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Q: How do I stop my cat from urinating outside the litter box?

July 9, 2008 | By Eandk | 5 answers | Expired: 2198 days ago

How do I stop my cat from urinating outside the litter box?

My cat, Sakari, started off using the litter box with no problems. The I got this older cat, Mosi, and Mosi started urinating out side the litter box. This new cat is no longer in the home she had to be put down because she was sick. The Sakari started urinating where Mosi had gone. I have removed everything from my home that Mosi urinated on. It seemed to help but it turned out I was wrong. Now Sakari is doing it in the dirty clothes. A rug on the floor or just in front of the sink. It is not as if she doesn't go in her litter box because she does. She just goes outside it as well. I don't know what else to do and suggestions would be a great help.

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Jul 13, 2008

Territorial behavior! But now that the other cat is gone, your kitty is still having an issue. You may have missed a couple of spots where the other kitty went potty, and your kitty is still showing you who is boss! I might suggest that you get a new litter box, and place it in a different area than it is in now. Her memory still serves her that the other cat used that box! Cats are very strange about sharing the box. I have to clean my litter boxes about 20 times a day (no joke) as I have six girls! I have two litter boxes, and they urinate in one, and poo in the other one! God forbid there should be a mess in one!!!!!!

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Mary-Lou M.
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Jul 12, 2008

First of all, I suggest immediate check up to the Vet. If your cat has a bladder blockage and/or kidney disease it may be desperate to relieve itself. I had a cat with a blockage who went anywhere it could. I, also, inherited my Mom's cat when she died. Buffy went out side of the box and the Vet said it was part of his grief. Mom and him were inseparable and he was broken hearted. Has anything changed in your cat's life such as a move to another house, loss of a fellow pet or human? If so, this might be the cause.

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Stephanie
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Jul 10, 2008

I forgot to add: If you happen to catch them in the act, scold them and carry them over to the litterbox and place them in it, as sort of a reinforcement that its unacceptable to do that there, and that the litterbox is the place for such things.

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Stephanie
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Jul 10, 2008

I agree, it is a territorial thing when your second cat started doing it. But as far as the first, older cat... I would get the vet to check for any kidney problems. I had a cat who started doing that and it turned out she had bad kidney problems.

And the problem is, once they start peeing somewhere, they will keep going there because they can smell it, even if you clean it up. Try also putting a cat-repellent spray on the areas they like to relive themselves. There are different kinds and some work better than others so I'd research review and ask your vet which one works best.

Hope that helps! Good luck~

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ChicoanVolunteer
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Jul 09, 2008

I really can't offer much advice, but I can tell you why. The cats were being territorial. My cats do it too. It....sucks pretty much. I would ask a vet if they have any tips.

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