How Can I Stop My Cat Peeing Outside The Litter Box?

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How Can I Stop My Cat Peeing Outside The Litter Box?

It can be a bit distressing and frustrating if your cat starts peeing outside the litter box – and there may be many reasons for it!

While urine spraying is one of the ways that cats mark their territory, accidents can be a reaction to a stressful situation or a change around the home. Uncovering and addressing the reason for your kitty’s behaviour will help them stop spraying and use their litter box instead.

5 Tips To Stop Cats Peeing Around The Home

1. Rule Out Any Medical Issues

Consult a veterinarian to ensure there are no underlying health issues causing the change in your cat's behaviour. For example, a urinary tract infection could be causing your cat discomfort, so it’s best to take them to the vet for a health check. That way, you can get your cat any help they need.

2. Consider Changes Around The Home

If your kitty is in full health, the next step is to consider how changes around your home might be causing your cat stress. In particular, be mindful of their litter box location as moving their box could confuse them and they might not like the new location. They might also be upset by recent additions to the household like a loud appliance, new pet or a baby. Even some new furniture could unsettle your pawsome pal – cats are creatures of habit and don’t always like change!

3. What’s New To Your Cat’s Routine?

Even small changes to your cat’s routine – such as the time they are fed – could be something that they pick up on and don’t like. If you need to make changes to their routine, try to introduce these changes slowly. Even a small variation to your kitty’s daily life could cause worry and anxiety and lead to urine spraying. It’s also important that your cat has enough time with you; make sure you have a regular play time to have fun and bond with your kitty. 

4. Check You Have Enough Resources

Do you have enough resources for your cat(s)? Competition for these essential items can be a reason for spraying! 

Be sure you have one more litter box than the number of cats, e.g., if you have 1 cat then you should have 2 litter boxes; 2 cats... 3 litter boxes and so on. Place the litter boxes in different areas of the home, choosing quiet, safe locations where your kitty won’t be disturbed. Make sure that you don’t place food and water bowls near your cat's litter box. You wouldn’t like to eat in your bathroom either! Scoop each litter box daily and change the litter in the box weekly to keep their bathroom fresh and clean.

5. Use FELIWAY Classic To Stop Cats Peeing Outside The Litter Box

Using FELIWAY Classic can help stop your cat peeing outside the litter box. The comforting pheromone helps reduce stress and prevent unwanted spraying. It’s clinically proven to reduce urine marking in 9 out of 10 cats and kittens with results seen as soon as the first 7 days. 

Follow these simple steps to reduce cat spray:

  • First, clean all urine spray markings and the areas where your cat has peed.
  • Avoid using bleach as this can cause your cat to revisit the same spot! Instead, use warm soapy water or a recommended urine stain and odor remover, such as an enzymatic cleaner.
  • Once the area is fully clean and dry, spray 8 pumps of FELIWAY Classic Spray twice daily on the area until your cat stops marking the spot.
  • Remember never to spray FELIWAY on your cat!
  • Wait 15 minutes before allowing your furry friend to come into contact with the sprayed area.

If your cat is spraying in several different locations around your home, consider using a FELIWAY Classic Diffuser instead. Plug in the Diffuser in the room where your cat spends the most time so that they can benefit from the "happy messages", which will provide them with support and reassurance. 

Stay Pawsitive!

Peeing around the home can be frustrating, but always remember to treat your kitty with kindness. Never punish them for spraying behaviour as this will only cause more stress and worsen the habit, as well as potentially damage your friendship. Being supportive and helping your cat to feel more comfortable around their home and with their routine, will help reduce their spraying behaviour.

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