Why Do Cats Urinate Outside the Litter Box?

Cat litter box

One of the most common problems with cats is urinating outside the litter box.  This is a problem that some cat owners have a hard time understanding.  Whenever you notice your beloved feline peeing outside the litter box, try not to be upset. Instead take your pet to the vet because they can tell you the possible reasons of why your cat is not using the litter box and how to solve the problem.

There are quite a few reasons why cats don’t use the litter box when they pee.  The treatments for this problem will also vary from cat to cat.  It is very important to address this issue the first time you notice it in order to prevent it from getting worst.

So what are the possible causes of this problem?  If you notice your pet urinating outside the litter box many times in one day then you should definitely take her/him in for a check-up.  FIC (Feline Interstitial Cystitis), Urinary Tract Infection and kidney stones can cause your cat to use the bathroom outside their litter box.

Once the doctor has determined the medical problems of your cat, he or she will treat your fury friend.  But in cases where the feline don’t have any medical problem and yet still pee outside the litter box, the problem could be the litter box itself.  Some cats are picky and sometimes they don’t like to use their litter box when it’s dirty.  Some felines will also refrain from using the litter box if the box is too small for them.

So if your cat’s problem is not medical then the issue is the litter box itself.  Try to change clean their litter box after they use it.  You can also try to buy a scented one in case they don’t like the unscented.  If the box is small for your cat, you can try getting a bigger one and see if he will start using it.  And don’t forget to place their litter box in a comfortable and spacy corner of the house because cats don’t like the feeling of being trapped.

I hope my simple explanation answered the question well.

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