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Inappropriate Urination in Cats

Cat on BedYour feline just urinated where? Inappropriate urination in cats can be due to a whole slew of different reasons from the litter box not being clean to Feline Lower Urinary Tract Infections to Urinary Blockage or even Diabetes.

If your cat is urinating outside of their litter box, first make sure that their litter box is in an easily accessible place and is clean. If you have more than one cat in your household, having multiple litter boxes is a must. I recommend having the same amount of litter boxes as cats, plus one.

Now that you’ve checked your litter boxes and know that you have enough of them, and your feline companion is still urinating inappropriately, it’s time to check how frequently your pet is urinating. If their frequency has increased or you notice straining, your pet might be suffering from a form of Feline Urinary Tract Infection or a Urinary Blockage. Symptoms often include increased water intake, blood or discoloration of urine, abdominal discomfort and frequent trips to the litter box with minimal or no production. Urinary Blockages are very serious and need medical attention immediately.

Diabetic cats that are undiagnosed or untreated will often urinate in inappropriate locations to seek attention that they are in distress. Untreated diabetic symptoms include increased drinking, increased urination, lethargy, unkempt coat, increased or decreased appetite.

If they seem like their normal selves, your cat may just be letting you know that they’re unhappy with what is going on in the home. Investigate what might be bothering them. During this time, sectioning off the rest of your home may be needed. Keeping your cat in the bathroom with their litter box may be helpful in re-teaching them where they need to relieve themselves. You may also opt to treat the behavior with pheromone therapy.

Do you have experience with inappropriate urination with your cats? Tell us how you cured it in the comment section below!

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