It is general knowledge that cat urine spray has a strong ammonia odor that seems to attach to anything like a leech. It can be quite devastating when your cat is constantly marking or eliminating outside of the litter box because it could cause thousands of dollars in damage and be the root cause of a home remodeling project. While products, sealants, and home remedies can clean up accidents, the best thing to do in these situations is figure out why your cat is marking its territory or avoiding the litter box. It is in a cat’s nature to use the litter box and cover up its own feces or urine and it is not a personal attack on you if they are not using it. Many times it has to do with cats surroundings. In this article, we will address some of the most common reasons for expelling outside the litter box in hope that you can address the root of the problem. You may then get an idea of how to stop cats from spraying inside the house.
Cats are very finicky animals. It truly is there way or the highway. What I mean, is that the problem could be very basic- your cat is just hard to please. Your purr-fect little animal may not like the texture of the litter, the scent of the litter, the litter box itself (enclosed vs. open), the location of the litter box –maybe it is to far of a walk, the box isn’t clean enough, or maybe the cat associates the box with a time she was scared in or around the box. If any of the latter is the issue, the solution is to change it up. Get a different litter, different box, clean the box more, or move the box’s location because if kitty ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.
Another thing that could be creating the issue is if something recently changed in the cat’s environment. If you moved recently or got a new pet it changes the cat’s world dramatically. To help adapt to the changes the cat my mark his/her territory as a way to assert or assure themselves that they are still dominant in their territory. If this is the case, make sure that you work to prevent the behavior. You don’t ever want to scold them or punish them because this could only alienate them further. The best advice: Try to give them a lot of your attention and reduce their stress. There is cat stress relief drops (like Bach’s Rescue Remedy), that can be found at many local retailers that may also help them calm down. Furthermore, keep your house clean. Clean up the soiled areas with a good cleaner that is enzyme based. You want to eliminate the smell, especially if you have other animals in the house, because the smell of the urine may provoke them to continue to soil that area.
The two problems that lead to out-of-litter-box eliminating talked about above are not that serious of an issue and have a quick, and often times a low cost solution. However, in addition to these there is another common concern that comes up when discussing this topic. The problem could be caused by an urinary tract infection. Your cat may be avoiding the litter box because he/she experiences pain when spraying and associates that horrible pain with the litter box. If this is the case it is important to get your pet to the vet immediately because urinary tract infections can be fatal. This medical issue is more common among male cats because they have a narrower urethra. If you notice that your male cat, or even female cat for that matter, avoiding the litter box, taking a longer time in the litter box, or licking its genitals more, TAKE IT TO THE VET!!!