These 5 Medical Conditions May Be Causing All Your Cat Litter Box Problems
Some people want their immediate surroundings to be sparkly clean and would go about collecting trash to restore peace and order on earth. But cats? Well, they are quite the germaphobes, especially when it comes to their litter boxes. Not only do they prefer using a clean, nice-smelling litter box, but they have a tendency to avoid it if it’s constantly left in a dirty state. However, before you judge your cat who has started showing cat litter box problems, ask yourself: Is she just picky or is she silently suffering from serious cat diseases?
What Connection Do Cat Diseases and Cat Litter Box Problems Have?
Would you choose to pee or poop in the hallway or the bedroom if you are able to bring yourself to and do your business in the bathroom? We can hear you from across the screen shouting “No way!” It’s the same for your cats.
The only times they would leave their excrement lying on the floor or carpet are when: 1) they disagree with your choice of cat litter, litter box placement, and cleaning or 2) they have caught cat diseases that are preventing them from doing it in the litter box.
So if you have done all possible husbandry changes and your cat's still avoiding the proper bathroom, then these five common cat diseases may be the real culprit you're looking for:
Urinary Tract Diseases
Diseases under this category include cat UTI and interstitial cystitis (bladder inflammation), both of which make urinating grossly painful for your cat. In a handful of cases, they also produce blood in the urine.
Although treatable, the problem with this (which applies to many medical conditions causing cat litter problems) is that your cat may associate the pain with the litter box. This means she might think that it’s the box making her suffer, consequently resulting to her avoiding the litter box completely.
Kidney and Bladder Stones, Blockage, or Failure
Unlike with the first disease causing cat litter box problems, here, your cat will be adamant to frequently enter the litter box since she will feel full but can’t excrete properly. Unfortunately, by the time she is actually able to pee, the box may be out of her reach.
Of course, it’s not always pee that’s the problem. It can also be #2, aka poop. There are a lot of cat medical conditions that fall under this category and cause cat litter box problems. Some of those are parasites, impacted anal glands, and inflammatory bowel disease. Most of these cat diseases produce symptoms like abdominal pain, weight loss, and frequent vomiting and pooping outside of the litter box.
If your feline buddy has thyroid tumors producing excessive thyroid hormones, she will be likely to drink more and urinate often and longer. If she becomes rushed to pee, she might end up doing so wherever nature calls her. Luckily, this cat disease can be easily cured with medications, surgery, or an iodine treatment.
This is a common disease among old and obese cats—which is a strong reason to engage in interactive cat play! Cat diabetes draws more sugar into the system, which absorbs more water and requires your cat to pee several times more often than normal. Aside from that, the additional sugar attracts more infection-causing bacteria and negatively affects your feline pal’s nerves and muscles. On the upside, it can be alleviated and completely treated with insulin and special diets.
As you can see, cat litter box problems aren’t always caused by a lack of cleanliness or simple pickiness. Sometimes, they are actually signs that something’s internally wrong with your cat. So if you notice cat litter box problems, make sure to rule out medical issues first. Try changing your cleaning habits, cat food, and litter and visit the vet to get tests and proper treatments.
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