More Cats in Litter Boxes

A couple of months ago I wrote about the many cats I saw who tended to spend their time lying in litter boxes at the SPCA shelter where I volunteer (see here). I suggested, and people agreed, that this is a behavior caused by stress. Since then I have accumulated several more photos of cats in litter boxes. Many, if not all, of the cats shown here have been adopted so enjoy the photos but don’t worry about the kitties.

Being in a shelter is no fun for anybody but usually, the end justifies the means. I’ve noticed the turnover is relatively quick and a cat that spends three months in our shelter is pretty rare. Now that the shelter is by appointment only that might change but my hope is people won’t forget about these pets in need even though they have other things to worry about right now. What do you think?


26 thoughts on “More Cats in Litter Boxes

  1. Genevieve Petrillo

    Paws crossed that all stressed (and unstressed) kitties and puppers continue to find safe, happy forever homes real soon. Thank you for the work you and all shelter workers do.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake and Mom

  2. Summer

    I’m so glad these kitties got adopted – they were clearly not happy being in the shelter. (I guess they didn’t realize the options were worse!)

      1. meowmeowmans

        That’s wonderful. And I’m glad the ones that are still there have a safe and loving place until they, too, are adopted.

  3. Doug Thomas

    A redesign of shelter space for cats might include something like the permanent boxes in the cat rooms my friend Marty set up for rescue cats she helps deal with the stress of abandonment and, then, being in a company of other cats. You have to scroll down quite a bit to get to the photos of the cat habitat.

      1. Doug Thomas

        I recently saw a “My Cat From Hell” where Jackson Galaxy did a remake of a cat place that rescued shelter cats from high kill shelters. His catification of the place included banks of booths for the cats and potential forever families to to sit and become acquainted with each other. The cats were free to roam once they were socialized and comfortable with people. The booths had cat tree-like boxes built into them.

          1. Doug Thomas

            That seems to be a winner! I know my friend Mary pointed out a few cats that ran and hid in the ones in the photo. You can see their eyes barely about the bottom of the opening.

  4. onespoiledcat

    You can tell by those precious faces that there’s confusion, maybe some fear and I’m so happy to hear that maybe most of those little faces are now happy ones on kitties who have a forever home. Shelters do a great job of caring for the “left behinds” or lost…..but there truly TRULY is no place like HOME.



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