I apologize for "necro-ing" this thread, but I just wanted to add to it and also say THANK YOU to the others who have posted that yes, it appears to be normal about a cat/kitten "announcing" before/during/after using the litter box.
I have a 7 month-old Tortie who still has the most adorable little kitten meow she had when I brought her home (it's only deepened slightly, compared to the high pitched little "mew" that my silver tabby had when she was a kitten that turned into a deep, commanding, "pay attention to me NOW" kind of meow), and she's currently meowing up a storm.
She's been in and out of the litter box three times this morning, scratching around, coming back out, looking at me and meowing...
My tabby did this too, when she was a kitten, but not to this extent. So, naturally, I became worried. I massaged her rump a bit, but all that did was make her want to squirm or play. I changed out the litter, but all she did was sniff around. No, she just likes to talk. A LOT.
I live on a boat. The only place to put the litter box is in a nook just under the forward berth. I learned early on to shift my position and have my head all the way forward, rather than up near the bulkhead and, subsequently, directly over said litter box. Yeah...being awakened in the middle of the night by kitty surprises left unburied is not a pleasant thing.
So now, enter the Tortie. Meow? Meow? Meow? Meow? (I assume it's a question because it starts deeper and ends with an increasing higher scale.)
"What? You can go potty."
Meow? Meow? Meow? Meow?
"Go potty! You're a big girl now, you can go by yourself!"
Meow? Meow? Meow? Meow?
"What? Do you want attention? You want to play? No? You're going into the litter box now...okay, you can go."
Meow? Meow? *scratch around a bit, then come back out* Meow? Meow?
And this is how it goes in my boat about three times a day. Meanwhile, the tabby is just sitting on her kitty shelf, looking out at the world, and bearing a look on her face that can only be described as "Oh, shut the heck up already and poop."
I monitor their water intake, and there are no issues. Their fecal matter isn't too large, nor segmented, nor too soft (stinky, yes, and I swear the Tabby leaves them sitting there proudly on the surface just out of spite), and I alternate between their usual dry and an occasional "gooshy food" as a sort of "treat", especially on warmer days to ensure they have enough liquid. Even with all of this care, it's Meow? Meow? Meow? Meow?
That endearing kitten voice I mentioned? It can quickly become like nails on a chalkboard when you have a lot of stuff to do on the computer that demands your concentration. Ah, the joys of parenthood...
Anyway, the point to all of this is that yes, I was concerned, but I found this site first and saw that a LOT of people are experiencing the same issues, so that made me feel better. I figured it was the case - not a UTI but just a kitty quirk. My tabby grew out of her phase rather quickly. The Tortie? Not so much yet, hence the initial concern.
I guess it's just "grin and bear it" time for awhile, and if it continues, then it's just learning how to become "mommy"-deaf. :-D