Male cat having litter box issues

So my parents males famle point siamese in the past year has started going outside the box, usually right outside the box.  He is about 5 years old and my parents have taken him to the vet multipul times to make sure nothing is wrong physically.  He never used to do this.  He now has is own seperate box from the other cat and with this expensive "attracting" litter.  He will be good and use it for a few weeks and then he will mark out side again. 


Also in the past week or so they have discovered our female cat has peed a couple of times in the kitchen sink.  They have no idea why she has done this, as she has never had issues going in the litter box. 


 


Does anyone know why two 5 year old kitties are having issues going outside their box.  It isn't health related they know and they have tried so much already but it is stressful for my parents not knowing what is wrong and what will fix it.


 


Help!

Posted on June 19, 2011 at 5:07 am
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hurleygrl135
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So they've run urinalysis and everythng and found nothing wrong with the cat?


 If there's nothing wrong medically then it's most likely  behavioral issue. Cats associate traumatic events with their surroundings so if he was in the litter box and let's say the box was by the washer and it started making an awful racket and scared him then he's going to associate that box with the scary noise and go elsewhere. Also cats can be very finicky about their boxes some cats have to have it cleaned everyday or have to have a specific litter in order to contiue to go so maybe try going back to their original litter. The recommended amount of boxes in a home is one more than you have cats so if there are 2 cats then technically you need three boxes which I know seems completely overkill and most people won't do but it might be a good idea to do that and try it out. Cats are also creatures of habit so once a habit starts its nearly impossible for them to stop it. I'd say have your parents evaluate if there's anything that has changed for the cats that could cause them to all of a sudden begin going outside the box.


Also, if the cats are anxious it could be fear that triggers it. One of our cats hated dh so much that everytime he'd walk in the room she pee or poop herself. She was one more incident away from heading to the pound when I decided to try anti-anxiety pills and those literally saved her life. Now that we've doubled our living space by moving ino a new home she's much happier and no longer needs the pills. HTH keep us updated on what happens.

Posted on June 20, 2011 at 1:12 am
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I had the same problem...paid a ton of money at the vet and he was healthy....here is my post:


http://www.projectwedding.com/post/list/what-is-going-on-with-my-cat


I ended up getting the Feliway on Amazon and it totally helped. I don't know how or why but it did. I also just recently moved into a new house and he would howl at night when we were in bed so I plugged the Feliway into the wall...and he hasn't howled since.

Posted on June 20, 2011 at 9:19 am
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The most common reason a cat goes outside the box is a urinary tract infection. They go in the box and it hurts, so they associate the box with the pain and so go elsewhere. If the vet has ruled that out, I would think an unclean box is the next likely culprit. Cats are very clean animals, if the box isn't up their standards, they will go elsewhere.


Be sure to clean the box everyday, put fresh litter in if you have to. You can also try putting their food down in the spot where they go in the house (the spot you don't want them to go) as cats won't potty by where they eat.


I hope that helps!

Posted on August 14, 2011 at 5:09 am
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It is not a UTI the vet has check several times.  He pees right outside the box.  We got him the biggest, open box you can get. He is the only one who is allowed to use it, our femal uses the other box soley.  It is cleaned almost daily and is never dirty.  


 


He can be good and go several weeks without it being a problem and then he will start going outside of it again.  When he does go outside he stands in the box and pees over the edge right in front of it. then he tries to bury it which last about 10 minutes because he doesn't get that tile won't cover his pee. 


 


 

Posted on August 14, 2011 at 7:05 am
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One of our male cats does the same thing, no underlying medical reason... we bought Feliway and put it in the bathroom where he does it.  It hasn't been happening as much, but he still does it.  I'm beyond annoyed, so I feel your frustration.  We are moving into a house this weekend and I'm sincerely worried what moving will do to this already finicky animal.  We bought the Nature's Miracle enzyme spray to clean where he has gone- he does it right in front of the litter box in the bath room, and in the bathtub that the box sits next to.  We have 2 boxes for our 2 cats, we've tried Dr. Elsley's Cat Attract, unscented litter, taking the lid of the box, everything!!!  Nothing seems to make it stop completely. :/

Posted on August 16, 2011 at 10:35 am
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The cat experts say you need a box for each cat PLUS one more. So two cats = three boxes.  Do not use covered boxes if you are having "outside the box" issues. If you use covered boxes DO NOT use the kind you rotate to clean - it's like having your own poop and pee on your own bathroom ceiling every day.


The other big issue that causes cats to do this and be stressed is if they don't have a way to elevate themselves in the house. Cats are by their nature aboreal - they like to climb UP and have a way to survey their territory from above.  If they cannot go UP they become stressed.


I love watching the show on AP called My Cat From Hell.  It's like the Dog Whisperer for cats.  Everything Jackson says I have known inherently for a while (LOL, I am doolittlebride for a reason. No siblings growing up, just every possible pet you could have and lots of cats and dogs).  He gives a lot of insights as to how cats think and evaluates their environment and behavior.

Posted on August 19, 2011 at 6:14 am

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