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Old 04-20-2011, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Default Senior cat sitting in litter box

Two days out of the last five I have found my senior cat (abt 20 yrs old) sitting in her litter box in the morning. She didn't seem to be using it, just sitting there.

For months now she has also been hiding under the bed in the master bedroom. Sometimes she is stretched out and just relaxing there. Other times she is hiding. She yowls a lot to get attention. We have two 5 year old male cats that do get access to that bedroom, but at night they are kept out of the bedroom.

I know lots of cats will sit in their litterbox. I'm just wondering if I should be surprised or concerned about this latest change in behavior.
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Old 04-20-2011, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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You should be concerned that she is hiding, that she is yowling, and that she is sitting in the litterbox. Take her to the vet.
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:06 AM
 
Location: California
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I would agree with Tilli. Any change in day to day behavior, especially in a Senior, would be a concern to me.
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:53 AM
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Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I have learned the hard way that any cat sitting in the litter tray or trying unsuccessfully to use the tray is in trouble. Take your cat to the vet.
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Old 04-20-2011, 08:20 AM
 
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To the vet, and right away!

Cats hide illness for as long as they possibly can. By the time you see symptoms like hiding, yowling and litter box sitting the kitty has usually been sick for quite a long time.

Please keep us posted.
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Old 04-20-2011, 04:38 PM
 
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^^^^Agreed agreed agreed. Please take her to a vet ASAP.
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Old 04-21-2011, 06:49 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I took her to the vet not long ago for a checkup which idenified some thyroid and kidney issues. I spoke to the vet this morning. We decided to watch her stool and make sure she is not constipated. I'll bring her in to the vet if her condition seems to get worse.
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Old 04-21-2011, 09:15 AM
 
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I took her to the vet not long ago for a checkup which idenified some thyroid and kidney issues. I spoke to the vet this morning. We decided to watch her stool and make sure she is not constipated. I'll bring her in to the vet if her condition seems to get worse.
What you are describing are signs your cat is in PAIN. She is an older cat and pain can do much to interfere with a cat's normal life. Are you addressing her kidney and thyroid issues? At the very least, please call your vet and get some pain medication for her. Do you know what it is like to be in pain? I do, and it sucks. Your cat is unable to go to the medicine cabinet to help herself to a pain pill. YOU have to do that for her.
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Old 04-21-2011, 09:30 AM
 
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I took her to the vet not long ago for a checkup which idenified some thyroid and kidney issues. I spoke to the vet this morning. We decided to watch her stool and make sure she is not constipated. I'll bring her in to the vet if her condition seems to get worse.
How long ago? A senior cat's health can change from one day to the next. When was the last blood work? When was her last urinalysis(UA)?

What do you mean kidney and thyroid issues were identified? Is she under treatment for these?

I'm glad you have spoken to your vet, but...it doesn't seem enough to me. Your cat is trying to communicate to you that something is wrong. She can't say to you, hey mom I'm sick, something hurts, please take me to the doctor.

So she hides away, and sits in her litter box, waiting for you to notice, and take the appropriate steps.

Please, take her to the vet. Get more blood work. Have a UA done. Find out what's wrong so it can be treated and she can be made more comfortable.
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Old 04-21-2011, 09:45 AM
 
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Is she peeing and when she yowls is she in the box? I think many of us here have had a cat with UTI. They yowl when trying to go to the bathroom. That is why we are all concerned, been there, done that.

Let us know.. how she is
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