Puck Takes a Dust Bath

Lately we have noticed that Puck seems to want to roll around in the litter box.

Puck rolling in litter boxAt first we thought he was just being weird. It would be like us humans washing our hands in the toilet.

Puck rolling in litter boxBut then we discovered it is common for cats to do this. It is called a “dust bath” and naturally, this is supposed to be done in the dirt, but our inside cats have no access to dirt so this is the best they can do.

dust bathOne of the reasons they do this is to cover their bodies with good bacteria that they then lick off themselves to get this good bacteria into their digestive system. They may also do this to scratch an itch or mark their territory. My worry is that the bacteria in the litter boxes may not be what I would consider good, although so far Puck seems to be in good health and is on the desk as I type this purring and causing typos.

19 thoughts on “Puck Takes a Dust Bath

  1. Kitties Blue

    That’s a new one to us. None of us or any of our predecessors (according to mom) have ever rolled in the litterbox. At least all those litterboxes are clean. Hope Puck doesn’t do that before they have been scooped. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      We try to keep them clean because Chris has been known to poop on the floor, but who knows what Puck does when the boxes are dirty before we get home from work.

  2. hungryhungryhippo404

    Lol well that makes a surprising amount of sense….however, GROSS GROSS GROSS GROSS GROSS!! 😛

  3. Charles Huss Post author

    Reblogged this on Bad Cat Chris and commented:

    It’s funny that when I wrote this blog Puck was on my desk, and now that I want to share it again Frankie is on my desk and Chris is on my lap. They don’t make blogging easy.

    As proof, while I was typing the last sentence, Chris got on the desk with Frankie and then Flokie joined them and walked across the keyboard. And me without my camera.

  4. kittiesblue

    We never heard about this bacteria thing, but our angel Madison, loved to go outside and roll his white furs in the dirt. One time, housekeeper Chris wouldn’t let him in the house, because she didn’t even recognize him. She thought he was a brown cat. MOL! XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  5. databbiesotrouttowne

    dood…..tell yur dad ta go outside, witha shovelz and pail……N bring sum soil…. IN two de houz…7 ore 8 pails oughta due de trik fora nice good roll….if him pilez it in one spot…kleen up later shuld bee a breeze ~~~~~~~~~~ 🙂 ♥♥♥


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