A New Level of Badness

“If this behavior continues, I will take that cat to the animal shelter so fast your head will spin!” Yes, those words actually came out of Rose’s mouth on Thursday morning. She wouldn’t really do that but she was very angry, and rightfully so.

To explain, I need to back up this story to last weekend when we got new furniture for our patio. We got a sofa/sleeper along with a baker’s rack and a dinette set. The sofa came with a sign in cat language that said, “SCRATCH ME,” so Chris and Frankie complied.

our new patio furniture

I covered it with a blanket and a couple of towels over the arms, not just because of the scratching but also to keep it clean and free of cat hair. When guests would come for a visit, we could remove the covers and they could wonder how we keep it so clean with three cats.

The covers didn’t completely stop the scratching. Chris would get under the towel and scratch the edge. That prompted Rose to buy a product called 3M Petcare scratch protection film, which is basically wide packing tape for ten times the cost. I put in on the corners and have not seen any cat scratch there since then.

Rose must have decided that the blanket was ugly so she folded it in half and placed it over the top of the couch only, leaving the seat cushions exposed. By now you probably see where I am going with this.

Thursday morning I did my usual chores. I gave the cat’s wet food, made coffee, scooped the boxes, swept the litter, put down fresh water and dry food, etc. Shortly before we were to leave for work, Rose walked onto the patio and said, “It smells like poop out here!” For this story, I have decided to substitute the word “poop” for another word.

“Can’t you smell that? Someone has pooped out here!” I did clean the boxes but they do tend to use them when they are clean.

“Oh my God! There is poop on the couch! Chris has pooped on my brand new sofa!”

Sure enough, there was a pile of poop on the seat cushion. That was bad enough, but instead of a nice hard poop that would be easy to clean, this was like soft serve ice cream. What a mess.

Chris has long had a problem with pooping outside the box but that problem went away two years ago when we moved into our last home. He always had a chronic loose stool but around the same time he stopped pooping on the floor, his poops got better too. I hope this doesn’t cause Chris to fall off the wagon.

To make matters worse, we hired a painter to paint our cabinets. He was here Wednesday and removed all our cabinet doors and drawers and brought them to his house to sand and paint them. With no doors, Chris was in the cabinet with our food, probably looking for treats or catnip. That happened right after he was yelled at for pooping.

bad cat chris in cabinet


I had enough and yelled at him and tried to pull him out but he put up heavy resistance. I finally got him out and finished getting ready for work. When I was leaving, I gave him a little pet goodby and he growled at me. I pet him again and he growled some more.

I don’t know why but I was actually upset about it on the way to work, even though I wasn’t the bad guy.


34 thoughts on “A New Level of Badness

  1. rose huss

    OMG…that was a very bad…no good…rotten morning! Chris was really testing the limits of naughtiness!

  2. onespoiledcat

    Oh dearie me…….”christening” the new furniture was (I suppose) his way of saying DO NOT COVER THIS THING IT’S MY NEW SCRATCH POST!……..what a mess though – so sorry that happened although to Chris I guess it’s all just trying to get his way PERIOD no matter what. He is a bundle of trouble sometimes but with that fact, who could stay mad at him forever? I think they know that too the sneaky little things!


  3. pilch92

    I guess he was mad that he couldn’t mark it with his claws so he did the next best thing. Try spraying it with Feliway. Sammy sometimes poops on the bed ( luckily his is solid) when Spooky has been there so I try to spry the bed with Feliway, when I forget, he poops. Good thing Chris is cute.

  4. jansfunnyfarm

    Every time I tried to keep Percy from clawing the vinyl chair, he found a way around the wrappings. Hope this was a one-time event at your house. A really bad day.

  5. Summer

    If he tends to not use the litter box when his stool is loose, it could be because he is not feeling well – that will cause kitties to go outside the box. I started wondering when you said he used the box more when he had regular stool. I wonder what is causing the loose stool? Do you have any idea? I imagine you’ve already discussed it with your vet at some point.

  6. Cody-Cat Chat (@CatChatCaren)

    oh boy!!!! The poop would have greatly upset me too (more than the cupboard) I know your wife didn’t mean what she said, you should hear what I say when I am upset with the boys! I am gonna type a bad word, but when I am mad at Cody I call him the “fat gray bastard” Ohhhhh yesssssssssssss I DO!!!!!!! lol!! But I love him to pieces as you both love Chris! Hoping the renegade pooping stops……..maybe he wanted the couch to be another color? KIDDING!!! ((((hugs)))))))

  7. The Island Cats

    Oh one other thing…try putting a scratching post next to the new sofa to entice the cats to scratch it instead of the furniture. When I got 2 new loveseats, I thought for sure the cats would see them as new scratching posts. I put a scratching post next to one, and they have been using it instead of the sofas. That tape works well, too.

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      That is a good idea and we have one next to one side of the sofa but the other side is by the litter boxes and it might get in the way. I don’t know, maybe a small one would work there.

  8. catfromhell

    Chris is almost as bad as mes!!! He is definitely a Cat From Hell!!!
    BTW Chris, mes yacked up some grass mes eated this morning, before wes gotted in the truck to comes back to Midway, ALL over Daddy’s good shorts while wes was driving down the highway, mes then went into the litter box and pooped a humongous stinky poop. Daddy had to drives for 1/2 a hour with the windows wide open blowing everybosy, before wes could find a good spot to
    a) change is stinky shorts into the dirty ones that had paint on them in the dirty laundry (cus that bag was near the back and the clean clothes was buried under the stuff that wes was moving) and
    b) to empty the litter box.
    Daddy has to change on the side of the road, while Mommy cleaned the box.
    Made mes happy!!!

  9. colleen

    Chuck, you must get some “Forti Flora” — may have to order on web? It comes in little packets, you sprinkle it on the dry food (looks like cinnamon) and thus ends the “soft serve!” SRCats uses it quite often! I think you said you remember the large calico, MIschief? she has been p-ing on my BED ! Good luck w/the couch! I try to get a color-coordinated sheet or blanket so the couch will look nice for the both of you as well !

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      it probably wouldn’t hurt to get that but his poop seems to be better and he still pooped on the couch this morning. This time it was on the other end and thankfully it was covered.

  10. PigLove

    Oh Chris. You poor guy. I know change is not good and you were just marking the couch as yours, right? Snorts with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon

          1. PigLove

            Snorts! He makes Hemi here at the Hotel Thompson look like a complete angel. And that is saying a lot because Hemi is a tyrant and pain in this piggy’s butt.. literally when he whacks my butt with his massive hands. XOXO – Bacon

  11. Charles Huss Post author

    Reblogged this on Bad Cat Chris and commented:

    Here is a story of false accusations for Throwback Thursday. It was July of 2015 and someone pooped on the new sofa. It was the beginning of Puck’s pooping problem that later turned into a peeing problem as well, but on this day we blamed Chris because he was the only cat in the house that would do something that bad . . . or so we thought.


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