Growing up, my family always had cats. And I remember, even as a kid, being amazed at how the cats always knew that they were supposed to go to the bathroom in the litter box. How the heck do they know?
This apparent talent is due in large to cat DNA. Thousands of years ago, cats out in the wild made it a habit to bury their waste so it wouldn’t be detected by predators. Thankfully, for those who adopt felines, that instinct is still around today.
Similarly, when a cat is in the wild, it will never urinate near where it sleeps. The cat’s urine gives off a strong odor that can be easily picked up by its enemies. If you find that your house cat is no longer using the litter box like it used to, it could be because the litter box has absorbed some of the odors and the cat no longer thinks its a safe place to go.
The Humane Society lists some tips on how to make sure your litter box remains up to your cat’s standards. After all, as the Humane Society points out, the last thing you want your cat to do is “think outside the box.”
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