Reasons Why Cats Urinate Outside the Litter Box

Cats are usually very particular about using their littler boxes, so if your cat suddenly starts urinating somewhere else, then you’re probably wondering why this sudden, drastic change has occurred. Although any cat can have an accident now and again, any cat who suddenly stops using his or her litter box should be examined by the veterinarian to determine if there is a medical cause. Here are some of the reasons cats may begin to urinate outside of the litter box.

Medical Problems
Sometimes, when cats begin to urinate outside of their litter boxes, it is because they are having medical issues. Kidney problems, diabetes, and urinary tract infections can all make it difficult for your cat to control his or her urine. In other cases, an underlying medical issue, such as arthritis, may be making it painful for your cat to use the litter box. Your veterinarian can determine if medical problems could be contributing to your cat’s new reluctance to use his or her litter box and recommend a treatment plan to resolve the issue.

Problems with the Litter Box
Sometimes, your cat will take a disliking to something about the litter box itself, or the cat litter inside, and refuse to use it. If you have fallen behind on cleaning out the box, then your cat may decide to find somewhere cleaner to urinate. If the litter box is in a location that your cat doesn’t like, such as in a part of your home that is too isolated, then your cat may refuse to use it. Sharing the litter box with a new cat or a change in cat litter brands could also impact how your cat uses the box. In general, we recommend one litterbox, per cat, per floor of house (if they have access to the upstairs).

Stress
Cats are relieved by their own scent, so if your cat is anxious or stressed, he or she may begin to urinate in other places as a self-soothing technique. Moving to a new place, seeing an outdoor cat lingering in the yard, or having pain from a medical issue can all cause stress that leads your cat to urinate around the house.

Let the veterinarians in north Dallas or McKinney at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group help you get to the bottom of your cat’s litter box problems. Our animal clinic offers comprehensive vet services, including pet dental care and emergency care. To make an appointment at our McKinney/Frisco animal hospital, please call (972) 529-5033, or to make an appointment at our north Dallas animal hospital, please call (972) 239-1309.

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