Reduce Your Stress: The Answers To Why Your Cat Isn’t Urinating IN the Litter Box
Figuring out how to get rid of cat urine smell usually starts right at the litter box. Sometimes our favorite four-legged friends as much as we love them cause us stress. One of the worst problems to experience and solve
when your cat or kitten decides to pee next to the box, over the side or even worse somewhere far far away from the litter box itself. Not even remotely close and it makes you cringe at the thought of it and then standing right in front of you, it happens. You’re not alone. You think it might take Sherlock Holmes to answer the newly discovered mystery or to stop the bad habit that continues despite your best efforts to make the nightmare go away.
All of the cat owners in the world who have experienced this situation would love an instant solution or even a fast one like the Fast Pass at Disney because the stress and anxiety can get to you especially if you are not finding the golden ticket to resolution.
Yes there are actual reasons why a cat might do this accidentally on purpose. Of course, there may not be a reason for every single cat on the planet but read on to see why it might be.
- No litter box training – You say what? If you have a kitten or have adopted a cat, you want to make sure that you work with them to know where the box is and what it’s for. This may sound silly but it’s never too late to start.
- Disaster strikes – It could be that something happened while kitty wanted his privacy that he or she did not like and that’s it. They are afraid of that location and/ or box so they steer clear for fear of it happening again. Cat’s like their privacy just like we do. If you don’t already have a litter box that’s covered then we recommend you get a economically priced Sport Pet Designs Cat Privacy Tent.
- Senior Citizen – Perhaps you have Seniors in your home and they aren’t as frisky as they used to be. It may be that you have litter box that the kitty can no longer jump into.
- New family addition – It could be that a baby has arrived or even a new four-legged friend and this is their way of getting back at you for no longer being King or Queen of the hill. Kitty needs attention just alike a sibling that now becomes ‘Big Brother or Sister.’
- Seriously Not Feeling Well – If you suspect your cat is not well, this is a real possibility that your cat doesn’t feel well. Look for other symptoms like not eating or drinking and you may need a trip to the Vet even if there is nothing else obvious. Don’t ignore this one.
- People stress – Cats can sense our stress as crazy as that may sound. If you’re stressed, the cat may be stressed.
How Can I Make This Problem Go Away?
Try some of these options to reduce your stress and the cat’s to get back on the road to all things staying in the litter box not out:
- If you are truly suspecting illness, go to the Vet. Don’t waste time because going outside of the box may be the only symptom. Not eating or drinking is two more obvious reasons it’s time to get in the pet taxi and go to the Vet.
- If you’re not very good at cleaning the litter box or emptying it frequently, guess what the solution might be? Make sure you or someone else at home scoops the waste at least once per day and maybe more if you have more than one cat. If your schedule makes it complicated, consider buying an automatic cat litter box that essentially does the scooping for you. It goes to another area of the box and no longer immediately visible to the cat.
- Become a multi-box household – Many vets recommend one cat box plus one for every cat. If you have two cats, try three litter boxes. That sounds like more work but it’s amazing if it solves your bigger issues. Consider adding one more box but to a different location to get the cat away from an area that is a reminder of a disaster or bad experience.
- Caution: Don’t immediately just move your litter box. That might make the situation worse. Think about what we said with training. If you want to keep only one litter box, have two for just a short time until kitty gets used to the new location and then remove the old one. You’ll have to do a little training with reminding kitty and putting him or her in the box in the new location even if you think they don’t have to go.
- Did you buy a new brand of litter? Try going back to the old litter with a gradual transition to something new. Cats are as sensitive to cat litter as much as we like our habits and are loyal to things like our toothpaste or brand of soda or beer.
- Have you already detected that awful pee smell? Start by getting rid of the object or thing, if you can that has been saturated. If you can’t toss it, clean the area, wash it, and scrub it best that you can. After the area has been thoroughly cleaned, see if you can place something over it such as furniture to deter the cat from returning to the scene of the crime.
- If you are not able to solve it preventing the cat from coming back to the pee place, then make it undesirable by placing something with strong citrus or Eucalyptus scent.
- Pay more attention to your cat and carve out a few extra minutes each day to play with them. Sometimes if they think they’re being ignored they choose behavior that gets them negative attention instead of none. Think about that one.
- Reducing your stress or the stress you bring home from the office may also be a longer term key to the issue of the cat peeing outside of the litter box.
Remember some of the options may have to be repeated over and over. Consistent persistence is the key to reducing your stress over this awful smelling issue and the cat feeling better about the environment and loving the cat litter box instead of hating it.
Here’s a short video on litter training your cat.