Tips for addressing urination problems in cats

There are a number of reasons why a cat will not use a litter box when urinating  and there are a lot of cats out there who have this problem. Trying to find the  ultimate reason for each particular cat can be time-consuming and frustrating  for the owner, the cat and the veterinarian!

Some of the basic reasons that might cause this behavior revolve around the  litter pan itself. The placement of the litter box is very important. Litter  boxes should be in quiet, low traffic areas of the house. Also, you should have  one litter box per cat in the household. Sometimes cats do not like the texture  of the litter, so changing the litter can be helpful. If you have recently  changed the brand of litter you use, your cat may not agree with your  choice.

Also, make sure you are keeping the litter box as clean as possible because  most cats are very particular about not using a dirty litter box. If you have a  multiple-cat household, then making sure that one cat is not harassing the other  cat in or around the litter box is also important.

Stress can also cause a cat to quit using the litter box appropriately. If  there have been changes in your household, for example, if you are under stress,  your pet may be picking up that feeling from you. This kind of household stress  can often cause pets to exhibit inappropriate behavior as a release of the  tension they feel.

If you feel that you have addressed all these issues, then the next question  becomes Is this health-related? Does your cat have a disease that is causing  this behavior? It is essential to rule out other issues, such as a urinary tract  infection, metabolic disease, pain, etc., that might be inciting the  behavior.

If this has become an “ingrained” behavior then, once all medical issues have  been ruled out, your veterinarian might have you try some behavior modifying  drugs to see if that will help with curbing the inappropriate urinations.

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