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Arthritis is a common condition that affects as many as 3 in 10 cats. It is often not diagnosed in cats because it is difficult to recognize even for the most dedicated cat guardian. The signs can be subtle, and since cats are such masters at masking pain, it often remains untreated. Only 7% of cats with arthritis receive treatment.
Senior cats and litter box behavior
Litter box avoidance may be a symptom of arthritis (although there are many other reasons for eliminating outside the box.) Getting in and out of the box may be painful for a cat with aching joints. Your senior cat may need a lower box, and you may also want to add additional boxes, especially in a large or multi-level home. If getting to the litter box requires climbing stairs, senior cats may avoid using the litter box.
We introduced several litter box solutions for senior cats in a previous post. I recently came across the KittyGoHere Litter Box, which is an attractive and sturdy solution with the lowest entrance I’ve been able to find, short of re-appropriating items not designed as litter boxes, such as cement mixing or potting trays.
KittyGoHere Senior Litter Box
Made from sturdy plastic, the KittyGoHere Litter Box comes in two sizes and four colors: sand, lavender blue and green. More colors are available in the puppy version, which is the exact came design, but marketed as PuppyGoHere Training Pan.
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