My cat was sleeping in his litter box

by Joyce C
(Long Island, New York)

My 18 year old cat was not feeling very well. One day when I came home from work, I found my little guy sleeping in his litter box.

I found it strange, but he was eating and drinking so I thought all was OK.

The next day when I got home from work he was still sleeping in his litter box.

Now, I got concerned, I went on the computer and asked "why would my old cat sleep in his litter box"... The answer was, your cat has either a U.T.I. or Kidney Failure... "LISTEN TO YOUR CAT."

I immediately took my boy to his Doctor, who looked at me and said, "It's Time. Your cat's kidneys have failed..." When the process was over, half of me felt dead too!

My cat bought me so much happiness and I am forever grateful for all the time we had together...

Moral of this Story, listen to your cat, if he acts different or strange in any way, please know he/she is trying to tell you something...

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Oct 05, 2014
R I P Puddy
by: megg

Thank you. My young cat is doing the same thing and I WILL listen to her and take her to the vet now! She is eating and drinking like you said so I thought this to be a fleeting quirk. So glad I found your comment!

Nov 07, 2012
by: Kurt (Admin)

I'm sorry to hear about Puddy. Thank you for sharing your story and giving her a good life and lots of love. RIP Puddy.

Nov 07, 2012
by: Anonymous

I had my baby, Puddy, for 7 years. One day she started urinating on my bed and in soft places. I took her to the vet who told me that Puddy didn't like her litter any more and wanted something softer/finer.

So I changed her litter and didn't seem to have any more problems. About a month later we moved from Louisiana to California. During the 2,000 mile journey she started laying in her litter box.

I figured she was just stressed from the trip and didn't associate it with anything else till I read your post, because she didn't do it after we moved.

However, about 3.5 months later we had a small earthquake. She immediately started breathing heavily and acting strange.

I waited two days to take her to the vet because my mom and husband kept saying she'll be alright, she's just stressed from the earthquake. But they weren't around to see how bad she was at the time, and I finally decided enough was enough.

I took her to the vet. By the next day we had been to three veterinary facilities, spent $1,600+, only to find her lungs were filled with fluid and she had a lung tumor. They said that surgery would have bought her a year at best, and she would still have to have fluid removed from her lungs every day or two (at $200-$300 each).

She was worth every penny. But I couldn't put her through all that just to drag out her suffering for a few months or even a year so I could have her company.

Looking back at videos I took of her, I think I can see that her labored breathing built up gradually. The earthquake probably just jolted her into filling her lungs faster suddenly. She had been through small earthquakes before, so I knew something was different.

There were times before where I thought she seemed to have some slight trouble breathing. But I kept dismissing it as my imagination since nobody else seemed to be able to tell.

Yes, when your cat behaves differently, please view it as a red flag. Putting my baby down was the absolute hardest thing I've ever had to do.

And it's extremely difficult trying to push out every thought every day of 'what if' or 'if only I had done that' so as not to be overwhelmed and always beat myself up. I miss her so much. :(

Jan 18, 2012
Thank you
by: Kurt (Admin)

Thank you, Joyce, for sharing your story about your cat with us. Your cat's story is a lesson for us all -- observe and react when we see changes. I'm sorry for your loss.

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