Yup, sounds like a cat.

March 8th, 2015 · 66 comments

Writes our submitter in Montreal: “I’m fortunate to live upstairs from my mom, who cleans my apartment when I’m busy with projects.” Recently, however, mom declared a litter-box boycott, as she explains in the note below.

This cat is not a cat. It's a pig. I witnessed with my very own eyes her flinging a piece of shit outside the litter box. Believe me, it was no accident. That's just a bad habit that you let her get away with. Can't don't do that. Or you clean it.

related: My cat-shit crazy neighbor

extra credit: reddit.com/r/catsareassholes

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66 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Poltergeist

    I was going to say that the mom has a right to say no to being her adult child’s maid, but it’s possible she’s taken it upon herself to clean the apartment without asking first, in which case she should stop doing that and learn to just let go.

    I’m reminded of my own mom who used to nag me to no end about how I never scooped the cat’s litter box. The thing is she watched that damn cat like a hawk and swooped in the second he relieved himself. I rarely had the chance to scoop it! She had a sixth sense about it, but because I didn’t possess this brand of cat shit ESP or check the box 20 times a day, I was just being lazy.

    Mar 8, 2015 at 1:37 pm   rating: 91  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Jami

      And that sounds just like a mom. I swear, it’s like they all think if you don’t do things exactly the way they would you’re the devil’s child, not their’s. Not even if you find a quicker, easier way that gets the job done just as well if not better than their way.

      You should’ve just bought one of those self cleaning boxes.

      Mar 8, 2015 at 2:22 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   Gareth

      If Toxoplasma gondii is present in your area, you should dispose of cat litter before the oocysts have time to sporulate – so ASAP. Otherwise, no biggie.

      Mar 8, 2015 at 3:02 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.3   Arhi Mith

      Practically every long-time cat owner has that one inside their system. It’s not dangerous except for a developing fetus while newly-acquired by a pregnant woman. So, if you got a kitten and pregnant in the same year, don’t scoop and generally watch yourself around it.

      Mar 12, 2015 at 3:43 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.4   Cartlin bang

      It’s only an issue if you have an outdoor cat, and it’s tested positive for the ailment. It’s easy to have your outdoor cat tested by the vet, and as long as it is negative, you just need to keep it indoors until the pregnancy is over.

      Jul 1, 2015 at 5:35 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   Lita bang

    Are you fucking KIDDING me? The cat is (probably)* not doing it on purpose. The cat is being a cat. I’ve owned multiple cats over the years who kick everyfuckingthing out of the box. You know what I do? I clean it up and get on with my life. I don’t fucking bitch about how much of a “pig” the cat is just because they like to fucking dig to China in the litter box and hence EVERYTHING GOES EVERYWHERE. And if the cat is known to fling shit, why are you not doing a thorough check of the area whenever you clean the box? Would you RATHER just leave the fucking shit to dry so you can then BITCH ABOUT IT?

    …Sorry, I’m cranky. DST does that to me.

    * I say probably, because I did own one who wouldn’t do it unless you were in the room looking right at her, and I swear she’d smirk as she sent that shit (heh) flying…

    Mar 8, 2015 at 4:19 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   kermit

      I dunno, cats can be pretty finicky about their cat litter. My family cat is super anal about not letting anybody alone in the bathroom where his litter box is. No matter who you are, you’re getting a commode buddy if you have to use the bathroom at my parents’ place.

      Some (all?) cats can be extremely finicky about their cat litter. If you change it to something they don’t like (especially if it’s a cheaper brand or one that smells “off” to them) they will not hesitate to express their displeasure by flinging their shit out of the box, no matter about how diligent you are to clean it.

      Mar 8, 2015 at 6:44 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   Lita bang

      Alright yeah, I’ll give you the litter thing – obviously I was a little too cranky to think straight. :P Either way it still pisses me the fuck off, because rather than try to figure out why the cat flings shit, the mom is just jumping straight to OMG THIS CAT IS A PIG AND IS DOING THIS ON PURPOSE TO PISS ME OFF. When no…no, it’s not. It’s trying to tell you something, woman.

      (That something is probably “get the fuck out of my litter box if it pisses you off so bad, jesus CHRIST” honestly.)

      Mar 8, 2015 at 8:25 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.3   pooham

      One of my cats constantly goes just outside the box. He sits in the box but poops over the edge. I’m sure it’s some sort of cat social issue since he shares the litter boxes with the three other ones. Or maybe b/c he’s a big boy and maybe he thinks the box is a little small for him. I just pick it up and flush it. The bothersome part is that it stinks up the house (not being buried) until I clean it up.

      The cats also have some weird preferences. For instance, they mostly use the boxes in the bathroom. There are other ones (by the door and in the laundry room) but they are rarely used, even if the bathroom ones are getting “crowded.”

      Mar 9, 2015 at 12:27 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   SparkyRell

    But what’s on the other side of the note? That arrow is calling out to me.

    I wonder if the cat has a point scoring system depending on where the poop ends up

    Mar 8, 2015 at 5:41 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   The Elf's Cat

      I once had a ferret who sometimes “projectile pooped” from the second or third level in the cage. I swear in his little ferret brain, this was a fun game.

      Mar 10, 2015 at 3:13 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   The Elf

      Dang it. I screwed up my name. The Elf had ferrets. The Elf’s Cat did not. The Elf’s Cat hated the ferrets and ran away whenever she saw one.

      Mar 10, 2015 at 3:17 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   mcap247

    I changed my cats litter to some fancy special litter, and apparently she didn’t like it. While we were watching TV she walked right in front of it, looked back at us, then pooped on the floor and walked away. Message received.

    Mar 8, 2015 at 9:38 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Belaani

      This would have been when she got her ass booted out the door. Message returned.

      Mar 9, 2015 at 8:22 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   pooham

      I don’t think you understand cat people Belaani. It’s ok. I would say the same thing about a dog that did something similar, b/c I am not a dog person. But I know dog people who put up with a lot of stuff their dogs do that I wouldn’t.

      Mar 9, 2015 at 12:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.3   buni

      Because I’m not a cat person, my initial knee-jerk reaction was the same as Belaani’s. However, I also believe my cat showed up on my doorstep to teach me patience and tolerance. So, I would probably search for other ways to solve that problem after I managed my anger.

      Mar 10, 2015 at 8:54 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.4   Belaani

      pooham, you’re right. I’m no longer young, but I grew up with many cats and dogs, birds, reptiles, bugs, etc. I loved and remember them all. But I’m no longer a cat or dog person, because cats and dogs aren’t cats and dogs any more – they are surrogate children, and most of them are so spoiled and untrained that they are obnoxious to be around, inside or out. I realize that it’s the owner’s fault, not the animals, but the end result is the same. These days I prefer wild animals and birds, which are purely and honestly themselves.

      Mar 10, 2015 at 9:39 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   tch tch

    Get a litter box with deeper sides.

    Mar 9, 2015 at 12:27 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Lita bang

      I’d recommend the box I have – it is a good eight inches deep and holds 35 pounds of litter. :P

      Mar 9, 2015 at 7:10 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.2   buni

      I just put my cat’s litter box inside a large plastic bin. After scooping, I pour the litter from the bin back into the box.

      Mar 10, 2015 at 8:56 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   Rattus

    They should be letting the cat outside to do it’s business.

    Aaaaand let the festivities begin.

    Mar 9, 2015 at 7:24 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Kasaba

      When you say “do it’s (sic) business”, I think of: http://www.happyjar.com/comic/business-cat/

      I’ve never had a pet that wasn’t expected/trained to go outside to poop. I grew up in the countryside in a country with a warm climate. Doors were open during the day for them to come and go, and a window was open at night for the cat.

      The dogs were 100% obedient/well-trained. The cat took a huge dump on my sister’s bed. Twice.

      We did get a sand/litter box for while, when we had a meerkat though, and he would dig like crazy and make a huge mess. But that is totally in their nature. You can’t fully domesticate those cute little shit.

      Mar 9, 2015 at 8:31 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   Kasaba


      Mar 9, 2015 at 8:33 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.3   The Beast Among Us

      Cats should not be kept indoors. Nor should they be kept outdoors.

      They should be eaten, because cats are fucking delicious.

      Mar 9, 2015 at 2:23 pm   rating: 91  small thumbs up

  • #7   Belaani

    This is one of the reasons I have an aquarium.

    Mar 9, 2015 at 7:38 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   phoenix

      is the cat kept inside it, or just the litter box?

      Mar 9, 2015 at 8:33 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   sharon

      At first the cat was outside of it. Then it was inside of it. Then a pretty bad nitrate spike. And now he has a cat-skeleton reef.

      Mar 9, 2015 at 9:15 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.3   TKD

      Should have kept the cat in a box. Then you would not know if the cat was alive or dead.

      Damn, I guess Schrodinger was an indoor cat person.

      Mar 9, 2015 at 2:51 pm   rating: 91  small thumbs up

    • #7.4   Tesselara

      Why are all of these comments so funny? There are so many WTD candidates this time around!

      Mar 10, 2015 at 12:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   phoenix

    “and you let her get away with it”

    Brilliant move, lady. Blame the human for a cat’s bathroom habits. Kinda hard to come up with a more unreasonable mom demand than controlling how your cat poops.

    Mar 9, 2015 at 8:34 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Chinchillazilla

      Yeah, like, once in a while one of my cats does this (I suspect? I’ve never witnessed it and it’s possible that the dog removes cat turds and puts them on the floor next to the box for some weird dog reason), but there’s not really anything I can do about it.

      Even if a cat is kicking poop onto the floor, what am I going to do, follow them around everywhere so I can possibly catch them doing it and then scold and redirect them? I lost the Battle of the Countertops in spite of my superior Super Soaker weaponry, and I really don’t want to also come off #2 in the Poop Wars.

      Mar 12, 2015 at 10:57 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   Te Beast Among Us

    Mom needs to learn a new word for “shit.”

    Mar 9, 2015 at 11:52 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   Haterade

    Dear Mom,

    I hate to break it to you, but the affairs of paltry mortals such as you and I are generally below the notice of cats. The cat’s not being a pig, or spiteful, or any suchlike… it’s just being a cat, who knows full well that the universe revolves around it.

    To put it more simply, the cat honestly doesn’t give a shit.

    Well, it does give a shit, which is sort of the root of the problem, but… oh, heck. You know what I mean.

    Your Child (who is no longer a child, but I digress… oh, heck. I’m doing it again, aren’t I?)

    Mar 9, 2015 at 10:44 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   Tsuyoi Kuma

    What the hell is wrong with this submitter that their mother still cleans their apartment – GROW THE FUCK UP BOY – you’re embarrassing yourself! (I’m more than sure the submitter is a male, hands down)

    Mar 10, 2015 at 4:26 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   SilentPsycho

      You’ve obviously never lived near your parents after you’ve moved out. It’s generally not a case of making your mum still clean, it’s accepting that she will still clean no matter what you want, and if you try and tell her she doesn’t need to, she’ll end up getting in a huff about it.

      Mar 10, 2015 at 7:01 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.2   buni

      Totally. I lived an hour away from my parents, but every time they came to visit, my mom would find stuff to clean. Her favorite was my soap dish; and she’d pull all the dead leaves off my houseplants.
      It drove me crazy then, because she always had to tell me she cleaned the soap dish. Of course, now that she’s gone, my soap-encrusted soap dish will always make me think of her.

      Mar 10, 2015 at 9:02 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.3   SilentPsycho

      I have a happy memory of my grandfather coming over for a BBQ. We had just renovated the upstairs bathroom. Many drinks later, my grandad went up to the loo, but didn’t come down. Fifteen minutes later, my dad went up to see if he was alright, and he was busy removing the excess grouting.

      Mar 10, 2015 at 1:43 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.4   Jami

      Dude, that’s just another parent thing. You could be a multi-billionaire with a staff that does nothing but clean for you 24/7. Leave a shit stain in the toilet? They’re right there to clean. Sneeze without a tissue at hand? Instantly there to shampoo the carpet. Get out of bed in the middle of the night for a drink or to pee, come back to find brand new bedding put on. And the second mom comes to visit she’ll STILL clean the house HER way.

      I’m sure if my brother, who’s super anal retentive and extremely clean to the point where he could almost be Adrian Monk, gave my mom keys to his place, mom would still have dad drive her over there just so she can clean his bathroom and the cat’s litter box – and mom HATES cats.

      Mar 11, 2015 at 4:28 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.5   L

      My aunt doesn’t work. My cousin works often 12 or 14 hours a day in a crueling physical job. If he brings his laundry to her, she’ll do it for him. Usually she keeps what’s in his pockets, lol, but it’s almost like people can be kind to their adult children who may need help with difficult periods of their life. Shocker.

      Mar 11, 2015 at 5:19 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.6   L

      *eyerolls* Or, you know, grueling would work too.

      Mar 11, 2015 at 5:20 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.7   kermit

      Grueling work is crueling, so you’re in the clear L. It’s all cromulent.

      Mar 12, 2015 at 12:12 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.8   The Elf

      My parents have never – not once – cleaned my place. And they’re neat people while my husband and I are clutterbugs. Why? Because they respect that it is OUR PLACE and not their place. This isn’t that hard, people. The one time Mom did clean was when we moved, because she exempted herself from lifting heavy boxes. Instead, she unpacked the kitchen stuff, cleaning and wiping as she went, and made our bed. Sure, I had to redo where some of the kitchen stuff went, but simply having a plate to eat on after a long day was sheer bliss. And she cleared it with me before she did it.

      It’s all about boundaries. Parents and adult children should have some.

      Mar 13, 2015 at 7:17 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.9   kermit

      Fair enough, but there’s a difference between “I’d like my place to be neater but can’t do it” versus “I like it this way”.

      With the former, it’s not a big deal if somebody else does the work. If it’s the latter, then no matter who does it, you’re going to be offended.

      Mar 13, 2015 at 10:19 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.10   Lil'

      My mom works near my house pretty often, and on many occasions I have come home to find that a little cleaning fairy has stopped by. I really don’t mind. She doesn’t go into my master bedroom at all, but the rest of the house is fair game. If I told her I didn’t want her to do that, she would respect my wishes…but I have three kids and a full time job. Why the hell would I tell her not to? Thanks, Ma! :)

      Mar 13, 2015 at 10:38 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.11   The Elf

      If it’s an aggrement between parent and adult child, and neither really minds, that is a boundary in and of itself. It’s just different than mine. If it’s this cleaning is okay but that cleaning isn’t, then that’s cool too. But it should all be understood between all parties. This whole “can’t stop Mom from cleaning” and “it’s inevitable” stuff? Oh hell no. Not cool.

      Also on the hell no list is an entitlement attitude from adult child that parent should clean, and an attitude from parent that adult child is incapable of cleaning and has to be taken care of.

      Mar 13, 2015 at 1:33 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.12   labdude

      My mother-in-law is a total control freak. Everything must be done *her* way, period. When my wife and I moved into our house, we were helped by family. I supervised the unloading of our goods from the truck, directing each and every box and piece of furniture to its destination.
      Later, after not finding several boxes where they were supposed to have been, I discovered that as soon as each box arrived inside, my MIL redirected it to where SHE thought it should go. My 2 brothers-in-law, naturally obeyed without question. My own brother decided it was just easier to go along, while my best friend completely ignored her and put most everything where I had requested. It took months to get things where they were supposed to be.
      I am SO glad that she lives far enough away that she does not feel compelled to drop by and clean for us.

      Mar 13, 2015 at 1:36 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.13   Jami

      Well, I’ve never known a mom who doesn’t think even their neatest child is a massive slob because that child doesn’t clean mom’s way. Boundaries be damned according to those moms.

      Except for the moms who refuse to do any cleaning and force their kids to chose between doing the cleaning themselves or live in filth.

      Mar 13, 2015 at 9:00 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.14   The Elf

      Call me crazy, but I don’t think boundaries should be damned unless there’s a real emergency out there. A messy apartment is not an emergency.

      And moms who refuse to do cleaning and force their kids to choose between doing the cleaning or living in filth? That’s called parenting.

      Mar 14, 2015 at 11:45 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.15   Jami

      You’re not crazy, Elf, the moms are.

      And yeah, I had a few friends growing up who’s moms always said they were “too busy” to clean or cook. Course by “too busy” they meant they were too busy following a band from bar to bar. So the kids had to clean the house and live on fast food.

      Mar 15, 2015 at 5:49 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   Pants Go Brown

    Quebec law requires that this note also be available in French.

    Mais oui.

    Mar 10, 2015 at 8:20 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   Melissa

    This letter was written by an adult woman? I had better handwriting in preschool.

    Mar 10, 2015 at 11:48 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   kermit

      Arthritis and/or stroke will do that to your handwriting. Unfortunately, science has not yet discovered a cure for defective personalities or rude people.

      Mar 10, 2015 at 12:03 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #13.2   Lynn

      Not that uncommon for people to write this big so their children can actually read their writing and have no excuse for “misreading”?

      Mar 10, 2015 at 2:17 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #13.3   The Elf

      It’s actually a lot neater than mine. (And I also print skipping lines on a standard rule page.)

      Mar 10, 2015 at 3:09 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   magicdomino

    The cat is cleaning its own litter box. It doesn’t want the box cluttered up with turds.

    Mar 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   The Elf's Cat

      “WHO CRAPPED IN MY BOX!? Damn pigs, now I gotta kick it out of this box so I can use it.”

      Mar 10, 2015 at 3:09 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.2   assiveProgressive

      our cats always supervise when we scoop the boxes, and then one immediately goes in the box to do its business. Of course we have turds and litter outside of the box. I am so glad I have always had a big enough home to be able to put the box somewhere other than the bathroom. I hate stepping out of ths shower and onto cat litter, as I do when visiting relatives. It would be funny though to have a poop buddy.

      Mar 13, 2015 at 9:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.3   Lita bang

      Mine supervise too, aP, and also promptly go ruin the nice job I’ve done scooping. :P

      Poop buddies are not all they’re cracked up to be. (Actually, they’re poop buddies, pee buddies, AND bath buddies.) At least none of my current brood actually jump into my lap while I’m on the toilet…

      Mar 14, 2015 at 1:19 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   NeQaLo

    Yo I gotsta have dat shit yo, here in the suburbs of Rhode Island man, where da REAL shit goes down yo, aint nuthin fake about ma steez. No fake shit, I gots no time of dese fake niggaz, mayne. Fo real G. Word.

    Mar 11, 2015 at 6:43 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Poltergeist

      I think you took a wrong turn and got lost. The HighAsAFuckingKite comment section is that way ————> [cliff]

      Mar 11, 2015 at 5:39 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #16   Arhi Mith

    Not every note is passive-agressive. This one is just a note, informing someone of something with a bit of a (justified!) feeling.

    Also, “mom… cleans my aparment while I am busy with projects”? I wouldn’t advertise this if I were the author. Really.

    Mar 12, 2015 at 3:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   LittleBirdy

      From the header: “funny (if not necessarily “passive-aggressive”) notes from pissed-off people”

      And there’s a whole discussion a few comments up about the inevitability of parents cleaning for their offspring.

      Mar 12, 2015 at 8:28 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.2   Poltergeist

      And this note is totally passive-aggressive anyway. Her child currently lives above her, she stops by all the time to clean the apartment, and yet instead of directly talking to her child about something that’s concerning her, she felt the need to leave a note complaining about it?

      Mar 12, 2015 at 9:36 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #17   gonzagylot00

    I don’t know if the person who sent this note will read the comments, but if they read this one: take your cat to the vet.

    If a cat starts putting it’s shit in weird places, it’s often a sign that the cat is sick, and trying to let you know. A really hardened shit can mean dehydration, which can mean kidney dysfunction, which kills a lot of cats.

    First hand experience here…

    Mar 23, 2015 at 11:32 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #18   James

    Well, Cats will be cats. not a good enough reason to be bitching about it. people that bitch about little shit like this must not have a lot of real problems in life.

    Mar 30, 2015 at 12:21 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #19   HamatoKameko

    Get a covered litter box. That’ll reduce your likelihood of this problem by like, 90%.

    May 27, 2015 at 3:09 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up


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