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Is it possible to keep cat litter on balcony during winter (down to -10°C)

The short answer to this is yes, "technically" it's possible to put a litter box on a balcony in winter, but it's not at all realistic and will not work out in any way. You can, after all, put ...
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Kitten is still defecating on the floor even after I rub his face in it, what do I do?

First, immediately stop the activity of rubbing his face in it. This is completely counterproductive, the kitten is not going to make that association, and is going to see this as abusive and become ...
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How best to discipline a kitten?

Punishing him by locking him in a cage is NOT the answer. In fact, punishment when it comes to litter-training issues in general is counterproductive, but locking the poor mite in a cage is just plain ...
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How can I get my cat to stop pooping on my kid's bed?

Your cat is not jealous of the new child. Your cat is stressed out. Most cats like calm, quiet, routine, and for their territory to not be disrupted. Unfortunately, with a new baby, all those things ...
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How clean are pets?

As a cancer patient, your risk may be higher than another person's due to the possibility of being immunocompromised. I would consult with your doctor to get a better assessment as to the risk. ...
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Is it possible to keep cat litter on balcony during winter (down to -10°C)

It is not fair to the cat to demand it does his/her pooping/peeing outside in the cold. What are you going to do if the cat refuses to go outside for its pooping/peeing and does this inside your ...
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Dog urinating when greeting people

You are doing the right things so far. Another thing to watch out for is eye contact. My dog does the same thing and when she greets people I ask them to ignore her and avoid eye contact. Sometimes ...
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How can I get my cat to stop pooping on the bed?

She is obviously aware that it is a bad thing. She typically hides under the couch until the next day, and she'll actively avoid us if she tries to go out for food and water. The first few times she ...
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How can I have a cat without a litter box?

If the idea of cleaning up after a pet disgusts you, then for the sake of the cat, please don't get one. It's not fair to the cat, and it's like saying "I'd love to have a kid, but I don't want to ...
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How do I stop my cat from peeing on rugs and linens?

Even though you have good reason to suspect that the problem here is behavioral, the first step should always be a through checkup with your vet. Inappropriate elimination can have several medical ...
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Should I keep my cat from playing in her litter box?

A stressed cat will sometimes cower it its litter box, as the remaining smell of her body from earlier uses will make her feel safe. This doesn't seem to be what is going on here. Kittens will ...
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How often should a litter box be cleaned?

Rule of thumb: number of litter boxes = number of cats + 1. You should add 1 additional box to the 2 already present, boxes should be cleaned once to twice a day. Cats are clean and therefore like ...
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How can I get my cat to stop pooping on the bed?

I would suggest that you clean the litter box much more regularly than 2 times a week. We clean ours at least twice a day. Imagine flushing your toilet only twice a week - would you want to use it ...
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How should I discipline my rabbit for inappropriate toileting?

Chasing a rabbit is not a good training technique, it just causes fear responses. Loud noises, thumping the ground and a stern voice are all good training techniques. Rabbits occasionally pee on ...
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How can I train my kitten to use the self cleaning litterbox?

My approach would be: Put the old litter box back immediately, with something to protect the floor. (You can probably find a cheap shower curtain liner for this purpose.) Put the new litter box ...
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Is it okay for a dog to hold their pee during the day until you come home to walk it?

As with most things, this depends on the dog. Elderly dogs, like elderly humans, often need to pee more often and want to drink more often too. This often means they need to urinate more often, and ...
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In a multiple cat home, how many litter boxes should you have?

Rule of thumb is n + 1 litter boxes for n cats where n is greater than 1, this ensures a plentiful supply of this particular resource - with cats behaving more as individuals than a co-operative unit (...
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Can I locate my cats' feeding maze close to their litter-box?

Many cats are very fussy about their litter box and food proximity, bearing in mind that their sense of smell is substantially better than ours, but not all cats are that particularly bothered by it. ...
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My cat suddenly stopped using the litter-box to defecate

An anal gland infection/impaction may cause him to associate pain with the litter box. In the early stages, there will be no evidence of a problem. http://cats.about.com/cs/healthissues/a/analglands....
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Cat pooping outside of litterbox, but not always

I agree with keshlam that it would be a good idea to see a vet. We have an indoor/outdoor cat who always asks to go out and potty. All of a sudden he started trying to pee in the kitchen sink and the ...
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Is my cat pooping on my bed to get attention? How do I get it to stop?

Of course first, you need to take him to the vet to rule out medical issues. The loud meow before defecating could be pain. After you know there is no medical issues, here are some things you could ...
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How can I have a cat without a litter box?

I don't know the last time you dealt with cat litter and litter boxes, but there have been some dramatic advances with both. Clumping litters and crystal litters all but eliminate the smell completely....
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Should I change litter weekly even if it is hardly used?

If you are using a clumping litter, their usual advice is to sift-and-refill daily, and do a complete replacement monthly to get the bits that escape. I have never been certain about the necessity for ...
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How do I stop my cat from peeing in her crate?

You shouldn't keep your cat any place for many hour periods without at minimum access to water and the litterbox. One of the ways UTIs can develop is by holding in urine rather than eliminating it, or ...
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How clean are pets?

Can(I just need a moderate possibility of 3% or so, so as to brand them dirty) a human not allergic to them get moderately sick because of contact with their dirt, mud, dust, hair, saliva, tears, ...
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How can I teach my cat how to properly bury her own poop?

I don't know of a way to teach your cat to bury properly if it doesn't do it already. However, there are things you might try to accommodate it. The first thing I recommend is getting a larger ...
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How can I redirect a cat about to pee outside the litter box?

When a cat pees in a particular spot, it is trying to mark territory through the release of scent, not challenge your authority through the action of peeing. If you try to discipline the cat in any ...
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Kitten is still defecating on the floor even after I rub his face in it, what do I do?

In addition to John's excellent advice, I'd add something that will help with very young kittens like this one (after you stop punishing him when he doesn't understand what's happening - chances are ...
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