Why is my cat sleeping in his litter box?

If you convince yourself that your cat is sleeping in his litter box because he understands the French language, shows refined humor and gives you, adept of the second degree, a subtle wink, like “Litter, bedding, what’s the difference? “, we recommend that you read our article instead “How can I take care of my mental health with humor? “

Joking aside, many feline owners observe this phenomenon, at first sight strange, from their four-legged companion: the cat takes its ease in its place of ease! So, among the most serious and responsible owners, that is to say the majority, questions arise. Out of curiosity, we wonder why he does this, but above all, if this is the sign of a problem, in particular of health, proven or latent.

Your cat sleeps in its litter box for convenience

Staying as close as possible to amenities is one for humans, so why not for cats?

Like the unusually incontinent spectator who, in the cinema, proudly equipped with his “Sanitary pass”, settles on the seat as close as possible to the toilet so as not to miss a drop of the film, the cat carried away in his reveries while relieving himself could also make a similar choice.

More seriously, if he does not show other worrying signs (aggressiveness, indigestion, unusual meows, etc.), your cat may simply enjoy resting in his toilet, which is not dramatic if the litter box is relatively clean. For example, when it is very hot, your animal will tend to stay in its litter, especially if it is made of grains of clay, a material that keeps a bearable temperature for Minet, an animal known to be quite fragile in the face. in hot weather.

When should you start worrying?

It appears that, in general, kittens are naturally subject to this atypical nap, quite simply because the odors of the litter box reassure them and the need to be reassured is perfectly natural in all mammals. It is only when they grow older that they gradually let go of this habit that they feel less and less the need to stay close to their needs. Likewise, some cats who are doing very well seem to enjoy sleeping in their litter box: as long as it is clean, it is not serious and should not cause particular concern.

If your cat is considered to have reached adulthood and remains sleeping in its litter box systematically, including when it is high time to empty and clean it, then it is possible

Of course, in any case, the opinion of his veterinarian appointed or, failing that, another animal health professional, is required to make a relevant diagnosis and decide on the best course of action in the best interests of your animal This should not, however, prevent you from starting to ask yourself questions, which will facilitate and speed up the diagnostic process.

So what are the “bad” reasons why your cat would sleep in his litter box?

Your cat is unwell

As in humans who tend to spend hours in the toilet when they suffer from certain digestive disorders, certain pathologies in cats may explain the time they spend there and the naps they take there:

  • urinary tract infection, which causes pain when shedding;
  • irritating urine crystals;
  • indigestion, resulting from the ingestion of harmful or unusual substances.

To determine if your cat is possibly unwell, check the other aspects of his behavior: his appetite, his water consumption, the care taken with his toilet, his sleep, the texture and the color of his stool, etc.

Your cat is upset, stressed, adapting, depressed, etc.

Territorial animal if there is one, the cat can have a tendency to “sanctuary” its litter, especially if it is in “competition” with other cats or other animals in your household. The same may be true if it is new to you. In this case, inquire with its former owner, in particular to know if he was already used to sleeping in his litter box or not and if the reasons for this behavior had already been identified.

It is not said that antidepressants are the miracle solution for cats who are not really depressive, themselves being “antidepressants” according to the words of certain psychiatrists passionate about felids (mode of taking: tactile). More seriously, if your cat shows signs of anxiety, annoyance or stress, try to identify the cause in his immediate environment: a new cat that is causing terror in the neighborhood, a new layout of your interior that is shaking up. animal voting habits, unusual outing times, a radical change in its daily rituals (type of litter, food, the owner’s growing family, etc.).

Your pregnant animal is about to give birth

The cat pregnant who is expecting their young may find it more convenient to stay in the immediate vicinity of their litter box, especially at the time of give birth. It is then up to you to implement, if necessary, the procedure decided upon with your animal’s veterinarian: let her give birth to her young where she chooses to do so, or move her to a place more conducive to your eyes, but just as reassuring for her and her impending offspring.

Either way, at the slightest quirk or unusual behavior, talk to other people who are familiar with cats to get a feel for it first, then to a knowledgeable vet if your concern persists.