Re: [FH] not using litter box
- Hi Kate,
In a message dated 1/28/05 10:07:59 PM, katesilverstein@... writes:
<< Izzy, my 3 year old HCM kitty (diagnosed when she went into congestive
failure at the end of this past November), has stopped using the litter box.
>>There are various reasons why a cat stops using a litter box and/or changes
from any habitual behavior. Since cats are naturally fastidious and
routine-loving, changing from this nature generally indicates "something" is wrong. That
something could be anything...from the cat was stressed (say, by a loud noise
or a dog coming around the house) while using the box one day to digestive
upset to general malaise.
<< I know that this is usually a behavioral thing >>
Actually, it's usually a *physical* thing...such as a urinary issue (eg
bacterial infection, sterile cystitis, crystals) or a digestive issue (eg
constipation, diarrhea, parasites).
<< I want to be sure that this isn't a sign that she is feeling sick or
going on medically. >>
Then it would be useful to evaluate her behavior in general (does she
look/act "sick"?...what other symptoms is she displaying?) and also have her
evaluated by a professional, incl a urinalysis and/or stool sample. // Rosemary
- In a message dated 1/28/2005 10:07:39 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> I know that this is usually a behavioral thing but because she has HCM IIt's probably behavioral. Cats have a limited number of ways to communicate
> want to be sure that this isn't a sign that she is feeling sick or something
> going on medically. Has anyone experienced this?
with their loving, but not-so-bright (as a cat sees it) humans. Izzy is not
feeling up to par, knows something is wrong, and if she's getting diuretics,
needs to pee a lot more than before. This is probably her way of telling you
she's not enjoying the experience.
Baby Boy is a fuss-kitty. If His Nibs' litterbox is not up to his exacting
standards, he'll let me know by peeing on the couch.
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