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Your cat is a marvel of consistency – sleeps in the same place, eats the same amount of food and drinks the same amount of water. Every day. This love of routine can make it easy to spot early indicators that your cat’s health may not be right. And those telltale signs are often waiting in your cat’s litter box.

 TLC offers regular litter box cleaning as part of our service. But it is more than just changing the litter. Our sitters are trained to monitor the scoops they make each visit. Among the things we look for are color (signs of blood in the urine or stool), odor (anything unusual), size of the urine clump (urinary tract concerns) and parasites in the stool.

 Not all the clues reside inside the litter box. If there are not the expected number of urine clumps our sitters can alert you to this change of behavior. Peeing outside the box can be an expression of misdirected aggression (see previous post) by your cat. Somehow her environment is not to her liking and you can take steps to correct the situation.

 An abnormal litterbox does not automatically portend trouble but regular monitoring is a sure way help prevent trouble from brewing and keeping your cat happy.