Stop Cat Urinating Outside the Litter Box – What You Need to Know
Cats are clean animals. Scratch that (ahem)… cats are ridiculously clean animals. What could possibly possess a cat to abandon his litterbox? How can you stop cat urinating on the carpet or on the bed?
The first thing you need to know is that it IS possible. Don’t make any hasty decisions about giving the cat away or worse. If your cat has forsaken the litterbox, there’s a reason for it and you need to find out what it is.
One of the more common factors that will cause a cat to “protest with his bladder” is stress. Cats are creatures of comfort and routine. Whenever something changes in their environment, they don’t like it.
For example, bringing home a puppy to a household with a cat is sure to upset your feline friend. Many cats will just hide away for a few days (or months) but otherwise remain unaffected. However, some cats won’t stand for it and will decide to ruin your Persian rug or soil your Egyptian quilt.
How do you stop cat urinating if the source of stress is something beyond your control?
Talk to your vet about anti-anxiety medication. There are solutions used for small dogs to deal with separation anxiety that work much the same as anti-depressants for humans. They deal with raising the level of serotonin in the brain that causes an imbalance. A very small does for a cat can often “calm his nerves” to the point of him not worrying about urinating where he shouldn’t.
There are sometimes much more serious reasons why your cat is urinating outside his litter box.
My wife and I brought our cat to the vet one afternoon after finding a wet spot on our quilt. It turned out that he had a blockage and was put on a special diet on which he remains to this day. The thing is, this wasn’t his first bout of “inappropriate urination”.
A few years earlier we brought home a Golden Retriever puppy and our cat promptly decided that she wasn’t welcome. How did he protest?
You guessed it.