Cat Litter Warning Signs

What the litterbox says about your cat's health.

By Dusty Rainbolt

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There are a couple of natural laws that must be obeyed: What goes up must come down and what goes in will eventually come out - at least in a healthy cat. What your cat deposits in his litterbox provides a virtual peek into the condition of his insides and a summary of his overall health. Litterbox contents provide warning signs that your cat has a problem and needs to see a veterinarian.

Watch for Changes
Start today by noting your cat's litterbox habits. Frequently, the first sign that your cat might be struggling with a life-threatening disease is when his litterbox routine or contents suddenly change. Your little couch panther is hardwired for medical secrecy. While domestic cats are fierce predators for their size, they appear on the dinner menu to coyotes, foxes and even dogs. In nature, drawing attention to illness is the equivalent of wearing a sign that reads, "Eat me." Kitties put on a poker face and suffer in silence as a survival mechanism.

So, what is normal? It varies from cat to cat. Going to the bathroom should be effortless and pain free.

**Get the August 2012 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article or click here to purchase a PDF version.**

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