What DOESN’T happen in the litter box is also important information. If you are familiar with the typical amount of urine clumps you remove from the box on a daily basis and you start noticing that you’re scooping fewer ones, then it could indicate that the cat might be peeing outside of the litter box. It’s time to get out your black light and go searching around the house.
Cat Poop: What to Look for
As with the above section on urine, look for changes in volume, frequency of elimination, appearance and odor. When you scoop regularly you will become familiar with how your cat’s stool typically looks. This familiarity will help you be alerted to early signs of constipation, diarrhea, blood in the stool, parasites, or even an excessive amount of hair in the cat’s feces.
It’s an Important Job as a Cat Parent
Investigating your cat’s litter box while scooping is certainly not one of your favorite things to do but it can make a huge difference in your cat’s health and quality of life. Don’t neglect this very valuable aspect of being a responsible cat guardian. Your cat can’t speak up and tell you that something is wrong but you may get the message through his litter box habits. Don’t overlook the important of litter box monitoring.
Need More Information?
For more specific information on litter box issues refer to the books by best-selling author Pam Johnson-Bennett. If you’ve noticed a change in your cat’s litter box habits or have questions about your cat’s health, talk to your veterinarian.
If you have a question about your cat’s behavior, you can find information in the articles on our website as well as in Pam’s books. If you have a question regarding your cat’s health, please contact your veterinarian. This article is not intended as a replacement for your cat’s veterinary care.