The first step here is to rule-out medical causes:
- Medical / sytemic issues such as thyroid, kidney
, or diabetes
If there are no true medical issues - here are some options that you can try at home if not done already:Clean all inappropriate sites with an enzymatic cleaner. Use a citrus deodorant spray or double-sided tape to discourage the cat from visiting problem areas.
You can consider adding a litterbox in the house (in general when there are issues such as this, the recommendation is to have 1 more litterbox than the number of cats in the house) An example is 2 cats = 3 litterboxes.
You can also add different types of litter in the house (clumping vs non clumping, scented vs unscented)
You can also place the carpet runner you use for desk chairs upside down so the little plastic spikes are facing up - in the area that they urinate - cats do not like to walk on this and will then avoid this area - hoping to use the litterbox.
Aluminum foil is another product they do not like to walk on an can be placed in areas of elimination.There is also a product, Feliway - which emits a hormone/phermone to reduce stress to help in behavioral situations just like this!
- Removing the covers of litterboxes so they are more open
- I have even had owners that have purchses storage containes, such as
rubbermaid containers, not made for litter but are MUCH larger than cat litterboxes to give them a large area.
- Placing the litterboxes in areas of less traffic in the house to give them more of a private area to urinate (and defecate)
I hope this information helps!
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The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian