My cat Albert has taken to sleeping in the litterbox, and it’s starting to be a problem.
Background: He’s been diagnosed with depression. Yes, it sounds strange, but after my husband died, Albert became Slumpbert. He would just lie around, looking pathetic. A couple of vet trips later, he had a diagnosis of perfect health other than potential depression. He’s had good days/weeks/months since then, but bad ones, too. And this seems to be one of the bad ones.
So, he’s taken to sleeping in the litterbox. In addition to it just being gross, the other cats don’t like it at all and are starting to avoid the litterbox area, which is problematic. I tried putting a clean, empty litterbox in there, hoping to tempt Albert in and gradually move it out into the kitchen, but he likes the dirty ones! headdesk
ETA: Further background: I’ve had to put two cats to sleep in the past two weeks. I have no idea if that is having an impact on him at all.
I don’t know much about cat psychology, but it wouldn’t surprise me if part of his reaction is because you had to put down two of his housemates, especially given his reaction to your husband’s death. I don’t know what you could do to help him through it, though.
I have three cats: Albert, Bertram, and Cuthbert. This is actually down from a high of 11 years ago when my husband and I were involved in cat rescue. Down from 6 just since the beginning of 2010. So, there’s been a lot of change around here.
I can definitely try Feliway. I used it a few years ago when there was a squabbling problem between three cats. I’m not sure if it really worked for that, but I haven’t tried it for Albert’s depression. I also haven’t tried medicating him, since he’s still been eating and drinking and affectionate, but maybe that’s the next step. I’d love to find an environmental solution, though.