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Why is my cat sitting in the litter box? (and more importantly, what’s in it?)
This common problem is especially difficult to understand if you are not regularly interacting with cats. It’s hard to really know if your cat is using the box because he really likes to have company in there or if it’s a case of ‘box-envy’ – that he can’t be in there with other cats because he’s afrd his litter box may be taken away.
I recommend talking to your vet about it, but here are some tips to help you out:
Get to know your cat. If you don’t see your cat dly and really don’t know him well, you’re not going to be able to spot some of the cues he’s giving you about his litter box habits. You’ll need to be watching your cat as he goes about his dly routine in your house to get a sense of what he’s comfortable and comfortable with. Start by looking at the way your cat has interacted with the litter box before. Do he use it regularly, is it used on time? He may not want to get to it if he is already clean from his last visit. Do you see his urine and feces in the box? Is it completely filled to the brim, or is it in the first inch of it? Is the litter box clean when he’s finished? A clean box means your cat is feeling well – this means your cat is happy to be in the house!
Don’t make changes to your cat’s litter box routine without your vet’s help. Make sure you visit your vet at least once a year and make sure you get your annual check-up – you don’t want your vet to recommend or suggest any changes. Your vet will be able to tell you whether your cat needs a bit of help – for example, is he peeing inside the box? If that’s the case, your vet will help you come up with an alternative method for him to go. If he’s regularly using the box, make sure it’s clean, and he is satisfied with it – your vet can then suggest changes that may make the box easier to clean.
You can also make a few simple changes that will make a huge difference to your cat’s ability to manage going in the litter box. First of all, make sure the litter box is well ventilated, not over the heating or r conditioning. If there are any places where the litter can get damp, you may need to use a tray or make sure to keep the litter level higher – any damp litter will not allow your cat to get to the toilet, and therefore won’t help them to feel comfortable. Second, look out for signs of your cat using the box too much. Does he paw at the box to encourage you to put the litter back, or is he constantly crouching inside the box? If he’s doing this too much, take a look at making sure it’s a good size and you’ve got good ventilation.
If your cat is showing any signs of discomfort or unhappiness when it comes to using the litter box, it may be time to re-home them, or take them back to the vet for a chat. If your cat is in a home environment, they may be trying to tell you something about their litter box – do you hear any cries of discomfort when you put the litter in? If not, you might need to adjust it a little so your cat is happy and comfortable in it. Ask your vet about it, and make the changes as necessary.
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https://www.feline-vet-advice.com/cat/cats-thought-you-adults/#commentsThu, 24 Jan 2013 17:16:30 +0000http://www.feline-vet-advice.com/?p=1047When did your cat decide you were their person? What do you think your cat is thinking about you right now? For some cats, and for some people, it’s a big deal to be thought of as their person. There are many things that are just out of reach for you – if you try to go to sleep with your beloved cat, they won’t let you sleep for […]
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For some cats, and for some people, it’s a big deal to be thought of as their person. There are many things that are just out of reach for you – if you try to go to sleep with your beloved cat, they won’t let you sleep for even a second.
If you think about it, many cats would want to sleep with their owner. I mean, after all, cats are natural hunters, and have been known to steal your shoes to hunt small prey in the house.
You probably have many other things in your life that you are the only person in the world that know about. You have something your cat will never have, and that makes you very special to them.
Even if your cat doesn’t show it very often, you’ve been a big part of their life since the day you first brought them home.
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https://www.catster.com/blogs/how-much-time-does-your-cat-spend-with-you-20-fun-facts-about-cats-3/#respondSun, 24 Feb 2017 04:01:20 +0000https://www.catster.com/?p=72324When did your cat decide you were their person? What do you think your cat is thinking about you right now?
For some cats, and for some people, it’s a simple relationship – for others it’s much more complicated. The truth is, it’s impossible to know what your cat thinks about you when you’re not there.
It’s not because they’re hiding anything, it’s because it’s their way of being. Your cat uses their own time to figure out what they think about you. It’s like they have a whole life to figure things out, but they only share their thoughts with you when they’re ready.
While you were sleeping, they were playing with you.
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