Cat urinates in box and in front of box
I have a 12 year old calico I adopted about 6 months ago from a neglected home where she was also fully declawed. She has extreme anxiety, and I’ve been giving her prescribed Xanax from the vet.
Since we got her, she has peed inside and right in front of the litter box
. I keep it clean and have offered her different locations, different boxes, and different litter types and it still keeps happening.
She urinates more often in front of the box than in the box at this point. What can I do to fix this?
I’m trying everything I can to try and help her with her crippling anxiety. We also have a 20 year old calico, but they remain separated with their own litter boxes away from each other.
They each have their own space in the home still, because the 12 year old keeps trying to attack the 20 year old.My thoughts:
I'm sorry to hear your cat is so stressed. Anxiety
and stress are big factors in litter box problems
Stress can cause a cat to urinate in front of the litter box, or outside the box in general. Declawed cats have added stress and may have problems using the box consistently just due to their situation.
In addition, I've been told by a vet that stress can also increase the possibility a cat will develop feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD). This is backed up by what AVMA
has to say about it:
Factors such as emotional or environment stress, multi-cat households, and abrupt changes in daily routine may also increase the risk that a cat will develop FLUTD.
FLUTD can cause a cat to stop using the box. If your cat is experiencing intermittent urinary problems, this may be a contributing factor.
If medical conditions aren't a problem, total isolation in a single room can be used to retrain a cat to use the box
. You might want to try confining her temporarily to see if that helps.
Please let us know how she comes along.