Outside the (Litter) Box: Cat Behavior Explained

by on August 26th, 2011 at 7:00 am

If your cat suddenly starts having accidents outside the litter box, it may be a sign of a urination problem… or may actually be intentional defiance.  Either way, it is a problem that needs to be addressed!

  • Possible problem 1:  Your cat was not properly trained. Although cats do not require much training to begin using a litter box, it’s not an instinctual behavior.
    Remedy: Place the litter box in a location that will remain undisturbed, and bring your cat near the box to  sniff around. When he or she sniffs at it, place him or her inside the box and reward your cat with a treat or verbal praise after use.
  • Possible problem 2:  Your cat has issues with the box itself. A change in litter type (scented versus unscented), a new cat in the household sharing the box, a change in the location of the box, or a dirty litter box can all cause a cat to avoid using it properly.
    Remedy: Try to eliminate one by one the potential factors that changed recently since the new behavior started. If you have another cat, give each cat their own personal space to use.
  • Possible problem 3:  Your cat has an illness. Possible causes may include urinary tract infections, kidney stones, stress, incontinence or arthritis. Remedy: Look for other symptoms that may indicate the problem. For instance, a urinary tract infection may have symptoms such as straining to urinate, cloudy or bloody urine, and urinating in odd places, among others. Talk to your vet for more advice and for a proper diagnosis.


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  2. Ellen

    Oct 4th, 2011

    HI I have concerns about my cat she is 14 yrs old very shy so we don’t go to the vet very often. She seems over all healthy. Lately she seems to have more upset stomach throating up more small amounts. She only wants to eat Purina one she won’t touch nothing else. Does not eat can cat food or any table food. Is there something to help settle her stomach. It traumatizes her so to go to the vet. With her age I would just like to give her something natural. She has always done this with hair balls, but this is not hair ball just small amount of digested liquid and sometimes not digested.
    Please help.

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