Why Your Cat Won’t Pee in the Litter Box

by Alex Kountry
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Has your cat stopped using the litter box? There could be a number of reasons why. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the most common reasons cats avoid the litter box and what you can do to fix the problem.

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Reasons for Inappropriate Urination

Cats are clean animals and usually have no problem using the litter box. However, there are a number of reasons why a cat may start urinating outside of the box. Some medical problems can cause a change in litter box habits, while others may be behavioral. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why your cat won’t pee in the litter box.


There can be many reasons for a cat’s sudden change in litter box habits. One common reason is stress. A cat who is stressed may associate the litter box with the source of his anxiety and avoid it. Changes in the home, such as a new baby or pet, can cause stress. Moving to a new house or even rearranging the furniture can be stressful for some cats. A change in litter type or brand may cause a cat to hesitate to use the box. If you’ve had recent construction work done or there have been strangers in and out of your home, that could also be a source of stress for your cat.

Medical Conditions

There are several medical conditions that could cause a cat to urinate outside of the litter box. The most common condition is feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD). This is a general term that encompasses several different conditions that affect the bladder and urethra. The most common symptom of FLUTD is intermittent urinary tract blockage in male cats. This can be very painful and may require emergency veterinary care.

Other medical conditions that can cause inappropriate urination include:

– Urinary tract infection
– Bladder stones or crystals
– Kidney disease
– Diabetes
– Neurological problems

How to Solve the Problem

If your cat isn’t peeing in the litter box, it could be because they don’t like the type of litter you’re using. It could also be because the litter box isn’t clean enough. There are a few things you can do to try to solve the problem.

Litter Box Placement

An important aspect of litter box placement is accessibility. The box should be placed in an easily accessible location for your cat. It should also be in a quiet area of the house where your cat can feel safe and relaxed.

If you have multiple cats, each cat should have its own litter box. It is also important to have more than one litter box in the house in case one becomes unavailable to your cat for some reason (e.g., if it is located in a room that is temporarily closed off).

The litter box should also be large enough for your cat to move around comfortably. It should be at least 18 inches long and 18 inches wide. The sides of the box should be low enough for your cat to easily get in and out.

The type of litter you use is also important. Cats generally prefer a fine-grained, clumping litter that does not stick to their paws or fur. Avoid using scented litters, as they can be too strong for your cat’s sensitive nose.

Litter Box Maintenance

One of the most important aspects of litter box maintenance is scooping out solid wastes daily, and completely changing the litter every one to two weeks. In addition, the litter box should be washed with warm, soapy water and rinsed thoroughly on a monthly basis.

If you have more than one cat, you should have one litter box for each cat plus an extra. The ideal setup is to have one litter box on each floor of your home.

Litter Type

There are many types of cat litter on the market, and it may take some trial and error to figure out which type your cat prefers. Common types of cat litter include clay, clumping, crystal, pine and recycled paper. If you’re unsure which type to try first, ask your veterinarian or a pet store employee for a recommendation.

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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