Tub Pooper C

Chris had a few minor medical problems when we brought him home. Rose said it was common for shelter cats to have issues so we waited to see if they would clear up. The first problem was with his eyes, Especially with his left eye. He seemed to sometimes not open that eye as wide as the right one. He also seemed to always have what we call “eye boogers.” It is like dried up mucus in the corners of his eyes.

We seemed to be constantly cleaning his eyes. Eventually the problem diminished but it never really went away.

This is Chris a couple of days after his adoption. Notice the “eye booger” and the partly closed left eye.

Of course we were not lucky enough to have a cat with one problem. He also had a very loose stool, almost like diarrhea and he seemed to always be pooping. He would poop and then five or ten minutes later he would poop again. The funny thing was, he cried when he had to go. Actually, I don’t know if I would call it a cry, more like an announcement.

Unfortunately, he started pooping in the bathtub. Imagine the joy of coming home to that. The pattern seemed to be that he liked an absolutely clean box and he would use the tub if that wasn’t the case. This was a problem because he would poop once in the box and then have to go five minutes later but not want to use the box with poop in it.

We had to start monitoring the boxes very closely and clean them when they were used. Even that only worked so well because sometimes he would poop in a used box and sometimes he would poop in the tub when the box was clean.  Fortunately he would always pee in the box.

We started listening for the announcement and when we heard it would pick him up and put him in the box. This worked sometimes but not always. It was like potty training a two-year old.

Eventually we started filling the tub with water. This worked for a while but we had to remember to keep water in the tub. After awhile, he started pooping on the floor next to the toilet. This was a game changer. Now the water in the tub was useless and since the tub was easer to clean, we gave up on that idea.

The best thing about having Chris around is that he keeps us entertained. We were even able to find something funny about his pooping. We started calling him Tub Pooper C in reference to Grand Master B from Married With Children.

There is more to this pooping problem that would be better told in future stories. I hope you will join me. Next time I will tell you about Chris’s name.

16 thoughts on “Tub Pooper C

  1. Nancy

    Hello!! I was really wondering about Chris’s eye. His left eye, actually, the one that’s partially closed and has eye boogers. What’s wrong with it? Because it would seem that my cat has the exact same thing..

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I’m sorry Nancy but we never found out what was wrong. It eventually got better on it’s own. He still gets the eye boogers though. I think it might be an allergy.

  2. Charles Huss Post author

    Reblogged this on Bad Cat Chris and commented:

    This is the beginning of Chris’s pooping problem. It continued to be a problem of varying degrees for about three and a half years until we moved into our current home. A certain type of litter helped a lot but the problem went away when I combined the litter boxes in the same room. I had them spread around the house so he was always near one, but now, if one box is not perfectly clean, he can move over to the other box.

  3. Fozziemum

    Well Pickles has a winky eye sometimes..because her head was crushed when I resuced her and her sinuses affected..so when tired or run down it gets winky and a bit gloopy..but mends itself..may be a sinus issue with Chris..as for the pooper..well Marbles sings out everytime..then does nascar…I give up..normal has left the building…

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      You are so funny. I love “Nascar.” I think his eye is better now and after over four years, his poop is not as loose as it was. Things will never be normal but some things are better.

  4. Animalcouriers

    We have a Rag Doll – she’s not very good on the poop front as it often gets stuck in her long hair 😉 Not much fun cleaning that up but the little princess would look and smell rather less well than intended.

  5. Robin

    Cats can be so lovely sometimes. MOL At least the bathtub is a relatively easy place to clean. My dear Cinco lets us know that his litter box is not up to his standards by pooping on my husband’s pillow (or generally near the pillow on the bed). I hope that Chris is feeling better these days.

  6. catfromhell

    Hi guys, the eye thing looks like Chris might have feline herpes. Mes gotted it from my mother, but it can be gotted from lots of places. When mes has a herpes flareup, mes gets soft and sometimes liquid poops-even though most cat sites don’t say that’s a symptom, my vet says it can be and mes don’t gets the sneezes like most sites says that is a symptom. Has Chris been checked for that? Anyway, Mommy wishes mes would use the tub insteads of in front of the litter box on the bathroom floor. Anyways
    Mes sends LOTS of kisses

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I don’t remember Chris ever going to the vet for anything except shots. He eye does seem better now but he still gets the eye boogers. I agree with mom that the tub is better then floor but the box is best. 🙂

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