In most cases, it happens due to painful urination, too-frequent urination, or urinary incontinence, and a veterinary visit should be made before attempting to correct your cat’s behavioral problem. Visit a veterinarian, regardless of whether your cat has suddenly developed litter box avoidance or has avoided the litter box since the beginning of time. Be especially attentive if your older cat starts peeing everywhere. Find the true cause of your cat’s litter box avoidance and solve it.
After you rule out medical problems, it’s necessary to find out why your cat is eliminating outside of the litter box. Only then will you be able to solve the problem. Cats never pee out of the box because they are bad. There’s always a logical explanation. We mentioned this cause above. Is it necessary to clean a cat’s litter box twice daily?
The box may be too distant or too inaccessible, or there may be too few boxes in the house. How Many Litter Boxes Per Cat Do You Need? Make sure to have as many boxes as possible in different parts of your house. Problems with the litter type. Suspect this cause if your cat pees right next to the litter box or steps inside it with his front paws only. We have tried to give some instructions on how to fix issues that cause your cat to urinate outside of the litter box.
However, you should be aware that this is the moment when you have to do some thinking on your own, because we cannot describe each scenario. After you have solved the cause, it’s highly likely that your cat will stop urinating outside of the litter box. Something else is causing your cat to pee everywhere. Your cat is peeing on your carpet out of habit. Properly clean the locations where your cat has urinated. Cats naturally have several reasons for using the same toileting location over and over again.
One of the most prominent is that it helps to keep most of the other areas clean. They find these sites with the help of their nose. If it smells like pee, it’s a good place to pee. We hope you get the connection, because this is what makes your cat choose the same corner to pee in over and over again. To stop your cat from peeing outside of the litter box, you have to remove the urine smell. How do you clean cat urine? Unfortunately, cleaning the floor or the furniture with water and soap, or even bleach, may not be enough.
Household detergents will not eliminate cat urine odor completely. These products may get rid of dirt, grime, and grease in just minutes, and they will also smell nice, but your cat will not agree. Your cat’s nose is way stronger than yours, and even if a tiny molecule of cat urine is left in the carpet, your cat will sense it. Such cleaners are usually sold in pet stores. Pet urine odor removers do not overwhelm scents, like most household cleaners do. Your cat would be able to detect the scent anyway, as we already mentioned above. Most of these products use compounds that break down the scent-causing molecules, thereby actually cleaning your carpet and not just making it smell nice.
Most of these products need to be sprayed on the contaminated area. Enzymes or bacteria present in the detergent will break down molecules that cause the odor. However, with whatever product you choose, be sure to read the instructions on the label carefully. But how do you know where to clean? If you are dealing with a fresh urine spot, it’s easy. But did you notice we said that a cat’s urine lasts a long time? A cat’s urine can actually last for several months after the elimination, therefore reinforcing the purpose of this specific location to your cat. Unfortunately, this means that you will need to clean all locations where your cat has eliminated in the past several months. Your memory may not be good enough to remember every location. And you can’t see your cat’s urine glowing in the dark, can you? LED UV lights are ideal for finding even old cat urine stains.