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If Your Cat Does This, Always Assume There’s a Problem

Then make this your first stop, because this is definitely NOT normal behavior. Don't make the mistake of blaming it on anger problems and hoping for the best. Because this is the No. 1 reason cats are banished to shelters, the outdoors, or euthanized. Find out the hidden cause.

cats pee outside litterbox

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Many indoor cats at one time or another are driven to relieve themselves outside the litterbox. There’s always a reason for this behavior
  • The first thing you should do if your cat suddenly starts eliminating outside the box is make an appointment with your veterinarian to check for an underlying medical problem like feline lower urinary tract disease
  • Some cats are prone to urine marking, which is different from peeing outside the litterbox. Many kitties who urine mark use the litterbox normally, while others both urine mark and house soil
  • Litterbox aversion is a very common cause of inappropriate elimination, and is typically easier to resolve than urine marking

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