They react to your stress
Many times clients will come to Fitzpatrick when a pet starts acting strange, like when a cat decides to ditch the litter box. “I’ll ask the cat why, and it can often be an emotional problem,” say Fitzpatrick. “Something has happened or you’re not getting on well with your husband, and the only way they can tell you they’re disturbed is by peeing outside of the box.” So if your pet randomly starts misbehaving, it could just be their way of telling you that they know something is up. (That said, peeing outside the litter box can be a sign that your pet has bladder issues—it’s worth also taking the kitty to the vet to get checked out, just in case.)
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