How to Stop a Cat From Spraying or Peeing Outside the Litterbox

cat-peeKeep reading to find out what you can do to stop your cat from spraying or peeing outside his or her litterbox. Some of these solutions are free, simple, and can be done as soon as you read it. Others are not so free and require a bit more time. I hope some of these will work for you.

Get a Health Check. The first course of action you should take is to take your cat to the vet for a health check. It could be that your cat is telling you that his or her bladder is hurting by not using his or her litterbox. Once your cat is cleared from a bladder infection or urinary tract infection, keep trying these other options.

New Litterbox. It could be that your cat doesn’t feel secure in your current litterbox. Some cats prefer hooded litterboxes while others prefer open litterboxes. For a hooded litterbox, I recommend the Booda litterbox. The Booda litterbox fit both my Egyptian Mau mix and my Maine Coon mix perfectly. You can also purchase litterbox furniture like this one to increase your cat’s sense of security. This is especially true if you have dogs or small children running around.


Essential Oils. Essential oils may work to calm a nervous cat. Sometimes, anxiety can prevent a cat from using his or her litterbox comfortably and urge him or her to mark the territory. Essential oils can calm these anxious cats thus allowing them to comfortably use a litterbox again. Try essential oils such as chamomile and lavender in a diffuser for 15 minutes at a time. I personally use this diffuser.

Location, Location, Location. Try changing the location of the litterbox. Your cat may not be comfortable doing his or her business at his or her current location. Place the litterbox in a quiet part of your home. If you have dogs or small children, choose a place where your cat can have some privacy and quiet while doing his or her business.

Extra Help

If your cat’s spraying is a bit more complicated to fix, try Cat Spraying No More. It provides even more in depth information along with an herbal recipe you can use to discourage your cats from spraying outside the litterbox.

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