Post # 1
So I have had cats my entire life, but never really had to deal with this problem!
We have two cats and one of them has started urinating outside the litterbox. First time happened in the kitchen last week and then the other time occured last night in front of our bedroom door. Lovely.
I know that there are some health issues that can be involved here, but I have the hunch that this problem is behavioral and involves our male cat. Of course if the problem does not get better we will take kitties in to the vet.
I believe that the problem is that about a week ago we started not allowing our cats to sleep in bed with us and we are shutting the bedroom door at night. This has allowed us to get much better sleep, but I think it’s making a kitty mad!
Any suggestions for correcting this behavior? I am NOT a fan of cat pee so I want to end the problem asap.
Post # 3
I don’t have a solution for you, but as a cat owner who has a male cat, I can attest to it probably being a behavioral issue as well. Male cats get really upset when they’re no longer in control of something they used to be (like the bedroom door thing, for example). I really think that’s the problem.
So yeah, no help, but some reassurance you’re probably on the right track!
Post # 4
If I were you, I would shut the cat in one room at night and not allow it access to the rest of the house to pee/poop or act up. Cats are very stubborn 🙁
Post # 5
Yep, that’s it. You’ve hit it on the head. He’s mad, and he’s getting back at you. My experience is limited to animals being mad because we were on vacation. They stopped when we “fixed” the situation (gave them pets). Check with the vet and see what suggestions they have to stop the behavior.
Post # 6
It might be a behavioral thing, but it could also be a urinary tract infection or bladder crystals. My mom’s male cat is susceptible to them. i’d take him to the vet just to be on the safe side.
Or, has anything recently changed with their litterbox? I knew a cat that started peeing everywhere for no reason, and it turned out it was afraid to use the (covered) box because the little air filter pad in the lid had accidentally fallen on the cat while it was using the box. It became too afraid to go back in until the lid got taken off! Cats are weird.
Comedy option: Cat diaper–
Post # 7
My cat went through a period of time when she was peeing outside the litter box. If you are sure it isn’t a health issue, you may want to try catching kitty in the act and then making a really loud noise to scare him. I clapped and yelled loudly when my cat started to squat to urinate and I think it made her associate that area outside of the litterbox as not a very nice place to pee 🙂
Also, we got a second litterbox upstairs (the original was downstairs) and I think that it really helped. I think she was being lazy by not wanting to go downstairs and use her litter box, and she was also intimidated at times to go downstairs and use it when we had company over, because she gets nervous around other people.
Post # 8
Nexus- I think that diaper would piss my cat off even more! haha
Post # 9
I’m with the PP’s (no pun intended – hah!) but he’s probably just upset. When my cat gets really mad, she flips her litter box over – FUN! Does he have a few spots that he prefers to pee in? I’ve heard a good tip is to put a food bowl in each of the areas that your cat’s peeing in because they’re generally very clean & picky & don’t like to mix the 2 areas.
Stupid Q but is your cat fixed? My friend a 1st time cat owner didn’t know what to do when his 1yr old cat started peeing – all it took was 1/2 a sniff for me to figure out it wasn’t just pee – kitty was marking her territory.
Post # 10
Dancy- Stitch is five and we rescued him from a animal group last August. We were told that he was fixed, so I am assuming that is true! He is peeing on the floor, not spraying on walls.
I feel like a bad kitty mom! I know he is probably mad and he has also seemed bored recently. Maybe he has the Ohio winter blues as well?! I think I need to go buy him a new ball of string (his fave) this weekend. I want to be mad, but I know he is just communicating to us the only way he can!
Post # 11
Could be the kidneys, you need to get blood tests. Cat pee is the worst, I’m sorry!
Post # 12
Gotcha — yeah, that was going to be my 2nd suggestion. A new toy or blanket usually fixes everything. Sometimes I hide her toys for a while too so that they hold her interest. I’ve actually had to buy a couple dog toys too because she rips the heck outta her toys!
Post # 13
you can also try a different litter, it’s called CAT ATTRACT litter, it has pheremones in it that help attract him to use the litter box. And try to keep the litter box as clean as possible.
My mom’s cat has such “anger issues” he will even pee on her pillow if he gets mad (which is also where he sleeps, so he must have been PRETTY MAD!) My mom also doesn’t really do much about the issue, she just avoids situations that might make him pee on things (like clothes in the basement) everything soft and clothing like is folded and put in garbage bags then hung from the ceiling, and she cleans his litter box everyday, if she misses a day he’ll let her know! I know thats not much help… But.
And just a side note: is your cat fixed? Alot of behavior issues can be fixed with getting him neutered. My boyfriend didn’t understand that concept, and WONDERED why his not fixed male cat sprayed everywhere?! I practically bopped him on the head (should have had a v8 style) and said GET HIM FIXED! He hasn’t done it ever since. lol
Post # 14
1. take both cats to the vet, maybe one (or both) is sick. 2. try two litter boxes – not every cat likes to share a box. Ours love it, but childhood cat hated it!! 3. remove everything that was peed on and clean it the best you’ve ever cleaned anything – they could be drawn back to the scent and want to pee there again. 4. play with your cat more during the day – in my experience for cats, dogs, and babies, they act better and sleep well when they’re tuckered out. Same with husbands haha
Post # 15
jaylii9 I may as well had asked this same question.
There is a medication that you can put him on. It’s called Elavil. My cat was on it and it worked but I had to take him off of it because it depressed him (and it’s kind of pricey). It’s like Prozac for cats.
You may want to talk to your vet. In the meantime invest in some odor remover spray. The ones with enzymes work the best.
My husbands uncle’s cat had the same problem. He put aluminum foil in the area where they pee’d and supposedly it worked. Something about the noise it makes freaks them out. I never tried it myself. I just spend A LOT of time cleaning up after my little stinker of a cat.
It can be very frustrating. We should start a therapy group: “Hi I’m ______ and my cat pee’s all over my house”.
Post # 16
I would definitely get your kitty to the vet, just in case. My moms cat never peed anywhere but the litter box, but suddenly started one day. And she’d pee in in different places every single time… and try to do it in hidden places. Mom tried everything and eventually took her to the vet and she had cancer. 🙁 They figured it hurt her to pee, and she was associating the pain with wherever she last peed. It very well could just be behavioral, but I’d still have a vet check the cat out to be safe.