Alexandra came back here Friday evening, and then yesterday afternoon I took her back to Michelle’s. Not because of any health issues – she sounded great and was eating very well – but because she started dragging kittens out of the litter boxes. I know, it sounds funny but it was completely bizarre. The first time I saw it happen was Saturday morning while I was in the room. First she grabbed Rochefort by the nape of the neck and dragged him out of the box while he was peeing. And then she grabbed Constance by the leg and tried to drag her out of the box. I stopped her both times, carried her across the room and soothed her and the kittens. I gave her a break out of the room for half an hour, and moved the litter boxes to another location. I thought perhaps something had happened while she was in the litter box and she was trying to protect the kittens, but even with the litter boxes in a different location, she did the same thing. I tried splitting up the boxes so that there was one in each corner of the room, then tried changing to different litter boxes, and still the same behavior.
Of note: she herself was using the litter box just fine with no issues. But every time a kitten got in one of the boxes, she went and dragged them out. She seemed to get rougher each time, and when she grabbed Winter and made her scream, I decided it was time to get her out of the room. I set her up in the guest bedroom for the night. She spent Saturday night occasionally howwwwling at the door, and for a relatively quiet cat, she has got some LUNGS.
Yesterday morning I took her into the foster room and again – things were fine for about 10 minutes. The kittens mostly ignored her, though they’d occasionally go over and rub up against her, and she’d lick them. But again – once the first kitten went into the litter box, there she was dragging him out. I tried distracting her, but she KNEW when a kitten was going into the litter box. Then she grabbed d’Artagnan by the throat to drag him out and I decided enough was enough and took her back to the guest bedroom. A few hours later, I dropped her off at Michelle’s. I have never seen that particular behavior before (Michelle was baffled as well) and I can’t take the chance that she’d hurt a kitten. I wonder if being away from the kittens for 5 days while she was at Michelle’s last week gave her the idea that maybe the kitten-free life ain’t so bad. In any case, she’ll stay at Michelle’s and will be available for adoption once she’s been spayed.
2019: No entry.
2018: Moop thinks that Otis’s tail is QUITE tasty.
2017: “You just leave this laundry right here, lady. I’ll take care of it!”
2016: Cap’n Privet’s gonna sail that basket to shore, you just watch!
2015: Mama Love Monday.
2014: No entry.
2013: The Dragons get their (da) bird on.
2012: (In the background, Mr. Stripey and Sungold are all “Girrrrrrl, he is NEVER going to get that feather teaser. Bless his heart!”)
2011: Cilantro would like to know whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?
2010: “PARDON ME THIS IS JAKE’S CAVE THIS IS NOT MEANT FOR KITTENS TO COME TROMP ALL OVER THIS IS MY PRIVATE PLACE FOR PRIVACY.”
2009: No entry.
2008: No entry.
2007: He has no time for the little kid.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.