Why Cats Choose to Reside in the Litterbox

A cat may sleep or rest in its litterbox to send its owner a message: I'm sick!

By J. Veronika Kiklevich, DVM | Posted: Tue Jun 21 00:00:00 PDT 2005

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Q. I'm wondering why my cat might take up residence in the litterbox for short periods of time.

A. If your kitty is spending extra time in the litterbox this could be a sign of either urinary tract problems (infections, stones, inflammatory disorders, kidney disease) or lower gastrointestinal problems (colitis, megacolon). Please see you veterinarian as soon as possible to have a thorough physical examination, blood work and a urinalysis performed. Often this is the only way kitties can tell us that something is wrong with them...please listen!

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Marilyn    Columbus, NE

6/2/2011 5:42:41 AM

I've seen them do this in the shelter but I think it is to get off of the cold floor of the cage.

y    y, YT

1/6/2010 4:45:42 PM

or they like the smell of their own poo

janet    bethlehem, PA

3/28/2008 5:15:43 AM

good to know thanks

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