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Top 10 Ways to Stop Your Cat from Peeing Outside the Litter Box

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Addressing Inappropriate Urination

When your cat starts shunning its litter box in favor of other places throughout your home, like your floor, carpet, or even your bed, it is definitely not something you want to become a habit. Address the issue quickly with these simple ways to help stop your cat from peeing outside of the litter box.

#10 Define the Problem

The first thing you need to do when you discover pee where it doesn’t belong is determine whether it is the result of spraying or inappropriate urination. Spraying is a result of cats marking their territory, and is generally just a splatter, whereas inappropriate urination will be a larger puddle.

#9 Tackle the Problem Quickly

You will want to address any urination outside of the litter box quickly, before it becomes normal behavior for your cat. If your cat is spraying, try making it feel more secure in its territory, as that is often why cats get possessive. In a multi-cat household, it may help to provide separate living areas for each cat.

#8 Thoroughly Clean the Mess

Be sure to thoroughly clean all areas where your cat has peed outside the box. You really want to be sure you’ve eliminated the odor, not just for your own sake, but so the smell doesn’t draw your cat back to that same spot.

#7 Add an Additional Litter Box

One litter box is often just not enough. The general rule of thumb is one box per cat, plus an extra one. Think about it – if you were on the second floor of your house, would you want to run all the way downstairs to use the bathroom? Neither does your cat. Making it convenient for your cat to use the litter box will usually avert problems.

#6 Address Litter Box Location

Think about where you have the litter boxes located. If you have multiple stories, you'll want at least one on each floor. If your litter box is too tucked away, somewhere inconspicuous, your cat may not bother to go find it. If your cat keeps peeing in the same spot despite your best efforts, try moving the litter box over that spot, and then slowly moving it back to where you want it.


#5 Try a Different Box

An enclosed litter box may fit nicely within your decorating standards, but your cat may not agree. Enclosed boxes can be small, dark, smelly and difficult to turn around in – not conducive to cats doing their business. You will also want to make sure the sides of your litter box are not too high for the cat to easily step over - especially as the cat reaches old age.

#4 Clean Your Litter Box Regularly

A dirty litter box is one of the first things that will send a cat peeing elsewhere. Cats are very clean creatures by nature. Would you want to go walking barefoot through your cat's litter box? Well, neither do they. Be consistent about cleaning out the box and changing the litter.

#3 Check the Type of Litter

Heavily perfumed litter may seem the better choice (who wouldn’t want to smell perfume rather than a dirty litter box?), but cats tend to disagree. They also like to stick with the familiar, so if you adopt an adult cat, it may urinate outside the litter box if you switch up the standard, non-perfumed litter. Studies have shown that amongst cats, the all-around favorite litter type is a loose, clumping, unscented clay litter containing activated charcoal.

#2 Observe the Social Dynamics

Conflicts between multiple cats, or the introduction of a new cat, may cause inappropriate urination. Occasionally, the case may be that your cats got into an altercation in or near the litter box and it has left one of them with associated bad memories.

#1 Consult Your Veterinarian

If inappropriate urination has become an issue with your cat, the most important thing you can do is make an appointment with your veterinarian. Your cat's doctor will perform a physical exam and urinalysis to determine if the problem is medical. Urinary tract infections and kidney failure are just some of the common health issues that either cause a cat to produce more urine, or add an increased urgency to urination. If your cat is given a clean bill of health, you can then move on to addressing environmental or behavioral issues.

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  • Cat peeing
    10/03/2013 08:23am

    One (of 2) of my sisters cats, started peeing everywhere after she had a baby. He is a neutered male. He was to the vet, was given a clean bill of health. They told her he'll get over it, but it's been 10 months. She loves her cats so much, and this is really depressing her. Any suggestions?

  • 10/17/2014 04:12pm

    Please be aware that when a cat pees outside their litter box it's a cry for help. First rule out a physical problem. I keep Diascreen test strips on hand to check the urine but keep in mind if the cat has crystals there might not be blood to show up on the test strip to raise your attention to the problem so bringing a sample to the Vet might be the better idea. If it's emotional, try to put yourself in their paws to figure it out. Be logical. I use Stress Stopper by SpiritEssence.com which works well along with their Peacemaker kit especially if there's a new kitty introduced into the home. Simply put it in their water bowls twice a day or you can mist them as per the directions. PetWellBeing.com makes another great product called Pet Calm which you can spray on their canned cat food twice a day. They key to all of those remedies is to be consistence. You will definitely notice a behavior change within a week or two. If the cat is aging like one of my elder cats it's a symptom of Alzheimer. He gets confused. PetWellBeing.com makes a product called Old Friend for cognitive support which has made a difference in the quality of his life. Cleaning the urine thoroughly is also critical. Since cats can smell 1000 times better than us. If they smell urine they most likely will return to that same spot. There's a product called Roccal-D that you can get off of Amazon. I found out about this from my Vet. It's highly concentrate and is a great disinfectant (1 oz to a gallon of water). This product will get the smell out. I even use it on carpeting. It has not stained. I also use piddle pads and 6ml plastic to protect corners of my house. Cut a piece of plastic and tape with packing tape to cover the wall about 18" and the floor area about 12" just in case they keep marking and spraying high on the wall. It's much easier to blot up urine on plastic than saturated baseboard or carpet. I hope this helps. I've been rescuing kitties for 30 years plus and have a plethora of tricks. Remember urination outside of the box is a cry for help. Yelling and punishing your cat will only make them more upset and magnify the problem.

  • 03/16/2015 05:11pm

    I think the fact that I'm not cleaning the spot outside the litter box well enough is my problem. I wash the mat that's under and around the litter box daily and he (9 yr old) still pees there. Grrr The other cat is peeing in that spot now too.
    He acts fine like he's healthy and even acting happier than I've seen in years.
    Thank you for your comments. I will get the Roccal-D and hope that helps.

  • 03/16/2015 05:13pm

    Ok ... maybe I won't buy that. It's wayyyy over my budget. Any other suggestions?

  • 04/20/2015 10:55am

    Zero odor from bed bath and beyond works well and is much cheaper we've used the expensive things and this is just as good it was recommended from the cat whisperer. We've done everything and haven't found a solution yet. Good luck. We've found that nothing really works on the carpets that have padding. If you have that problem nothing but pulling the carpet and bleaching works but zero odor works for everywhere else of just an occasional spot on the carpet. We've used the expensive and this and it works just as well as the expensive. I hope you find a solution we are still trying.

  • 07/30/2016 05:18pm

    If you clean the area with vinegar, that should get the smell out. Then get some puppy training pads and put them over the area (or around the little box, if they are missing the box). It might not stop them from peeing outside the box, but it will save you a ton of hassle re: cleanup. I had a sick cat who had trouble with her aim. She usually missed the box. I got the pads, and also a diaper pail to put them in, and that solved the problem for her.

  • 10/03/2015 11:53am

    Oh yes, the plastic has been my plan. For a while, I put paper up. I'd like to find a half pipe somewhere so I could curve the bottom of plastic to catch the urine instead of it running off into rug.

    For a while, I used paper stick ups (the kind you write on at conferences) and the pee would get caught at the bottom. But I bought some plastic that I plan to put up with velcro!

    My cat has been doing this for all 6 years. I got him from a shelter when he was too. He is healthy with no bladder problems.

    The best deodorant for my purposes has been Sink-The-Stink -- divers bacteria eater for wet suits (and they really stink!) StS is also used by my county to treat body bags. 1/2 gallon (about $90) lasts a year. Natures Miracle doesn't work for me.

    First, I use a rug shampooer with only water in it (soap deactivates the StS bacteria) to suck up as much urine as possible. Then I pour from a watering can, a bunch of solution (a little bit in a lot of water) and soak the area. Leave it there for a few hours, then shampoo machine most of it up. Leave it to dry--1-2 days. As it dries, the StS bacteria are activated and gobble up the stink stuff. Sometimes (especially if I have missed the spot before) it takes a coupla times. I spray the wall.

    Nevertheless, it is a tedious task. If I'm killed in a car accident, I don't know anyone who would take him in. I love him and am devoted to him, but it rules my life.

    Please let me know if you have any ideas for a semi-circle urine catcher for the plastic to go in. Maybe 1 inch?


  • 11/08/2015 04:10pm

    I really hope you are not killed in a car accident! You are a loving dedicated pet parent and your cat is lucky. I have multiple cats and I deal with this problem all the time (very unsuccessfully) and I appreciate everyone who has the determination and unconditional love for their pets.

  • 07/30/2016 10:28pm

    Anoelg I just saw your sweet message. THANK you for your support.
    FWIW, since using puppy pads (see above), they absorb the pee and it doesn't get to the floor and I'm almost as happy if he didn't have this problem
    All three kitties are so lovable I want them to be happy and secure.
    Love to you.

  • 04/13/2016 05:08pm

    Try plastic plant trays! My kitty uses them, better than the carpet and easy to rinse out.

  • 07/30/2016 10:37pm

    Kcmocougar That's a great idea and would have worked when I was using the prior solution. Thanks!
    But now, I put up puppy pads (and I buy reusabl double sided sticky tape), One of them goes on an old deep bin lid standing up. The pads absorb the urine, and nothing drips down.
    I can hardly believe it took me 7 years to get to this. Phew.

  • 07/30/2016 10:21pm

    What I do now for my cat who is the perpetual sprayer (literally pissed off), I put up doggie pads (restickable two sided tape) on the three places (walls) he has sprayed most. The one he uses most is behind my office chair. Sometimes I don't even realize he's mad (I won't let him out or feed him or something) and he sprays there.

    He sprays there, I throw out the pad, and I don't get mad that he's pissed off. And I don't have shampoo the wtow carpet

    He mostly pees in the litter box. I keep the litter very high (6 inches) so he can wrap his tail over the side. Otherwise, he gets elevator butt cuz his tail isn't free.
    Hope this helps somebody!

  • 04/11/2016 03:29pm

    Hi there,

    I would love to get some ideas from you of what I can further do for my 7 year old cat. We are having frequent instances of inappropriate urination throughout the house in a variety of areas. Please let me know if you would be willing to correspond through email so that I can prevent having to get rid of him as I have a 6 month old son in my house.

    Thank you for any assistance you can provide.

  • 01/13/2017 12:12pm

    Hi I wondered if you had any suggestions for my cat? I sometimes wonder if she's just very dirty, although I know it does get worse if she has a reason to be stressed (like a house move).

    She's always peed in the wrong place since she was a kitten, whether inside the Devan bed or on the sofa, or on mats, carpets, piles of clothes on the floor, or any soft furnishings that take her fancy. I moved to a new home in November which I picked because it had a garden for her, but it also has carpets throughout and she's having a field day with all the new places to pee. As suggested, i've got litter trays in all the rooms, i've put them in places she likes to pee (although she's barely using the litter trays to pee in these days, just the carpet), I try to clean up after her pee with the products that break down urine enzymes.... i'm really losing the will to live. She pees in cupboards if given the chance, she pees right around the walls of my bedroom, and probably elsewhere as well I just haven't found out where yet. I've tried psycho-analysing her habits in the past but I can't fathom it!

  • 02/17/2017 06:47am

    I got this idea from the show MY CAT FROM HELL and so I have a great cat from HELLO... His name is Weasel. He defecates in the litter box but pees on the floor in two main places and it makes my wife angry. She wants this problem resolved but must realize that he is also almost 17 years old and can be a little out of whack at this age. How can I stop the cat from peeing on the floor and go back to using the litter box like he used to.

  • 07/09/2015 05:49am

    Your friend can try a calming collar. They can be purchased at a pet store or on Amazon. They are the pheromones that the mother cat emits when nursing the babies to keep,them calm. Each collar lasts 30 days. Another thing she can try along with the collar is Rescue Remedy, also at Amazon or in the human vitamin section. It is calming flower essences that can be added to food or water. Can be used for cats, dogs or people. He is acting out because of the many changes that happen when there is an dairies to the family. Good luck and I hope this helps.

  • 09/21/2016 08:37am

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  • cat won't use the litter
    11/03/2013 06:07am

    I too have a cat that all of a sudden started peeing in different corners of the house. I can't seem to get him to stop. This seem to have started when I started letting him spend the day outdoors and now he treats the house the same way. I have a litter box that he won't even go in. I'm not sure this is something that will ever stop.

  • 06/21/2014 01:46am

    I have a few cats. Two of them starting peeing in the corners of our home as well. We made a few corner pieces out of pcv materials with a groove cut out. So, when they want to pee in the corner, the pee goes in the groove. They can be cleaned up with pine cleaner or bleach. Doesn't look that great, but at least we saved our wooden floors

  • suggestions?
    12/18/2013 04:12am

    I have a 9 year old, neutered cat who started peeing outside the litter box , around the same time he also stopped eating as much as he used to. Any suggestions??

  • Pees out the door of box!
    03/19/2014 03:53am

    I have a cat that uses the litter box, but intentionally (I think) lifts her rear up high enough to pee out the door of it. (it's a covered box) I keep paper down, but it has ruined my hardwood floor. I have no idea how to stop her from doing this. After she gets out of the box, she rustles all the newspaper up that she just peed on. I am very frustrated, not only from the ruined floor, but also the smell is awful. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

  • 02/19/2015 04:34pm

    My female kitty does the same thing. She was separated too early from her mother (at the animal shelter) so I think she wasn't properly trained in proper etiquette. I have put puppy pee pads down around the litter box, which are much more absorbant than newspaper and have a protective backing. I also make sure to have the edges slighly under the box so she doesn't move them out of place.

  • 11/08/2015 06:51pm

    That's a great idea! While you're experimenting, try different height boxes and fill them (I buy Dr Elsey's Cat Attract which lasts forever when I clean it every day) to different heights. Observe how they behave. Are they elevator butts?

    My cat responds to low litter in a very tall $5 Walmart box which and where he can raise himself as he pees, or a very low sided box where he can put his tail over the top.

    He seems affect a lot by the placement of his tail.

    Keep trying. Try different litters. Oh, I clean everything with Sink-the-Stink!

  • 03/29/2015 06:15pm

    I had a girl cat do that, too. I purchased the kitty box where the hole is on top. Pet stores have them.

  • 11/08/2015 06:47pm

    When a cat has an elevator butt, it helps to get a box with very high sides. My elevator butt then can raise his butt and the pee doesn't go over the side.

    Another thing to try is to fill the box only3 inches below top edge as an experiment. My elevator butt kitty then puts his tail over the top and the elevator stays at the second floor

    If your baby is in the box, she's trying to do the right thing. I do hope all is well and that she's a loving part of your family!

  • Peeing around house
    03/19/2014 05:54am

    My 12 year old female cat that I have had for 8 years, has just recently started peeing and pooping around the house. The last straw was today when she peed on my bed! I don't know what to do about it. We had a litter of kittens almost a year ago (not hers) and a litter box was brought back into the house. She really didn't seem interested in it all. Over the last few weeks she has used it with the kitten (almost a year and not fixed yet). She has not used a litter box in over 5 years. Always went outside since we moved to a house. I don't want my almost 1 year old outside at all. That's the only reason for the littler. They have an amazing relationship. Cuddling and cleaning each other. So I don't think it's because of the baby. My sons carpet downstairs and now my bed. Pls any advice would help.

  • 06/15/2015 04:46am

    My 15. Yr old female suddenly started peeing on furniture when asleep. Vet could not find the cause. I now give her phenylpropalamine as a transdermal gel in her ears twice a day. It has helped immensely.. You can also buy it in liquid form but it is vile and cats hate it. The gel is much kinder.

    a drug compounding company will make the gel. Road Runner makes it as does a local (people) compounding pharmacy. Good luck!

  • Older cat peeing
    03/22/2014 02:05am

    I have a 16 yr old cat that just recently has started peeing on the dogs beds and the rugs throughout the house. Every time we clean it up or throw away the items. But just today i found that the cat is now pooping outside of the litterbox. No matter what we do it doesn't seem to work. Please help we need it desperately. We love our cat and dont want to have to get rid of her.

  • 11/02/2014 05:06am

    Hi. My cat is also 16. I have had her for about 5 years--she was my friend's cat and I took her when my friend couldn't keep her. We have had problems with peeing before--first because she didn't like a cover on the litter box, then because the location of the litter box changed, and other times because I think she was trying to make a "statement" about her displeasure over one thing or another. (There are no other cats in the house by-the-way.) But things started getting really bad in the past year. I would find that she peed just outside the box (pooped too), or on the floor in the dining room, or in her "kitty house" (a separate soft enclosure to give her a sense of safety when she got scared about something). But then she started peeing on my upholstered furniture. She ruined one of my chairs that went with my couch. No, I didn't kill her, though I really WANTED TO at the time! (Her name is Lucky and I told her she was Lucky to be Alive!) I took her to the vet, and although he said her blood tests looked good and she looked healthy, he wanted to do an X-Ray. But since it cost almost $300, and I'm unemployed, I didn't do it. I WISH I HAD! Things only got worse; she lost weight, slept A LOT (more than usual), kept peeing on things so that I had to put plastic on all the upholstered items. I thought she was just getting old, feeble and senile. One night she began crying and looked like she was convulsing. My neighbor is a vet too (not her regular one) and I called him over. He said she was very dehydrated. He thought she might have something else going on, so I allowed him to do the X-Ray (yes, still almost $300). But it turned out that one of her kidneys was filled with tumors and was non-functioning. She didn't have tumors elsewhere, but the kidney had to come out. Now she is peeing where she is supposed to, eating again and putting on weight, obviously feels good and is acting kind of kittenish again. If only I would have spent that $300! It would have saved my $500 chair and $1800 in surgical costs--and my kitty wouldn't have been in pain for so long!

  • I
    09/15/2014 10:16pm

    I have a cat that will be 1 year next month. Around 4-5 months ago he started peeing on my bed. Then it was my parents bed, then the spare beds, then the carpet and now the lay-z boy. He uses his litter just fine for a few days then bam, something has been peed on. Been to the vet numerous times, supposedly had a uti, got some meds now clean bill of health.the litter is cleaned daily, and he even has two: for upstairs and downstairs. I've tried everything and I don't know how much longer my parents will let me keep him. Please help

  • 09/27/2014 11:47pm

    Here's a suggestion that worked with one of our cats - get some of those puppy pads - I put one in a low open litter box and no litter. For some reason she seems to like the feel of the pads.. I use OUT brand (from Walmart). Our cat was a rescue who was peeing everywhere but the litter box. I also put a small litter box with litter right next to it because she won't poop on the pad but will in the litter.

  • 11/20/2014 08:46pm

    That's a really great idea!! Thank You for sharing!

  • 04/07/2015 04:44pm

    Buy 2 litter boxes...1 with a cover and 1 without...If you have a laundry room or a small room- Place the covered litter box in one area using clumping litter.The 2nd (old school)uncovered litter box put it in another area close by and use non clumping clay litter...
    With these 2 interesting options to your cat or cats you should see the spraying or peeing problem go away.
    Pick up all towels and pillows-Put them up high and away. Do not make it easy for the cats to find something to pee on.
    My cat does not use the open litter box that much but having it there just in case the covered one gets to dirty for him to use.
    I made the mistake of taking the 2nd lightly used litter box away and then he started peeing again.As soon as i brought it back he was happy to pee in the litter box again.

    09/17/2014 07:58am

    i tried all these things non of it stopped my cat from peeing around

  • Cat box problems
    09/26/2014 07:48am

    2 years ago my cat was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The vet at the clinic gave her a liquid steroid and it seemed to reverse the ataxia and loos of appetite she had developed overnight(which is what lead us to the clinic in the first place). They told us that with the steroid treatment she would probably be with us for a couple of months. Now, 2 years later, she is 15 years old, receiving the steroid every night and still with us. The problem is, she began pooping outside her box and more recently has added peeing on the floor outside her box. I am going crazy with this. It is so gross!
    I don't know what is going on! She has always slept on or by my feet at night but now sometimes sleeps by my face. She still likes to sit on all of our laps and purr so it's hard to think about the idea of putting her down... But this peeing/pooping thing it making me CRAZY!! What can I do?!!

  • 09/26/2014 07:51am

    *loss of appetite

  • 09/27/2014 11:44pm

    Here's a suggestion that worked with one of our cats - get some of those puppy pads - they come in large and extra large - put it on the ground by the litter box. I use OUT brand (from Walmart). For some reasons one of our rescues stopped using the litter box but we have switched her to puppy pads and have not had any issues as long as we change it once or twice a day.

  • Health or to many cats ?
    11/06/2014 07:44pm

    So I had one kitten, the got another and they became best friends. Both are female. Then my son brings me a male kitten and by this time the others were adults. One of my female cats didn't like the kitten as he got older because he would bite her! Over a few years I rescued 2 more cats , I ended up having 5 indoor cats! My house never had an odor problem even with so many cats. I started noticing the smell of cat pee but couldn't see it anywhere because of the color of my carpet. I decided to pull up the carpet and surprise every room of carpet was ruined! My oldest female I was noticing she was peeing in my sinks as well, so took her to the vets. She had crystals and bacteria in her kidneys, she was 7 years old. I had to put her down.! Everything seemed ok after that as far as I thought she was the only one with the problem, I was wrong. The littlest cat I had rescued is peeing everywhere , not in my sinks but on everything else. She and my other female cat don't get along at all! I have only 3 indoor cats left, one male and two female. The last female I rescued is not fixed yet. Help please?

  • Sudden Urination All Over
    12/01/2014 11:37am

    I have two 12 year old cats (male and Female from same litter) and recently I have rescued another younger male cat around about 4 years in age. My elder male cat has suddenly started urinating EVERYWHERE! He has never been partial to kitty litter (unlike his sister who loves it) so we let him do his business outside. He would meow when he needed to be let out. He has stopped meowing now and just pee's where he wants, even if the back door is wide open in front of him. I think it may be stress as he does not particularly like the new addition to the family but it also seems like his way to show us how angry he is at us. Help! How do I get him return to his old habits of urinating outside?

  • Peeing outside the box
    01/23/2015 01:30am

    We have two cats, brother and sister we've had since they were a couple months old. Now they are almost six. They are both fixed. We have had a constant battle with the girl peeing at the litter box or in the immediate area for a long time now. It's a constant battle and we cannot find a solution to it. Our best guess is that maybe the boy is harassing her when she is near the litter boxes. We don't know how to fix this problem.
    We used either Arm & Hammer Essentials or the Kroger or Walmart brand of natural pine litter for over a year now. We had two standard litter boxes with collars, then bought a third. The boxes get scooped twice a day, totally changed every 15 days and washed. The three boxes are in a closet, side by side with folding doors that are kept open. The Sterilite box is kept outside the closet near the other three.
    We recently bought a Sterilite box about 22x16 and made a fourth box. All the boxes have about two inches of litter. I've tried putting aluminum foil at the area she would pee at but she'd just pee on the foil. Recently, to reduce the damage to the new carpet I've put some 30 gallon trash bags on the floor beneath the three boxes and the Sterilite box. Recently, during the night she pawed back the trash bag and peed on the floor as close to the litter box as she could.

  • chronic inappropriate uri
    04/06/2015 02:37am

    I have three cats, two were adopted as brother and sister (babies), and the third about a year later also as a kitten. The third's mother was killed so he was bottle fed and grew up not knowing much else. The three get along most of the time, the third will beat up on the girl occasionally but no extreme issues. The third grew up with no true issues with the cat box, but then started to urinate outside of the box. First it was near the box, then transitioned to wherever he wanted, and now he has started spraying things. I am at my wits end with him, I love him so much, but my house smells awful! I have taken him to numerous vets (we move due my being in the army) and some have suggested anti-anxiety medicine (which he had been on, but wasn't intended for long term use) then others said he just needed to be played with more. All of his screenings have come back clear. He yowls all through the night and during the day. Sounds like fingernails on a chalk board. He was also neutered as soon as he could be. We have cat boxes on all floors of the house (6 total). We have tried calming collars/diffusers, varying cat toys, different litters, prescription cat food, love/playtime overdoses, and a host of other trial and errors.
    Does anyone have any recommendations!!?

  • Could be the litter
    05/28/2015 06:15pm

    I know that many of you may find this weird, but when my daughter's cat was peeing on her bed we consulted a pet psychic. We were at our wit's end and a friend had had good luck doing this so we tried it. After about a month of tearing our hair out over this problem, it was explained and fixed in a few minutes. She told us "He is a big boy and feels closed in when using the liter box" and "he hates the litter-his feet get wet when he pees hence the bed peeing. The bed absorbs the urine - no wet feet." She recommended an open litter box that gave him room to move around and crystal type litter that would keep his feet dry. There have been no more incidents of peeing outside the litter box.

  • Puppy pads do the trick
    05/28/2015 08:33pm

    I use puppy pads under and around the litter box for when my 17 year old male cat "misses"..... They have been the biggest help for those times and for easy cleanup....

  • Have a very nervous 6 yea
    08/29/2015 04:48pm

    Have a 6 year old nervous cat, solved the peeing problem completely. Aside from a clean litter box everyday, I have been picking her up and walking her to her litter box , reassuring her calmly and talking to her and then gently placing her in the box. I would pet her while reassuring her in the box. I did this a minimum 2 per day . She got to a point she would go when I put her in. She regularly now uses the box. I still do this with her a few times when I change the full litter each month, and also when there are more people in the house like Xmas. It was the only thing I tried that worked, no different than walking your dog :)

  • Rescue Cats
    09/01/2015 09:06pm

    These suggestions are all great, as are those in the comments I have read. We, however, have a house full of rescues. I cannot, (and would not), confine an animal in one area of our house because she/he sprays or pees. This is of course after she/he has been checked out by a vet. We have taken up any and all carpet in our house, have a very happy relationship with Amazon and pee pads, and 12 litter boxes for the 9 cats we are currently housing inside. As all of you fellow cat/animal lovers know, it is far easier to find houses and situations to rescue animals from than it is to find forever homes to put them in. That is why we have so many cats and why we also have some problems out of the litter box. Because it is not their fault that they are frightened and have territory issues we do the best we can, and have pee-pee patrol each morning to look for any stray wetness. I have no favorite brand of cleaner/de-scenting fluid, but right now I am using Natures Miracle cleaner and also their No More Marking. They seem to do as good a job as any and are all natural. Keep loving (and if it happens, keep cleaning up after) your cats. Remember all the love they give you - unconditionally!

  • De-scenting sprays
    09/30/2015 05:55am

    Our cat Puffy has been driving the entire family crazy with his peeing everywhere. We bought de-scenting sprays and special cleaners, which he ignored and re-marked all over the house...some advice? (I refuse neuter my cat.) Thank you.

  • 09/30/2015 06:12am

    Well, you can find guides that solve this and other training issues. Instead of the expensive sprays, they show you how to make your own herbal mixtures that do the trick to guide your cat to "not think out of the box". HaHa! I found out what we were doing wrong and quickly solved what my cat's communication problem was.

  • 09/30/2015 06:19am

    Can you please tell me where I can find this information?

  • 01/28/2016 11:33pm

    Well, you can find guides that solve this and other training issues. Instead of the expensive sprays, you can guide your cat to "not think out of the box". HaHa! I found out what we were doing wrong and quickly solved what my cat's communication problem was.
    there is a vast amount of information on the Internet, but most of it is useless. You should find a good guide somewhere on this page http://bit.ly/206Sq8l or here www.healthyfamilyhouse.com Good luck!

  • 01/28/2016 11:36pm

    Well, you can find guides that solve this and other training issues. Instead of the expensive sprays, you can guide your cat to "not think out of the box". HaHa! I found out what we were doing wrong and quickly solved what my cat's communication problem was.
    there is a vast amount of information on the Internet, but most of it is useless. You should find a good guide somewhere on this page http://bit.ly/206Sq8l or here www.healthyfamilyhouse.com Good luck!

  • Cat peing everywhere
    10/06/2015 07:43am

    Our cat Puffy has been driving the entire family crazy with his peeing everywhere.
    We bought de-scenting sprays and special cleaners, which he ignored and re-marked all over the house...some advice? (I refuse neuter my cat.)
    Thank you.

  • 01/28/2016 11:28pm

    Well, you can find guides that solve this and other training issues. Instead of the expensive sprays, you can guide your cat to "not think out of the box". HaHa! I found out what we were doing wrong and quickly solved what my cat's communication problem was.
    there is a vast amount of information on the Internet, but most of it is useless. You should find a good guide somewhere on this page http://bit.ly/206Sq8l or here www.healthyfamilyhouse.com Good luck!

  • Cat peing everywhere
    10/19/2015 02:44am

    Our cat Missy has been driving the entire family crazy with his peeing everywhere.
    We bought de-scenting sprays and special cleaners, which he ignored and re-marked all over the house...some advice? (I refuse neuter my cat.)
    Thank you.

  • 11/02/2015 01:00pm

    One of the most cruel things a loving owner can do to a cat is to NOT neuter him. It makes him unlovable and unadoptable.
    He will fight and do whatever he can to spray throughout your house because his hormones tell him to get out and find females to hump. If he does, there are exponential kittens that will be put down or harmed. (see, http://calculate-this.com/420000-kittens-unspayed-cat-kitten-calculator)
    Meanwhile, he will be less loving with you and you will not be able to have visitors because of the stench.

    I think the best thing you can do is either get him fixed or give him to a shelter that will find a loving and responsible owner.

  • urination outside the box
    12/10/2015 01:40pm

    I just read the article on this website on multiple litter boxes and left a comment there. I will write it again. I have 8 rescued cats. There have been times when I have had many more. Obviously, with so many, there were problems with urinating outside the box. You must have patience. I know it is a terrible problem to deal with, but please do not give up on your kitties. I love mine way too much to ever give any of them up. So I did hours and hours online reading anything and everything I could find. I was waking up to anywhere from 10 to 15 pees every morning. Now, I may find one a month in the basement, but most of the time none. I have 9 boxes. 1 more than the number of cats. I keep them immaculately clean. Most of them are in the basement, but there is one on the main floor because that is where they spend most of their time and sometimes, they just don't feel like running to the basement. I use 2 different kinds of litter. I use a clay clumping litter in some boxes and I use oko cat litter in the others. That is also a clumping litter that looks like sawdust. I have noticed that they all have their preference and pretty much stick with their choice. Just like people--some like lakes and some like the ocean. When I was dealing with cleaning up the pee, I used an enzyme cleaner or vinegar. Then I sprayed the spot with feliway spray. I also used feliway plug ins because with so many cats, there is sometimes friction between some of them. Those products don't work immediately, but if you follow their directions to the T, and have patience, it will make a difference. The floor in our basement is concrete. I found a product at Walmart called OUT PET CARE OXY-FAST. If I find pee on the basement floor, I soak up what I can then pour some of this stuff on it and scrub it in. Then I spray the feliway. Works great. I can't tell you enough how nice it is to have this problem gone-for the most part. As I said, there is an occasional mishap, but with so many, I expect it. Be patient, try everything and love your fur babies. Don't give up on them. So many end up in shelters or banished to the dangerous outside because of this. It's sad. Don't be one of those people. Be patient and persistent.

  • Kitty Lovers
    01/10/2016 02:18pm

    Such a great information...

  • How do I know which cat?
    01/14/2016 05:32am

    I have 5 cats. We rescued an abandoned cat 6 years ago...she had 4 kittens and we kept them. All have been good about using the litter box until just a few weeks ago. At least one has taken to peeing on the top of the couch and on the top of the matching chair in the family room. I know this could indicate a bladder infection but all seem healthy. How can I tell which one is doing it? I can't take all 5 to the vet.

    I had the set professionally cleaned and deodorized and it's just as bad again already. I don't want to have to throw the furniture out...though I will rather than have the room smell like this.

    So two questions I guess. What's the best way to get rid of the smell on the furniture and keep it away? and How do I figure out which cat is doing the improper peeing, so I can get him/her treated at the vet. I have 2 females and 3 males, all fixed.

  • Stop Your Cat Peeing
    03/18/2016 05:06pm

    Article was really awesome but i was facing that after keeping extra litter box also my [url=http://www.awwcat.com/how-to-stop-your-cat-peeing-on-bed-house/]cat peeing[/url] on bed and carpet. It was really irritate for me. Can you please help me to come out from this..

  • Cat peeing outside box...
    06/14/2016 01:38am

    One of them is doing this, and its right next to boxes. I keep the 3 boxes clean. Is it because one of them is sick with bowel cancer? Or behavioral issues>

  • stop a cat from peeing
    06/14/2016 12:58pm

    A cat which pees outside its litter box can be extremely exasperating. Given the stench of cat urine, a cat peeing around the house can cause the entire house to stink. To make matters worse, cats are adept at finding hidden places to pee. As such, tracing for the exact source of the cat urine stench can be difficult. This just adds to the feeling of frustration.

    Therefore, every cat owner needs to master how to ensure that their cat pees within the litter box. The ultimate question is: how do you go about this? How can you stop a cat from peeing outside its litter box while within the house?

  • Cat peeing on my bed
    06/16/2016 03:00pm


    I own a 10month old kitten who keeps peeing on my bed and I don't want to get rid of him... I have put a shower curtain on my bed for when I go out and he just pushes it out of the way and continues to pee on the bed... I have even changed the kitty litter and also clean it twice a day... and the thing that gets me is he pees on the bed even when I am in it...

    I need some advise on what I should do... does anyone recommend taking him to the vet...

  • Finally..
    06/26/2016 01:10pm

    This comment has been flagged as inappropriate.

  • Male cat pees everywhere
    08/22/2016 04:53pm

    My girlfriend and I moved in together with her male cat and my female cat. Both cats have been "fixed". The male cat is peeing AND pooping everywhere. The two cats do not share a litter box and he still has the same one he had before we moved in together. He has the same litter and we have even seperated the litter boxes. He is ruining many things including my girlfriends bed! Please help! What can we do???

  • cat pees ON litterbox
    08/29/2016 02:06pm

    I have 2 female cats. About a year ago my one cat started to pee ON the litter box instead of inside it. She will go inside to poop tho. Im now down to the point of placing wee wee pads in front and under the litter box to keep the mess as minimal as possible. I have converted a large bin into a covered litter box, I have also used another bin and cut the opening in the middle of the bin hoping she would step in and pee towards the side. Since that didnt help Im back to the origional covered litterbox. I had her checked twice for infection and she was clear. Does ANYONE have a solution to stop this behavior? She does not pee anywhere else in the house.........just against the front of the box.
    Thank you !!

  • Cat jealous and peeing
    09/05/2016 12:08pm

    Hello everyone. This is an excellent article and after reading through comments I saw many people had problems with their cat peeing around the house. I myself had the same exact thing with my cat (why else would I be reading here, heh).
    I've had a cat for 6 months and now I've also taken a dog and they get along very well. What changed after getting the dog was that my cat started to pee everywhere outside the litter box. I searched the internet for ways to help me with this problem and I found out a great site with excellent product that helped me fast. I recommend checking it out if you have problems with your cat peeing outside the litter box. The site is [url]http://stopyourcatfrompeeing.com/[/url]


  • Solved cat peeing problem
    09/05/2016 12:10pm

    Hello everyone. This is an excellent article and after reading through comments I saw many people had problems with their cat peeing around the house. I myself had the same exact thing with my cat (why else would I be reading here, heh).
    I've had a cat for 6 months and now I've also taken a dog and they get along very well. What changed after getting the dog was that my cat started to pee everywhere outside the litter box. I searched the internet for ways to help me with this problem and I found out a great site with excellent product that helped me fast. I recommend checking it out if you have problems with your cat peeing outside the litter box. The site is [url]http://stopyourcatfrompeeing.com/[/url]


  • 09/05/2016 12:15pm

    Sorry for the double post!

  • Please help!
    09/09/2016 11:26am

    My cat is now 8 years old and has had a problem with peeing outside the litter box for a while now. I started putting plastic up on the wall around and under the littler box to save the floor and walls and I put down puppy pads. He kept peeing outside the box, but it saved the wall and the floor. He didn't go anywhere else in the house. But, when we moved into our new house, he started peeing in our dining room. He has always been a severely anxious cat so I just chalked it up to nerves in a new place. After the first month or so he started being happier than I have ever seen him and has seemed like he has been here his whole life. His anxiousness almost went away. But we are still having problems. He only seems to do it when we are not home or when we are asleep. We have gotten numerous littler boxes thinking that he didn't want to share his box with my other cat (not that there is much that can be done about that), but this didn't help either. We would continue to clean the spot and he would stop for about a week, and then he would be right back at it. Now I am afraid that spot has become "his" spot. We threw out the rug, soaked our wood floor according to advice to pull it all up, sanded down the floor, and re-stained it. We woke up this morning and he had urinated in the spot. I need to know, not only how to make sure that this spot is odor free, but also how to deter him away from peeing in this spot and stop going anywhere but where he is supposed to. We have 2 cats, and 4 boxes. And before anyone asks if it could be a territory thing, he is my younger cat and has always been with my older one and absolutely loves him. This is my baby and I am at my whit's end. I would always continue to fight for him, but my husband is well more than tired of him destroying our new home. Please help!

  • New kitten
    11/13/2016 10:49am

    I have a 9 week old kitten I brought home only Friday evening. She is very playful and eating properly but she keeps peeing in different spots around my living room. The breeder said she is litter trained. I keep taking her to litter box after each meal and play but she just walks straight out or eats it. Can anyone give me advice or suggestions to try and resolve issue?

  • Cat pees on stove
    12/05/2016 01:07am

    My son and his cat came to live with me July 1. She is a totally indoor cat as he lived in an apartment before he came here. I have another cat and 2 dogs. All are females (fixed) He told me to be sure to keep towels, clothes, etc picked up from bathroom floor because his cat tended to pee on them. She does use the litter box but has also peed in several places outside of the litter box. First it was my footstool, then my crafting table (I had a piece of foam to keep beads from rolling around). I hadn't noticed any inappropriate peeing for a month or so but she has suddenly taken to urinating on my stove top. Obviously, there is no padding of any kind on the stove. Needless to say I am ready to throw her outside. I cleaned the entire stovetop thoroughly but it doesn't seem to make a difference. Has anyone else had an issue like this?

  • Solved peeing problem
    12/27/2016 12:24pm

    My sensitive cat started to pee in two spots outside the litter box after some stressful events made her nervous. She stopped for three and a half months, but then started again in exactly the same places. I consulted the Internet and tried tin foil sprayed with lemon room freshener to deter her, Feliway to calm her, an additional cat pan so she did not have to shar with her brother. I had my cat checked, pee sample checked, everything was fine. She was just peeing because she was nervous. My husband's getting mad at her made her even more nervous.

    I bought "Bach flowers - rescue drops" that supposedly cannot possibly have any effect on an animal. (However, I have seen them work on a scared dog, so one cannot say it was due to the placebo effect). Then my daughter saw some little cushions with catnip at the store. We bought two and now she no longer pees in the wrong place and is calm, even though the cushions probably do not smell like much any more. It is only the twelth day, but I am still crossing my fingers because she was peeing outside her pan almost on a daily basis and walking about nervously.

  • Cat pees on things
    12/31/2016 09:47pm

    We rescued a kitten. Brought him into the house, took to the litter box just fine. Got to be about 4 months old and he started peeing ON things in the floor. Not directly on the floor, just things like clothing, shopping bag, boots, etc that were laying on the floor. I took him to get neutered at 6 months thinking maybe that would solve the problem. Nope. Uses litter box, but still pees on things in the floor as well. I have about had it. I would turn him outside except I also had him declawed. I am about to turn him over to the humane society, if not for my daughter. I am not having my house smell like cat urine all the time, and I am not buying pee pads for him either. I bought phermone collar and plug in, doesn't seem to work at all. Help, before I put him outdoors anyway.....

  • cat urinating next to box
    02/06/2017 05:39am

    Hi, I have a 8 y.o. neutered cat that has had issues with urination for many years. He's had several UTIs, and last year was peeing blood and was diagnosed with bladder stones, so yes I paid $1300 for surgery in hopes to help him. I changed over to the Breeze system over a year ago. My mom seems to think it's a good idea to have a tarp under the litter boxes. He is now urinating on the tarp right in front of the boxes. I clean them daily, have another cat with no urinary issues. I am taking him to the vet this week. He also likes to poop on floor rugs outside the room. I am just so sick of the smell and don't know what else I can do to help him. Thank you for your input!.

  • Cat Pees on Dog Bed
    02/10/2017 01:03am

    I have a 9 month old cat who I got when he was 6 weeks old. I know they are supposed to be 8 weeks, but he was weened and using the litter box before I got him, so figured it was okay (he was a barn cat). He and my Golden Retriever are best buddies. My Dog was 4 1/2 when his kitten came home to live with us. Almost immediately, the kitten peed in the dogs bed on occasion. Not spraying, but peeing. He uses the litter box 99% of the time with no inappropriate peeing anywhere else. At first I tried enzyme cleaner and a very thorough, very hot wash of the dog bed - but after a week or two, he would pee in the bed again. I got a new bed and moved it to a different spot. Was okay for a while, then he peed again. I just got a 2nd litter box, both are in a room the dog has no access to - so he's not being stressed when trying to go to the bathroom or eat. I clean the litter boxes 1-2 times per day. My dog LOVES his beds - I have two, one in a common area, and one in my bedroom. The cat sleeps in the bed with the dog most of the time - so WHY would he pee in a spot where he sleeps?! The dog sleeps in my bed most of the night, and so does the cat off and on - and (knock wood) he has never peed in my bed. I'm just at a loss. I have now thrown out 3 expensive dog beds because I figured the cat was associating those beds with a sort of litter box. Oh - another thing is that the cat only pees in the dogs bed when I am home! I now just have a blanket down for the dog (which he tolerates, but doesn't love) and the cat hasn't peed on the blanket. If my dog liked the blanket better, I would just leave it and not worry about a bed, but he loves his bed. The cat seems happy, not stressed, and I am very doubtful that it's a urinary issue since he "only" pees in the dog bed every couple of weeks. maybe that's not a big deal to people who have constant spraying issues, but I am just at a loss. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason. Any thoughts?! HELP!! I've gone through a couple hundred dollars in dog beds, and I don't have money to spare. Thanks for any feedback / thoughts!

  • Pet Lover
    02/22/2017 08:11pm

    My 17 yr old cat started peeing outside the box...she'd leave her butt sticking over the edge even though the box is big enough. My vet suggested a taller box but was concerned she couldn't step into it. We took a 18 gal tote, cut a hole for entering, no lid and placed a puppy pee pad at the "door". Worked like a dream. I may have to change the pad regularly but it beats the alternative.