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[-] [email protected] 9 points 3 months ago

Cats are both prey and predator and evolved to hide signs of themselves. They naturally want to cover up their urine and feces so that a larger predator can't track them. We brought them inside the house, but that hard wired behavior still exists.

[-] [email protected] 15 points 3 months ago

The other answers are correct but they also copy their mums once they’re old enough. I’m in the UK where it’s the norm to let your cats outdoors. When my neighbour’s kitten was old enough to be let out he used to follow my much older cat around and copy her. He watched my cat do a wee in the bushes and then copied her digging to cover it up. Just covering up his imaginary wee next to her! It was super cute, although my cat wasn’t that impressed with the intrusion.

[-] [email protected] 8 points 3 months ago

To hide their scent from predators.

[-] [email protected] 14 points 3 months ago

Cats are desert animals. Them going to bathroom in the sand was always a thing.

[-] [email protected] 3 points 3 months ago

What about all the jungle cats?

[-] [email protected] 6 points 3 months ago

Jungle sand. There is a wide variety of sands; jungle sands, desert sands, pocket sands, beach sands, etc.

[-] [email protected] 4 points 3 months ago

I believe pocket sand only came into use after aboriginal tribes witnessed cats kicking it into the eyes of their enemies.

[-] [email protected] 3 points 3 months ago

which of course developed into the sand-jutsu we know today

[-] [email protected] 1 points 3 months ago

They have camo litter boxes

[-] [email protected] 26 points 3 months ago

They don't. You have to put the kitten in the box. The boxes and litter are designed to meet their natural preferences of being able to hide themselves and their excretions, so sticking the kitten in the box a few times is usually enough for them to recognize it as a safe place to go.

[-] [email protected] 9 points 3 months ago

You dont essentailly have to. They try to find the most optimal place to do thei business when they have to. Assuming your kittens are only at 1 room at first they dont have much trouble finding it. Of course some cats can be bit stupid and you have to actually show them that it excists

[-] [email protected] 15 points 3 months ago

They're going to go somewhere and when they do you put it in the box.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 3 months ago

Just put it in the box

[-] [email protected] 148 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago)

You've got it backwards. We didn't teach them to use the box, we created an artificial area that mimics the environment they prefer to poop in.

E: typos

[-] [email protected] 51 points 3 months ago

You’ve generated a synthetic reality for your cat. His life is a lie.

[-] [email protected] 6 points 3 months ago
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[-] [email protected] 3 points 3 months ago

The cake is a poop

[-] [email protected] 2 points 3 months ago

If you want to bake a cake from scratch, you must first poop out the universe.

[-] [email protected] 44 points 3 months ago

His life may be a lie but the poop is very real.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 3 months ago

And its stench can be horrid. Wfh brought with it a new sense of anxiety whenever I heard the scratching of litter. That was the motivation when I signed a lease for an apt with an extra bedroom. The litter box is no longer in my office.

[-] [email protected] 85 points 3 months ago

Poop smells.

Small non communal prey animals want to bury it so predators don't find them.

Ambush predators like cats want to bury it so prey doesn't smell it.

Herd prey don't hide it because they're not hiding from anyone. And pack hunters like wolves don't for the same reason.

So modern cats want to hide it instinctually. Their urine as well because just the tiniest hint of cat piss is enough for mice to flee a property.

[-] [email protected] 4 points 3 months ago

Their urine as well because just the tiniest hint of cat piss is enough for mice to flee a property.

Then why do I have mice in my walls?

[-] [email protected] 1 points 3 months ago

Do you have a cat?

Start buying unscented litter

[-] [email protected] 2 points 3 months ago

2 cats and the one in the basement is unscented. House was also built in 1908.... Sssooooo yeah

[-] [email protected] 17 points 3 months ago

Small non communal prey animals want to bury it so predators don't find them.

[-] [email protected] 59 points 3 months ago

Meanwhile, my dog: it's raining outside so I guess I'll just take a shit on the deck.

[-] [email protected] 7 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago)

Also, I'm going to bury it. Yes I know previous poster said us pack animals don't do that but who gives a shit I am not part of your system. I also know this deck is built out of solid wood planks so of course I am not actually burying anything, I'm just scratching up your deck really badly. But this I will do and nothing can stop me.

[-] [email protected] 21 points 3 months ago

Got excited, better piss on the couch

[-] [email protected] 16 points 3 months ago

Yours needs rain to do this?

[-] [email protected] 26 points 3 months ago

I've got cats that are so desperate to bury their urine/feces that they will dig and scrape at whatever is around to do so, including the wooden floor. We noticed this when we'd empty the litter box into a bag and leave the bag by the door to take to the bin. If a cat found the bag they'd immediately start scraping at anything around to try to bury it, no doubt because of the scent.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 3 months ago

Yeah, that's pretty typical. Every cat I've ever known has done the same thing. Not just poop though, anything smelly must be buried.

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