Cats are naturally very clean animals, so when your cat peeing outside the litter box, a serious problem exists.
When you see this happen, if this is happening to you, you want to get on top of it right away. The longer you leave it the more they’re going to learn that it’s okay to do that it’s going to be harder to change that behavior.
Ask your vet about a medical approach
One of the most important aspects of inappropriate elimination, whether it involves urine or feces, is to get to the root of the problem as quickly as possible. Never punish your cat when you find an ‘accident’, the cat will have no idea why you are hurting it and it will just make your cat more stressed and more likely to repeat the act.
Consulting with your veterinarian is the first thing you should do. There could be much more to the problem than you might imagine.
If your cat is healthy, then it’s a behavioral problem, not a medical one. What you want to do then is look for the source of the behavioral issue.
It’s a lot of cats that are very sensitive and they’re very sensitive to changes in their environment. Renovating, having guests over in the home, noises from outside, other pets coming by the window, these are things that can upset cats.
Even being overweight is something that we know makes cats anxious. All of these things can lead to them urinating outside the box. So if you’re seeing that, what you’re going to want to try to do is identify the behavior and correct it but sometimes it’s hard to find.
Cats will even get upset if you just left that red sweater over in the corner. So what you’re going to want to do, is go down and first take a look around the litterbox. Make sure that nothing has changed in their environment.
So if you can find the source of the stress and remove it, that may correct the problem.
There are a number of urinary conditions that can cause your cat to suddenly begin urinating outside of the box:
1- Bladder infections are fairly common in cats and the irritation from the infection will cause your cat to force out small, but frequent, puddles of urine. Antibiotics are the answer.
2- Bladder stones form from an alkaline diet, and these irritate the lining of the bladder, making it more likely that an infection will follow. Some stones can almost fill the bladder. These stones will have to be removed surgically, as will plugs in the urethra.
3- Interstitial cystitis is a rather mysterious disease that combines both physical and mental factors. Stress seems to cause an inflammation of the nerves that are attached to the bladder, which then leads to a weakening of the protective mucus lining. Interstitial cystitis is treated mainly by varying the cat’s diet, giving pain medications and altering the environment. This results in lowering the cat’s stress levels.
Treating the psychological aspect of inappropriate elimination
The sensitive nature of cats can put them under stress, and this can result in your cat’s inappropriate elimination.
Some success has been achieved in reversing inappropriate elimination using medications such as the tranquillizer valium, and neurotransmitter blockers such as amitriptyline and buspar. Medications used to treat human depression, like clomipramine also have been effective.
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