Is Your Cat Peeing Outside The Box?

If a cat start peeing outside the box there are a few things you should consider.

Cats are meticulous creatures, and you will see that this is more apparent in their litter box habits. A cat won't utilize the litter box for different reasons (about of 10 % of all felines develop develop an elimination problem), the cause could be anything from an unclean box to a health problem.

Prior to attempting some simple methods to get him/her back in the litter box, we recommend that you take your cat to the vet for a check up. If you have actually simply introduced a new feline to your home, ensure the litter box is as cat-friendly as possible to prevent a trouble in the future.


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10 Common Reasons Cats Won't Use The Litter Box

  1. An unclean litter box.
  2. There isn't enough litter boxes in your house.
  3. A cramped litter box.
  4. A litter box with a hood or liner.
  5. A litter box with sides that are high.
  6. Too much litter in the box.
  7. An awkward area that does not enable personal privacy and multiple escape routes.
  8. Litter change.
  9. Stress factors like moving, dispute with another cat, adding brand-new animals or household members to the family.
  10. Medical conditions and litter box troubles.


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Your cat could have a clinical condition that makes urinating too agonizing. 


Typical clinical conditions which could impact litter box usage consist of:

  • Urinary system infection (UTI). If your cat regularly enters her litter box but produces small amounts of urine, she could have a UTI.
  • Feline interstitial cystitis. Feline interstitial cystitis is a complex illness that triggers inflammation of the bladder. It can cause a feline to get rid of outside the litter box due to the fact that of the urgency to pee.
  • Bladder stones or blockage. If your cat has bladder stones or a clog, she could often enter her litter box. She might likewise experience pain and mew or cry when she tries to get rid of. Her abdominal areas could be tender to the touch.

Your vet will perform the proper test and determine if there is any health issues related to your cat peeing outside the box.

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Cat peeing outside the litter box? Common reasons include:

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If your vet has actually ruled out a health problem, you can make a few changes to see if you can steer your cat back to the litter box:

  1. Scoop and alter your cat's litter a minimum of once a day.
  2. Extensively rinse out the box with baking soda or odorless soap once a week.
  3. Use less litter. Felines like a shallow bed of litter - no more than two inches deep.
  4. Usage a larger litter box.
  5. Usage clumping, unscented litter of a medium to great texture or the litter he/she used as a kitten. 
  6. Don't make use of box liners or covers.
  7. Try a self-cleaning box, which is normally cleaner than a standard litter box.
  8. Move the litter box to a quiet, low-light area where your cat has the ability to see anybody approaching and can get away quickly. The litter box must be out of sight of her food and water dishes.
  9. Include a couple of litter boxes in various locations, all which have several escape routes. Make sure that youngsters or other animals don't have access to the boxes.
  10. If your cat is old or arthritic, use a litter box with low sides so she can climb up in easily.
  11. Supply a litter box for each of your felines, plus one extra. If you reside in a multi-storey residence, position a box on each level.


Most important -- Do Not Punish Your Cat!

Note, a feline may avoid the box because he/she has been penalized for eliminating in other locations. When you penalize a cat for peeing or pooping outside of the box, the messages he/she receives are:

  • he/she ought to be afraid of you, and
  • peeing and pooping will get him/her in trouble. If a feline isn't utilizing his litter box it's because he feels he can't. 

For more tips on how to humanely train your cat and stop cat peeing outside the box click here.


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