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6 Reasons Your Cat is Peeing Outside the Litter Box

Understanding your feline friend's quirky behaviors is a bit like solving a puzzle ‚ÄĒ each move comes with its own set of clues. If your once-perfectly groomed cat has suddenly decided to turn your veranda or laundry baskets into their personal latrine, fret not. Cats don't do this on a whim; their behaviors are often rooted in instinct or indicate a health issue. Here are six common reasons your cat is peeing outside the litter box and might be leaving surprise puddles around your home.

But before we dive into the reasons, if you are here for solutions here's a quick checklist of solutions to try: 18 Solutions for When Your Cat Is Not Using the Litter Box!

1. The Territory Tiff Might Make Your Cat Pee Outside the Litter Box

Cats are the quintessential 'mine, mine, mine' creatures. When they're feeling a bit insecure ‚ÄĒ new pet, a change in living situation, or even renovation noise ‚ÄĒ they might mark their territory outside the box.

This is a feline version of 'if you can't beat 'em, claim urinal!'

It's their way of asserting control in a world that seems a bit upended.

The solution?

Reassure your cat with calm, consistent attention and, if necessary, a safe space that's all theirs.

P.S. If you find both cat urine and cat poo in strange places, like the rug, it's likely your cat is trying to tell you something. Check the article "The 'Poo' Problem: Why Your Cat Keeps Pooping on the Rug" to understand the reasons why your cat is doing that!

2. The Silent Health Alarm Might Be the Reason You See the Cat Peeing Outside the Litter Box

Cats are masters of disguise, often hiding illness until they can no longer manage.

Urinary tract infections (UTIs), kidney issues, or diabetes can prompt your cat to pee elsewhere.

The problem is, the litter box is often the first to be blamed.

A quick vet trip with a urine sample could be in order.

Catching these issues early can save your cat a lot of stress and discomfort (and you from a potential stress puddle on the human side!).

Keep in mind that your cat may feel under the weather, and this could be a sign of cold. Check the sign at "Cat Cold Chronicles: Recognizing Signs of a Cat with Cold" to see if your cat is having some of these symptoms.

3. Your Cat is Peeing Outside the Litter Box Due to the Litter Aversion

Picture this:¬†Your feline connoisseur turns up their nose at the litter box. "Mon Dieu!" they exclaim (in their head, bien s√Ľr), "What is this, a litter for peasants?"

Cats have preferences, and if their litter box feels like walking on hot coals or smells less than fresh, they'll opt for your rug.

The texture, the scent, or even the box's ambiance might not be au courant with their refined tastes.

The solution?

Experiment with different litters and boxes.

Or even better try FlushIt for Cats, with soft texture and water-soluble character your cat will never refuse it. This type of litter is also environmentally friendly, making it a win-win for both you and your cat.

Get FlushIt tofu clumping litter today and say goodbye to litter aversion once and for all.

4. Your Cat May Urinate Outside the Box Due to Emotional Response

Ah, l'amour! Your cat's emotional world is as complex as a French love ballad. If their mood swings were a film, they'd be La Vie en Rose mixed with a dash of Les Misérables.

Disruptions in their environment‚ÄĒbe it a new pet or a missing favorite toy‚ÄĒcan send them into a tizzy, choosing rebellion over the litter box.

It's not just sass; it's a cry for attention, a plea for un peu d'amour.

Soothing words, an extra play session, or simply respecting their need for solitude can help steer their emotions back to a sunny joie de vivre.

And voilà, harmony is restored, along with the proper use of the litter box.

P.S. If your cat is spraying, then it's likely due to marking their territory or stress. Do you want to understand more? Check out the article "Why Is My Female Cat Spraying All of a Sudden?".

5. If Your Cat is Peeing Outside the Box, the Litter Box May Be Too Dirty

Even the most undemanding cat turns their whiskers up at a lavatory resembling a scene from¬†Les Mis√©rables.¬†Imagine, if you will, a once-grand litter box now fallen into disarray‚ÄĒa truly¬†d√©go√Ľtant¬†spectacle.

Cats, much like discerning Parisians, demand cleanliness in their quarters.

A litter box too dirty is akin to a bistro forgetting the wine‚ÄĒa cardinal sin!

The mantra is simple: Scoop daily, clean the litter box weekly and avoid a feline coup d'état.

Remember, a clean box is a happy box, ensuring your cat's toilette time is as dignified as a sip of fine Bordeaux. Keep it pristine, and your feline friend will reward you with purrs, not protests.

Note: The litter box size and placement may also be contributing factors to your cat's reluctance to use it. Check the "In or Out? Deciding the Ideal Cat Litter Box Placement" article for more information.

6. Your Cat Might Urinate Outside the Litter Box Because It is Too Small

Le petit problem with the litter box may not be its cleanliness, but its size. Imagine, trying to fit into pants two sizes too small‚ÄĒmon dieu, what a faux pas!

Your majestic cat deserves space, a litter box where they can perform their toilette with the grace of a Parisian strolling along the Seine.

A cramped box is a recipe for malheur, turning their daily ritual into a contortionist act worthy of Cirque du Soleil.

Expand their horizons with a more spacious litter domain, and watch their spirits‚ÄĒand tails‚ÄĒlift in appreciation.

Voilà, a simple change, and harmony reigns once more in your household.

P.S. MarbleLoo litter box, anyone? C'est chic!

Try it, and your cat may never want to go back to their ancien litter box.

What to Do If Your Cat Is Peeing Outside the Litter Box?

Now you have six reasons why cats pee outside of their litter box. While finding pee where it shouldn't be isn't ideal, understanding your cat's motivations and why your cat may be peeing outside their litter box can help build a stronger bond.

It's like learning the dialect of a foreign land ‚ÄĒ you might not speak fluent 'feline,' but you'll catch the drift of their message.

And when all else fails, provide love, patience, and, new for you, enzyme cleaner.

Apart from these, there are a few more steps that you can take to stop your cat from peeing outside the litter box. Read more on our article "Battling the Blues: Addressing Your Cat's Litter Box Problem."

Take Your Cat to the Vet

First things first, whisk your whiskered friend to the vet. It's essential, n'est-ce pas?

Think of it as taking your car to a mechanic, but instead, it's your cat, and the engine's purring isn't quite right.

A check-up could reveal if there's a petit problème with their plumbing.

Urinary issues aside, they might just be staging a silent protest against their current litter situation.

Who knew cats were such activists?

At the vet's, you'll get the lowdown on your feline's health, ensuring everything is au point before taking any other steps.

Et voilà, the most important step is complete.

Does your cat also poop outside the litter box? You can may be peeing outside of the litter box due to the cat litter, or 10 more reasons. Check out the article "10 Reasons Your Cat Prefers to Poop Outside the Litter Box" to learn more.