Cat Little Box: In the dark or Nightlite?

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Newbee

For my cat, I would definitely get the motion light. Its pretty cheap and that way your cat can actually see where the box is. 🙂 I am a vet tech and see lots of cats with urinary issues and you wouldn’t want your cat to stop using the box because of the darkness etc. Some cats might be just fine in the dark, but I wouldn’t want to risk causing some sort of litter box aversion. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

Your cat will be perfectly fine in the dark.

If the motion light makes you feel better, go for it.  But cats can see in almost total darkness.  They need something like 1/6th of the light we need to see.  I’ve owned a cat for over 9 years, and we lock him up at night in the bathroom with his bed, litter box, food and water (otherwise he won’t let us sleep because he beats at our bedroom door).  I’ve never left the light on for him and it’s never been an issue.  I know he eats, drinks, and uses the litter box at night because it’s very obvious in the morning when I let him out (bowl will be empty, poop in litter, etc).  Also, cats don’t solely rely on vision.  They have better hearing and smell than we do too.  So even if he can’t see where his litter box is, he can smell his way to it.  It’s clear that you’re a caring pet owner.  You’re not doing anything wrong by leaving the lights out.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

koi424:  You do know cats can see in the dark right? There is no real need for a night light other than your own peace of mind.  I have been around cats for all my life (40 years worth) and have never had a cat with an issue with the night

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’d do the light! My parents cat always seemed to like a light in her litter room. You could always try it without first and see if the cat seems fine! Cats are individuals with different likes and dislikes 🙂

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