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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-23-2005, 04:46 AM Thread Starter
 
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My Cat's New Bed: The Stinky LitterBox!

My cat that I've had for a year has suddenly decided to spend his nights sleeping INSIDE the litterbox, it's a covered box, and he just curls up on top of the litter and "nests." I try taking him out and putting him on my bed or on a pillow and blankets on the floor and he always ends up back inside the box. This has been going on for a week(I've never had any problems with him before) and I find it to be very gross--he always stinks now. The problem is I can't punish him for being in the litter box, because then he might think that he is NEVER supposed to be in it and that could lead to even more serious problems... Oh God help me I can't take it! Any advice would be most helpful!

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-23-2005, 09:06 AM
 
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Take the lid off of the box and then offer him another covered space to sleep in, like another box with no litter. I had a cat that used to do that and that was the only way we could get him not to sleep in there. After that he started sleeping in the cabinets, but that was better than the litter box.

Once he stops sleeping in the box, try putting the lid back on. If he gets in there to sleep take it off again. Just make sure to take a peek in there to see what he is doing. If he is pottying don't disturb him, only remove the lid if he is sleeping in there.

I hope this helps.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-23-2005, 02:29 PM
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Does he seem healthy otherwise? Sometimes this can indicate an illness. If he's not his usual self, eating, drinking, playing and using his box normally, I'd take him in for a check up.
If he's acting normally beside the box issue, I'd ask myself if anything has changed in the household. Cats can be upset very easily to any change in their environment.
Usually there's a reason for this behavior. Cats are very clean animals and don't normally want to lay in their box unless there's a problem.
But, if all the above is ruled out, I'd get him a little enclosed cat house that he can sleep in. I'd see if he takes to it first before changing his litter box in any way(ie:taking off the lid).
Good luck!

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-24-2005, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
 
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Does he seem healthy otherwise? Sometimes this can indicate an illness. If he's not his usual self, eating, drinking, playing and using his box normally, I'd take him in for a check up.
If he's acting normally beside the box issue, I'd ask myself if anything has changed in the household. Cats can be upset very easily to any change in their environment.
Usually there's a reason for this behavior. Cats are very clean animals and don't normally want to lay in their box unless there's a problem.
But, if all the above is ruled out, I'd get him a little enclosed cat house that he can sleep in. I'd see if he takes to it first before changing his litter box in any way(ie:taking off the lid).
Good luck!
He's definitly not sick. He is fine and happy and energetic all day long, and yes he uses his litterbox during the day to go to the bathroom. (he has more than one litterbox).
I really think that it's just "comfortable" for him to sleep inside a covered box on top of soft litter.
Anyway, i bought him a new cat condo yesterday with a covered "hole" part and he slept in that last night. So we'll see if that did the trick.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-24-2005, 02:37 PM
 
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I had the samething with my youngest cat. This is what I did, Each time I seen him in the *box* I pick him and give him a bath and tell him over and over ( you keep laying in that box, IM going give you a bath every time). Well somewhere along the line of him getting older and getting the hint he stoped.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-24-2005, 03:13 PM
 
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As long as your cat is healthy it sounds like he just wants a cuddly place to sleep. My cats very much like enclosed, dark places to sleep; their little hidey holes I call them. We have several throughout the house. They change spots throughout the day and also depending upon the weather. They actually like to sleep in their kennels/carriers. I put bedding in there for them, wool sweaters in the winter and they love it. They like it dark too so I cover the tops.
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