Cat Peeing Outside the Litter Box

Cat Peeing Outside the Litter Box

When cats are peeing on the couch or on the carpet, they are telling us something is wrong. You can figure out what is going on below.

Urine Spraying, Also Called Urine Marking

Here is what can you do to help keep cats from urine spraying on furniture

1.

Clean the affected area with Urine-AWAY™. This removes the odor which can continue to draw the cat back to area to mark. Urine-AWAY is an odor and stain remover. It is not inactivated by previous cleaning attempts. It provides permanent resolution to pet urine odor and stains. It is: Fast, easy and effective; Works at the molecular level; Safe, non-toxic and non-irritating; Biodegradable. You can find more information at urineaway.com.

2.

Use FELIWAY®. FELIWAY® mimics the natural feline facial pheromone. It helps a cat feel safe and secure in its environment. It is clinically proven to decrease urine spraying in 9 out of 10 cats in 30 days.*

3.

Litter boxes play an important part in managing this behavior. Behaviorists recommend to have one box per cat plus one and they should be spread out all over the house. Most cats are very fastidious about their toilet, aim to scoop at least once daily. The box should be big enough for the cat to turn around in without touching the sides. You will have to determine if your cat prefers a covered vs un-covered box and the type of litter (clay vs other). For more information on Litter Boxes go to: http://catfriendly.com/cat-care-at-home/litter-box/.

4.

Don’t punish your cat. This includes shouting, spraying with water, or swatting your cat. Punishment increases stress and anxiety. It will make the problem worse. It may even make your cat afraid of you.

5.

Minimize interactions with outdoor cats. Cover windows and do not place food outside for stray cats.

Characteristics of Urine Spraying:

1.

Cat backs up to vertical surface

2.

Tail may twitch

3.

Urine is “sprayed” directly on wall

4.

Usually small amounts of urine deposited

5.

Cat does not attempt to bury urine left behind

6.

Often prominent objects in environment sprayed, such as furniture and walls near windows and doors

Urine spraying is a normal, but unwanted, behavior. Cats will urine spray when they don’t feel calm and comfortable. If your cat has started urine spraying it is not because they “hate” you or that they are being “spiteful.” They are anxious and scared and they don’t know how else to tell us. Reasons cats may start urine spraying are because of a change in their environment such as: new furniture, moving to a new house, seeing a stray cat outside, and bringing home a new pet or baby. When cats feel in control they will mark their home by rubbing their face and releasing pheromones. When the environment changes and these signals are removed or no longer accessible. This leads to stress and the end result of urine spraying.

For more information about why your cat is peeing outside the litterbox, please go to: http://catfriendly.com/why-does-my-cat/not-use-the-litter-box/.

FELIWAY® Urine Spraying Video Testimonial

Watch while Courtnie (a real consumer) explains how FELIWAY® helped stop her cat Simon from spraying urine in her house.

Inappropriate Urination

Here is what can you do to keep a cat from peeing outside the litter box

1.

Clean the affected area with Urine-AWAY™. This removes the odor which can continue to draw the cat back to area to mark. Urine-AWAY is an odor and stain remover. It is not inactivated by previous cleaning attempts. It provides permanent resolution to pet urine odor and stains. It is: Fast, easy and effective, Works at the molecular level; Safe, non-toxic and non-irritating; Biodegradable. You can find more information at urineaway.com.

2.

Peeing outside the litter box could show a medical problem with your cat. An exam with your veterinarian is recommended first. Cats will pee on the carpet or pee on the furniture when they have a urinary tract problem.

3.

Litter boxes play an important part in managing this behavior. Often this behavior results because the cat doesn’t like something about his litter box. It is recommended to have one box per cat plus one and they should be spread out all over the house. Most cats are very fastidious about their toilet, it is recommended to scoop at least once daily. The box should be big enough for the cat to turn around in without touching the sides. You will have to determine if your cat prefers a covered vs un-covered box and the type of litter (clay vs other). For more information on Litter Boxes go to: http://catfriendly.com/cat-care-at-home/litter-box/.

4.

Use FELIWAY®. Another cause for peeing outside the litter box is stress and tension between cats in the same household. FELIWAY® mimics the natural feline facial pheromone. It helps a cat feel safe and secure in its environment. It is clinically proven to decrease urine spraying in 9 out of 10 cats in 30 days.* If you don’t see improvement within 30 days you may consider adding FELIWAY® MultiCat besides FELIWAY® if you have more than one cat.

5.

Don’t punish your cat. This includes shouting, spraying with water, or swatting your cat. Punishment increases stress and anxiety. It will make the problem worse. It may even make your cat afraid of you.

Characteristics of Inappropriate Urination:

1.

Cat squats

2.

Urine is deposited on horizontal surface, such as a floor

3.

Usually large amounts are left

4.

Cat will typically turn and sniff urine left behind

5.

Cat will usually look for a place that has low activity around the area

PRODUCT RECOMMENDATIONS

Feliway Diffuser

Feliway Diffuser

FELIWAY® 30 Day Starter Kit The FELIWAY® Diffuser provides your cat constant comfort and calming at home for up to 30...

Read more >

Buy

Feliway Spray

FELIWAY® Spray mimics the natural feline facial pheromone.  It provides your cat comfort and calming at home. FELIWAY® is...

Read more >

Buy

Testimonials

 diffuser

When the diffuser ran out Tisha got more stressed and started marking again. I went to the vet...

Read more >