Cats have a particular set of toilet habits that they absolutely must keep up. If they are put off at all, it might irritate them and make more of a mess for you to clean. There are all kinds of poor behaviors that can manifest from an unhappy kitty, and one of them can be incredibly confusing.
You see your cat go into their litter box, so you know that they are still using it. But then, instead of peeing into the litter, they pee just over the edge of the box. You are confounded!
Cats are highly sensitive creatures, so there are many reasons that they might be doing this. We cover a few of the most common ones. We also give you seven excellent strategies that you can use to prevent your cat from peeing over the edge continuously.
4 Reasons That Your Cat Is Peeing Over the Edge of the Litter Box
Cats are mysterious creatures, and it can be difficult to precisely sort out their problem.
Here are common reasons that your cat will get in their litter box and still not actually use it.
1. Medical Issues
You should always start by assuming that there could be something wrong with your cat, and a change in their behavior is a warning for you.
Perhaps your cat is no longer able to squat like they used to — maybe they feel pain when they try. They might be doing it because they can’t get positioned in the litter box on time.
Arthritis is a predominant medical issue that your cat might be experiencing that is stopping them from squatting down all the way. They might need medication to make the pain more manageable and move similarly to how they used to.
Another common medical issue is a urinary infection. This can cause a sudden urgency for the bathroom that your cat didn’t expect. They might make it to the box but not have enough time to get into the correct position.
Diabetes, kidney failure, or a damaging urinary obstruction can also be at fault for your cat’s poor behavior.
2. Stress or Territorialism
Another factor of your cat’s new bathroom routine could be additional stressors in their lives. If you have recently made changes or they have only recently moved in, they might feel more stress than usual and be less interested in their bathroom habits.
Another factor that is less passive but may come from a similar place is if they have begun to feel the need to protect their territory. This feeling often occurs in response to bringing a new animal into the house, especially another cat.
Peeing around the box could be them trying to do their business while simultaneously saying, “This is my space.”
3. Issues With the Box
The litter box could also be the cause of all the nasty stains on the floor. Your cat’s litter box needs to be kept in pristine condition for them to want to continue using it. If you allow the litter box to become too dirty, they will deem it unacceptable. They might not be able to find a satisfyingly clean space to do their business, so they decide that outside of the box simply makes more sense.
There could be other issues with the litterbox. It could be too small for them to move around in and properly situate themselves. The box might not have high enough walls for the way that they usually like to pee.
Have you changed anything about the litter box recently? If you have changed the kind of litter that you generally use, this might be your cat’s way of telling you that they are not a fan.
Some cats are sensitive to the types of textures that they feel underneath them. If they don’t like the feeling of the litter under their feet, they will want to get out of there as quickly as possible. That could mean not even taking the time to squat.
Finally, it is best to figure out precisely what kind of behavior you are dealing with if you want to fix it. A cat that is spraying instead of simply missing the sides or not squatting down is an entirely different situation.
Check to see if your cat has been peeing around the home, not just around the litter box. Vertical peeing is often a sign of spraying, and your cat could be trying to tell you that they are dealing with distinct emotions. This behavior could also play into their territorial dominance.
7 Solutions to Prevent Your Cat Peeing Over the Edge of the Litter Box
Whatever the reason for your cat’s poor behavior, most of us won’t be able to handle pee on our floors for long while they try to work something out. Here are the best ways to solve it. If you know what might be causing the behavior change, it can help you figure out the solution much quicker.
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