As much as we love our feline companions, it can really get us confused when they choose to pee outside of their litter box, on our beds, or on our clothes. Don’t worry — Loveland Veterinary Clinic is here to help you answer all your questions about your furry friend! Continue reading to understand why your cat might be relieving themselves where you sleep!

A Medical Condition May Be Affecting Them

If your cat is peeing outside of their litter box, you want to rule out the possibility of a medical condition such as a urinary tract infection (UTI) or kidney disease. Call your vet to schedule a physical exam as soon as possible, so they can perform a urinalysis and other diagnostic tests.

Even if you’re absolutely convinced that it’s a behavioral issue, it’s better to be safe than sorry. At Loveland Veterinary Clinic, we treat all animals with kindness and compassion. With the holiday season coming up, now is the perfect time to schedule a wellness exam for your pet. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

They Might Be Stressed or Anxious

Although cats are notorious for being moody and stand-offish, they can still feel stressed and anxious when their owners are away or if there’s a change in their environment. Cats are creatures of habit, so when their day-to-day life gets disrupted — whether it’s by a new baby, a new pet, or a significant other — they may start to behave unfavorably.

There’s also the possibility that you’re simply not spending enough time with your feline friend. If you’re out of town or gone at work for long periods of time, they may start to feel lonely and depressed. In order to feel less lonely, they’ll start peeing on places with your scent on it, such as in your bed or on your clothes, so that their scent intermingles with yours.

You may consider hiring a pet sitter or asking a friend or family member to drop in to check on your kitty once in a while. If you’ll be gone for two days or longer, consider a pet sitter who can house-sit your cat at night, or place them in a boarding facility.

Dirty Litter Box

Sometimes, the most obvious culprit is one that’s often overlooked. If your cat’s litter box hasn’t been cleaned in days, they won’t want to use it. Just like how you wouldn’t want to use a dirty public bathroom, your cat is the same way.

Cat noses are more sensitive than ours, so make sure you sift out their poop and any clumps at least once a day. Many cats also prefer an uncovered litter box because a cover can trap in the smell. You may also want to get a litter box deodorizer with a baking soda base to help with the smell.

Location, Location, Location

Another reason why your cat might be eliminating outside of their litter box is because of the location. You want to make sure their litter box is in a place where there isn’t much “traffic,” with people walking by constantly. You may consider getting an extra litter box. A good rule of thumb is to have one box per cat, plus an extra for the household.

When your cat continues to pee outside of their litter box, it can be stressful for you to keep up with cleaning up after them. Remember to stay patient and try your best to understand the reason for their behavior. Once you’ve figured out the cause, you’ll be one step closer to fully enjoying your time with your furry friend again.

If you’re still unsure about your cat’s behavior, it doesn’t hurt to check in with your vet. Contact Loveland Veterinary Clinic for any questions you may have, or schedule a wellness exam for your pet and we’ll be happy to take a look!