Why is My Cat Peeing Everywhere?

It might not be the reason you were expecting...
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If you’ve had a cat for long enough then you’ve probably witnessed them peeing somewhere they shouldn’t. Whether it’s on purpose or accidental, when a cat pees outside of their litter box it can be a nightmare. The smell, the mess, the anger, it can be very stressful cleaning it up. But just when you’ve finished cleaning it up they do it AGAIN. At this point you’re probably grabbing your hair and screaming “why is my cat peeing everywhere!?”.

Believe it or not, there are actually several explanations why your cat is peeing outside of their litter box. From behavioral issues to genuine accidents, let’s have a look at the top reasons why your cat is peeing everywhere.

Why Do Cats Pee on Things?

Cats can pee on things for a number of reasons. The most important thing to distinguish is if they are peeing or if they are spraying. If your cat is leaving little puddles around the house, then they are definitely peeing. However, if your cat is leaving a strong smell but you can’t see any liquid anywhere, then they’re probably spraying.

Cat spraying is completely different to urination and should be therefore treated differently. As we’ll cover later on, cat spraying is to do with behavioral issues while inappropriate urinating can be down to a number of reasons.

Why is my cat peeing everywhere you say? Here’s why.

Why is My Cat Peeing Everywhere? 5 Reasons Why

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1. They’re Trying to Attract a Mate

One of the most common reasons why cats spray is to advertise that they are looking for a mate. By peeing or spraying outside of their litter box they are letting other cats know that they are available.

Both male and female cats can spray, but it’s often male cats that are the culprit. With their high levels of testosterone and natural instincts, they do everything in their power to attract a mate. Female cats can also sometimes try to attract a mate but it’s very unlikely. If you have a female cat that’s peeing everywhere then it’s probably to do with another reason on our list.

2. They’ve Had an Accident

Sometimes accidents do happen, and without being able to talk to cats (even though you probably think you can) you’ll just never know. If you happen to come home to a puddle on the floor or amess next to the litter box, then the chances are it’s an accident. However, if its starts to happen more regularly then something might be up.

The first thing to always check is your cat’s litter box to make sure it’s clean and accessible. If you cat has trouble getting there, then they’ll just do their business elsewhere. It’s also important to make sure there are no distractions like loud noises, washing machines, dishwashers spraying etc. All of these things can be very off putting and make your cat want to find somewhere else.

3. Medical Problems

The most unlikely reason your cat has started peeing everywhere is down to medical problems. Although the likelihood of this happening is less than 1% it’s still a valid reason and can be serious if left untreated. Things such as bladder stones, urinary tract infection (UTI) or feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC) can all cause your cat to pee uncontrollably. If you happen to see your cat attempting to pee much more regularly than usual, then they could have a medical problem.

It’s always best to get them checked over by a vet instead of ignoring it. If something is wrong with your fuzzy friend, then you’ll want them to be looked after straight away.

4. They’re Stressed

For those of you that don’t know, cats are very territorial animals. This means they like to have their own space away from other cats and regularly mark it out with their scent. This scent warns off other cats that they are entering someone else’s areas.

When a cat becomes very stressed due to other cats in the area or rearranging and introducing new furniture to your house, cat start to spray. Unlike peeing, cat spraying is when a cat will leave marks indoors and outdoors on vertical services such as walls, chairs and doors. By spraying their scent around they are giving themselves a sense of security where they can feel calm and relaxed.

5. They’re Scared

The final reason why your cat might start peeing everywhere is if they are scared. If your cat feels threatened by other animals or cats, then just like when they are stressed they will begin spraying. This spraying around your house and garden can go on for a very long time until they feel safe again.

Not only does spraying leave marks on furniture and walls but it also leaves a very powerful and overwhelming smell. If you get this inside your house, then you’ll need more than Febreze to get rid of it. If you’ve checked all the other reasons why your cat might be peeing everywhere and you’ve narrowed it down to one of these last 2 points, then you’re in luck.

Cat spraying cat be solved fairly quickly without any expensive medical bills or operations, you just need to teach your cat a few new skills.

How to Stop Your Cat From Spraying

With the right strategy and techniques, you can teach your cat how to stop spraying in as little as 7 days. To find out how to use the T.T.S (taste, touch smell) method to stop your cat from spraying, click below to find out more.