy would clean my box, but mostly he would tell my Mommy when my litter box had a deposit in it and make her clean it.He also would make her cleanup when I threw up.

At May 11, 2007 9:01 PM, Blogger Tracy said...

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At May 11, 2007 9:05 PM, Blogger Monica said...

Denis only touches the litter box in dire emergencies around here. If Tracy goes out of town, sometimes Grandma comes over and does the litter box, just to be nice. (Isn't she the best?)


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