Why Inappropriate Peeing Happens Outside the Litter Box

Whether your cat is “fixed” or not, any cat is capable of peeing outside of the litter box. But why are they doing it?

Many people think their cat is peeing where they shouldn’t as a sign of disobedience, to get back at them. But cats lack the human ego to plan such a revenge.

Kidding aside, cats pee in inappropriate places as a means of communicating a message to you.

Health Condition

The first thing your cat will try to tell you is that something is medically or physically wrong with them. Peeing outside of the litter box can be a sign of a urinary incontinence, urinary tract infection, kidney disease, diabetes, hyperthyroidism and feline lower urinary tract disease.

If your cat suddenly starts peeing where he shouldn’t, you need to get them to the vet and have them checked. Any of these health issues, if left untreated, can become very serious.

Senior cats sometimes develop arthritis. This makes it very hard and painful for them to get in and out of the litter box if the sides are too tall, or if the box is placed somewhere that requires too much physical activity to get to, such as climbing stairs.

Behavioral Issues

If it’s not any medical conditions that’s making your cat pee outside the litter box and you have ruled out all physical disabilities, it’s time to consider whether there is a behavioral reason your cat is peeing on places where they shouldn’t. Cats don’t like changes and can be easily stressed out even when there is a small alteration on their daily routine. You should be assessing your surroundings.

Are there any stray cats outside the window?

Have you moved to a new home?

Did you rearrange the furniture?

Did you bring in a new pet?

It is best to recall when the inappropriate peeing started and see if you can connect it to any recent event that may cause your cat some anxieties.

If you have a number of cats, it’s given that you need to have multiple litter boxes, too. The general rule is that you must have one box for each cat and add one or two more for good measure. So, if you have three cats you should probably have four or five boxes. You should also clean the litter boxes every day and always make sure you are adding fresh litter.

Wait! That’s another thing: Did you recently change the litter?

Cats have preferences, so if you did change the litter for some reason, consider changing it back.  If you didn’t change it, consider trying out different ones to see which your cat(s) prefer.

It’s also important to mention that not all physical or behavioral issues will be fixed instantly. In these instances, it’s a great idea to use cat diapers to keep your house clean (and your sanity intact!).

You may have heard about dog diapers, but cats can absolutely wear diapers, too! Pet Parents® cat diapers come in a variety of colors as well as sizes, so you’re sure to get the proper fit for your little fur ball.

Be sure to contact us and give us a message in case you have some questions in mind. We always love to help!


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