6 Reasons Your Cat Isn’t Using The Litter box To Pee
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Cats are independent and low-maintenance creatures, something that draws cat owners to them. Unlike dogs, cats don’t need to be taken out for walks when they need to go to the bathroom, and can easily be trained to use their litter boxes from a young age. When a cat, either young or full grown, stops using the litter box and keeps peeing outside it, it becomes a frustrating problem for every owner. There can be many reasons for your cat to pee outside the litter box, so finding the right reason is essential to tackle this problem:
1. Type Of Urination
There are two types of urination in cats: the normal urination that creates a puddle once released; and a spray of urine, usually released when a cat wants to mark his territory. Figuring out which type it is will help differentiate the right way to tackle the problem.
2. Medical Reasons
It might be wise to approach a veterinarian before trying to solve the problem at home, especially if your cat has been trained before and has caused no problems. Some of the most common problems that cause incontinence in cats are bladder stones blockages, a urinary tract infection, and feline interstitial cystitis. Rule out these problems, or any other ones with help from your vet. This way, you will be able to narrow down where the problem is coming from and how to tackle it.
3. Litter Box Issues
Cats are finicky and extremely clean creatures, meaning that they don’t like and will continue to avoid a litter box until it is clean. Some cats are extremely particular about how clean their litter boxes need to be, and what may seem clean to human beings would still not be clean enough for your cat. It’s also important to remember that cats have a very developed sense of smell, and can still smell the remnants of their litter even if it looks like it’s all cleaned out.
4. Stress And Anxiety
Many cats are naturally anxious and nervous, especially when introduced to new surroundings or new people. Cats who feel stressed in the outdoors might pee near the house as a way to feel safe. Other stressful situations for all cats, such facing new animals in the outdoors, can also cause incontinence.
5. Difficulty In Finding Litter Box
If you have moved to a new house or a new area, your cat might be having a hard time finding his litter box. If you keep the litter box in a dark or inconspicuous area especially, your cat might have a difficult time finding it. Make sure you keep the litter box in a visible and open spot, even if you want to keep it hidden away from the main part of the house.
6. Other Pets/ External Issues
If you have adopted new pets, your cat could be adjusting to sharing his house with another animal, especially if it is another cat. Neutering your male cat might reduce this problem, though even neutered cats can continue to spray their urine around the house. It would be helpful to ease new pets into the household, and make your cat feel secure in his house during this time. Keeping cats in separate rooms, for example, can help immensely.
Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.