Why is My Cat Sleeping in the Litter Box? Your vet may have the answer

Tidy understands tired. But if your cat begins sleeping in the litter box or starts hanging out in there, have her checked by the veterinarian. Some illnesses can make the cat feel a constant urge to go, while some cats just enjoy lying in a clean litter box.

Multiple cats

Got more than one cat? If you’ve ruled out health problems, your cat may be trying to guard the box in a power play (down, kitty). But more likely, your cat is just sleeping in the litter box for one of these reasons:

  • She likes napping in an enclosed place.
  • It smells like her.
  • It makes her feel safe

Tidy knows what to do

Try giving her a better place to sleep. It doesn't have to be a fancy bed—just another comfy place to lay.

If your cat was recently adopted from a shelter, the snug space of the litter box may feel familiar to her. Try providing her with a shoebox or crate with soft blankets to snuggle in, and know that once she gains confidence in her new home, her sleeping behavior might change. Tidy says sleep tight.

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