You may admire a person who thinks outside the box, but the last thing you want is a cat who urinates outside the box. Cats are well known for being hygienic and meticulous about their personal care. However, there may be rare instances when you notice yellow puddles outside the litter box. Some of this can be understood as a cat marking his territory; particularly an indoor cat. However, it could also be a sign of urinary problems, especially if your feline is over seven years olds. You may also notice other irregularities in conjunction with urinating outside the box, such as extremely frequent urination. If you notice any of these problems, you should take your feline to a veterinarian immediately.
Bladder and urinary problems are not uncommon in cats. Though they are more common in elderly felines. Some urinary issues can be resolved simply with medication, whereas other problems may be signs of something more serious. You want to rule out minor issues such as the cats dislike of its litter box. Felines are known to be rather picky and sensitive at times to their environment. The location of the litter box can be one thing about which your cat is sensitive. If you have several felines, your cat may not want to urinate in the same litter box; it wants its own territory. Test out different locations for the litter box to find one your cat responds to favorably. Also, don’t assume that your cat wants a lid on his or her box. Privacy is a concern for humans, but is not necessarily important to cats.
If you have ruled out any aversion to the litter box or its location, urination outside the box may be a sign of arthritis, which is extremely common in older cats. It is possible that your pet has difficulty finding and getting to the box. If this happens, they may not make it in time, which results in an accident on your floor. It is important to take your cat for an annual checkup. During which time you can discuss concerns regarding bladder problems with a veterinarian. Common problems include urinary tract infections or long-term disorders. In the worst-case scenario, urinary problems can signal the onset of feline cancer. Some cats suffer from urethral obstruction, which can cause problems with urination and may be fatal if not treated promptly. Diabetes is not uncommon in cats and can also result in frequent urination. Make note of any irregularities you notice in or outside the litter box. Both frequent and infrequent urination may signal problems.
Many cats do not drink enough fluids, and it is often difficult to encourage your cat to drink water. If human beings understand the importance of dehydrating the body, yet still do not consume sufficient fluids, how do we expect our feline companions to drink enough when they don’t understand the need? One suggested method to get your cat to drink is to try mixing tuna water with regular water and guide your cat to it. Check that the litter is clumping sufficiently and indicates the right amount of urination. Also, if possible, make note of number of trips to litter box. Taking your cat to the veterinarian at the first sign of problems increases the likelihood of successful treatment.