We look at cats as our very own little wild animal. We try to domesticate it, we try to “tame” it, and we try to teach it our ways and our habits. But the truth couldn’t be further! Cats are born wild and will remain wild, at least in intent and instinct, if not in practice due to domestic constraints. It’s true that hundreds of years of selective breeding has helped enforce and enhance certain types of behavior, while softening other “undesirable” types. But all said and done, a cat is still a wild creature at heart, and must be appreciated for the same.
If you’ve ever had a particularly playful puss, you’d know that his tricks and moves were sudden and executed with little thought. Even when they play with toys, you can observe how their pupils grow larger, whiskers are prepped and pointed, and ears are slicked back and alert, before the fatal pounce. A sad and unhappy, un-socialized cat will not display these typical behaviors, and may even start urinating or defecating outside his litter box.
On introduction to the litter box
Cats are curious animals and highly dependent on sight and smell. Their ability to discern minute movements supersedes human eyesight by a large degree. They rely on their keen sense of smell to direct their actions. Unfamiliar cats and animals are sniffed out before they come into view and dealt with appropriately. The same goes with food. As most cat owners already know, the littlest sound of the can opener on the food can will alert the feline and he’ll be at the kitchen counter demanding his food.
It is this sense of smell that lets animals identify danger, safety, food, waste. When a litter box is first introduced, or if there is a new brand of litter being used, the animal will sniff to see if the environment is threatening or not. If the cat is newly introduced to a multi-cat home, he will get scent, sight, and temperament clues about how friendly his new roommates are!
New location of the litter box
When your cat becomes accustomed to using her litter box, she knows where to go when she needs to relieve herself. For her, it’s the place of safety and comfort and no other predatory animal will seek out her smell and attack her. So, when the litter box is shifted, it could potentially perplex a cat and make her suddenly insecure. Firstly, her place to attend nature’s call is suddenly missing. Secondly, she might be worried that the new place may not give her the security or the privacy she needs. self cleaning litter box is more suitable for most of the cats which makes yor life easier.
What may seem like aesthetics for you, by shifting the litter box from the living room to the basement, could be a matter of survival for your cat’s primal instincts. Therefore, it is necessary to acclimatize cats correctly.
Our previous articles provide various insights into cat and human interaction and behavior. Having a look at some of them, may point you in the right direction to having a better relationship with your cat.