Saturday, July 16, 2011

Why cats Pee outside of litter box - Cat Behavior

When a cat pees outside their little box they are telling you that something is wrong.  Bad behavior such as this is general due to the litter box being dirty or the cat is anxious or under stress. Peeing outside of the litter box may also be a  sign of illness.   

The best way to determine why your cat is peeing outside of their litter box is to watch your cat and to note all unusual behavior.  Is your cats diet the same?  Are they drinking water excessively?  These may be signs of a medical concern.  If you suspect illness then make an appointment with your veterinarian for a wellness exam.

Why cats Pee Outside of Litter Box

If you suspect that your cats peeing outside the litter box is due to stress, anxiety or other behavior then follow these tips.

Check the litter boxes to make sure they are clean, cats generally will pee outside the box if the litter smells like ammonia.  

If you have more than one cat then provide each cat with their own litter box, or get a self cleaning box. Cats do not like to share their boxes. 

Have there been any changes in the household?  New pet or person.  Has the stay at home mom gone back to work?  Cats do not like change and if you have an unexpected house guest whether it is people or another pet your cat will become fearful and suffer from stress and as a result of the change to the household they may pee outside of their box.  

If you suspect that your cat is reacting to a change in your household then I recommend that you treat your cat's environment with comfort zone by feliway. The comfort zone product is for cat behavior; stress and anxiety.  The formula mimics the cat’s facial pheromone.  A room that is treated with the comfort zone diffuser will allow all cats to feel calmer. Your cat will go back to using their litter box, and they will not show aggressive behavior to other cats or dogs. 


Cat Marking on Furinture - Behavior of Cats

Cats will mark their territory by spraying urine onto the sofa, a wall, your favorite chair or even the pillow on your bed.  Cats usually do this when they feel anxious, stress, or their litter box needs cleaning.  

Bad behavior is usually the result of something changing in the cat home and the kitty needs to get their humans attention.  So they will display bad behavior; snarl, hiss, bite, scratch, and mark your favorite chair. 

Why Cats Mark - Spray

There is a reason why cats display bad behavior and the pet owner must determine why.  Is it lifestyle, a new kitten, a new baby, a new arrangement of furniture, or is you kitty telling you that they are sick?

Cats do not like change.  

Some cats are okay with minor changes however this is not the case when it comes to their sleeping routine.  If I lay a finger on the kitty bed I will hear a hiss from across the room. If I launder the kitty bed, then I have a a kitty with an attitude.   

My 14 year old Maine Coon cat will go from a sweet kitty to a cat who is ready to rumble to defend her turf. She will dare the cat and dog to cross her imaginary line and if they do, then they will cross a kitty with bad behavior. 

When a cat displays bad behavior it is usually due to territory or a change in their routine.  The cat will react by becoming anxious or stressed and they will hide in the closet, refuse to use the litter box, mark their territory, hiss, snarl, show off their claws, and be aggressive with the other humans, cats or the dogs.  

Remedy the Cat Marking on Furniture

Aggressive Cat attacks Pit Bull

Prevent your cat from being in an uncomfortable situation by spraying their territory; bedroom, cat tree, carpet, scratching post, cat toys, sofa, chair, and areas that they mark with Feliway Behavior Modifier.  

Feliway is for cat behavior; stress and anxiety.  The formula mimics the cat’s facial pheromone.  Feliway behavior modifier will calm the cat and control aggressive cats that fight as well as prevent the cats from marking their territory and furniture.  When I spray my home with this product I am able to wash the cat beds or move the furniture to vacuum without any kitty drama.