Cat peeing outside the litter box? Nearly 1 in 5 cats will have litter box issues during their lifetime and the reasons why are wide and ranging.
Here are the most common reasons for a cat peeing outside the litter box:
- A medical issue, such as a urinary tract infection. A vet visit should always be your first course of action when you discover your cat peeing outside the box.
- You’re using a scented litter in the box. Some cats prefer an unscented litter.
- You don’t have enough litter boxes. The rule of thumb is one litter box per cat in the house, plus one extra.
- Your cat is suffering from a senior related issue.
- The litter box is too small. Your cat needs room to move and dig.
- Your cat would prefer that you kept the litter boxes clean. Or, at least, cleaner.
- The depth of litter in the litter box is either too deep, or not deep enough.
- Is your cat a longhaired breed? Longhaired cats have their own unique litter box issues.
- Your cat could be stressed by a change in routine, such as a new house or a new baby.
- Location of the boxes. Are litter boxes placed in heavily trafficked areas of the house? Your cat may want some privacy.
- If you have a covered litter box, that may be a reason. Some cats don’t like being inside the litter box to do their business. Try taking the cover off.
- Training. It’s possible your cat was never properly trained in how to use a litter box. Try these tips.
- You’re using litter box liners. Plenty of cats hate litter box liners. If you use one, try going without it for a while.
- Harsh cleaning products with a powerful smell could be turning your cat off the box.
- It’s possible your cat simply doesn’t like his litter. Try this method for testing out a new litter that your cat will like.
- If you have a multi-cat house, one of the cats may be engaged in litter box bullying.
These are just a few reasons you might find your cat peeing outside the litter box. Each cat is an individual so his reasons may be unique to him. Trying to determine the reason behind a cat’s peeing problems is often much more difficult than finding a solution. This quick reference guide to common reasons behind litter box avoidance is a good place to start to help you zero in on your cat’s rationale so you can stop your cat from peeing outside the litter box as soon as possible.