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What to do when the cat is not housebroken and urinates!

Updated on April 18, 2012

If the cat is not housebroken

One of the most common reasons that cats are killed, relocated or abandoned is that they are not housebroken. In most cases, these problems depend on something that can be put right. The cat, might for example, suffer from a disease. And sometimes it may actually depend on the cat owner himself.

Has your cat started to urinate or defecate outside the box? This is a fairly common problem and you are far from alone. Many cat owners do not think you can do something about this type of unwanted behavior. This is something that lead to many cats gets a premature death unnecessarily. They are killed or abandoned. Other people relocate their non-housebroken cats. There are far better approaches to take!.

This article presents a series of practical advice to deal with the problems. Most cats will become housebroken if you follow these.

cute cat
cute cat

Veterinary Investigation

Start by taking the cat to the vet for an examination. There is a range of medical conditions that could be the reason for why the cat started to urinate or defecate outside the litter box. These include, for example, urinary tract disorders, kidney failure, diabetes, uterine inflammation, constipation, diarrhea, anal gland inflammation or intestinal worms. If the cat gets the right treatment it usually gets housebreaking again and the problem is solved.

Is the cat is sexually mature?

The next question to ask is if the cat might be sexually mature? It usually takes from 6 months and upwards. Sometimes a little earlier. In this case, it's time to neuter it, which will put an end to the scent-marking that is a natural behavior for a mature cat. Even sexually mature female cats can start to pee all over the place.

cat litter box
cat litter box

Protest from the cat

Another reason why cats begin to urinate and defecate in unwanted places is that it suffers from a behavioral disorder. In such cases it is a protest from the cat's side, where it would like to mention that it feels bad and that something in its environment is wrong.

Dissatisfaction with the litter box

The most common reason is that the cat is unhappy with the litter box. Is the box too close to the dining area? The box may be too small, or you want your cat to have different boxes to pee and poop in. It can also be the cat litter as it does not like. Dirty litter boxes or too clean (cleaning products that smell deterrence) may also be disturbing to some cats. Do you use detergent with bleach or ammonia to the floors? These detergents are similar to cat urine substances which can attract it to pee on the surfaces where these detergents are used. Lemon Scent has a deterrent effect and should not be used when cleaning the litter box.

The cat feels insecure

The cat may also protest against something new or scary in it´s environment. For example, moving to new housing, changes in ownership, new family member, noisy environment or a family member that has disappeared (divorce, death or moving from home). Strange cat smells coming from the outside can be disturbing to some cats.

When the cat urinates in the owner's bed or furniture, it is often an act of insecurity. When the cat urinates in these places the cats scent is mixed with the owners scent which makes the cat feel safer. This insecurity is often caused by the owner himself. The solution is to be a bit of a detective and try to pinpoint what triggered the behavior. What happened to the cat / family before it started to feel insecure? If you get on the cause, you can fix what's wrong in the cat's point of view, which in most cases leads to the return to his usual tidy self.

If the problem is caused by a new family member, usually the solution is to give the cat a little extra attention. If it is very lonely during the day, a cat friend is what is needed.

Never punish your cat

Never punish your cat when it pees / poops in the wrong places. This can exacerbate the problem because it will feel even more insecure. Praise the cat every time it goes to the litter box.

Toilet training

If none of the good advice above helps, there is a method that train the cat that tends to be effective. Restrict the cat's space to only one room. Clean the surfaces in the room thoroughly with soapy water and alcohol. Have many litter boxes in the room that you will keep properly clean. Use unscented, fine-grained litter. Keep the cats food bowl and sleeping place as far away from cat box as possible. When the cat is able to be housebroken in this limited space, you can allow it to go into gradually larger areas.


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      caseycrazy 6 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      I have a white cat at my house and I am sad now I have to leave her and move into a condo.