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Understanding Feline Anxiety: Cats and Litter Boxes

Updated: Aug 28, 2023

Cats can get anxious or stressed over their litter boxes. The litter box is an essential resource for cats, and any issues or changes related to it can cause anxiety or discomfort for them. Here are a few reasons why a cat might experience anxiety or stress related to their

litter box.

Owner scooping cat litter in front of cat
Taking Care of your Cat's Litter Box

1. Inadequate cleanliness: Cats are generally clean animals and prefer a clean litter box. If the litter box is not cleaned regularly, or if it is not properly maintained, it can lead to anxiety and avoidance of the litter box.


2. Litter box location: The location of the litter box is crucial for a cat's comfort. If the litter box is placed in a noisy or high-traffic area, the cat may feel anxious or vulnerable while using it. Cats prefer a quiet, private location for their litter box.


3. Type of litter: Cats have individual preferences when it comes to the type of litter they prefer. Some cats may be sensitive to certain litter textures or scents, which can cause anxiety or aversion to the litter box.


4. Previous negative experiences: If a cat has had a negative experience

while using the litter box, such as being startled or frightened, they may develop anxiety or fear associated with the litter box.


5. Multi-cat household issues: In households with multiple cats, litter box anxiety can arise due to territorial conflicts or competition for resources. Cats may become anxious if they feel threatened or if their access to the litter box is blocked by other cats.



Owner scooping cat litter in front of cat
Litter Box Care = Happy Cat

It's important for cat owners to provide a clean, comfortable, and easily accessible litter box for their cats. Regular cleaning, providing multiple litter boxes in multi-cat households, and experimenting with different litter types can help alleviate litter box-related anxiety in cats. UnRuffled Pets® Pheromones have also been scientifically proven to reduce cat anxiety about their litter boxes.


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