Roxanne’s List of “You should have known better” AKA “But Mom, it looked like a potty to me”

If your Bengal goes potty in any of these places, the cat does not have ‘poor litter box habits’, you simply aren’t following Roxanne’s rules. According to Roxanne, all of these things look identical to litter boxes when seen through Bengal eyes; so once you read the list you might find, “you should have known better.” Peeing in the sink and bath tub are also not “poor litter box habits.” These are valid places to pee as Bengals are (very) smart and know that water will run there. In nature Bengals pee in streams and creeks. Simply follow up with Clorox and rinse with water. You will actually come to appreciate that you are scooping less.
So now it’s time for Roxanne’s Rules (as they pertain to various items and places in your house):

  1. Bath Mat (use the towel variety and hang from towel rod when not in use.
  2. Clean Laundry (don’t leave it out)
  3. Laundry baskets (turn them upside down)
  4. Closets (keep them closed)
  5. Linen cabinets (put latches on them)
  6. Cabinet under bathroom sink (latch it)
  7. Pantry (latch it)
  8. Suitcase (zip shut and put away; stand upright if it must stay out)
  9. Gym bag (zip shut and put in car or closet)
  10. Clothes on floor (use hamper with lit on it)
  11. Plastic on floor- bubble wrap grocery sacks, etc. (pick up after yourself)
  12. Paper on floor – homework, newspaper, etc. (pick up after yourself)
  13. Anything flat left on the floor that doesn’t belong there (pick up after yourself)
  14. Corners of carpeted rooms (cover with litter boxes or furniture)
  15. Throw blankets not folded up after use (fold them)
  16. Throw pillows not set upright after use (set them upright)
  17. Unmade beds (make beds as soon as you get up)
  18. Pillows left above bedspread (pillows go under bedspread and spray pillows with Feliway; when in heat, through pillows go in the CLOSET during the day)
  19. Under the bed (put a skirt of pine planks around the base of the bed like in hotels)
  20. Anything left out of place (pick up after yourself)
  21. Pet beds (use the kind that go in the wash machine and wash often)

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