A cat’s litter box is not just a box full of litter. It can be a source of information about the health and well-being of your cat. Your cat’s behavior towards the box, as well as what they do in the box, can be viewed as a form of communication between you and your kitty.
Does your cat go outside the box? Refusal to use the litter box can signal both heath and behavioral issues. Going immediately outside of the box or halfway in the box could mean they can’t make it to the box in time or they are unable to get into the box. Since this could be due to a medical condition, this behavior should be discussed with your veterinarian. Using a different area or a specific spot (not in the box) could be your kitties form of rebellion. Cat’s can have very specific likes and dislikes for where they want their litter box. A simple change of location may be what’s needed.
Is your cat visiting the box more than usual? Frequent urination could be a sign of feline diabetes. If this behavior is combined with increased thirst and weight loss a visit to the veterinarian is recommended.
Is your cat visiting the box less than usual? Decreased urination could be a sign of kidney failure. If combined with vomiting and loss of appetite take kitty to the veterinarian immediately.
Does your cat hide in the litter box? When cats feel scared or anxious they often look for small, confined areas to make them feel safe and secure. Often this will occur when you bring a new cat or kitten into your home or if you move to a new location. This may be the reason kitty is sitting or laying in the litter box for extended periods of time. All they may need is an extra dose of love and attention.
The litter box is only one of many ways cats communicate with non-verbal communication.
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