Cat pee is no joke and can create a world of damage if your feline friend decides to get creative with their bathroom habits. The good thing is that there is often a simple cure for this issue that you can figure out with some basic trial and error.

How to Stop a Cat From Peeing Outside the Litter Box

There is often a simple reason as to why your cat is peeing outside the litter box, and once you figure it out, you can better tackle the problem.

These ideas should give you enough fuel to start investigating the cause of this peeing habit and help you redirect your cat back to where they should be going.

1. Give Them Plenty of Room

Sometimes the reason behind a cat peeing outside the litter box is as simple as the box not being big enough. Many little boxes could stand to be considerably larger, which is why it is too easy to buy a box that is several sizes too small.

Cats use the litter box many times throughout the day and need plenty of room to go potty. We would want the room to move around in and so do they.

No matter how large your cat is, try to buy them one of the biggest sizes of litter box that you can find, this will give them plenty of room and encourage them to use their roomy box!

Cats are quite hygienic creatures and like to stay clean, which is why it is understandable that some may look to go pee elsewhere.

If this still doesn’t fix the issue, consider placing two litter boxes out for your cat to use. With two options, they may be more inclined to use them.

2. Keep it Clean

One very common reason why cats resort to peeing outside the litter box is when it isn’t cleaned enough.

This is a common mistake amongst cat owners as it can be all too easy to avoid cleaning out the litter box. It is also easy to underestimate just how dirty they really are.

Not only should you be regularly scooping the nasties out of the litter box, but you should also be cleaning the box itself.

The litter should be cleaned every day. This will keep it clean for your cat and discourage unpleasant odors.

You should aim to clean the litter box itself once a week or once a month depending on how dirty it gets. Cats that scratch the litter box need it cleaned more frequently than those who don’t.

Keeping up on this simple task can be all you need to do to prevent unwanted peeing around your house.

3. Make Them Easy to Get to

No one likes to have their cat’s litter box out in the open for all to see and smell. That is why you might be tempted to hide it away in a hidden area of your home.

If your cat is peeing outside the litter box, it may be because of the location. They may feel trapped if you have their litter box in a very small nook of your house or a closet.

Or they may have a hard time getting to it if it is elevated or on the top floor of your home. Try to make it as accessible as possible. Preferably, put it near the area of the house where your cat spends most of their time. This will encourage them to use the litter box more regularly as it is so close by and easy to get to.

4. Keep the Litter Box in a Private Area

This may seem like the reverse of what we just talked about, but you do want the litter box to be in a place that is private for the most part. This doesn’t have to mean hiding it away, but many cats enjoy a bit of privacy.

They might get a bit shy if their litter box is in a high traffic area of your house, leading them to pee outside the litter box in areas where they feel they have more solitude.

This can also apply to a home with more than one cat. Cats are picky creatures and may not want to share a litter box. So it is a good idea to have three litter boxes for every two cats that you own.

5. Try a New Litter

Sometimes your cat can start peeing outside the litter box purely because of the litter itself. This can often happen if you switch litters or even switch brands. Some brands might even change their formula, which can tick your cat off.

Try to experiment with different litters and introduce your cats to them. See if this might be the cause of their resistance to using the litter box.

Some cats might not like the way some litters feel on their feet or the way that they smell. Generally, clay litters that are unscented are approved by most cats. 

6. Take Them to the Vet

Sometimes not using the litter box can be a more serious sign that your cat is trying to show you.

They might have a UTI or some other internal problem that is causing them discomfort. If cats feel pain when using the litter box, they can often associate that pain with the box leading them to avoid it at all costs.

If this bad habit is related to a health problem, your vet should be able to figure it out. Cat UTIs are fairly easy to treat and are usually the top medical cause for not peeing in the litter box.

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