You could try a covered litter box and put the scratch pad way inside the litter box for a while and maybe she will get used to going inside the box. (01/28/2007)
I have 5 cats, and I use the crystal type litter. (Not the stuff mixed with scoopable). It absorbs the urine, then neutralizes it, and it evaporates back into the air. As a result, my cats never have to step in wet litter. The solid stuff is easily "buried" by the cat, and quickly hardens as the moisture is absorbed into the litter. My cats all live in one room, and the room never smells like "litter box". The cost of the litter is worth it, as it lasts up to a month! I use Target brand, or Tidy Cat brand. (01/28/2007)
I'm glad I'm not the only person who has to deal with this. I have 3 female, neutered cats. I had to watch for a couple of days, but I caught the youngest peeing outside of the box. The deal is, she doesn't "sit down", she just kind of stands there. It almost looks like a male marking his turf. I think I will try that fancy litter. If you only have the one cat, I suggest you get a litterbox with the lid on it. I can't do that with 3 cats, so I taped a small plastic bag to the sides close to a wall, and made sure that the bottom part is inside of the box, at least a couple of inches below the rim. It helps. She still doesn't know how to pee right, but at least now it's not all over. (01/28/2007)
One of my cats did the same thing as yours does. I tried the covered box idea, but I didn't really like it because I couldn't easily see when the box needed cleaning. Instead, I took off the covered part and just use the bottom part, which has very high sides. This way, my cat has to step onto a step I put in front of the box and then kind of jump down into the litter. I think the box sides are about 5 or 6 inches high, so if you have a tall cat, you probably wouldn't need a step. Good luck! (01/29/2007)
You can use empty cardboard boxes lined with several layers of newspaper first. When the box gets icky, you slide the whole thing in a garbage bag and throw it away! The sides are high and its easy to come by boxes the right size at the grocery store or liquor store. If the cat has to get inside a box with high sides, she can't get her pee outside of it. (02/02/2007)
Why, I don't know, but cats like to urinate separately from their bowel movements, so I placed an old newspaper lined plastic dishpan alongside layers of newspaper and this satisfies my cat perfectly. Also, don't place the whole thing very close to where they eat/drink. They want it far away.
I could not afford clay litter, so I began to use newspaper and large junk mail other than glossy or thin cardboard, and find that it is more absorbent for odors than clay, certainly healthier for the cat, and much easier to toss when used. I change it every other day, and never have a single noticeable cat odor. We love cats. (02/04/2007)
When my cat used to do this, she had a urinary track infection. Or she might not like the cat litter. (02/10/2007)
I have a kitty who pees outside the box. I have had moderate success with two things.
First, at Christmas time I bought one of those giant round plastic trays that catch the drips from a Christmas tree for each litter box. I placed the covered litter box as far back on the tray as I could. Then when kitty peed outside the door of the box, at least it wasn't splashing onto the floor and I had an easier time cleaning. I put a layer of newspaper beneath the litter-catcher mat to absorb the stray urine. Putting litter there just encouraged more of the cats to go outside the box.
The second thing I've tried is buying a huge plastic tote box with a flat lid, and cutting a round hole in the middle of the lid for the cat to get through. (Rounded tops have too much bounce.) Cut the hole about the size of an ice-cream tub lid or larger. Then there is NO way to hang a little bottom out of the box! You can either fill the tote with clumping litter, or place a smaller pan inside the tote with the litter of your choice. (Filling the giant tote makes it very, very heavy, so clumping or silica litter would be easier on the back when cleaning.) This method only works with young cats, however; an older, arthritic kitty wouldn't be able to manage all the jumping in and out.
Hope something works for you,
I tried the storage tote but I cut a hole out in the side because my cats are older and can't jump in and out. I leave the lid off and let me tell you that this is the way to go. I have less "travel" litter from their feet and no more peeing outside the box. (01/29/2009)
Lots of good ideas here, but not the one I ended up with. My male cat goes into the litter box facing the back, with his little behind pointing at the litter box opening. He doesn't squat much and the stream lands outside the litterbox. I bought a pack of incontinence pads and lay one in front of the litterbox. I go through 3 or 4 a week, but it beats cleaning up a puddle. I tried talking with him, but you know how that goes. (02/11/2009)
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