As a breeder of perfect felines for many, many years I’ve run into my fair share of cat pee problems. As a result, I’m an unofficial expert when it comes to removing cat urine smell from clothing, carpets, leather and anything else. For this article though, let’s cover some of the basics of why cats pee in the wrong spot in the first place. While I’ve been around the block when it come to cats and soiling, the Cornell page on house soiling is also a great overview.
Medical Reasons for Soiling
Cats will urinate outside of the box for a variety of reasons. One of the first to look at, assuming no other major change in the household, is a medical reason. While there is a somewhat long list of medical issues that can result in a cat urinating outside of box, the most common is a urinary tract issue. If you find your cat is straining to urinate, most often indicated by your cat vocalizing while in the litter box.
If you see something like this, or you see blood in the urine, see your veterinarian immediately. Most of the time the treatment is simply some antibiotics. However, if bladder stones are involved, there could be a much more significant blockage.
Just Doesn’t Like The Litter Box
If your cat uses the litter box inconsistently or defecates outside of the box you’re more likely to have a behavioral issue. There could be a lot of reasons why your cat doesn’t like the litter box. It could be due to another animal in the home that patrols that area. Or could just be because it isn’t clean enough. But don’t be offended! Different cats have different standards of cleanliness and some cats will defecate in the bathtub before they will use a litter box with one unscoped poop in it. You just have to know your cat!
Just Likes Peeing on Clothes
Your cat may find that she strongly prefers to urinate on clothes or other surfaces. Unfortunately, your cat may find that this she enjoys this more than the traditional litter box. To make things even more out of hand, she may develop this preference after struggling with a UTI and the increased sense of urgency. The best thing to do here is to remove option. In the case of carpet, this may not be possible. But the best bet is to limit the spaces your cat has access and try to reinforce the traditional litter box.