Cat pees on edge of litter box and on floor

by Tom Goulden
(St. Louis Missouri)

Cat is in the litter box but pees on the edge of the litter box, and on the floor.

We have 3 cats and 3 litter boxes. One of the cats (we don't know which one) is in the box but pees on the edge of the box and often on the concrete floor.

My Thoughts:

I'm sorry to hear that you're having issues, Tom. Assuming you can catch your cat in the act and verify that what you suspect is really what's going on...

I've heard of this problem, and in fact, Priscilla used to do this from time to time, but not consistently.

Some cats develop a habit of standing up to pee, others just seem to shoot for the edge.

I haven't found anyone with a solid answer on why this might be the case, but assuming the cat is healthy, the only solution that I know will work is getting a box with higher sides.

I like to leave a good 3 - 4 inches of litter in the box, which means my cat is often up a little higher than some. So for adult cats, a box with the highest sides possible is necessary.

Veterinarian Lisa Pierson recommends 3.5 - 4 inches of litter. Because some of her cats stand up to pee, she needs high sides. Her solution to the high sides is to use a plastic container, such as those from Sterilite.

As she says, "bigger the bathroom, the more inviting it will be for your cat."

So other than making sure your cat is healthy and checking to make sure all traces of urine are gone (and checking with a black light), getting a box with higher sides is the solution.

One last thought... is this happening with only one of the boxes in the house? Is there anything different about that box from the others?

Is it shorter? Is it Older? Did anything change with that box right when this started? Should it be moved to a different location?

I hope that helps and please let us know how it goes,


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Nov 29, 2018
The cat may be stressed
by: Anonymous

I brought a new cat home from a shelter and although very well behaved with other things he exhibited the same behaviour with his litter for a while. I think that as he relaxed and felt more comfortable he stopped doing it. I ensured I cleaned the area as soon as I could and didn't make too much of a fuss. It all settled down after a week or 2. By the way I did try getting him a new litter tray initially, and that made no difference. I really do think it was nerves.

Aug 21, 2013
Big box
by: Anonymous

Yes, bigger box. At one time, I had two cats. The older cat would stalk the younger cat -- especially when the young one was in the box. This would make her accidentally jump and pee outside the box. I got a storage container and cut an opening on one side ---- it made a huge liter box.

Problem solved.

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