Is your adult cat urinating outside his litter box? There could be a number of reasons as to why he’s chosen the bathtub to use the bathroom in.
First, consider the litter that you’re using.
- Is the litter box clean? If the litter box is dirty and full of clumps, your cat will find another place to use the bathroom.
- When’s the last time you’ve completely cleaned out the litter box, versus just scoop it? Sometimes dirty litter will remain in the litter box even if you’ve scooped all the clumps. Dump all of the litter and clean out the box.
- Did you change the type of litter that you normally use? If you’ve changed the type or brand of litter that you normally use, your cat may be boycotting the litter box. Try switching litter.
- Is the littler box too small? Some larger cat breeds, like Maine Coon cats need large litter boxes.
- Do you have a covered litter box? If so, take the lid off, or purchase an open litter box. Many cats do not like closed litter boxes, and choose another place to go.
If you’ve taken these five cat litter box concerns into account, and your cat is still peeing in the bathtub, take your cat to the vet for a checkup. A medical problem, such as a urinary tract infection, kidney stones or another medical illness, may cause your cat to urinate in odd places.
If a medical problem is the cause of your cat peeing in the tub, you may also notice:
- Blood in the urine
- Straining to urinate
- Frequent licking of the “private area”
A vet will give your cat an overall health exam, check the abdomen and bladder run blood work and most likely run a urinalysis to check for an injection or crystals.