There are few things more frustrating than having a litter-trained cat all of a sudden start peeing where he shouldn’t. Whether your cat is missing the box due to stress or preference, there’s no way to make him do anything he doesn’t want to. But here are some ways you can give your cat some gentle encouragement.
Here's how to make your cat stop peeing where he shouldn’t:
- Use a shallow, uncovered litter box.
- Experiment with the amount of litter you fill your cat’s litter box with. Some cats prefer more litter to dig in, while others prefer only a few inches.
- Avoid changing litter types. If you are stuck, try using the litter your cat was trained with as a kitten (if you can remember it).
- Keep the litter box in a quiet and secluded, but open area.
- Always have one more litter box than you have cats.
- Have a house with more than one level? Try having a litter box on every level of your house, particularly if you have a senior cat, young kitten, sick or injured cat, or cat with joint or arthritis problems.
- Love those cat litter cabinets on Pinterest? While they may look great in your home, your cat may prefer to have her litter box in an open, easily scannable area.
- Make sure your litter box is large enough for your cat. Can’t find a suitable size? Try using a large, open top plastic storage container and, if necessary, cut a shallow entryway in one of the sides.
- Try using a cat attractant litter, such as Dr. Elsey's Cat Attract Cat Litter.
- Scoop at least once daily. A Litter Locker can help you store litter hygienically until you can take it out.
- Use a relatively dust-free, unscented litter that is easy on your pet’s olfactory and respiratory systems. Silica pearl litters, such as Catit Silica Power Mix Cat Litter, are one of the best types of litter for locking in odours and easy cleanups. They're also very low on dust.
- Use a litter deodorizer, such as Nature’s Miracle Just for Cats Litter Box Odor Destroyer, in between cleanings to keep your cat’s litter fresh. Or, try a natural walnut-based litter such as Blue Naturally Fresh, which is superior at odour prevention.
- Clean your cat’s litter box with a natural cleaner every week or so to keep odours down. Be sure to use an unscented and non-toxic cleaner so that you do not offend your cat’s sensitive nose. Nature's Miracle Stain and Odor Remover is a natural, non-toxic formula that uses enzymes to remove pet stain and odours effectively.
- Clean, clean, clean. If you aren’t cleaning up your cat’s messy mistakes properly, he will likely pee there again. To prevent repeat occurrences, clean pet waste up thoroughly with a tough natural enzyme cleaner (Nature's Miracle).
- Eliminate stress in your cat’s environment as much as possible. Stick to a routine feeding and grooming schedule.
- Remember to set aside time just to be with your cat. While some cats can spend long periods of time alone, often a single cat will get very lonely without daily human interaction.
- To keep stress down, try a herbal calming remedy, such as Holistic Blend Herbal Calmer. It can easily be added to food to reduce stress naturally.
- Use a pheromone diffuser such as Comfort Zone with Feliway. This unique remedy uses your cat’s natural pheromones to comfort him and eliminate nervous behaviours.
- A Thundershirt for cats can provide soothing, gentle pressure which can help reduce your cat’s anxiety levels. When your cat is comfortable, behavioural problems such as peeing or spraying away from the litter box disappear.
- Don’t punish your cat, hit your cat, or yell at your cat when trying to correct any behavioural problem. Your cat is unable to understand why he is being punished. Punishing your cat only increases his stress and exacerbates the behaviour you are trying to correct.
- Make sure your cat’s peeing problem is not caused by an underlying medical condition. If you are concerned, do not hesitate to take your cat to a veterinarian.