Cats are typically very clean and meticulous creatures who would rather pee in an area where they can easily cover it up, so if your cat has taken to urinating outside the litter box or on other areas of your home, you will want to discover why.
Read on to explore the possible reasons behind the lack of litter eliminations, how to curb this unwanted behavior and quick tips on cleaning up that nasty pee odour with simple products found in your cupboard.
If your cat is not peeing where you want it to, here are some reasons that may be causing that troublesome behavior.
If your cat has taken to peeing on your couch or your cat is peeing on your bed, there could also be an underlying health issue that is preventing her from making it to the box on time. Possible causes could be an urinary tract infection which makes it difficult for the cat to hold its pee. In addition, if your cat is a senior and is peeing on the couch or bed, then it may be due to old age incontinence, which is a common occurrence in this age group. Take your kitty to the veterinarian so he or she can rule out any underlying health issues.
Has your cat been peeing on the floor for no apparent reason? Then she may be trying to tell you something.
Cats are creatures of habit so if their routine is interrupted by a significant change in their environment, this can throw them into a tailspin and can manifest itself with peeing in other places. For example, is there a new baby in the home, new spouse, death of a loved-one or even the addition of a new pet? These can all cause kitty to become stressed enough to seek out other areas to relieve herself.
If this is the case, try to pay more attention to your cat to help her feel more loved. If there’s a new addition, be sure to praise your cat around the new addition so she doesn’t feel left out or forgotten about. Have the new spouse feed your cat and give her treats to build feel good moments and to help break the tension and stress she may be feeling.
When a cat is declawed it is actually an amputation of the first knuckle. This is a painful operation that may leave your cat with long-term or even a lifetime of sensitivity to harsh textures, the litter can be one of them. If you are wondering about declawing your cat, Dr. Pam Johnson-Bennett gives us the scoop.
Your clothes and other soft textures may not cause your cat as much pain and irritation to her paws, so she will go where she feels the most comfortable.
If we punish our cat because she failed to use the litter box, then we may be sending the wrong message. Our cat thinks we object to its elimination, not the area in which she chose to do so. She will also most likely become fearful of us which is not what any good pet parent wants. Just remember our cats aren’t peeing and pooping outside the box to insight our anger, but rather because she doesn’t feel like she can use the box. Our job as good pet parents is to figure out why.
An intact male cat that has reached sexually maturity (around 6 to 8 months-old) may spray around your house to mark his territory. This is a common behaviour and one that may be rectified by neutering him as soon as possible. However, some older male cats can continue with this behavior even after they’ve been altered. To prevent this from occurring male kittens should be neutered no later than 6 months-of-age.
The best way to combat the smell of cat urine is to locate the mess and thoroughly clean it up. The longer cat pee sits, the stronger the odor becomes, so get on it ASAP.
If your feline friend has eliminated on your carpet, this simple home mixture works wonders.
If you still notice an odor after you’ve finished, repeat the process.
Although, having your cat pee where it shouldn’t can be annoying, it’s not the end of the world. Explore the reasons why Kitty may be upset about using the litter box and move on from there. If nothing seems to be working, consult your veterinarian or animal behaviorist for other possible reasons and solutions.