Cat suddenly sleeps in litter box

by Amanda Day
(Spokane Washington)

All of a sudden my indoor-outdoor 1 year old cat will only lay by the litter or in the litter box. He even sleeps in the litter box. We move him to his fav chair and fav spot on our bed and he runs right back to the litter box. He is going to the bathroom outside. Today my husband accidentally let him out so I can't monitor him. He is fixed. I've had many cats with many quirks but have never seen this!

My Thoughts: I'm sorry to hear that your cat is acting strangely, Amanda. I would check with the vet as I suspect he may have a medical problem.

If he has a blockage, he needs help right away.

The only time I've seen or heard of cats doing this is when they are ill or stressed, or they are clinging to the litter box (something familiar) because they're afraid of their environment.

Unless there is something going on in your house that is stressing him or making him fearful (construction, loud noises, new guest, new pet, change in routines, etc.), I think he may need medical help.

I hope that helps and please keep us updated,


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Oct 10, 2014
by: Mary Caydler

When my cat would sleep in the litter box, he showed when I took him to the vet that he had a bad urinary infection. He could not pee he had to have medication and treatment. Recommend you take to vet.

Oct 10, 2014
Take him to the vet!!
by: Anonymous

Yes, I think you must see a vet right away. My cat did this shortly before he died. He was 20 years old and had been ill for quite a while. I told myself that doing this reduced his trips to the litter box, which had become difficult, but I felt a chill around my heart. DO seek help soon- your cat is young.

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