Why Is My Cat Peeing Outside The Box? Here Are 9 Reasons

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7. Territorial behavior

While cats can be cuddly and cute most of the time, put them in a position where they feel threatened or insecure and that can quickly change. Some cats can become territorial when a new one is welcomed into the home, resulting in behavioral changes.

“Marking territory with urine is your cat’s way of dealing with stress,” the Humane Society of the Unites States reports. “They feel anxious and are trying to relieve their anxiety by staking out their boundaries. Leaving their urine scent is the most emphatic way to say, “I’m stressed.”

One method of reigning in errant elimination is to isolate the cats, monitoring them while separate from each other. If territorial behavior is the problem, they may soon resume regular habits.

Of course, you can’t keep them apart forever. A simple solution many humans have found for accommodating multiple feline toilet schedules: multiple litter boxes.

6. Unfixed

Compassionate pet owners spay and neuter their pets. In some communities, it’s the law.

According to the Nest, like territorial male cats, unspayed female cats may begin spraying their urine when they reach sexual maturity at 6 months old.

“Queens spray in order to essentially notify tomcats of their breeding availability — almost a feline version of a classifieds ad,” Naomi Millburn writes. “By ‘leaving her mark,’ a female cat makes sure that no one misses her — she’s ready to mate.”


5. Dirty Litter Box

Cats like to be clean just as much as humans do. A dirty litter box can lead your cat to handle its business elsewhere.

Dr. Karen Becker, of Healthy Pets, recommends purchasing new plastic litter boxes at least every two years, and keeping them clean, always.

“Boxes should be kept scrupulously clean,” Becker writes. “They should be scooped at least once a day and more often if you’re dealing with a potential litter box aversion situation. Dump all the used litter every two to four weeks (I recommend every two weeks, minimum), sanitize the box with soap and warm water, dry thoroughly and add fresh litter.”

Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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