Some of my cats poop standing up. They keep one foot in the box with the other three up on the lip of the litterbox in a standing-up posture. One started doing it and the rest, I think, learned it from her. Are my cats just odd or what? It’s not even a small litterbox; they’ll do it in large and extra-large ones, too. Robert Cataldi via email
I hate to be the one to tell you but, yes, your cats are odd. They’re probably also smarty-pants showoffs. Your patient-zero cat was bored and decided to develop an athletic and cutting-edge pooping style to make the others jealous. Instead her feline roommates just got competitive. They’ve cleared this bar; who knows what’s coming next. Internet fame is a real possibility. Another possibility is that patient zero is particularly finicky and prefers to have as little contact with her litter as possible. If she could do a no-paws poop and not touch the litter at all, I bet she’d do it to show off and prove a point that standing in dirty litter is gross. Her friends are all copycats. Upping your cleaning frequency could help.