Middle daughter called me the other day. Mystique had decided to stop using the litterbox and this could NOT be tolerated. Did I want her back, or was she free to find another home for kitty?
“Bring her back,” I sighed.
They dropped off her things the same day that I hurt my ankle; I had them place her litterbox on the edge of the porch so that I could attend to it when my ankle was a bit better.
I stayed indoors for a few days after that, resting my foot to allow it to heal but eventually I hobbled outside. A storm was coming so I wanted Mystique (box and all) safely indoors. It’s not the cat’s fault my daughter has allergies.
Before I even touched the box my senses were assaulted. My eyes teared, my stomach heaved and I lurched away in shock.
Once I escaped to cleaner air I puzzled over this dilemma. I needed her litterbox indoors – but that smell was intolerable. How in the world could I get rid of that smell in time to beat the storm when I couldn’t even get close to the thing?
It was time to pick up Katie from her practice so I pondered my dilemma as I drove. At first I was upset at Middle Daughter but then I imagined what her house must have smelled like with that box in there and cat mess all over. Then I envisioned them with that stinky box in their tiny car as they brought her back to me.
That made me laugh. I think Mystique punished them enough for all of us!
After picking Katie up from school we hopped over to WalMart and just bought a new litterbox. I held my nose long enough to carry the old one to the trash can.
I have learned a valuable lesson from this experience. Sometimes it is best to just accept your current situation instead of fighting it. If I had accepted the fact that Mystique missed having access to Katie’s room instead of trying to eliminate her, we would have been spared the pain of parting and the smell of that horrible litterbox.
What is, is. Mystique is back to stay. Katie’s door stays closed for now and I will figure out some way to safely leave it open during the upcoming summer nights.
Do you have any ideas?