I used to work for a vet. Maybe she has health problems. That happens a lot if the cat has any kidney problems, like stones, etc. Try taking her to the vet,and maybe you won't have to to mad any more. (02/01/2005)
Try using party balloons that are blown up where she pees, tape them to the ground and when she scratches they will pop thus maybe scaring her. Another option may be citrus peels where she pees, cayenne pepper. Not sure if this works for cats but it worked for my dog. but baking soda helps to get rid of smell, shake some down and add some water, forming a paste. let it sit then scrub with liquid laundry soap. (02/01/2005)
Please take your cat to a Vet. Urinary problems do cause cats to not use kitty litter pans. (02/01/2005)
Balloons? Heavens no, please take her to a Vet, it sounds like she has health problems. (02/01/2005)
Definitely take her to a vet. Our pets can't tell us when they are not feeling well. Also, if a pet is stressed it will act abnormal. My friend's cat was being teased, unknown to her, by one of her son's friends. Her cat started urinating all over the house. It took a while to cure this problem once she found out what was happening. Pets can sometimes become emotional and act out in a negative manner. (02/01/2005)
Another idea is perhaps she doesn't like the cat litter. The litter might be hard on her paws or perhaps it is scented and she doesn't like that. (02/01/2005)
She needs to go to a vet - most likely she has a urinary tract infection. When a cat has a UTI, it will not use the litter box. Good luck! (02/01/2005)
Is she spayed? Cats who aren't fixed WILL mark their territory because it is part of the mating ritual. You can't fight nature! Get her fixed, if she isn't already. Though that is no guarantee she will give up the behavior, now that she has begun it (if that is the reason). If she has gone into heat, or is in heat, that is a good clue.
Either way, she needs to see a vet. Everyone who said that is right. Sicknees is always a first consideration.
Also, this is all assuming you have no other cats and no dogs. If you do, the situation could be different. They could be keeping her away from the litter box or if she is at the bottom of the "totem pole" (cats have a hierarchy in their groups, so do dogs, and they will act this dynamic out with each other in domestic situations) she may be fighting for a leg up. Marking territory is a way of doing that.
You have to remember that to a cat, peeing is more than excreting waste. It is also a means of communication and a way to mark your territory and a way to show others how healthy (or not) you are (and thereby a desirable mate). So all of those factors can go into a litter box problem.
I had the same problem with my cat. I used to keep the litter box in the hallway and I think she didn't like the placement. Sometimes if the box is in a small room, the cat might feel confined. I moved the litter box into a bigger room, changed the type of litter and added some 'Cat Attract' litter (used for training kittens to go in the box) and it worked wonders! (02/22/2005)
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