"I have my cat for nearly two years and recently he is going to the toilet in different places around the house. He still uses the litter tray sometimes, but it has become a regular problem. I caught him in the act and I put him outside, but its still happening. How can I tell him off for this and get him to go back to normal? I don't want to make him live outdoors.”
There are many possible reasons for your cat changing his toilet habits, and this is quite a common problem. The first possibility is that it has something to do with the litter tray itself. If it is dirty or he is sharing it with other cats, it could put him off using it. It should be completely cleaned out every couple of days, with soiled material being removed daily. Wash the tray with just a mild detergent and hot water, as a strong smell such as disinfectant can be off putting. The positioning of the tray is important as cats prefer to go in quiet, hidden locations, where they won't be disturbed by passing dogs or children. Keep food and water bowls well away from the tray, as the presence of food discourages urination and defecation. Cats that avoid ‘contaminated” areas may only use a tray once so you may have to provide trays at multiple sites in the house. Remember that cats learn by experience, so bad associations can cause inappropriate soiling. Therefore, punishing your cat only adds stress and will make the cat more secretive about going to the toilet.
PAH recommends one litter pan per cat plus one extra. For example if you have two cats you will have three litter pans and place them in different locations.
White vinegar odor remover
100ml white vinegar
200ml warm water
Place ingredients in a plastic spray bottle and shake well.
Remove as much urine/spray as you can using a paper towels. Mist vinegar spray over areas of cat urine and rub with a paper towel. An alternative method is to mix the solution in a bucket and dip a clean cloth into the liquid. Rub the stain with the vinegar solution. After the vinegar dries, wipe away both solution and stain with warm water.
Hydrogen peroxide odor remover
5.5oz (220ml) hydrogen peroxide
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 squirt liquid hand soap
Place ingredients in a plastic container and mix well with a plastic or wooden spoon. Apply the solution to cat urine stain, then rinse well with warm water.
Other possible causes are illness, such as urinary tract disease or digestive problems, old age/ impaired mobility, or fear/stress factors. It would be best to consult your vet to verify if there is a physical cause of the problem. He/she may even suggest a change of diet to a more digestible food.
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