Every cat owner knows that cats can be very particular about their litter box. Much of this has to do with the feline species’ natural, meticulous standards about cleanliness. Second only to every cat’s unique and individual preference for its environment and surroundings. To say that cats can be particular, if not finicky, is an understatement. Add more than one cat into the picture, and it’s a whole other conversation. To say that cats are particular, if not finicky, is an understatement. Every cat has its own idea of how pretty much everything needs to be. When it comes to the litter box, location, type of litter — and in some cases, even the litter box itself — can be important to your feline companion. Like anything else, cats will absolutely let you know what is, and is not, up to their standards. When it comes to the litter box, this can be no different.
But, separate of your cats own idea of what its litter box situation needs to or should be, litter box issues can sometimes signal larger (and in many cases, more serious) problems than your feline simply being picky. It can range from bladder or other urinary tract problems, to other illnesses or ailments. Behaviors like excessive straining, howling, and scratching in and around the litter box may not be your cat or kitten being particular, but signs of potential health issues, or larger problems. Many cat owners, unsure of what their fur baby may or may not be trying to tell them, wait until there is serious concern or problems before seeking help with litter box issues.
When you’re not sure of what your cat’s litter box behavior might mean, you can ask a vet on Kuddly. Kuddly veterinarians can share tips, ideas and information about potential concerns, and solutions — all from the comfort of your living room, any time, anywhere, 24/7.