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Few issues

Sam

Savannah Super Cat
Hello All

I have a few questions about two small issues with Layla.

1- she was spayed a month ago and the area that was shaved is growing very slowly. Is this normal?

2- we have been trying to move her litter box to the basement in to the utility room. We stated with our bedroom, then hallway, then staircase, powder room etc... When Layla goes in to basement she wouldn't come up and wants to stay down there. Won't eat her food like she would when she is using the first two floors and she sleeps all day if she is in the basement and not socialize much. Because of that I have locked the basement door and moved her litter box to the main floor for now. Any suggestions about the behavior?
 

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Paige
Staff member
Hi Sam,

#1 yes - it takes time
#2. Any reason you can't have a litterbox in the basement and upstairs...maybe she is losing her way down there...
 

Brandy DW

Missing Neka, Loving Sabriel, Nakaia, & Trance
Maybe she likes to explore the basement? Does it have a lot of nooks and crannies? I know Sabriel and before Neka were all about exploring absolutely everything they could. They like to sniff everything. Maybe she's just interested in some stuff down there at the moment? How long has the behavior been going on?
 

Sam

Savannah Super Cat
Thank you both... There is a litter box in the utility room and one now back in the middle floor. Our goal was to have the process to be done in the utility room out of sight and she has used that one already. The basement is my man cave not not many holes or hiding places. Have a bar that she stays away from and she is mainly on the pool table chairs or the recliner. She just doesn't come up once she is down there and her eating habit becomes less. The basement was the first room she stayed at when we first brought her home for 2 days and decided to move her to our master bedroom.
 

Brandy DW

Missing Neka, Loving Sabriel, Nakaia, & Trance
Do you have a lot of people/visitors over to your house? Maybe she's not comfortable with them? Has anything changed in your house?

You say she doesn't eat as much, has she noticeably lost weight?
 

Sam

Savannah Super Cat
Do you have a lot of people/visitors over to your house? Maybe she's not comfortable with them? Has anything changed in your house?

You say she doesn't eat as much, has she noticeably lost weight?

She is not losing weight, but her eating habits while on basement and her interactions with us is night and day when basement is not an option. We don't have took by visitors, maybe once a week.
 

WitchyWoman

Admin
Staff member
Barring any health issues, the difference in her eating habits might just be part of the process of her maturing. Same with sleeping. Cats are crepuscular -- active mainly in early morning and early evening hours. Again, the sleeping is probably a sign that she is maturing. As far as preferring the basement over the rest of the house, who wouldn't prefer spending time near a bar and pool table?:big grin:
 

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Paige
Staff member
It could be that she is depressed when in the basement, Sam, and that is why she eats less and interacts less...I would just keep her out of the basement...

I remember when I lived in an old house with an attic...I used to let the cats in the attic and never saw them until it was time to eat at night...not quite the same, but you get the idea...
 

KMcgown

Site Supporter
Sophie s(daughters cat) belly fur took a while to grow back but it did grow back. Is there any reason she can't stay on the top two floors if that where she seems to act normally and eats well? I would have a box on each floor if possible. Maybe the basement is dark and is not as engaging, so she
 

Brigitte Cowell

Moderator
Staff member
Thank you both... There is a litter box in the utility room and one now back in the middle floor. Our goal was to have the process to be done in the utility room out of sight and she has used that one already. The basement is my man cave not not many holes or hiding places. Have a bar that she stays away from and she is mainly on the pool table chairs or the recliner. She just doesn't come up once she is down there and her eating habit becomes less. The basement was the first room she stayed at when we first brought her home for 2 days and decided to move her to our master bedroom.
You may find that is your choice... either the litterbox is hidden away down in the basement and your cat is too... or you deal with the litterbox in your living quarters...

The behavior down there might just be that it is quieter down there so she gets into a quieter mood...less stimulation to perk her attitude.
 
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