Why won't my cat just pee in the litterbox like a normal kitty?
My cat has a litterbox. He poops in it faithfully, but never pees in it. He pees in the corner of the kitchen near where his food is. Sometimes he pees in the corner of the bathroom.
Have you ever sat in kitty litter? It isn't comfortable at all. I don't blame your cat for choosing a different surface.
He is just being a cat - exercising his right to be inherently selfish and do just whatever the heck he likes with complete disregard to all those around him...
Sunny, vets will tell you many things, such as urinary tract infections, marking territory especially if there are other pets in the house, that sort of thing, but it can be as simple as he doesn't like the cat litter, he poops on it but when the ammonia in urine mixes with it, he may find it unpleasant. I have a cat I've gone to hell and back over peeing in the floor in front of the sliding glass doors to the back deck. It started with a urinary tract infection. When we took him to the vet, he was diagnosed with diabetes. The vet said he was trying to tell us he needed help. Then he still liked peeing there even after we got him on insulin and regulated. After about three years, and almost considering putting him down, a salesperson at PetsMart recommended a certain brand of cat litter, I believe it is called Perfect Kitty. I don't have a bag right now to verify. She said since it was more expensive, we could retrain him and then go back to our old Tidy Cat. It worked, at least for awhile, then he went back to the door again. Now I have him back on Perfect Kitty and he is using the litter box just fine. It costs a little more, but the price is worth it. I suggest going to a good pet store and telling them your problem, and asking them to recommend an irritant free liter. But first have a vet check him for a UTI or diabetes. If it is a recurring UTI, sometimes just changing their food to a kind made for sensitive bladders will do the trick. And sadly, sometimes there are cats who are just "house pee-ers" for no darned good reason. I sure hope this helps because I feel your pain.
This really does help. I will have to look into getting a higher quality litter box, and maybe a bigger litterbox, period, because he's a big cat!
A big cat? I definitely had to buy a larger litter box. My Tas weighed 25 lbs at one time, and trying to use the regular sized litter box was ridiculour. He only weighs 18 lbs. now, so he's just a little kitty.
Cats do what they want to do, however, it is in their nature to cover their waste, solid and liquid. Secondly, I think he's trying desperately to tell you something is amiss. Take him to the vet. To get blood work is expensive, but it may be worth it. Is he a senior cat? Are his hips bugging him? Did you just get another cat? I have a diabetic cat. You didn't mention whether he pees a lot or just normally. Do you feed him dry food. Males are prone to UTI'S especially if they eat dry food. Comical, strange, inherently selfish, maybe, but, peeing in corners where you can be found, either putting his food down or using your own bathroom is not what cat's do. Find out what's going on. Best tip I can give you: get another litterbox. Keep two for him. He'll appreciate it.
The corner of the kitchen where he pees at is where two doors are. One leads to the basement; behind it is where the cat food is. Next to this door is where his bowl of food is on a chair (to keep away from dogs). Second is the door leading to out.
Hello! My cat, Karen, does the exact same thing. i've been dealing with this for the past 3 months and it is quite irritating. But, i guess cats will be cats.
My kitty also had problems with peeing on our living room carpet. Eventually we figured out that he was scared of the place where the litter box was located in the basement. We'd had a plummer come and work in the area - he made a lot of noise and the cat was quite upset. The litterbox problems started shortly after that. We relocated the box and the problem stopped. We also had to replace the carpet to help him not go back to the same spot out of habit.
Because you allow it. There is a simple solution: get rid of the cat. I know, I know, you love your cat. I don't think cats are our 'friends'. MY friends don't come to my house and pee in the corner or poop in a box, they don't hop up on my lap and put their butts in my face, rub their bodies all over me (though THAT might be nice, depending on who it is), or cough up hairballs for me to step on in my bare feet in the middle of the night, or bring me small dead, eviscerated rodents and birds, or rip up my furniture with their finger nails.
Maybe he doesn't like to pee where he smells his own poop? Put another litterbox in his favorite peeing spot and see if he goes there, then gradually move it out of the kitchen until it's next to the original litterbox. Or try a new cat litter that doesn't smell as strongly when urine is added to it. I'd bet it's just the smell of the litter mixed with amonia that bothers him. Do you use pine? Sometimes that helps.
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