Why Does My Kitty Want to Lie in the Litter Box?


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Why Does My Kitty Want to Lie in the Litter Box?

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Dr. Debra - I was just wondering why my kitty suddenly wants to lie in the litter box?

Debbie Cottrell


Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote saying that your cat "suddenly wants to lie in the litter box."

This worries me a little as some cats will hang out or lay in the litter box when they don't feel good. That is my biggest concern. Cats that are lethargic, weak or just don't feel good will sometimes do that. In addition, some cats with urinary problems will also do that.

Make sure your cat is eating and drinking well. Monitor all urine and bowel movements. See if your cat will "play". If you notice any abnormalities, I'd recommend that you have your cat checked by your veterinarian.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for PetPlace.com, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.