Do you have a cat who pees on the floor? This may come to a surprise to you as most cats instinctively use their box as means to cover their scent. When your cat is peeing outside the litter box, you have to look at all reasons why to determine the best approach to stop this from happening. Here are the 5 most common reasons why a cat pees outside his/her box and how to stop this behavior.
Feline depression is something that most people don’t understand or even realize a cat can have. When a cat has depression, much like us humans, their actions change dramatically. For warning signs of feline depression, please read my post “6 Signs of Feline Depression“.
What you can do to stop this : Once you find out why your cat is depressed, you will be able to eliminate or at least lessen the stress, and thus end the peeing on the floor. While I do not recommend it unless it is a severe case, a vet visit can help you determine if medication can be useful or not.
Peeing on soft surfaces outside the box is very common in female cats who have a UTI. This does not mean a male cat will NOT do this nor does it mean peeing on soft surfaces is needed for it to be a UTI. Look for blood in the urine or very deep orange pee.
What you can do to stop this : Add shredded white paper to the litter box to check for blood. Examine every puddle you find carefully. If you suspect it, take him/her into the vet to get tested. If you are short on cash and are almost 100% certain your kitty has a UTI, give them diluted apple cider vinegar. One teaspoon 3 times a day for 2 or 3 days will clear it up… But your cat may hate you for a week. Be sure to offer fresh water after.
This is the most common cause and is the least suspected. Cats can and do develop separation anxiety just like dogs! Who knew? For more information on determining if your cat has separation anxiety and what to do, please read “Cats With Separation Anxiety : What To Do“.
What you can do to stop this : Pay close attention to your kitty to be sure they have this or not. It can take a few weeks of observation and even “spying” on your cat after you leave the house. Once you know, there are several things you can do to ease the stress in the link above.
If the box is not getting cleaned often enough, it is a good enough reason for a cat to pee elsewhere. Can you blame them for this? Cat urine is strong and makes our eyes water, but it also does the same for your kitty! Also, buying a brand that is not enjoyed, fowl smelling, or has high dust is enough to make your cat snub the box.
What you can do to stop this : Clean the box more. If this is hard for you, opt for an automatic cleaning box. A cat box should be scooped out daily and changed once or twice a week. The more cats, the more often it needs to be done. If you believe the new litter to be the cause, try a more natural, low dust brand.
Bottom line here is it hurts. It damages their nerves and they are stuck with this the rest of their lives. They can’t tell you how painful it is to dig in the litter. Please read “CLAWmazing Facts On Cat Nails” for more information on how damaging declawing can be. More can be read on the topic of urination issues with delcawed cats here.
What you can do to stop this : If you already declawed your cat, or adopted one who already was declawed – You need to approach this as if you were missing your nails. It would hurt so bad to type, write, not to mention DIG. Instead of using litter, opt for something like Purina Yesterday’s News Original Paper Pellet Litter or use sand mixed with some baking soda. Both options will ease their pain.