Why is My Older Cat Peeing Everywhere?
If you are sick and tired of seeing cat urine around your house, you are in the right place. Cat behavioral issues can be hard to deal with (Click here to see my 3 best pheromone collars for cats with behavioral and aggression issues). Let me explain why this is happening and how you can deal with this issue.
Why is my older cat peeing everywhere? This is either because of medical, behavioral or territory related issues. Older cats are typically more fragile than younger cats and are more likely to have health-related issues.
I remember getting a bunch of sweet grapes when I was young, for some reason I loved the older grapes. They were not as aesthetically pleasing. However, for some reason, I loved them the most.
It reminds me of the older cat, she may not appear as good as she once was, but she is still the best. For that reason for the remainder of this article, I am going to give you more detail on why your older beloved cat is urinating everywhere. Keep reading…
How do these Medical, Behavioral and Territory issues make them pee?
In this section, I will explain in further detail how these medical, behavioral and territory issues can cause your cat to pee everywhere.
Medical related problems
Medical issues typically come down to infections around the Urinary tract. Typically inflammatory issues related, bladder stones or bacterial infections.
Also, issues with the liver or kidneys can affect your older cat. This can make them need to urinate and drink a lot more.
Unfortunately, the only thing you can do in these situations is to consult your vet to understand if this may be the issue. Also, to see if there’s anything that they can do to help clear up the problem.
These behavioral issues usually boil down to stress or anxiety. The challenge with these issues is they can be very subtle. Sometimes very hard to detect. Let me give you an example…
Let’s say you decide to move house. This simple change of environment can introduce stress and anxiety that can affect your cat. Which, in turn, can affect their bladder, causing this anxious urination.
Even something as simple as the introduction of a new person into your home. For example, a new baby brother…
Believe it or not, this anxiety or stress related issue can cause your cat to start urinating in this way.
Territorial marking is typically done by male unneutered cats (Click here to see why a neutered cat might Pee on you) . They do this to douse the object with their own scent. This is to indicate to other rival cats that this is their property and to steer clear.
Usually, this is marking is done on vertical objects such as a wooden chair or dining table leg.
However, it is not limited to just these objects because in some cases they will do this on horizontal surfaces.
You can work around this is by trying to rid the scent of any other cat. Simply by cleaning the surfaces in your house, where possible obviously.
Mobility Issues that can Affect Your Older Cat
Older cats mobility can be a problem which can cause unwanted “accidents” in the house, such as urine in unwanted places.
One example is arthritis. This is one of the key culprits that can cause problems in this area. As you can understand arthritis causes massive problems in cats joints.
Meaning if your cat desperately needs to go to the toilet (Litter tray) the chances are, she won’t reach it in time. Which leaves you cleaning up the mess. Other issues such as diabetes can also cause this issue.
Could there be an issue with the litter box you’re using?
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There is a chance that this whole urinating problem could be due to the way that you set up your litter box. So, in this section, I’m going to give you some examples of what can cause this.
The amount of litter in the box
If you have too much or too little litter in the box this may turn off your cat. It can cause her to seek another place to urinate.
The cleanliness of the box
If you do not clean the litter box on a regular basis there is a chance that it will be soiled and very unattractive to your cat.
You need to understand that cats have a very keen sense of smell, much more sensitive than a human’s.
Meaning if you do not maintain your litter box correctly they will not want to use it anymore. This will lead to them urinating in your house.
The location of the litter box
If you put the little box in the wrong location, for example, next to their food bowl. Or, next to a loud appliance. This can freak them out. Even if it’s in a dark, damp area which doesn’t take their fancy, this could be affecting her using it. And result in her finding other places around your house to empty her bladder.
Another thing to consider is cats are very private animals. They like to have the litter tray in an area where they’re not going to be disturbed.
Could the type of litter you’re using be the problem?
If you have recently changed the litter you usually buy, this could be a factor. Your cat may just not like this new litter and may be on strike.
What should you do if you see cat pee in your house?
The first thing you should not do is yell and scream at your cat. Do not scold them either. Instead, you need to take a very different approach…
You need to avoid doing this or you might stress out your cat. Even worse, they won’t really understand why you are so cross and make them feel confused.
In extreme cases, you even face a chance of them not trusting you anymore. Or, feeling uncomfortable around you. This could lead to other anxiety problems.
Instead, whenever they use the litter tray, praise them. Use some soft tones and make them feel happy.
Positive reinforcement is going to be a lot stronger and more beneficial than using negative.
Q: How do you stop your cat peeing in the house?
Your cat peeing in your house, such as peeing in the sink (Click here to see why this may be happening), usually comes down to a few issues: Anxiety, lack of attention or territorial related problems. Let me suggest a solution for each of these issues:
Remedies for Anxiety Issues
If your cat is feeling anxious you can consider using herbs such as catnip (Click here to learn how often cats can have catnip) or even pheromone related products such as pheromone diffuser plugins or cat collars (Click here to see my 3 best pheromone collars for aggressive or anxious cats).
These herb related products can help to improve the behavior of your cat and help to calm their anxiety.
Sometimes your cat is just seeking attention, believe it or not. So, you can simply change your strategy a bit. Give them more attention, be a bit more loving and attentive. After this monitor their behavior to see if this help things.
Lastly, territory disputes is one of the biggest problems. You can help to resolve this by getting rid of local stray cats. Or, at the very least, reduce the chances of them bothering your cat. But how?
If you have a neighboring cat that keeps on coming into your back garden. You can do your best to keep him away. Simple things such as not leaving food outside of your house will help.
These things encourage other cats to try and get into your house or garden, which will stress out your cat. Avoid leaving water out. Also, if you see any stray cats hovering around run them off your property t make them think twice about coming back.
Q: Does mouthwash help to prevent a cat peeing on your furniture?
According to Thrifty Fun, mouthwash can help to prevent cats urinating on your furniture.
One suggestion that they give is spraying your furniture, for example, a wooden chair leg with mouthwash. Let me explain their reader’s method:
Flipping over a coach that has wooden legs, that is getting urinated on a regular basis. Fully cleaning it first. Then putting some mouthwash into a spray bottle. Then simply spray the wooded areas with mouthwash. Then monitor it to see if this keeps your cats from urinating on it.
Q: Why has my cat peed on my bed?
Again, the chances are this is based on stress or anxiety. This can cause hormonal imbalances that lead to inflammation. This inflammation can lead to these urine related problems (What about your electrical sockets? Click here), hence the reason you may be seeing urine on your bed.
The medical term for this is idiopathic cystitis, according to Pet MD. This basically means inflammation in the bladder for unknown reasons. Which is usually linked to anxiety and stress.