How To Stop A Cat From Peeing In The House

          By and large, cats are known to be easy critters to toilet train. With enough time and patience, your feline friend can soon associate that big tub of cat litter in the corner of the home as their personal potty once you’ve guided them to use it every time they need to conduct their business.

Sometimes however, owners may find that their cats are relieving themselves in odd areas of the home, often in places where you’d least expect them to do a number 1 on. This can be frustrating for cat owners, and in extreme cases may lead to owners considering rehoming their cats if this behavior goes on for an extended period of time.

This behavior is not uncommon – in fact, it is the most common complaint of cat owners. The scientific name behind this behavior is ‘feline inappropriate elimination’, in which cats urinate (spray) on vertical surfaces as well as horizontal ones outside the litter box. In the article below, we’ll explore the reasons why cats behave this way, and also note the ways you can stop your cat from peeing in the house.

Reasons why cats pee outside the litter box

There are several reasons why cats may start peeing outside the litter box. Let’s look at some of the most common reasons why.

1. Stress

 Like humans, cats are prone to stress and can react very sensitively to even the smallest changes of environment in the home. For example, if your cat is used to being alone in the house and you bring home another pet or a baby human, your cat may get very territorial and start marking its territory around the house to warn the newcomer.

 2. Medical reasons

 There are several ways medical diseases may cause feline inappropriate elimination. One of the most common medical reasons is kidney and liver disease, in which cats start drinking more water, and consequently have to urinate more often. Another common medical reason is UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections), often found in older cats. UTIs are known to cause urinary tract issues due to bacteria in the urine, thus your cat may be peeing in areas of the house because of the lack of control in the bladder.

 3. Old age

 If your cat is a senior, chances are your cat may be suffering from some kind of muscle degeneration like arthritis, and is having some trouble maneuvering their way into the litter box due to the pain they feel. Cats tend to change their behaviours whenever their general health or quality of life decreases, and litter box habits are one of the most common ones to change first.

 4. Returning to the same urine spot

 Has your cat peed on a corner of the home before? If they have, there is a high chance that you’ve missed that spot during your house cleaning, or you haven’t cleaned it enough. Cats tend to return to the spots where they go to the toilet, because of their keen sense of smell. Always clean up accidental urine spots thoroughly, and as quickly as possible, to discourage your cat from returning to the same spot to pee.

Is your cats’ litter box dirty?

Another common reason is the dirty litter box. Cats don’t like dirty litter boxes – in fact, if you are a cat owner, you probably have come across your cat complaining to you that their litter box is too filthy to use. Some cats also don’t like the feel of a particular brand or type of litter, or the litter box itself may be too uncomfortable for your cat to use.

The design of the litter box may also cause an issue for some cats. Your cat may be uncomfortable with the shape of the litter box, as well as the size of it. Litter box coverings also play a part in how comfortable your cat feels in his or her litter box; some cats like covered boxes whereby others may prefer open tops.

How to stop a cat from peeing in the house

Here are some things you can do as a cat owner to stop a cat from peeing in the house.

The first thing you should check is to ensure that your cat’s litter box is kept as clean as possible. This requires discipline on your part as the cat owner, but that effort will go a long way, as your cat will feel more comfortable with a clean litter box. Also, observe how your cat reacts to the litter box in terms of size and location. If your cat is big, make sure you have a big enough litter box for him or her to be comfortable in. Avoid placing the litter box in the same area where your cat eats and drinks.

You should also make sure that your home environment is a safe and happy place for your cat to live in. Cats love to be stimulated physically and mentally, so think toys, climbing spaces and vertical play areas where they can jump about and expend their energy. If your cat has peed in an area of the home away from the litter box, make sure to clean it as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. Use cleaners with enzymatic properties in order to completely remove the odors that may otherwise linger with the use of just soap and water.

If none of the above methods work, chances are you might need to see a veterinarian to check if there are any medical conditions like kidney issues or bladder issues that your cat may be facing. This will give you that ultimate peace of mind in knowing that your cat is healthy, or suffering from an underlying condition that you can’t visually diagnose.

Additionally, having routine checkups at the vet will ensure that your cat is happy, being in the care of a responsible pet owner. The less stress your cat faces, the less inclined they will feel to change their litter box habits.

 

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