Has your cat suddenly been starting to have accidents outside of their little box? Although it might seem like cats are born knowing how to use their litter box, elimination problems are more common than you might think. It’s estimated that upwards of ten percent of cats will develop elimination problems at some point in their life. It’s important to understand that your cat’s accidents are not the result of some personal vendetta they have against your laundry basket or curtains. There are several factors that can contribute to your pet’s elimination problems. Here we break down a few of the most common.
Litter Box Issues
It may sound odd, but some cats can be very particular about their litterbox. The location of their litterbox, whether or not it has a lid, and the type of litter you use can all contribute to your cat’s unwillingness to use it. Cat’s will often also stop using their litter box if it hasn’t been cleaned properly.
If you’ve recently changed brands of litter or moved your cat’s litter box, that could be to blame for their elimination problems. Try moving their littler box or changing back to a litter that they’re used to.
A cat that has been going through a stressful time could be more prone to accidents. There are many things that can contribute to your cat’s anxiety. Common causes of stress in cats include moving, bringing a new pet into the home, or a change in your daily schedule. Many cats need stability to feel secure, so when you make a major change to their regular environment, they tend to freak out.
If you have any additional cats in the house, pay attention to the way they interact. If one cat is bullying the other, the cat that is constantly under attack may begin to have accidents throughout the house.
Finally, your cat’s elimination issues could point to an underlying medical issue. Urinary tract infections (UTIs), for example, can result in trouble urinating. Another common condition is feline interstitial cystitis. This refers to an inflammation of the bladder that causes cats to urinate more frequently. Lastly, kidney stones or other types of blockage could be to blame for your cat’s elimination issues. These conditions make urinating very painful, so you may notice that your cat looks like they are trying to urinate but are straining to do so. If your cat is showing signs of any of these medical issues, it’s important that you get them to a veterinarian right away. If left untreated, your cat could be at risk of becoming very sick from infection.
If your cat is having elimination issues and you’re stumped as to what the cause might be, schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained veterinarians and we will give your cat a thorough examination and ask you some questions about their lifestyle to try to pinpoint the cause of the problem. For all your cat’s emergency and non-emergency medical needs, the friendly staff at All Pets Medical & Surgical Center are always standing by to serve you.