Cat Peeing Outside of the Litter Box

Last Updated on November 17, 2021 by Jenny

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One of the most common inquiries I get is why cats pee outside of the litter box.  If you are having this problem with your cat, here are some reasons and possible solutions.  If you have had this problem and have found a solution and the reason or solution isn’t listed below, please share it below.  I am looking to make this page one that many folks can reference to get the help that they need, so please offer any additional insight you might have. The most important thing is to get your kitty to a vet to make sure s/he doesn’t have a blockage of some sort.  Male cats, for example, can get crystals in their urinary tract and can die from it if not treated immediately.

Cats Not Using Litter Box Anymore: Reasons and Solutions

  1. UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) or a blockage – Sometimes if they have a UTI it will make them “go” outside the box because they associate the box with pain when urinating. If they are peeing on your favorite sectional, for example, it probably feels softer. Take your kitty to the vet to get checked out.  Take your kitty to the vet to get checked out.  Once UTI is ruled out (for a REAL rule out, tests need to be done – urinalysis, x-ray, perhaps ultrasound) A quick trip to the vet and a long-lasting antibiotic cured him and he’s back in the box.
  2. Bladder Infection – S/he may have a bladder infection. If it’s painful when s/he pees, s/he’ll associate the litter box with pain and pee somewhere else. Take your kitty to the vet just to be sure s/he’s healthy.  The first step is always to take your kitty to the vet to make sure it’s nothing medical.
  3. Urinary Crystals – Like a bladder infection – these can cause a lot of pain and the kitty starts associating the pain with the litter box.  Go see a vet just in case!
  4. Hormonal – if your kitty isn’t spayed or neutered.    Some females will urinate to “advertise” that they are in heat. And males will spray to mark their territory.  Spraying is quite different than just peeing.
  5. Message – The cat is trying to “tell” you something – they need an additional litterbox (rule of thumb, the # of boxes should = the # of cats + one additional; some cats like to pee in one and poop in another), they don’t like where their current boxes are located, they don’t like the kind of litter, they don’t like the kind of box (some cats do NOT like hooded or automatic boxes, for example).  Caymus and Murphy, my parents’ Ragdoll Cats definitely had a message – check out what we discovered – Cats Peeing Everywhere – The Redecorating Efforts of Caymus and Murphy Dean.
  6. Territorial – It could be a territorial behavior with another animal in your house or even one that visits just outside of the home.  This could also happen if the kitty is required to share the box with another cat.
  7. Dirty Boxes – How often do you scoop your litter box?  It should be once a day and sometimes twice a day.  You should also completely clean and replace litter about once a month.  Try cleaning the box more often too. Sometimes it can look OK but you have to check with the scoop for buried or ‘mystical under the surface’ pee. A bigger, cleaner box can help.
  8. Litter Type/Kind ProblemsBag of Cat Attract cat litterCould be something as simple as not liking their litter – have you changed it lately? What litter are you using now?  Have you tried Dr. Elsey’s Cat Attract? (Read our review about it here.) Think about it – if you don’t like what you have to stand on to go to the bathroom, then you probably aren’t going to stand there to do your business.  Cats prefer fine-grained unscented litter.
  9. Caymus doing his duty in the NVR Miss Litter Box (two are stacked together here)
    Caymus doing his duty in the NVR Miss Litter Box (two boxes are stacked together here)
    Litter Box – If you have a large breed cat, you might need to get a XL box. Do you have a hooded litter box?  Maybe s/he doesn’t like the idea of a Johnny-on-the-Spot type of atmosphere when peeing.  If you use a hooded litter box, remove the lid. A great litter box for large breed cats and ones that pee standing is Nature’s Miracle High-Sided Litter Box.  Make sure you have at least one litter box per cat.  Old plastic litter boxes can absorb odors, even if you have kept them clean on a regular basis.  So you might try buying new litter boxes to see if that will help.
  10. Litter Box Numbers – More than one box is a great idea.  Sometimes kitties are very particular and like to go #1 in one box and #2 in the other box.
  11. Litter Box Placement – The location of the box might be an issue.  Is it somewhere in a high traffic area?  Is it near a washing machine or dryer?  Some cats stop using their litter box because they were scared out of their minds once when they were in the litter box.  They stop using the litter box because it is not in a safe quiet place.  Think about it – would you want to take a dump with tons of people walking by?  Try putting boxes in different areas of your house and of course, on different floors.  Likewise, if you have an old kitty or a young one, then it might take them too long to get to the one litter box you have in the home. Like a child or an elderly adult sometimes can’t feel the urge to pee until too late and your kitty can’t make it to the litterbox in time?  SureFlap Microchip Pet Door Also, this article offers insight on placement and specifically had a good tip about litterbox placement in multi-cat households, “Some cat owners find innovative solutions to litter box problems. One owner with several kitties found the younger animals would gang up on the elderly arthritic cat when she needed to use the litter box in the living room, de Jong recalls. The owners resolved the problem with a sensor cat door collar, which gave the senior animal exclusive access to a room with a separate litter box.”  SureFlap makes a Microchip Pet Door that opens and closes for specific kitties or pups.
  12. Litter box placement next to walls – Alicia shared this discovery about her cat that solved his improper elimination behavior: “For his inappropriate toileting, I discovered by accident that he wants the box to be away from walls and not in a corner. With a 360 degree exit strategy, he uses a box 100%. It was a complete accident that I discovered it. I’d tried so many types of litter, covered and uncovered boxes, cat attract powder, you name it. Then 1 day when I was scrubbing the bathroom floor, I had moved the box out from the wall to clean behind it and he went right in it and peed. I left it away from the wall after seeing that and sure enough, he continued using it. This was after a decade and thousands of dollars in ruined furniture and rugs. In hindsight, it makes sense because he acts very aggressive whenever he feels cornered or confined. He won’t even take food or treats if he feels like he’s cornered. I’m sure it’s collateral damage from having him declawed and him feeling defenseless. “
  13. Litter Lifter
    Litter Lifter
    Scooping –  At the minimum scoop the litter box once a day.  Have multiple cats? Scoop twice a day. Would you want to step on your old pee or poop to go to the bathroom?  Most certainly not – neither does your cat.  I love the Litter Lifter for easy and quick scooping. Read our review here.
  14. Cleaning – In addition to clean litter boxes, you also need to have a clean environment and that includes removing all old urine stains and spots from the places s/he has peed.  If your kitty can smell the old urine, then that place will still seem like a good place to pee. Use a Black Light to find old spots and treat them with an enzymatic cleanser.
Other Solutions
  1. Animal Communicators – There might be something weird going on like a ghost that is haunting the house and making them want to mark their territory.  Animal communicators can help you figure this out.  Read more about why my parents’ cats were peeing all over: Cats Peeing Everywhere – The Redecorating Efforts of Caymus and Murphy Dean
  2. Orange Peel/Potpourri/Teabag – If none of the above, put orange peel or potpourri or a tea bag that is dry on the spot where the kitty is peeing!
  3. Plastic Carpet Runner – You know those plastic runners you put over the carpet or the ones you use under your desk chair with the pointy ends on the other side – try putting that upside down where they pee.  They don’t like the feeling of that on their feet!
  4. Black Light for cat urineBlack Light –  Invest in a good black light– this will show you all the urine that you have probably missed.  Jackson Galaxy from Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell uses a black light frequently with clients that are having peeing issues with their cats – he uses it to show the cat owners that the urine goes Fizzion Pet Stain and Odor Removereverywhere and needs to be cleaned up to discourage the kitty from marking/using that area again.
  5. Feliway – Feliway is a product that imitates the friendly marking that cats do when they rub their faces on things.  The smell of this friendly scent deters them from wanting to mark the area.  The Feliway box contains detailed instructions on how to use it.
  6. Fizzion – a Cat Stain and Odor Remover has been reported to remove urine smells.  Sharon in AZ said, “We used Fizzion when Selene first got here, and she was sneaky-peeing in anything that crinkled (shopping bags, crinkle tunnel, etc). It is AMAZING…!!! She had hit 1 spot multiple times over 2 days before we found it – no trace of smell and neither of them went back to that spot! We used it on tile/grout and it was awesome!”
  7. Planet Urine – a Floppycats’ reader swears by this product for urine odor removal – you can buy it directly from them on their website or on Amazon.
  8. Simple Solution Extreme Stain and Odor Remover -get this bottle by itself or with a black-light to help you find the urine stains.
  9. Eco88 – Another stain and odor remover readers swear by.
  10. Puppy Pads – Some cats just like to pee on something soft, so some readers have found that placing puppy pads in the litter box works just like putting litter in the litterbox – and the kitty pees on the puppy pads rather than in litter.
  11. AUTOMATIC LITTER BOX – Some readers report that their cat stopped peeing outside of the litter box when they switch to the Litter-Robot.
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For Kittens Weeing and Pooping Outside of the Box

A reader recently inquired about a cat peeing outside litter box and pooping outside of the litterbox – and we had a discussion on Facebook about it.  Here were some of the suggestions, including many of those listed above.
  1. VET VISIT – First things first….take him to the vet to make sure that he doesn’t have parasites (very common at younger kitten ages), an infection, UTI or crystals in his bladder. That is sometimes 75% of the problem – health.  The #1 reason for peeing outside the litterbox is medical. If a cat has a UTI for example, it will hurt to pee. If it hurts when they pee in the litter box, they may not understand it and think that somehow the litter box hurt them, so they avoid it.   Also, take a fresh stool sample to the vet right away. Have them check for worms, coccidia, and giardia. (Do not assume they will check without your asking!). It may take multiple sample checks to get a positive. But they can be treated. The sooner the better! Two weeks is a LONG time for a kitten to go on like this.
  2. LITTER BOX – You should have multiple litter boxes.  Are you using a high sided tray that he’s intimidated by?
  3. LITTER BOX LOCATIONS – Are the litter boxes in social spaces? This is a tough one for people because people don’t like litter boxes, but cats are very scent driven. Pay attention to where the cat is peeing. If it’s near couches, beds, or other places where people spend lots of time, he may just be insecure. It’s awful for the owner, but cats will often pee/scratch where their people’s smell is to ‘mix’ the smells so that they feel more comfortable. You can gradually move it out later, but for now, having a litter box in a bedroom or living room will be less bad than cleaning up the messes. Try moving the boxes to the areas he’s most likely to pee. Are the litter boxes in places with escape routes? If the litter boxes are in tight corners, wedged in small rooms, etc, the cat may be unwilling to go there because it is very vulnerable while ‘going’. This is especially bad with covered litter boxes. It may be fine for a while, but if they get cornered by a child or startled (by frankly anything, cats startle easily) and didn’t feel like they had a good escape route, they may avoid the box in the future because they learned that it isn’t safe. Put the boxes in two separate locations so he has a choice and take him to those at different times.
  4. LITTER BRAND – The kitten may not like his litter.  Are you using the same litter that the breeder used? Look at the brand of litter you are using. Cats are often extremely adverse to scented litters. They also can be finicky about texture. If the litter is too large of granules or too loose so they sink in when they step on it, the cat may avoid the surface.  A good one to try is Kitten Attract by Dr. Elsey. Box of Kitten Attract cat litter
  5. LITTER HEIGHT – The litter box should be at least 1.5 times the length of the cat.
  6. LITTER MATS – Do you have litter mats that may be uncomfortable on the cat’s paws?
  7. SCOOPING – Are you scooping his litter several times a day?
  8. FORGETFUL / START OVER – Weird trick, but supposedly good for kittens who are learning where their box is. You generally want to keep litter boxes very clean, but kittens can forget where their box is / that that is what the box is for. One cat behaviorist recommends scooping the pee, but if the cat ever poos outside the litter box, scoop the poo into the box and leave it there for a bit. The cat can uses the sense of smell to learn “oh this is a good place for poo to go”.
  9. CLEAN UP – Make sure you are using an enzymatic cleaner specifically designed for cat urine (see ones suggested above in the adult cat section). If he can still smell his pee after you clean it, he’ll still associate that spot with being a good bathroom location. You may want to buy some puppy pee pads to place in areas that you know the kitten has eliminated in the past until he is comfortable with using his litter tray. Place foil where the unwanted behavior occurs.
  10. NEUTER/SPAY – Has he been altered yet? Some pee outside the box when they started producing testosterone to mark their territory.  Get him fixed as soon as possible.
  11. DECLAWED? – Has this kitten been declawed? Declawed cats often have litter box issues as various litters hurt their paws now so something to consider IF he has been declawed.
  12. FELIWAY or PET REMEDY – Calming remedies like Feliway or Pet Remedy – Make sure the Feliway is placed in the right place. It should be placed where the unwanted behavior is occurring – NOT by the litter box.
If you own an elderly cat who just started to pee outside the litter box, you can also read this veterinarian write-up from Why is my elderly cat urinating in the house? Looking for Cat Poops Outside of the Litter Box solutions?  Check out this post: Cat Pooping Outside of the Litter Box You can learn even more on – The Litter Box From Your Cat’s Point of View Here are some good guidelines about House Soiling and here’s Cornell University’s page on feline house soiling. We have also had discussions on Facebook that you might be interested in: Have you had a successful experience of getting your cat to properly eliminate again?  If so, please share your tips and tricks in the comments below!

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34 thoughts on “Cat Peeing Outside of the Litter Box

  1. Trey Wood says:

    Sorry for the long post. We took in three Ragdoll cats in Oct. 2020. At that time they were 14 months old and we were their sixth owners so we know there’s trauma. 1. Breeder had them and died leaving them to her 2. son who didn’t care for them properly so 3. his landlord took them and had two spayed and one neutered and all chipped. She gave them to 4. the local animal shelter where 5. a volunteer bought them. Her life situation changed and she couldn’t keep them so 6. we took them in. All three hid under our bed for a while but one started spending time on a cat tree. When I reach out to pet her she puts her head down and closes her eyes like she’s expecting me to whack her. (we think the son abused them) The other two won’t let us touch them. We have a screened patio and lately all three will spend time out there with our other cats enjoying the birds, etc. Every now and then all three will lay on an area rug in the living room. One of the Ragdolls urinates on the floor usually right next to a litter box. We know she poops IN litter boxes so it’s not that she doesn’t like litter boxes or the litter. We have other cats so we have two Litter Robots and six regular litter boxes. The Litter Robots dump waste after each use so they are pretty much clean all of the time. (I know there may be some residual odor but no clumps of anything) I put down puppy training pads in front of the litter boxes which helps but sometimes she will miss the pad and it wicks under the plastic side of the pad. Vet said cystitis and gave her an antibiotic shot 8 days ago but still urinating on the floor. I know they’re traumatized from being moved around so much but we’ve had them for 4 months and it’s only the one that’s doing it. They seem to be settling down and letting us get near them without running under the bed to hide but what can we do to stop the one from urinating on the floor?
    I scoop the litter boxes every morning and at night just before I go to bed. They have been with us for 4 months so any trauma from the move should be gone. (I would think) We have plenty of litter boxes (large ones) so she can choose which one to use.

  2. Eugene says:

    Having gone through all possibilities and ruling out medical conditions. We noticed 1 (out of 2 cats) always peed (full load), and at times even defecated at the door of my service yard. We live on the 5th floor of an apartment and strays will not be able to access my service yard. Each time, she will scratch the floor near the door in excitement before peeing. We noticed this behaviour occurs (everyday) during certain periods of the year. After 2 years, we identified that this behaviour occurs when it was exceptionally windy. As she goes back to her litter box eventually, we deduced that the winds brought the scent of strays to the door and that got her excited and perhaps territorial (she is neutered). To solve this, I cut up an unused pee pad in half (lengthwise to cover the width of the door) and stuck it to the floor near the door using masking tape. You can then choose to spray any cat friendly scent that you may have on the pee pad with the aim of altering the scent coming into the house. The reason why I sprayed it onto the pee pad instead of the floor directly is to slow down evaporation. Also, I hoped to prevent any corrosion from the solvents. I hope this helped

    • Jenny says:

      Thank you for sharing, Eugene – and I love how you came to your conclusions – and so glad you thought it through without punishing your cat! Bravo.

  3. Terri Foddrill says:

    I wanted to add another reason we experienced with beloved Audrey. She became so ill a couple of years ago and had a stay at a local vet followed by a longer stay at an animal hospital in Louisville, in order to have necessary testing in order try to to determine why she was experiencing fluid buildup and issues making it to her litter box, after the local vet decided she may have to be put down. No definitive diagnosis was given by any vet at either place after quite a bit of different testings, but they let her come home temporarily since she was better, although we weren’t sure what the future held. One outstanding clue to us and what we noticed was she got so much better after her stay there with an IV so we decided to ask the local vet if it may be a food allergy since no answers were given by anyone. She would do better when she didn’t eat and then once she ate again, her condition would decline. He thought this a good idea. Trying a limited ingredient basic food was the turning point and answer we sought! She completely returned to her former beautiful, loving, happy self. One of her kittens also has some of these issues, with similar symptoms, although she tolerates a different food than what is fed to Audrey.

    So if experiencing issues that can’t be answered, please consider that it could be a reaction to their food!

      • Terri Foddrill says:

        She went from Taste Of The Wild that is low allergy for her to Iams that made her very sick, then after animal hospital in Louisville didn’t have a diagnosis nor her local vet, we decided to try Blue Basics Limited Ingredient, Duck and Potato.
        It may be different for each individual cat however.

  4. Kitsune says:

    Cats who have had an untreated or very painful UTI will associate that pain with a litter box, so they will poo in it but pee outside of it because in their mind, the litter “hurts”. I have found that they will very often use puppy wee wee pads (cheap at Walgreens $20 for 100 or on amazon).

  5. Dexter the Ragdoll Cat says:

    another thing to note: where exactly is the furball going? in my case, Dex and Jake just cant seem to NOT pee on rugs that have rubber padding underneath. rugs that you would put in the bathroom for example.

    i have to get rid of 2 rugs im using because of this. i have 5 rugs throughout my apt. 1 in the living room, one in the hallway going to the bedrooms and one in the master bedroom. the rugs in the livingroom, hallway and bedroom do NOT have rubber padding and they never get peed on. cats have 24 hour access to all 5 rugs but only urinate on rubber padded ones.

    Both dex and jake have been to the vet to make sure they didnt have a UTI. both came back negative. i expected jake might come back positive since he had a recent issue and a very bad UTI that clogged him up, but nope. its something about the rubber and how it smells that gets them to go pee/poop on it.

  6. Patti Johnson says:

    Hi, Jenny:

    Nothing to add. Just wanted to say thanks for a great post with lots of helpful info (as always)!

    The only time we had a problem with Miss Pink Sugardoodles peeing outside of the litterbox was when she had that UTI earlier in the year, which we solved with diet and the Uromaxx supplement (as suggested by our vet) we got from

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3

  7. knowltons4 says:

    Well my 15 month old male has decided the bathtub is the perfect place to pee. He has now decided to poop in there too. Nothing is wrong with this guy. The litter box is super clean as I scoop several times a day. I totally believe that because he sees us use the toilet which is right next to the tub he thinks this is his toilet! The vet cannot find anything wrong. He eats only wet food and has completely normal poops. He is one weird cat. He is also obsessed with watching my husband take a shower. Paws up on the doors and meowing the entire time. He just has a thing for the bathroom I guess. I am afraid if I try and block the tub he might go somewhere else. It may be gross but really I have the cleanest tub in town as I scrub the heck out of it after he uses it!

  8. Lori Kemp Lewis says:

    Hi–I’m new to this site but not new to Ragdolls (my Diesel is 6 years old) and unfortunately not new to cat-inappropriate peeing–our problem was happening on the beds. Peeing on the bed requires loads and loads of laundry and the only thing worse than peeing on the bed was peeing on the couch and the wingback chairs. Can’t just toss that in the washer.
    What is working for me: First, Diesel went to the vet. Everything was fine except he needed teeth cleaned. Turns out one of his big teeth (fang? tusk? one of those big ones) was in bad shape. It was extracted along with 2 other tiny teeth next to it. It must have been hurting for a long time.
    Second, I changed the way we do litter boxes. I’m now using Dr. Elsey’s clumping litter and cleaning the boxes as seen in cat video. I have 3 boxes, clean them as described in video 2 times a day. I use Feliway pheromone diffusers and Tattletale alarms on couch. Yes, that’s a lot. But…no incidents in 3 months!

  9. Justine K says:

    My 9 month old male cat has been peeing outside the litter box for a few months now. I have noticed that he only does it when I am not home or when I leave him alone too long (i.e. taking a shower). I have tried adding more litter boxes, trying different litter, getting his health checked, adding more play time, using those stress relief collars, giving him different food, and cleaning the box more often. He still does it but what I’ve noticed is that after cleaning it with the Nature’s Miracle Urine Out a couple of times he doesn’t pee on it. However, he keeps urinating on anything that hasn’t been cleaned with the Urine Out. I am thinking he may have some sort of separation anxiety so I am going to try interactive feeders and get some new toys for him to play with when I am not home.

  10. Thomas J. Hill says:

    We have had this issue with our grumpy neutered male cat. Every time we introduce someone new to the house, he feels the need to mark all over my books, the wall, the carpet, everywhere but the box. Then, new kitty feels SHE needs to over-mark, and we have pee everywhere. I found the Feliway to be very helpful to calm him down. I use Nature’s Miracle in heavy doses where ever there has been an incident. Between the two, and having plenty of litter boxes, the problem has pretty much resolved itself. The Nature’s Miracle gets rid of the stink people smell as well as the cats-only stink, which seems to prevent more peeing. I also picked up some cheap automobile carpet scraps with rubber backing, and have put them around the house in the likely incident-spots.

  11. Sandra Hesketh Howerton says:

    I agree with you about minimizing drug use. Dasuquin for Cats is probably more of a supplement than a drug. Its active ingredients are glucosamine, chondroitin, avocado, and soybeans. It’s OTC, not prescription. I get it from Amazon because it’s less expensive than buying it from the vet.

  12. Sandra Hesketh Howerton says:

    By the way, the vets did recommend wet food for another of my cats who used to have UTIs, and that apparently helped; however, I have her back on dry now because neither she nor any of the other cats, strangely enough, like wet food, and she was getting too thin. The vets told me that once she was now over the age of five she would probably not have the UTI problem anymore, so it was okay to put her back on dry food to try to get her to a normal weight. She is doing fine now on Royal Canin Indoor dry food and hasn’t had the UTI problem since around 2007.

  13. Sandra Hesketh Howerton says:

    I’ll ask my vet about the wet food, but so far she and the vets at the NCSU Vet School have recommended dry food because of a tooth/gum problem he has. It’s some kind of autoimmune condition that makes his own immune system attack and destroy his teeth. It can’t be cured, but its progress can be slowed by keeping his teeth as clean as possible. The vet says that his bladder problem is not a UTI because he has no infection–just inflammation. Does Dasuquin have any troubling side effects that you know of?

    • Jenny says:

      No, I have never heard of the drug, but I was on a drug for years…and well, I am one of those people that think the less drugs the better.

  14. Sandra Hesketh Howerton says:

    In case stress is a cause of flareups in Wiley’s condition, the vet also suggested using Feliway products, but I was already doing that because I have four cats who don’t always get along very well. By the way, I also have a female FIV-positive cat that is on Dasuquin for the same inflamed bladder condition, but she has wet outside the box only once when I think she was stressed out by being confined in my bedroom while a workman was in the house. She seems perfectly healthy otherwise.

  15. Sandra Hesketh Howerton says:

    He eats dry food. The vet thought stress could be contributing to his problem because it started when my nephew’s dog was staying here temporarily, so she suggested I try Royal Canin Calm, which is fairly new. Now I have him on a mixture of that and Royal Canin Indoor 27. I don’t really think the Calm has helped, and it’s very expensive. I may soon have to change him to some kind of diet food because he has gained too much weight recently too, and I think that may put more pressure on his bladder. The vet said that the Dasuquin, which is usually used for arthritis, is often used off label for inflamed bladder because of its inflamation-fighting properties. She has a cat with the same condition and has him on Dasuquin too to try to control the inflamation because the condition cannot be cured. It can only be treated.

    • Jenny says:

      Have you ever tried taking him off of dry food to see if some of these issues go away? UTIs are usually associated with dry food. You might check out where a vet explains the dangers of dry food. I hate to think that he’s on Dasquin for the rest of his life – maybe the inflammation would go away with the discontinuing of dry food? My cats are wet food only – after I read all the medical issues caused by dry food because it is the furthest thing from what their natural diet would be.

  16. Sandra Hesketh Howerton says:

    Wiley was peeing outside the box because of UTI when I adopted him, but he was fine after treatment. However, when he started peeing outside the box again later, the vet’s tests showed no UTI, but he did have blood in his urine. The vet said that means he has an inflamed bladder, and she put him on Metacam for three days and Dasuquin indefinitely. That has helped, but he still pees outside the box occasionally when it is too dirty for him or does not contain his preferred litter. I have to check and, if necessary, scoop the boxes every few hours.

  17. Makayla says:

    Noodles used to pee outside the litterbox. First few times it was UTI, then later he started doing it again because the box was too small. Now he’s perfectly healthy (except now he’s all itchy and balding but I can’t find any fleas, ear mites, or anything. Maybe allergy? Hopefully the vet knows) with a larger box and a storage tub with a horse-shoe cut that he alternates with. One day he pees in the storage tub box, poops in the other, then the next he does the opposite.

    • Jenny says:

      Thanks for sharing – that’s interesting about the box being too small – how did you figure it out that it was too small?

      Sorry to hear about his itchiness and balding – sounds like he needs to be at the vet immediately – sounds horribly uncomfortable! Let us know what the vet says, please.

      • Sylvia says:

        I have a female kitten who is very playful/rough with my other older female kitties, and she has been urinating outside the litterbox. We found her under our porch crying for help, so her exact age we are unsure of, but we estimate eight months at this point. We began to find urine spots and, at first, didn’t know who the culprit was, but it became clear it was her. She has been taken to the vet, where I insisted she was starting to go into heat, but the vet told me, no, and she had some slight WBC in her urine. She was treated with injectable antibiotics, and that was that. She was still peeing everywhere. Eventually, she was fixed at the end of Oct, but the inappropriate urination is consistent. She has no issues with the litter boxes; she even goes while I’m actively cleaning them. She’s not attacked or threatened by the other cats as she is the instigator. I have at this point 6 litter boxes—different floors of the house, different heights of sides, enclosed and open. I use horrible smelling enzyme cleaner that seems to deter her from urinating in the same spot, but she finds new ones. Just this evening, she urinated on an extension cord/plug, and we began to hear cracking and smelling smoke. She has peed on beds, stuff animals, bags (plastic/paper), carpet, wood floors, laundry on the floor, paper, an oven mitt, and now electrical things. I’ve even tried some of the calming plugins. Any more thoughts before I go insane? I refuse to give her up, and I am a seasoned cat lady, but I need help.

    • pearl-belle says:


      I have an 8 month d Ragdoll. She always used the litter box since we got her 3 months ago. However 2 weeks ago she started peeing and even pooping other places. All
      Different places not even same spots. I took her to the vet and she’s healthy. I’m not sure what to do next??

      • Jenny says:

        I posted your comment on our Facebook page, so you could get some responses – but without knowing what you’ve tried on this page, I am not sure how we can help too much.

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