Cleaning up pet waste is never an appealing task, but it’s even worse if your kitty has urinated outside the litter box. Cats who eliminate in inappropriate places generally do so because of behavioral issues or medical problems. Because of the potential for an underlying medical issue, it’s important to take your kitty to the veterinarian as soon as possible.
Litter Box Issues
Cats can be finicky about where they eliminate. They may pee outside the litter box if the box isn’t clean enough for their liking, so make sure you clean it at least once daily. If you have multiple cats, you’ll need one litter box per cat, plus one more. In addition, consider whether you’ve recently switched litter. Perhaps your cat is peeing outside the box because he or she doesn’t like the new type of litter. Another possibility is that the box is too small for your cat.
Sometimes, cats pee in the house because of stress. Anything that disrupts your cat’s routine or environment can lead to stress. For example, your cat might get stressed if you’re remodeling your home or if you’ve recently moved. Another major source of stress is the introduction of a new animal to the home or the loss of a companion animal. While your cat adjusts to the changes, give him or her plenty of love and attention, and try to keep the cat’s routine as close to normal as possible.
Any time a cat pees outside the box, it may indicate a medical problem. You’ll need to schedule an appointment with the veterinarian to evaluate your kitty for the following problems:
- Bladder stones
- Inflammation of the bladder
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Metabolic disease
Treating any underlying medical issues can help your kitty feel better and behave more appropriately.
At Horizon Animal Hospital, we care for your cats as if they were our own. If your kitty has behavioral or potential medical issues, give us a call right away at (480) 614-9500. Our veterinary clinic is conveniently located in Scottsdale, AZ.