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What to do when your cat is peeing outside the litter box

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Suddenly without any warning, your cat decides to not use the litter box anymore and it starts peeing everywhere in your house. As a cat owner, it’s never fun to constantly clean up after your cat, but why is your purry friend doing this? First of all, it’s important to realize your cat is not doing this on purpose to annoy you. Every cat that shows this behavior has a good reason to do this. And don’t worry, they are not mad at you!

There can be a lot of reasons why a cat starts peeing everywhere except in the litterbox where it’s supposed to do it. The first thing you should investigate and consider, is a medical problem. Your cat might be in pain while peeing and associates this pain with the place they usually do their thing, the litter box. That’s why they look for another place to pee and hope it won’t hurt when they go somewhere else.

The problem could be an UTI (urinary tract infection) and is actually a common issue among cats. This can come out of nowhere or your cat only shows signs now because the pain has become too much. The only solution is to go to the vet to get your purry friend well as soon as possible. You might recently have brought a visit to the vet for the yearly check-up and received the news everything was fine, but this doesn’t mean anything. To find out if a cat has this infection, the urine needs to be examined and this is usually not part of the yearly routine.

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Maybe there is nothing wrong down there and you need to find the cause somewhere else. Do you have an older cat? Then maybe it’s suffering from osteoarthritis and it has to go upstairs to find the litterbox. Try to create an alternative on the first floor.

As you already know, cats are clean animals. This also includes their toilet. Maybe the litter box is too dirty for your cat? Or maybe it’s perfectly clean, but they just don’t find it comfortable enough to use? Try to experiment with your litter box if there is no medical issue. If on the other hand you changed something recently and then the peeing started, you might want to look for an explanation here. Cats don’t like change and it could easily be what causes this behavior. Did you change the brand of litter or altered anything else? Is there another new kitten or new baby in the house? Keep looking until you find the solution!

If you still keep experiencing the issue, try to ask the vet what could be causing it and how to prevent it in the future. 

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