To feel safe, cats hide in small, enclosed spaces. You may regularly find your kitty in the corner of a closet, snuggled in a cardboard box or under a piece of furniture. If you find your cat lying in the litter box, however, this could indicate a medical issue. Here are a few reasons why your cat may be suddenly sleeping or hiding in its litter box. Tidy understands tired. But if your cat begins sleeping in the litter box or starts hanging out in there, have her checked by the veterinarian. Some illnesses can make the cat feel a constant urge to go, while some cats just enjoy lying in a clean litter box.
Now we know the weather is starting to turn cold because 3 of our 4 cats fight over who gets to be in the hidy-box (only 2 fit at a time). So, sleeping in the litter box is not always an insecurity thing. In our case, what changed was the litter box and the weather. Like human beings, cats too don’t eliminate where they eat and sleep. If a cat does that, then she is trying to explain something to its owner. Some lousy. A cat may sleep or rest in its litterbox to send its owner a message: I’m sick!
I’ve had cats ever since I was a kid, but I’ve never had one who laid down in the litter box till Baby came along. She did it when she first moved in three months ago. I looked online and found some info that cats will sometimes do it because it makes them feel like they’re hiding if they weren’t sure of their surroundings. The cattery manager assured me that it does sometimes happen to cats in catteries, especially if they feel a little threatened by other cats nearby. When I took her home, this behaviour continued and she is now avoiding her basket which she used to love sleeping in, in favour of sleeping in her litter tray, whether dirty or clean. It is quite true that when cats are boarding, they sometimes sleep in their litter boxes. My cat – about 8 years old and the second love of my life, started spitting up mucous about 2 p.m. yesterday. First it was clear, then, after awhile.
I have a four month old kitten. He has recently started to play & lay down in his litter box even though there are clumps in it. He always uses his box for it’s intended purpose but I don’t understand why he is playing in it & laying down in it. Today I went in to find my poor jaundiced kitty lying in the litter box. Curled up there on purpose. Not much response when I talked to her and petted her. It’s so awful. Is she saying, Okay, I’m ready to be disposed of too? Need help with this..we found our female spayed cat (about 2 years old) lying in her litterbox earlier. we think she did that once tonight when we weren’t home and she did it when we got home. thank goodness we had just cleaned the box. Angie is like a LOT of other cats. We don’t know why they like to do this, perhaps the litter is soft and the box gives them a secure feeling, but it generally is not a problem. the challenge for you is to keep the box clean so that she doesn’t pick up feces bits or urine onto her hair. When hanging out in the litter box is a change of behavior, it can signal illness or stress. On the other hand, a cat who sits in the litter box might be seeking privacy, establishing territory, lying in wait or enjoying a newly discovered napping spot. There are two main reasons that a cat would spend an inordinate amount of time lying in his litter box: He’s sick, or he’s stressed about something. If a cat is lying in his litter box more than usual, pet owners should take notice of the behavior and consult a veterinarian.
Does Your Cat Ever Lay In Its Litter Box?
My cat is 13 years old now and when I moved into a new apartment over a year ago she insisted on sleeping with me every night. She’d previously always. I just received a disturbing email from a family who wrote to say that they had just gotten their 16-year-old cat back from the vet where she was treated for hepadosis (which is a liver ailment). A cat’s litter box may be a breeding ground for disease, so here are some savvy tips to help you stop this behavior. My cats do like to sleep in funny places though, especially in the bath! magickat, Dec 14, 2011.
What your cat’s scratching, tummy trouble or crankiness could be trying to tell you. If you’re constantly refilling your cat’s water bowl and notice that he’s spending a lot of time in the litter-box, see the vet. We have three(!) cats, all mutts we’ve had since they were babies. They are great cats, but I started working from home two months ago and realized they sleep in their litter boxes. I don’t think I would have noticed if I weren’t working from home. My mom is worried that the cat will never come out of the litterbox. When it’s not sleeping in the litterbox it climbs into a small kitchen drawer and gets stuck because it is a large cat (20 lbs). Will this cat ever stop sleeping in it’s litterbox and is there anything she can do to help? The cat doesn’t mind the dog, It will willingly sit in your lap with dog right next to it and let the dog sniff it without reaction.