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What is Normal Litter-box Behavior?

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10% of all cats will develop litter-box related health problems, It is all well and good to know what to look for when something is wrong, but how do you know if it is right? What are normal litter-box behaviors in cats?

What is Normal Litter-box Behavior?

The average adult cat will go pee two to three times a day, and will poop once a day.

Kittens use the litter-box more frequently, often after every time they eat. Once they get older and learn how to “hold it” they will start going less.

Older cats may go to the litter-box more often, more like kittens.

Normal behavior can vary from cat to cat. This is why it is important for you to pay attention to your cats litter-box behavior so you know what is normal for them,

Cats that eat wet food, may go to the bathroom more than ones that only eat dry food. So if you have cats on different diets, or change their diet, they normal may shit.

What is Not Normal Litter-box Behavior?

  • Any pain with peeing or pooping is not normal and should be looked at by your Los Lunas veterinarian right away.
  • Going to the bathroom outside the litter-box is typically an indication that something is wrong. It could be something as simple as the litter-box needs to be cleaned, or that they are having a urinary tract issue. It should always be looked at.
  • Diarrhea should be monitored and if it lasts more than a couple of days, you should contact your vet.
  • Blood in their pee or poo should be addressed by your vet immediately and is a sign of a health problem.

What Can Cause Litter-Box Behavior Changes?

Not all changes in litter-box behavior are health related. Here are some things that may cause changes in behavior:

  • Moving to a new home.
  • Anxiety
  • Dirty litter-box
  • Change in food type
  • Drinking more water than normal because it is hot.
  • Infection
  • Illness
  • Old age
  • Being in heat

If you have any concerns about if your cat’s behavior is normal, please ask your Los Lunas Vetco vet during our daily walk-in shot clinic, your annual exam, or any appointment.

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.