Cat peeing/pooping outside litter box

What if the problem of peeing outside the litter box appears?

Cat pooping

Cat pooping

  • First of all, never punish (don’t hit) a cat.
  • Second: a lot of patience and peace. A pissed-off bed is unpleasant, but there are worse stench and worse misfortunes in this world. Some solutions will be found.
  • Thirdly, the problem of taking care of yourself outside the litter tray is complex, the reasons are almost always slightly different and you will have to sacrifice a little bit of your time.
    time for careful analysis.


Why did he stop using the litter box? Essential points to consider:

  1. Medical problem (e.g. kidney disease, diarrhea, bladder inflammation). If your cat is suddenly drinking more, this could be it. It may be that she feels pain while peeing and associates it with the litter tray, so she starts to avoid it. Watch if she complains or not, she often does not visit the litter tray without leaving anything in it…
  2. Is it a small cat? Maybe she hasn’t learned to use the litter tray yet. Watch the cat: when she starts to take care of herself outside the litter box, grab her and move her to the litter box. Praise. If it’s already done outside the tray, try to transfer some of the smell to the tray.
  3. Distinguish between “taking care of oneself” and “the meaning of urine”. If this is the meaning of urine (the cat approaches the chosen place with its back and sprays it with urine; rather somewhere higher – on the walls, etc.), this is related to the hormones in the cat in heat or in an uncastrated male cat. The only solution will be castration. Too many cats in the house may also be the cause. Castrated cats may have left a piece of tissue in their ovaries or testicles that cause hormones to still be released that cause the need for meaning.
  4. Inappropriate litter. Cats often don’t like scented sands. Most cats tolerate clogging well, although they tend to stick to their paws (which are usually wet) and this can also be a problem. A sand tray (double-bottomed) is not the best solution for cats who like to dig up.
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  5. Dirty litter tray. Even if you don’t feel it, remember that cats have a much more sensitive sense of smell. You’re also reluctant to use the rarely cleaned public toilet, aren’t you? But be careful not to overdo it with detergent (rinse well) or disinfection, as this can also discourage your cat from using it. Maybe you need a bigger and deeper litter tray?
  6. The litter tray should be placed in a quiet place where the cat always has access. Don’t frighten your cat when she’s using it. It’s also better not to look at your cat too hard. The litter tray shouldn’t be too close to food!
  7. Cat’s stress. Think carefully about what can cause stress. The most common reasons are listed below, but in your case, this could be another problem. Try to look at your life from a cat’s point of view – every change in her routine will cause stress.
    • Moving in
    • Someone at home has arrived or disappeared (human or animal)
    • Other changes, such as moving the litter tray to another, new furniture…
    • The cat may have been scared of something in the litter tray or on the way to it.
    • Stressing the cat by the household members (e.g. attempting to beat or punish)
    • Lack of attention to the cat.
  8. Peeing in the bathtub. Unfortunately, cats do it quite often, nobody knows why. One theory is that a cat buries droppings in a litter tray and gets used to scratching smooth walls and then looks for a similar surface. The theory, the effective solution, in this case, is to leave a few cms of water at the bottom of the bath.
  9. The important thing is whether the cat avoids the litter tray (does nothing to it) completely or only occasionally deviates. In the first case this is probably the fault of the litter tray (sand, where it stands…), so start by making changes to the litter tray. In the second, you’ll need to observe when the cat is taken care of outside the litter box and what it’s connected with.


What should I do?

  • First of all, remove the smell of the cat from the pissed off places, because the cat will then return there. In cat shops you can get enzymes (e.g. Naturdor). A good solution may be a dry cleaner (if it’s a blanket or duvet). You can try spraying the place with a repellent (but carefully) or, for example, sprinkle it with vinegar. Do not clean with ammonia-based products!
  • Cover this place with foil – cats don’t like to wet their paws and are looking for moisture-absorbing places to pee.
  • Temporarily limit your cat’s living space. Let her get used to the fact that the only place to pee in the litter tray. Especially after moving house or in other stressful situations. Gradually (one room per week) restore his home space when he no longer has accidents.
  • If possible, place the second (and subsequent…) litter tray close to the place. Maybe after some time, you will no longer need it or you will be able to gradually move it to the desired place.
  • Place the food bowl in this place – cats don’t take care of themselves near the food.

Scared cat

How to prevent pooping outside the cat litter box?:

  • Don’t stress your cat (don’t beat, don’t shout…)
  • If stress is unavoidable (moving house), think about giving your cat the safest place possible. After moving, gradually familiarise your cat with the new location. Think about taking some of your cat’s favorite things out of the old house (the old armchair, the rug…)
  • Make any changes (moving the litter tray to another place, another gravel…) gradually (e.g. moving the litter tray a few centimeters a day), observing the cat carefully.