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Q: Why do the kittens all flock to the litter box as we are cleaning it ?

January 20, 2009 | By Terri D. | 10 answers | Expired: 2153 days ago

Why do the kittens all flock to the litter box as we are cleaning it ?

We have fostered 10 kittens and every time we start cleaning the litter box all of them have climbed into the litter box as we are cleaning it.

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Diane E.
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Jan 21, 2009

I don't know but mine do that too! I can't even finish cleaning it when one appears all ready to do his business.

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Beth M.
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Jan 21, 2009

the only thing I can tell you is they want to be the first one to make a mess!

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Lee M.
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Jan 20, 2009

I have multiple cats, but one of them ALWAYS does this! I guess she just likes a nice clean place to do her business, but I'm not sure what the deal is with your kittens. Maybe they too want to be the first to go in a nice fresh and clean box!

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Melanie
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Jan 20, 2009

I have often wondered the same thing! I started to wonder if the noise of litter being scooped is equivalent to us hearing running water and having to RUN to the bathroom to empty our bladder.

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Norman C.
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Jan 20, 2009

they just want to bug the h e double hockey stick out of you? They don't really need any other reason.

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Rhonda T.
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Jan 20, 2009

I have a 5 year old cat that has to watch me change all 3 litter boxes and then she has to use each one right afterwards. I thought it was just my "unique" cat but now I see I am not alone. Thank goodness. I wonder if it is like Michele said a power play. Maybe my cat has to be the first to use it because she thinks she is the top cat of 4 cats. Interesting idea.

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Michele Z.
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Jan 20, 2009

I agree that it could be partly due to the curiosity of kittens and a preference for a clean box, but I think the bigger picture is "power play" and dominance--each kitten, trying to have a high(er) position in the hierarchy, wants to leave his/her scent FIRST.

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Karen H.
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Jan 20, 2009

I'd like to know the answer too. My 3 yr old cats do the same thing. I've always thought that stirring up the litter may release an odor and remind them they need to go. Or maybe its just they were waiting for a nice clean box.

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Stephanie B.
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Jan 20, 2009

Because you are fostering them you are playing the role of not only caretaker, but teacher as well. Because of this they are curious of all things you do and will jump right into the middle of the activity just to check it out. At least that would be my guess. Ever had your cat crawl right up only your key board or lap as your working on your computer? Same deal. They are attatched to you and that is their way of interacting.

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Kim C.
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Jan 20, 2009

I would guess that maybe it is just curiousity-or stirring around releases the smell that makes them all have to go...not sure.

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