(Closed) cat keeps peeing in random places

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

When a cat pees in a spot that is not the litterbox, it could be a sign that (1) your cat is sick or (2) he has some sort of behavioral issue with the litterbox.   So I would take him to the vet first to make sure he is not sick.  

If he is healthy, then I would try using another type of litter and/or maybe an open litterbox.  I would place it near the area where he is going to see if he uses the litterbox in that area….then slowly move the litterbox back to where it is supposed to be.

I just had to deal with this issue with my cat – good luck!! 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Our cat used to do this A LOT. We have two cats, but this one used to be a pain with that. We took him to the vet who checked him out and determined that the spraying was behavioral. We picked up some cat pheromone plug-ins which are supposed to relax him (they are expensive, but they work!). We also got two litterboxes for the cats and change it way more often. We also tried a different brand of litter. We also began petting him and playing with him a lot more to see if that helped.

He’s a much better kitty now. He hasn’t completely stopped, but now he only sprays when we go on vacation and leave him alone for too long. He’s so needy! 🙂

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Definitely take him to the vet first to see if there’s something going on, but this sounds behavioral. You could give him treats when he uses the litter box. If there are a few set places he likes to pee, put a dish with a little bit of food in those places for a while (cats don’t s**t where they eat).

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I will put in another opinon for take him to the vet first. It could be a sign of a number of different things.

Also, how old was he when you had him neutered. Male cats start spraying (marking) because of instinct, but it can become behavioral and once it does, it’s hard to break them of it. I once rescued a cat who had been abondon I believe because he started spraying. We took him in for an emergency neutering but the vet warned me it may not solve the problem (thankfully it did and I was able to rehome him).

Finally – how old is the cat now and has he been declawed? There have been studys that show declawed cats don’t like the way the litter feels under their feet when they get older. They often will stop using the box completely – but it’s something that takes years to happen so people don’t usually realize it’s related to their being declawed.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Our big boy will pee elsewhere if his litterbox is not clean. We had to get him his own litterbox since he doesn’t like to share with the two girls.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

He may have a UTI.  If that’s not the problem try Cat Attract litter.  You can find it at Petsmart.  It worked for us.  Also, our kitty gets really weird about her litter box.  We have to sift it everday.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I had this problem with my 2 male cats and I would say that you should take him to hte vet just to make sure everything is ok. Did you have him spayed when he before or after he started going outside the litter box? If after, sometimes its too late to stop them from spraying once they ahve already started. Is the litter box seper clean all the time? Some cats can be REALLY picky about that. You might also want to try a different kind of litter and if you have more than one kitty then they should have seperate litter boxes because sometimes they don’t like to share. There is also some spray, I forgot what its called, that you can spray on the things that they specifically like to pee on. Supposedly they can smell that spray and don’t like to pee around that smell.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I have a female cat who does this – she has since she was about 3 weeks old. She poops in her litterbox fine, but will pee on clothes on the floor…well, really only FI’s clothes since she hates him.

Let me know what the vet says.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

What did the vet say? One thing I’ll suggest is to put him in a bathroom for the night or when you aren’t there to supervise. A lot of “bad” habits are formed through repetition (just like spraying if not neutered early enough). Try to build the habit that you do want. Treat him like a puppy and make sure he doesn’t have access to the spots he’s gone on while you aren’t there to supervise. Once a habit is formed of going in the litterbox consistently, he should be fine to have more freedom, but it can take many, many months for the habit to build, and accidents outside of the litterbox are setbacks.

We’re working on this with our cat right now; she poops in the tub and outside the box (we keep her litterbox in the bathroom). Along with getting a bigger litter box, scooping it out frequently (2-3x a day) and filling the tub with water, she’s doing better – but we absolutely have to be diligent about keeping the box clean and the tub full of water so that she doesn’t have access to where she likes to go (the tub) and the litterbox is clean enough that she’ll want to go there (instead of right outside it).

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I just read this and my advice is try different types of litter. For instance my friend was using crystal litter and her cat starting peeing everywhere but when she changed back to the clay type her cat started using the litter box again. Also one of my cats peed on the floor when I bought a new kind of scented litter he apparently didn’t like.

 

Some cats don’t like scented litter. Cats are very sensitive to smell.  Right now I am using this litter called Worlds Best Cat litter and both my cats seem to like it. Some cats also don’t like the automatic cleaning type of litter boxes. Changing the litter twice a day may help as well.

 

If that is not helpful getting him a companion might help? Perhaps he gets lonely being the only cat in your house (if you don’t have any other cats that is.)

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