The Crepes Case: The Vimtag Camera and the Case of the Litterbox Leaver

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Ladies and Gentlemen of the Furry Jury:

It was a dark and snowy night when MomFOD sat down on the couch to discover that someone had fouled it in the most foul of ways. You know what I mean. Someone in this house peed on the couch.

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::moment of silence for shocked reactions::
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In a house of cats, this is tres gauche and could be due to health or behavioral problems. It is not to be taken lightly, and so, I call upon myself, Detective Crepes, to accept this case in the name of justice. This now falls under the jurisdiction of The Crepes Case!
Crepes Case

Justice must be served.

The Crime Scene: The couch. Under the piano. Under the TV. This culprit clearly has no shame and could strike anywhere.

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The Equipment:AVimtag Plug and Play camera with two-way audio, motion alerts, and night vision. That means I can even LISTEN to the culprit peeing. Pretty swanky, no?

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There it is. My newest piece of sleuthing equipment.

The Surveillance: It seems the culprit has several places s/he might strike next. In order to set up effective surveillance, I positioned a VimTag camera near the litter box and set up motion detection alarms to let me know when anyone is in the area. My plan is to surveil the box, making sure that each of the possible suspects is using it daily. I set the camera to take a motion photograph each time a presence was detected in the box. Let’s take a look at the evidence collected.
Sprinkle: present and clearly knowing she's being watched.

Sprinkle: present and clearly knowing she’s being watched.

Niles doing his business.

Niles doing his business.

 

That's me.  Look away, please.

That’s me. Look away, please.

Louie and his tail.

Louie and his tail.

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The Verdict: Everyone is using the box except…Peabody. That’s probably because I won’t let her. I really don’t like her touching my things. Case closed!
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Alana’s Verdict:  Alana here. I’d like to chime in and say that the reason Peabody is not using the litter box is because Crepes is smacking her every time Peabody sets foot on the floor. With the help of the Vimtag Camera, I am able to monitor everyone’s litter box habits while I’m away from the house. I have it set up to ping my phone and alert me whenever anyone is using it. If I need to change positions, I can move the camera remotely or even pick the entire thing up and plug it in somewhere else easily. It sets itself up automatically on my Wi-Fi system and is ready to go in about a minute.
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Honestly, I have LOVED having a tool like this to check in on my house while I’m away. It’s amazing for travel and I can even talk to them, listen in, and chat with their caregiver while I’m away in order to help her find food, litter, and even hiding kitties. And, if a kitty is about to foul a forbidden area, I can speak through the camera to discourage such behavior. It is easy for me to figure out who is performing which nefarious behavior and gives me peace of mind whenever I need to keep an eye on a little one that’s under the weather. We give the Vimtag Wireless Camera two stumps up!
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If you’d like more detailed information about the Vimtag, check out our earlier post here. The VimTag retails for $99.99 for one camera or $189.99 for a set of two. You can set up as many as eight on your home network. If you are interested in checking one out, you can do so here.  (This link will take you to an Amazon page. We do not get any compensation for purchases made through this link.)
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I am currently assisting Peabody and Crepes through their issues and Peabody’s litter box habits are improving. Updated: We do have more than one litter box, but the one we watched is the one Peabody almost always uses because it’s where she hangs out all day. Crepes has been spotting smacking her no matter where she goes. I have been doing assisted litter box sessions with Peabody, which have really helped. No accidents since. Next, we work on the underlying behavior.

CASE CLOSED.

A bonus photo of Niles attempting to block my view of whatever's going on in that room!

Niles attempting to block my view of whatever’s going on in that room! Obstruction of Justice!

18 thoughts on “The Crepes Case: The Vimtag Camera and the Case of the Litterbox Leaver

  1. Is there room for the Plus One rule? One more litter box than the number of cats? Poor crepes – new house, new (-ish) cat family members, gotta do something with those feelings! So glad you were able to use the technology to help – sounds like a wonderful creation!

    • We have three boxes but the problem doesn’t lie with the boxes themselves as much as Crepes’ attitude. She makes it hard for Peabody to move around anywhere in the house. Peabody has been using the high ground because she’s a climber and Crepes is claiming the floors. I’m working on it. – Alana.

  2. How wonderful you figured it out without everyone having to be drug to the vet for testing. I had to get two boxes, three when I had Alyce to keep things normal in our house.

  3. Well, it makes sense…”Pee”body! MOL! Anyhoo…only one box? Surely you have others. Do you monitor those as well. I’d really like to get one of these, but I’d actuallly need about four. A bit out of the budget right now. Thanks for the clever way of presenting it. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

    • Yes, we do have more than one, but that’s the primary one that I know they all use. I updated the article to reflect that we have several. Peabody has never been seen using the others because this one is in her hang out place. – Alana.

  4. Crepes, PLAY NICE!!!

    I know how tough it can be when one or more cats decide another kitty is a “pariah”. Currently dealing with that situation–at least it is not litter box related–whenever Teddy sees Dewey, he tries to shred him. I have handfuls of Dewey fur from the attacks. It was not always like this and I know what triggered it. Now I have to find a way to fix it. Dewey is living in a spare bedroom and will only venture out into the hallway if Teddy or The Girls are not around (They beat him up, too, but not as badly). He is too afraid to go any farther. And everybody used to get along just fine. Damn cats!!!

Stumps up? Stumps down? What are your thoughts?