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7 Reasons Your Cat Is Urinating Outside The Litter Box

Posted March 18, 2017

They say dogs have masters, but cats? Cats have staff. They keep us humans occupied with their furry needs. They’ve got a set routine and they like things clean. (Unless, they’re shredding toilet paper.) Which is why abnormal cat behavior like urinating outside the litter box always means something deeper. You’ll have to do some digging and probably some scooping 🙂 to find out what’s making your cat urinate outside the litter box.

First, let’s rule out any environmental changes. Do you think your feline friend is just being defensive of his or her territory? It could also be a hygiene issue. Your fur monster wants the litter box to be scooped regularly while you might be acting like a lazy human. Over-filled litter boxes discourage cats from using them. Or the litter box could simply be in the wrong location. Don’t expect your cats to let their guard down in a dark enclosure. It’s like asking humans to pee in a jungle.

Once you’ve ruled these reasons out, dig a little further and see what this could mean medically.

Why your cat could be urinating outside the litter box

  1. Stress and anxiety can lead to frequent urination, sometimes outside the litter box too!

    Anxiety could make your otherwise forever-hungry cat, lose appetite, become a bigger-than-usual recluse and a lazier potato. If you notice these symptoms along with abnormal litter box behavior, it could be due to stress sparked from recent changes, like a change in family, a new neighborhood, or some medical condition.

    Suggested holistic solution: Matricalm and Multi Essentials are both vet-approved dietary supports for anxiety and fatigue. Along with these herbal blends, also try to spend more time with your cat. It’s amazing what a little love can do. Read Snowflake’s tale to understand this better.

  2.  Is your cat jumping into the litter box frequently, but struggling to urinate? It could be a UTI.

    Urinary tract infections in cats have distinct symptoms like painful urination communicated by loud meows. Much like in humans, your cat will feel a constant urge to urinate and will frequent the litter box, but not pass any urine. Though they might leave droplets around the house.

    Suggested holistic solution: Consult the vet and discuss a natural solution like NHV Tripsy. It keeps the kidneys and urinary tract healthy. Here’s what our lead veterinarian has to say about UTI in pets.

    Gaston's success with his kidney

    Gaston’s success with his kidney

  3. The litter box could be hard for your old cat with sore joints to get in and out of.

    If cats could talk, they still wouldn’t— a cat person knows this well. Almost 90% of cats suffer from joint troubles but unlike dogs, they are not vocal about it. Is your cat avoiding the stairs or responding strangely to being touched on the limbs, especially the hip and the thighs? Do you notice slight limping that comes and goes? That means your fur friend is finding it painful to jump into the litter box.

    NHV Old timer for old cats

    Suggested holistic solution: Look for a flatter litter box. Introduce an herbal supplement to their diet. Our Old Timer, Turmeric, Yucca and PetOmega 3 remedies are all beneficial herbs for ageing kitties.

  4. Painful kidney stones can make cats avoid urinating all together.

    Kidney or bladder stones have symptoms similar to those of UTIs. In fact, a UTI is often a result of kidney stones. If litter box trouble is accompanied with vomiting and fever, it could mean stones and you should seek veterinary care immediately.

    Suggested holistic solution: NHV’s Kidney Stones Kit helps break down kidney stones so your kitty can pass them more easily and also helps detoxify the body, which helps prevent reoccurrences of kidney stones. Discuss short-term and long-term solutions for your cat’s healthy kidneys with your vet. Here’s what our veterinary lead, Dr. Cook had to suggest for pet patients with kidney issues.

    Kidney stones flushed naturally with less pain

    Images shared by one of our pet patient’s mom

  5. An inflamed bladder in cats can lead to toilet mishaps around the house.

    Feline interstitial cystitis causes the bladder to swell. Affected cats will urinate frequently and experience pain while doing so. The symptoms are similar to those of kidney stones but much more aggravated.

    Suggested holistic solution: NHV’s Cystitis Kit for Bladder Inflammation Relief, helps support the kidneys, alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and detoxify the body.

  6. Pancreatitis in cats could make them too weak to use the litter box.

    Pancreatic disorders can make regular kitty tasks, like using the litter box, difficult. Loss of appetite, panting and weight-loss, coupled with anxiety are symptoms of pancreatitis in cats.

    Suggested holistic solution: Your vet will probably run a few tests to find the exact cause. Our pet experts suggest using the Pancreas Imbalance Kit, which contains a bundle of herbal remedies designed to support the pancreas, detoxify the liver, and help increase nutrition, and remove symptoms like diarrhea.

  7. Hyperactivity caused by an overactive thyroid could mean an over-filled litter box, forcing the cats to look for other spots.

    Hyperthyroidism is more common amongst middle-aged cats and diagnosing it will take a series of tests. Sudden weight-loss, excessive panting, diarrhea, increased shedding, accompanied with an excessive usage of the litter box.

    Suggested holistic solution: Discuss a natural solution like NHV Resthyro with your vet. It works on all affected parts of the cat’s body and offers longer relief.

    NHV Reviews Hyperthyroidism Jax

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Whatever may be causing your cat to eliminate outside the litter box, nature’s cabinet will always have something to help. At NHV, all our remedies for pets are formulated by a holistic vet and a master herbalist with decades of experience in pet health and herbalism.
You can reach out to our Pet Experts with any questions, we are all ears.

Extra help: Here’s a list of do’s and don’ts when dealing with litter boxes. This will help you become a better cat parent (Our office cats asked us to include this one. Sheesh! Cats.)

Abnormal Cat litter box behaviour

Cat Litter Box Behaviour – A List Of Do’s And Don’ts

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