Aug 12
cat in litter

When Cats Start To Use The Furniture To Toilet

Cat’s peeing outside the litter tray is a common problem. This change in behaviour can be understandably very frustrating and cause a disconnect between you and your beloved cat. However, this is just a symptom and can be the result of many underlying causes. We need to find the underlying cause of this so that we can treat your cat’s actual problem. 

Some of the underlying causes might be:

  • Litter tray aversion: i.e not wanting to go in an already used litter tray (litter trays need to be cleaned daily and straight after a poop)
  • Stress (a change in their environment such as other cats coming into their territory, or a new person in the home).
  • Medical issue requiring treatment (such as a urinary tract infection or kidney issue)

A hands-on examination from your local Vet would be a great place to start. They may even recommend a blood and urine test as a great way to assess your cat’s health.

If your cat is healthy, first steps are:

  • Regularly clean the litter tray
  • Thoroughly clean the area that is being pee’d on (the scent must be eliminated or your little angel will continue to return to the same spot. Their sense of smell is far more sensitive than ours and regular cleaning products won’t do- try a product such as Urine-Off).
  • Relocate your fur baby to an area they are yet to christen.
  • Identify any changes at home that may be a source of stress (home perfume, litter type, house guests etc.) and remove or address if possible.

It’s worth trying a stress reducing device such as Feliway (artificial feline pheromone which is calming to cats). This plugs into an outlet and is best used in the room she is spending most time. However, some cases may require medications from your Vet.

About The Author

Claire is a QLD graduate with over 15 years experience as a neighbourhood Veterinarian in Australia and the UK. Animal lover and the founder of Vetchat, born from a passion to help pet carers everywhere access trusted advice earlier, for healthier, happier pets. Grateful to be carer to her beautiful Red-dog.