There is nothing more frustrating than finding a mess on your carpet or bed linens that your cat made while you weren’t looking. This has happened more times than you would like to remember and now you begin to look for ways to finally stop your cat from peeing outside of their litter box. You are also confused as to why your lovely kitty has taken up such bad behavior since you have a nice quiet place designated for him when he needs to potty.
One of the first things to check on would be to find out if your cat may be acting this way due to an illness. It is not uncommon for cats to pee or spray in your home if they have a bladder infection. Also, keep in mind that both male and female cats may spray or pee to mark his or her territory especially if you have multiple cats in your home.
After taking your cat to your local veterinarian and explaining this sudden change in your cats’ behavior, the vet assures you that your cat is perfectly healthy. You then think about what you can do to change this unwanted behavior.
Here are 3 tips on how you can stop your cat from peeing outside of their litter box:
• Ensure that the area around his litter is clear and that he can get in and out of it with ease. He may decide to go on your carpet or bed if he cannot access his litter when he needs to relieve himself.
• Have multiple litter boxes available if you have more than one cat in your home. It is possible that one cat may not use the litter box if the other cat has exhibited territorial behavior over the litter box.
• Keep his litter as clean as possible. Be sure to check on the litter box periodically throughout the week and clean it as needed. Cats are very particular about their litter boxes and may decide to relieve themselves elsewhere if his litter is not cleaned for them.
What if you have already been practicing these steps and have been unsuccessful? There’s no need to worry, there are plenty of other easy solutions available for you as well.