Check your cat for medical problems and other reasons for avoiding the litter box. First, you need to know your cat is fine. Urinating outside of the box is among the most common cat behavior problems caused by medical reasons. Often it is associated with painful urination, urine incontinence, or over production.
Every cat who experiences litter box problems must be examined by a veterinarian, especially if the problem has appeared suddenly. You should also check your cat’s box to see if there isn’t something undesirable about it. Other common causes of litter box avoidance are an untidy litter box, an inappropriate location for the box, or wrong litter box type. It sure can be hard to control your frustration as you step inside a wet slipper early in the morning, or worse, discover wet sheets as you drag yourself into the bed after a tiresome day. As stated above, much of the behavior problem is caused by stress, and punishment, physical or verbal, isn’t going to help reduce it. It only adds more stress.
Instead you should try the opposite and implement strategies that reduce stress. It does not mean you must praise or cuddle your cat for the mishap. Ignore what happened, clean everything up without giving any hints, positive or negative, to your cat. Simultaneously try to find out what stresses your cat so much and if there is a way to relieve it. Check how your cat feels from day to day and at what moments he seems out of balance. Does this happen because of your relationship?
Try to improve your relationship with your cat as much as you can by playing, petting, or just talking to your cat more. Limit negative interactions and punishments. It does not mean you have to allow your cat everything. It is okay to discipline, but think about ways to do this less dramatically. For example, to disrupt an undesired behavior one can pick a cat up and place it somewhere else instead of yelling at it. Common stressors include changes in the environment or schedule, an owner’s absence, boredom, a tight living space, and its relationships with other pets, including ones that can be seen through a window.
However, the most common reason cats pee on their owner’s beds, shoes, and other stuff is because of their own relationship. As stated above, they might be doing it in order to improve their bond with you, which often fails miserably as owners do not find the act warm and welcoming. You don’t need to, but, if you work on other areas, maybe your cat won’t need to pee on your shoes to appeal to you. How to know if your cat has trouble finding the litter box, or is he marking territory? There are two of us behind this website: Maris, who is a biologist and cat behaviorist, and Signe, who is a veterinarian and pet groomer. Why does placebo work on dogs and cats?
If your cat’s behavior has changed and he has stopped using the litter box there could be several reasons why. Read this before deciding to take your cat. Cat Safety: Is This Man Foolish or Fantastic? Powered by Slider Revolution 5. When your cat stops using the litter box it’s frustrating and stressful for both cat and cat parent. It’s also, sadly, one of the most common reasons that a cat may get a one-way ticket to the nearest shelter. There are many reasons why a cat may avoid the litter box and it’s important to figure out the true cause in order to get everything back on track.
Inappropriate elimination shouldn’t be a deal-breaker when it comes to whether kitty gets to stay in your family or not. While some reasons for litter box aversion may be more complex, there are often some simple mistakes cat parents make. If you’re a new cat parent it’s especially easy to make some simple errors that may not seem important at the time but, trust me, those mistakes can have a big effect on how your cat views his toileting set-up. Here’s a list of some common reasons for litter box avoidance. When dealing with a litter box problem be sure you look at this possibility first. It’s common for a cat experiencing discomfort upon elimination to associate the box with the pain. It may also be that your cat can’t make it to the box in time due to discomfort. Cats who are declawed may continue to feel pain long after the healing period. Some cats’ paws remain sensitive for the rest of their lives and the texture of the litter may be too uncomfortable for them. There are so many reasons not to declaw your cat and this is just one of them. Would you want to use a toilet that is never flushed? Cats are very clean animals and if the box is too dirty they will seek other arrangements.