Perhaps the most common reason cats urinate inappropriately is that they dislike the litter box. If your cat is peeing everywhere and you’ve ruled out medical issues, then it’s time to reassess your litter boxes. Begin by making sure your cat’s litter boxes are as clean and desirable as possible.
Territorial “marking” may be considered part of normal behaviour and can be triggered by the presence or odour of another cat. However, some cats will also “mark” their environment in response to stress or anxiety. Cats may also change their urinating patterns if they have issues with their litter tray.
Cats return to the same spot to pee because the scent of their spray is a cue to relieve themselves again. If you’ve got a new kitty litter or designated spot you’d like your cat to go, this may be why your cat is resisting the change.
Typically, cats prefer to poop in their litter box and cover it up with surrounding litter. If your cat is suddenly pooping on the floor, they may think the litter box is too dirty to use to cover up their poop. Or, an underlying health issue may need to be addressed by your vet.
How to stop your cat spraying. Plug in a Feliway Diffuser in the room the cat frequents most. Clean sprayed areas with water & surgical alcohol & allow to dry. When dry, spray these areas with Feliway Spray daily to reduce the likelihood of urine spraying.
Scratching posts or climbable furniture are great ways to distract your cat, and may give them a little exercise too. Toys and games let your cat burn some nervous energy, and help strengthen the bond between the two of you.
Do not rub your cat’s nose in his urine. Do not throw things at your cat. Do not clean up accidents with an ammonia-based cleanser. Urine contains ammonia, so cleaning with ammonia can attract your cat that same spot to urinate again.
Peeing Everywhere Means Take Your Cat to the Vet
Your veterinarian will help you unravel the mystery of why your cat is peeing everywhere. The vet will likely check your cat for a urinary tract infection, bladder infection, kidney issues, diabetes, or a few other possible causes.
Both male and female cats can mark with urine. Urine marking is most common in intact (non-neutered) male cats. When an intact male sprays urine, it will have the characteristic “tom cat” odor that is strong and pungent.
Pheromone Sprays: For cats that keep peeing in the same spot, pheromone sprays will suffice. Simply spray the product on your cat’s chosen peeing spot. Next time they go to urinate, they’ll smell the pheromone and stop what they’re doing. These do need to be reapplied frequently to be effective, so bear this in mind.
The acidity of cranberries can lower the pH of your cat’s urine, which can help treat a UTI and stop it from coming back. Many cranberry juices are high in sugar. Instead, you can find cranberry capsules (pills), supplements, or powder to add to your cat’s diet.
Prevention Tips. With proper treatment, a urinary tract infection will usually resolve itself within a week. However, it can recur, so it’s good to watch out for the symptoms and take some steps to help prevent another bout: Add more canned food to your cat’s diet to help increase water intake.
Dirty litter boxes can cause your cat health problems! Cats can develop painful kidney infections, bladder infections, bladder stones, and urinary tract infections if their litter boxes are not kept clean.
Typically speaking though, treatment for a non-surgical case of feline urethral obstruction that doesn’t re-obstruct when the catheter is pulled will likely cost you between $750–1,500.
Promote Body Rolling: Sprinkle dried catnip in the urine marked areas to create body-rolling behaviour in your cat. Cats also mark territory by body rolling in the location they wish to “mark” and this behaviour can help take the place of urine marking behaviour.
While most cats adjust within a reasonable amount of time, some cats remain stressed which can lead to urinary problems. If the stressor is identified quickly and the cat gets the special attention she needs, the urinary issues may quickly subside.
Whether they’re happy or sad, in pain, or particularly when they’re a little ticked off, they want you, their favorite human, to know it. Your cat may make angry cat noises, seemingly purposefully knock something over, or pee on your new bedspread. Instead of instantly reacting, play detective, says Kavanaugh.
Twice a week is a general guideline for replacing clay litter, but depending on your circumstances, you may need to replace it every other day or only once a week. If you clean the litter box daily, you might only need to change clumping litter every two to three weeks.
This usually happens if the cat is not fixed, or if they’ve had a significant change to their surroundings (new cat, dog, move, etc.) most often a cat has a strong, instinctual desire to go inside a litter box and “cover up.” If your female cat is not spayed, this could be the reason.
Therefore, vinegar is one of the best deterrents when you want to stop a cat from peeing. It repels cats with its strong and pungent scent, while also cleaning away lingering urine odors and preventing future toilet accidents.
“This behavior could be the result of a urinary tract infection, kidney disease, or diabetes. Other health problems that are painful, or simply make your cat feel “off” also could be to blame. For example, an older cat with severe arthritis might have trouble getting into a box with high sides or a cover,” says Lund.