Post # 1
Hi Bees! I know these boards are full of animal lovers with good advice!
We recently moved the cat box to a room in our basement that houses the water heater. So far, we’ve just kept the light on in that room to help Kitty get used to the new set up.
But I’d rather not leave the light on 24/7. DH thinks Kitty will be fine in the dark. This room has no windows so it will be pitch black at night – and probably the rest of the time as well. Are cats ok with that? (I’m more of a dog person myself so I don’t always understand cat thoughts!) I mean I see cat boxes built into benches and IKEA dressers on Pinterest all the time. Those cats must be ok with total darkness. right?
I found this little motion activated, battery powered light for like $15 at home depot. Is it worth the money for it plus batteries, or is Kitty gonna be fine in the dark?
Thanks for any advice!!
Post # 2
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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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
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
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 🙂
Post # 6
Sassygrn: I know cats have great night vision, but I’m concerned because I think all eyeballs, no matter the species, need at least a little bit of light. So that’s why I came here to ask for some real-life opinions. I’ve only been a cat owner for three years so I’m still pretty new at this stuff.
Thanks for all the good advice so far everybody! I really appreciate it! 🙂