Have you found signs around your home that your cat is peeing inside? A few damp patches on your bed perhaps? The smell of cat urine in your wardrobe? Perhaps you’ve even caught your cat peeing inside yourself? Annoying as it is for us, when a cat suddenly begins urinating inside, alarm bells should be ringing. Today we’re going to chat about causes of inappropriate cat urination and what steps you should take to solve the problem.
Help! Why is My Cat Peeing Inside?
If you notice inappropriate urination, the first thing you should consider is that your cat has a medical problem. Book an appointment with the vet for your cat to have a check-up. Common causes of cats not using their litter boxes include urinary tract infections, diabetes and kidney disease. Our cat was doing this recently, and the vet diagnosed crystals in his urine. Once this problem was solved, the litter box was being used correctly once more.
Other possible causes include:
- Stress and anxiety – a move to a new house, visitors, a young baby or a new pet can make a cat feel unsettled.
- Dirty litter box – some cats are very particular when it comes to their toilet. They want it spotless or they won’t use it. You may need to clean it more frequently.
- Privacy – is the litter box situated somewhere your cat can use it without being observed? You could move it to a new room or get a litter box which has a cover over the top.
- Separation anxiety – your cat may be bored and missing you when you are not home. Leaving a fluffy blanket with your scent on for your cat to sleep on can help.
- Scent marking – this is mostly done by un-neutered males who are scent marking your home.
Once you’ve established a reason, or suspect the problem, it’s time to work on stopping your cat peeing inside.
How to Stop Your Cat Peeing Inside
Like we mentioned above, the first thing is to take your cat to the vet for a check-up. Even if there is no medical issues, they will be able to suggest probably causes and remedies. At home, you can use a range of tactics to discourage inappropriate urination by sprinkling pepper over frequented areas and covering floor with tinfoil or using a urine neutraliser spray where marking has occurred.
Cats have very sensitive noses, and when they smell something they don’t like, they’ll avoid it. The key is finding the scent which your cat hates the most and is safe to use. Good luck!