Cats are generally known for being very clean pets, however, sometimes problems can occur if you start to notice them urinating in strange places. In fact, inappropriate urination in cats is one of the most common reasons why cat owners look for new homes for their once-loved pets.
There can be many reasons why your feline friend has started urinating in places outside of the litter box. This could be a sign that there is an underlying health condition like kidney problems, or it could be caused by stress, or your pet trying to mark his/her territory.
Reasons for Inappropriate Urination in Cats
Here are some of the most common reasons why problems with urinating can happen in cats.
First of all, it’s important to find out if a medical condition is causing your pet cat to urinate outside the litter box.
Some cats suffer from Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease and one of the symptoms of this is urinating in odd places. Other reasons could be caused by kidney disease, diabetes, or thyroid issues that cause your cat to urinate more frequently.
If you have noticed inappropriate urination in your pet cat, it’s important to visit your local veterinary clinic for a full check up.
Very often behavioral issues can cause inappropriate urination in cats. Cats leave their “mark” as a way of communicating with other cats. Marking territory is a way cats tell other felines that this is their territory and others should keep away. If your cat’s behavior changes, it could be a sign that he/she is under some kind of psychological stress.
Stress that cause strange behavior in cats could be caused by one or more of the following reasons:
- There is a new pet in the family
- You have been on vacation and just returned
- There are new cats in the neighborhood that your pet can see or smell in the yard
- The house has been remodeled or furniture rearranged
Depending on where the urinating is taking place, can be an indication as to the reason for your pet’s stress and this can help you to address the issue.
Contact your local vet who can give practical advice on steps to take to change your cat’s behavior and eliminate the inappropriate urination problem with your pet cat.