If your cat is urinating outside of the litter box, finding a solution starts with determining whether your cat is actually urinating as opposed to marking or “spraying.” How can you tell the difference?
Urinating vs Spraying
Start with a visit to your veterinarian to rule out medical causes such as urinary tract infections. Once your feline has a clean bill of health, it’s time to look at behavioral causes.
Blame it on stress
While cats often spray to mark their territory, another major cause of spraying is stress. Stress comes from a variety of sources such as new pets, new people, or bullying from other cats near litter boxes or food dishes. A change in your work schedule, neighborhood cats outside the window, and even new furniture can cause anxiety.
De-stressing your cat’s life can be challenging, so don’t hesitate to reach out to your veterinarian or a veterinary behaviorist. Some cats benefit from a temporary course of medication to help them feel less anxious. Over 80% of cats that urine spray can be successfully treated, so don’t give up, and remember that urine spraying is caused by stress – it doesn’t mean your cat is mad at you.