What Causes Cat Urine Odor And Cat Urinary Problems?

By Eric Martin

Removing cat urine odors and smells can be very tiring and frustrating. Many people overlook how to eliminate or look at why kitty is having problems to begin with.

If you "own" a cat (the jury is still out on who is really the master in the relationship), chances are decent that you've been in a situation in which you've encountered a rather unwelcome treat left for you by your darling kitty.  "Inappropriate elimination," a fancy term for your cat treating somewhere other than the litter box as acceptable restroom facilities, is a very common problem, and one of the biggest reasons cat "owners" have to give up their pets.  That anyone would have such a problem with feline "voiding" to the extent that they'd have to give up their cat is a real tragedy, and one that doesn't have to be.  If you can understand why your cat is peeing everywhere but his/her box, you can start yourself on the road to fixing the problem without having to give up your buddy.

According to Dr. Janet Tobiassen Crosby, a renowned veterinarian, there are many causes for inappropriate elimination, many of which are medical, and all of which can usually be treated or remedied.  Below are the main reasons she has given as to why your kitty may be peeing or pooing outside of the litter box.

-If your cat has recently recovered from an illness or surgery, he/she may associate the litter box with some sort of pain.  If this sort of association has been made, he/she may have some aversion to the box for some time, even after the pain or difficulty is gone.

-If the litter box is located in the wrong sort of place, the cat may not want to use it.  Most cats prefer to be able to do their business in peace, and don't like being somewhere where they can be gawked at or where some unpleasant noise is.  Keep in mind, they (justifiably) don't much like to have their litterbox anywhere near where they eat or sleep.

-One problem your cat could have is dietary.  The wrong sort of food or a lack of a readily-available water supply could result in some problems that could lead to undesireable "voiding" locations.  Generally it's a good idea to find a food formulated for your particular situation in regards to age or weight.  Always make sure to consult a veterinarian before using a food specially formulated for urinary health.

-Your kitty could be simply urine-marking his/her territory, and not really having accidents.  Neutering or spaying your cat can reduce the frequency of this behavior, but it may not fully eliminate it, and both genders are capable of urine marking.  Note that there are a few location-oriented products that can help discourage this sort of behavior.

-A urinary tract infection could be the cause of improperly-located urination, and is a very serious condition.  If your cat shows some excessive interest in licking its "nether parts," it could be a sign of a urinary infection, and you should consult a vet as soon as possible if the kitty seems to be having trouble peeing.

-Seeing what position your cat assumes while doing the deed can be a good indicator of the cause.  If he/she backs up to something and "sprays," it's likely just territorial marking.  If your kitty uses the standard "squat" position, it could be a bit more complex and you should look for other indicators.

-Kitties have a better sense of smell than we do, and they don't like to be around their own excrement any more than we do.  If the litterbox isn't kept clean according to the standards set down by "the boss," the cat could very well "take his business elsewhere."  To avoid this, it's best to remove solid waste daily, and change out the litter completely regularly every few days, washing the box thoroughly.  What sort of box being used may also have an effect, depending on what personal preference your cat has.

-Cats are very territorial, and this DEFINITELY applies to the litterbox.  Generally, it's a good idea to keep a number of litterboxes in the house equal to the number of cats plus an extra for good measure.  This ensures that every cat will have his/her own box, and they won't likely have much trouble clashing with other cats in "gang warfare" over control of the boxes.

-Anything new that can be upsetting to the cat could stress him/her out to the point that the kitty will show his/her disapproval by using improper restroom facilities...namely that expensive Persian rug.

There are a lot of different factors that can lead to inappropriate elimination, and most of them are pretty easily handled once you've identified what the problem is.  There are a number of resources available on the Internet on how to deal with these problems, and surely any veterinarian would be able to help you adjust the conditions that are causing the undesired behavior.  With a little bit of time and patience, you certainly don't have to let something like inappropriate elimination stand in the way of a happy life with your best friend...so long as you can handle playing slave to a creature a tenth of your size, that is

Eric Martin
Cat Urine Odor