Does Your Cat Pee Outside the Litter Box?

This might be a factor.

Jackson talks about what you didn’t see on the most recent episode of My Cat From Hell, when he worked with Mufasa (a female Norwegian Forest Cat) and her guardians Rudy and Andrea. Here’s Jackson:

So, this is something that can be fairly obvious to me and not obvious to the people I work with.  Which is: certain litter boxes themselves can sometimes be really inconvenient and really uncomfortable for a cat.

In Rudy & Andrea’s apartment, there was actually a very small litter box tucked into a corner, with a liner in it.

And Mufasa was peeing almost in the pockets of the liner.

When you see your cat going not inside the box…

but getting the perimeters around it, it indicates sort of a dance around litter that is indicating discomfort.  Not just physical discomfort, but spacial discomfort, that “I don’t fit here” feeling.

And Mufasa’s a big cat.  Norwegian Forest Cats are big and they’re fluffy.

There’s a whole vibe with big fluffy cats…

It’s why we always remove the lids of litter boxes with these fluffy cats.

When they walk into the litter box, all that fur can create a static charge.  They hit the liner or lid and they get zapped.

If you get a zap, why would you go back there?

Nobody goes back to places they get electric zaps from.

So that’s why I really made them

  • take the liner out and also
  • get a much bigger box.

Here’s the funny part about people who use liners and are fairly quote-unquote “immaculate” about changing their litter boxes.  This wasn’t on the show….

These guys were going through 25 pounds of litter a week because they were taking all the litter out.  Not just expensive, think about the landfill consequences!  Twenty-five pounds a week.  One cat.  Using clay litter – that remember folks – does not decompose.

That’s crazy.

That just tells you again, if you’re using liners, for the most part: don’t.

You’re using too much litter.  Your cat’s claws will get stuck in it.

For more rants on this see my video “The Politics of Litter.”

  1. Nicole   August 2, 2012 at 6:06 am  

    I’m so happy to see this post. I’ve never used liners because I didn’t quite get the point. I was never sure if you were supposed to scoop or just wait and change the whole box. It seems crazily expensive to me to replace litter every week, not to mention unnecessary. I’ve turned rubbermaid totes into litter boxes for my girls. They’re tall enough that litter doesn’t get kicked out, big enough that they could all fit into one box if they wanted to (not that they do) and if they ever need it, I can make the doorways lower to the ground.

    1. Kimberly   December 23, 2013 at 9:07 am  

      I turned a large tote bin into a litter box. Most of the time it’s use, but one of the cats is still peeing in front of it….I don’t know which one. So frustrated. Don’t know what else to do.

      1. Andrea Myser   December 7, 2015 at 7:45 pm  

        I was so tired of my cat peeing in the house and I thought I’d never get it to end. Before I started using No Cat Spray (, my cat Oscar had been peeing all over the house for 7 months – on the kitchen floor, outside the front door, at the top of the stairs and on the bed! It was very stressful time and incredibly time-consuming to have to keep cleaning it up day in day out. I honestly didn’t think I’d ever be able to stop him doing it. I found this program through Google and thought I’d give it a try. I’m so glad I did! This program is so simple yet so effective. Oscar hasn’t peed anywhere but the litter tray in 4 weeks now! Best of luck to you and your cat!

    2. Jackie WP   February 24, 2014 at 4:45 pm  

      I have the same thing…I use a big plastic steralite plastic container…3 ft by 1.5 ft by 18 inches deep…4 cats…never had a problem!

      1. Vonnie   March 25, 2014 at 8:53 am  

        I do the same, use Feline pine, clean 5x a day Have two boxes going and 10 cats, but one of them is peeing an pooping around the house….I don’t know who it is….so I just stopped the feeding silo as Jackson stated, back to morning feedings in a regular bowl and evening feedings….they won’t leave me alone now…they trampled me this morning, all on top of me, took me forever to get out of my bed…….still peeing an pooping in my room, guess I just have to wait an see. Thank goodness for pinesol cleaner!!!!.

        1. Quinn   May 18, 2014 at 3:55 pm  

          I would honestly invest in more litter boxes, spaced throughout the living space. I have only two cats and they require their own litter boxes, cleaned twice daily, since they don’t like peeing and pooping in the same box. Each one has a box with their own scent.

        2. Kyra   February 14, 2015 at 4:42 pm  

          I’ve always used 1 more litter box than the number of cats I have. Never had more than 2 tho. They need their own space, n also more cats just means more waste

        3. Andrea Myser   December 7, 2015 at 7:49 pm  

          How’s it going with your cat?

          1. Sue   March 22, 2016 at 7:31 am  

            I adopted a 3 yr old male . He was fixed when I adopted him. Now all of a sudden he is peeing outside the box . I had bought a cat mat to collect the litter he throws out . Could it be the mat he doesn’t like ? What a mess .

  2. kath   August 2, 2012 at 6:28 am  

    I have 4 cats…all rescues of one sort or another. Emmie came home 4 yrs ago. She was 4ish at the time. After a brief time, she began peeing on the kitchen throw rug.. Not all the time. I have 4 litter boxes. One in the dining room in a chest-like piece of furniture. I have seen her use it… There are 2 more in the basement. One is covered, one not. I have tried not having a rug on the floor, but then she just pees on the floor. It seems to happen if I sleep later than 6 am.

    My cats are well cared for, have a huge water fountain just for them ( not the dog) and are fed good food with frequent treats of cooked chicken or salmon etc. ( I actually cook for the dog to avoid struvite crystals)

    My strong feeling is that she feels that she doesn’t get enough attention. For a long time, this seemed to be her choice.. she kept to herself. I never fail to give her attention when she comes to me .. and I try to seek her out for special attention as well. Also, she is challenging my oldest female for position of top cat. My oldest female is 16-17 years old. Em is about 8 now ( best guess) I think this is part of it.

    I have always fed my oldest cat on a counter under the window. It isn’t connected to the other counters, so there is no sanitation issues.. it is across the room and dedicated to the cats . I keep the fountain up so my dog doesn’t drink from there, he is fine with his big bowl. Anyway.. I recently started feeding Emmie up there as well. This has reduced the incidence, but not cured it. The litter boxes are cleaned daily, of course. No liners. rugs outside the boxes.

    Can you help?

    1. Vicky Bloom   August 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm  

      I have no answer but a similar problem. My cat, Gizmo, is about 19 and in excelent health. I just took him to the vet to check for UTI’s and nothing there and blood tests are clean. He’s half Maine Coone and drinks a LOT of water all day. I birthed him from a feral cat so know his history. He’s cuddly, frisky, a lover boy. Last year he suddenly stopped using his litter box and while he poops in it, he pees on either the bed or the couch, soft spots. I have plastic under all my bedding and occasionally through the day take him to his box and rub his belly gently, and a little lower like vet showed me. I gave him a shorter litter box so he can get in easily. 4 out of 5 times he pees on cue. I changed my sheets last night and he did it this morning, aargh! While I was sleeping. Right next to me. I’ve used every brand of cat-off on the market with no sucess. Even home remedies that work for others’. HELP!!!!

      1. Michele   August 26, 2012 at 3:44 am  

        I have two cats that are sisters from the same litter and one is totally fluffy, and I read the post about the size of the litter box, which we’ve always suspected, but our fluffy cat has always, always, always pooped on the floor. Never on the carpets, always on the tile floor, but she absolutely will not use the boxes for pooping. We have four large litter boxes, we use the bedding instead of clay litter because it is better, cheaper, and doesn’t stink nearly as bad, and the cats will use it, one of them will, anyway. Midnight is all black and also will not pee in the boxes, and has had this same tendency since she was a kitten, as I’ve both cats since they were kittens. We don’t use liners in the litter boxes and we clean them every day, and she doesn’t have a UTI. We’re now using those paper trainers on the floor where she pees, so we just pick those up as she pees on them, so that we don’t have puddles on the floor all the time. There is only one area, always in the laundry room, where Midnight pees. We’ve theorized that we weren’t giving her enough attention, but that doesn’t affect whether she poops or pees on the floor. So I don’t have an answer to correct the problem either, but if you want to try the papers to keep from ruining your rugs, Kath, but I don’t have a problem for Gizmo, tho, I’m sorry, Vicki!

        1. Terri   August 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm  

          I have a cat that has always used her litter box with no problem, but now for some reason she is not using it for pooping all the time. It has been in the same place and has been the same box since I have had her, and she decides to poop on our kitchen floor even after I clean it, can anyone help?

          1. cindy   November 23, 2012 at 12:15 pm  

            I have the same problem, have tried a multitude of remedies, to no avail.
            Does any one ever answer these questions?

          2. Maria   January 6, 2013 at 12:12 pm  

            I have the same problem! my half mane coone has decided to only poop on the tile next to his box? Can anyone help please??????

          3. stephanie marlo   April 13, 2013 at 6:11 pm  

            Is ur cat declawed? If he is the liter can be hurting his paws. Or maybe its old age, try getting a shorter liter box, and a softer liter.

          4. Jennifer   February 9, 2014 at 7:52 am  

            My 10yr old cat won’t poo in the litter box either. We have tried different litter, spent hundreds on litter boxes, and still nothing. she poos beside the litter box and uses the litter box for peeing. what can i do? i have a baby now and i am getting tired of cleaning this up.

          5. Deb   February 22, 2014 at 1:36 pm  

            Litter boxes can get old and it is impossible to get all the odor out even if you wash them. It might be your cat thinks the box smells too much and has started avoiding it. Might be time for a new box.

          6. Rosemarie A.   February 28, 2014 at 4:32 pm  


            Turned out to be our Josh was just jealous because of the new puppy and 2 kittens. I kind of figured that, but he wanted even more attention than I thought he did. I spend time, hugs and kisses a lot! Hard to do with 7 cats and 1 dog!!!

        2. moira beckham   August 27, 2012 at 7:09 am  

          hi the reason your cat may be peeing in the laundry could be if there is a bleach or something with ammonia in it which to a cat can indicate a strange cat peeing there so your cat may just be trying to mark her territory regardless of whether desexed or not cats are territorial creatures try to maybe remove ny of these items that may be in your laundry and see if it makes a diff or maybe put litter tray in laundry i hope this helps you

          1. stephanie   April 13, 2013 at 6:15 pm  

            Or u need to clean ur liter box more, cats r picky if their liter box is to dirty. I had that problem for a min. then realized it was the box not getting cleaned enough. make sure its a simple liter box with no cover, sometime its the liter box itself. GL

        3. Rayn   October 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm  

          Hi Vicky,
          We had a cat who also started doing the same thing only she was about 5 yrs old. She was under some significant stress thanks to my Bengal cat. Due to some blood in her urine (there was nothing actually wrong with her) caused by stress I was told the cat litter could be too rough on her paws so she is seeking places that are soft like oh..the bed. pillows, clothing, sofa etc. switching to a softer litter did seem help some as well as removing the hood from her main litter box and placing an extra one out in the living area where my Bengal couldnt sneak up on her. Hope thats some help!

          1. Kathy   October 22, 2012 at 4:21 pm  


          2. Cathy Thompson   October 22, 2012 at 9:28 pm  

            Try the spirit essence products and feliway pheromone plug in for cats under stress. Unless there is a change in your household stress can cause it. My cat did that before but now just does it on the carpet which is now getting better. I know how frustrating this is! Also see if she or he has any urinary problem or infection. Check out the products for cats on Jackson Galaxy’s website. Sometimes you need 2 litter boxes or a change of litter, I use the Breeze system and I really like it and my cats seem to also.
            Hope this helps.

          3. Jeanne   October 26, 2012 at 9:23 am  

            Thanks for the comments – I finally took him to the vet and it was a very mild UTI. They think that it was caused by the fear from the attack. He didn’t like going outside and any noise when he was in the litter box would scare him out of it before he went. Now that he is on antibiotics, it has been like turning on a light switch. I also removed all throw rugs and the living room rug for the time being. Have to get every one of them cleaned before I can put them back down.

          4. joyce   January 21, 2014 at 9:43 pm  

            my cat she is 8 now and since we go our Bengal my cat will not go in the litter box either she poop in the box but she pee next to it once in awhile she pee in the box but most of the time she go next to it ugh. someone please help

      2. JJ   August 26, 2012 at 9:17 pm  

        Hi I’m not sure if you can get this product where you are. Maybe you can get it posted to you. It is called …”Urine-Off”… odour and stain remover. I can smell cat pee a mile away and this stuff is the best. It’s Bio-Enzymatic using natural enzymes that eat the crystals left behind from urine. I swear by this stuff. Also if you buy a BLACK LIGHT you will be able to see if there are any crystals left after you clean. The black light reflects off the urine crystals and shows up so you can see exactly where to clean.

        1. Flo   November 28, 2012 at 7:43 am  

          I will definitly look for that Urine off. I was looking at some products in pet store just the other day but really didn’t have a clue as to which one was best. I recalled a show where Jackson mention a urine cleaner that had a carbon base to it but couldn’t find anything. I have been dealing with my diabetic cats peeing in same two places ever since my oldest cat died. If it’s all psychological , well then I don’t know what else to do . Other than the diabeties , which is controled , he’s healthy as can be but his behavior drives me crazy nuts. Hopefully getting a good cleaner for his two ” areas” will help find a solution.

        2. Rosemarie A.   December 30, 2013 at 11:41 am  

          I have used this product and it has taken the smell out pretty much, but it has not kept Josh from peeing. I have bought every product at PetSmart, other companies, home remedies and on the internet. I have also used a couple of Jackson’s Essence products to no avail. We have always had an average of 7 cats with no issues. Lost a couple then found Josh in an apartment parking lot at about 5 weeks old, I think when I pulled in I scared off the mom who was probably moving her babies and I did look for them to put the kitten back with family. After 2 weeks at the vet we adopted him. No problems. A 1 1/2 years later rescued a cat(around 2) from a nearby humane society. They all got along just fine. Lost 2 (brother/sister) in the last 1 1/2 years. Rescued 14-15 week dog (3/4 terrier and 1/4 german shepard) this past May. All cats were very scared of her, but no bad issues. Almost 2 months later rescued 2(brother/sister) 15/16 months and about 2 weeks later we started finding pee (1 in my bed), but mostly in one area on the kitchen counter. Thought it was one of the 3 oldest males. Took him to vet, no issues. Didn’t take other 2 because it wasn’t soft stuff that was getting peed on. After 5 long long months it is still happening!!!!!!!!!!!! Always counters and floors; wood, tiled, linoleum and cement. No carpet though, which I find is weird!! Thought it was jealousy and give lots of attention and still peeing!! Will be taking him for yearly checkup so will see if any issues there. With potty training a dog(never did ever before) and a husband that would not do it right, and cleaning pee and poop sometimes 10 times a day I went through stress like never before!!!! Would not get and never will get rid of my babies. My house, however, has animal odors that I can’t totally get rid of even after trying every product under the sun. PLEASE, any SOLUTIONS out there??????????????????

          1. Pat Ramsey   January 16, 2015 at 3:41 pm  

            OdorXit Order online Several products good for odor removal.

          2. Bernard NO KIll cat rescuer   January 10, 2016 at 4:14 pm  

            Use hydrogen peroxide available in the chemist for about €2 a bottle. You can find all kinds of over the top recipes online. Forget about that, get the peroxide and mix it 50/50 with fairly hot water. Try your own mixes. I’ve even mopped the floors with few bottles of it and water and bleach included. Justbwatch out as a fresh clean sterile place can be like an open invite like fingers to wet cement. Then buy cheap dry cat food they won’t eat or stale food. Put it down in bowls all over the place they are peeing. Experiment with different placements of
            And types of litter boxes. Use a bit of psychology… Eg some cats love to go on plastic shopping or black bin bags, so take this (or whatever it is) and put that in a litter trays (1 with litter and 1 without) and see can you crack it!

      3. christy   November 29, 2012 at 7:55 pm  

        this is my problem she has even pee on me in the bed it is getting so bad i am thing aboiut trying to find he3r a good home aa i cant help her and love her my husband has about had it and is a bout to throw her outside and she is just a little over a yera old and never been outside.

        1. k   August 8, 2013 at 1:09 pm  

          we just got a new kitten and it to has been peeing on all the beds and yes with us in it i dont know what to do either

        2. Charles   November 21, 2013 at 6:54 am  

          Abandonment is a criminal act in most locations and is inhumane especially to a cat that has lived all of its life indoors. Would the husband do the same to your child if it had problems with bathroom issues?

          1. Sherol   December 26, 2013 at 4:36 pm  

            Thank you Charles!!! ANIMALS ARE NOT DISPOSABLE!! Dumping them because they are an inconvenience to you is absolutely cruel and heartless!

      4. Lisa   January 5, 2013 at 10:54 pm  

        Hi Vicky,
        I know you said you had blood tests done already on Gizmo, but did they run blood glucose levels for diabetes? I have a 16 year old diabetic Maine Coon/domestic mix. We were having all of those problems of him peeing in the bed about 4 years ago and he started getting insulin and we didn’t have those problems anymore. Now, he’ll still have accidents occasionally and it’s getting hard for him to move around. I’m thinking it’s time for a trip to the vet. Let me know how you were able to handle the problems you were having with Gizmo.

      5. fran   January 22, 2013 at 11:14 am  

        My two 11 male cats (brothers) started to spray around the house about three years ago. while I was hospitalizedfor one month. I have had them since they were 6 months old. I clean up, use cleaners to discourage repetitive behaviour. Both have sprayed in front of me at different times. I’m at my wits end. They spray when I go away on vacation, when I have visitors,and what seems like absolutely no reason at all.. They do not like men. No surface is safe…furniture, walls, bathtubs, etc.
        Help. The boys cuddle, play and groom each other. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

        1. Liz   January 24, 2013 at 5:52 pm  

          If they’re not neutered, they should be. Even if they’re 11.

        2. Lard   March 5, 2013 at 12:52 pm  

          I am neutered, so is my adopted brother Stirling & our sister Emmi. Stirling has decided to stand up on 2 legs in the litter box & pee against the inside front of it or pee in the bottom of Mom’s closet. He then dips his paws in the pee & runs thru the house. Emmi won’t have a thing to do with him & Mom & I are at the breaking point. I have my own facebook page, Lard Clark-Donaldson if you want to see all of us. Any help with Stirling’s peeing would be appreciated. Mom’s friend says it’s mating season for cats & Stirling is just marking his territory, but I have no desire to do this…… He also sits on top of the litter box & hits me & Emmi on top of the head if we try to get in it. Thank goodness we have more than one litter box!

      6. Paloma Sierra   March 27, 2013 at 6:59 pm  

        Is you cat operated? Maybe he is marking his territory. Hint buy fizzion products their excellent they take the smell out.

      7. Eric   April 6, 2013 at 9:46 am  

        I have two cats – both girls who are from the same litter. They are not pals, but they do sleep together and occasionally groom eachother. One of them – Dora – is the most loving cat ever and gets tons of love. With two cats I have 3 litter pans total in three different rooms. I have tried ever type of litter available and I am meticulous about keeping things clean and reducing the pee smell best I am able. Still, Dora will use a box to poop but then pee either just outside the box or occasionally on the carpet in another room. I am now one of those folks who has removed all the carpet and covered the remaining with layers of plastic. I must replace the floor covering but am afraid she will ruin that too! Very frustrating. I am at a loss. Any other suggestions? Anyone?

      8. Wendy   April 11, 2013 at 7:28 am  

        I have the same problem with my 2 yr old cat, Kanen. He will actually pee on my husband while he is asleep. We have tried everything.

        1. Tiffany   June 11, 2013 at 10:31 pm  

          My cat did the same for a year to me, until she was diagnosed with “separation anxiety” she now takes Prozac and problem solved

      9. Erin   May 23, 2013 at 12:30 pm  

        It kinda sounds like he is having kidney problems or he could be diabetic. Hyperthyroid is also a cause for drinking tons of water.

        1. Kathi   May 23, 2013 at 8:24 pm  

          Hi Erin thank you for your ideas.
          Smokey does have Kidney problems, he is not diabetic and pee’s in the litter box with no problem the problem is when he poops he won’t use the litter box. The last time he went he actually seemed to attempt to use the litter box but went on the floor next to it not in it, so at least it was in the same room as the box and not on a carpet for a change.
          My Vet told me that she thinks his going on the floor may be a form of trauma from the Constipation he was experiencing.
          I would love to know what I need to do to help him feel comfortable about pooping in the litter box again.
          He is a very sweet boy who has some quirks like he will only drink water from a special coffee cup and from nothing else. Thanks again Erin.

      10. Donna Rosenthal   July 15, 2013 at 6:15 am  

        The first thing I would say is he is 19 which is old for a cat. While he might not have a UTI, he probably is starting to have some memory loss and maybe some bladder control loss. He is probably sleeping on those soft spots and doesn’t realize until it is too late that he has to pee. You can double check with your vet if that is a possibility. I believe they do make kitty diapers you can use.

        1. Mic   January 11, 2014 at 9:57 pm  

          I know my kitty is not sleeping in those spots. I have watched him walk to the couch, jump up there, pee, and then leave the room. I don’t know what to do. I have cleaned the couch, there are 3 litter boxes available to him and they are cleaned twice a day.

      11. Mic   January 11, 2014 at 9:52 pm  

        I have a 15 year old male with the same issue. He will only pee in his box if I stand and watch to make sure that he goes there. Otherwise, he pees on my couch. He had a clean bill of health from the vet. I’m starting to wonder if he is senile.

      12. Vonnie   March 25, 2014 at 9:06 am  

        Vicky I know how you feel….I have one that’s finding different corners in my bedroom to do his deed. I don’t know which cat it is yet. But, Patches was 30 years old two days after her birthday the vet sent her to cat heaven, she had cancer….but she was peeing on my towels, if I forgot to hang it up an left it on the bed or floor, she would pee an poop in it. I learned early not to forget.
        I do hope someone here can help you. I am now trying the change in feeding time. Before they had a feeding silo, now they have to wait for me to get a bowl fill it up and feed them!!! So far who ever is doing the deed has not stopped!!!!!
        Good Luck Vicky an don’t give up on Gizmo.

    2. Cortny   September 28, 2012 at 4:40 am  

      I have two cats. One is about three, I found her stuck under the porch of my apartment so I took her in, and the other is 2. Recently my older one (which isn’t that old) started peeing on my bed! Gross! I am constantly washing bed sheets ect. I also purchased a mattress cover as well. She would only do it when you were not in the room. So I started closing the door at night. Ok. That worked…for a while. Now in the mornings I hear scratching and she is peeing on floor! Particularly spots where I may have a bag (travel bag, my give away clothes bag) I hate to keep her out even when were sleeping. Both cats like sleeping with us and getting in those windows. I have two litter boxes separate from each other and she goes no where else except the bedroom. We all know that smell is horrible especially when sleeping! She used to pee in the corner in our hallway but has stopped. This is a big problem regardless but we rent and were not even a loud cats!!
      Please help!

    3. Gisele Brown   June 28, 2014 at 9:23 am  

      My 16 yrs old female cat keeps pees on my rug almost everyday. I would like to know what I can use to get rid of the smell out. What do you recommend?

  3. Mark Esslinger   August 2, 2012 at 6:56 am  

    We have three cats (all from the same litter) but one of the males occasionally acts out by urinating in the floor or on furniture near the litter box. We sometimes fold laundry and leave it in a different room. If Loki finds that laundry before we put it up, he will urinate on it. Normally Loki uses the litter box and will “yell” at us when he is finished to come clean it. We tried giving them a separate litter box but all three cats continued to use the same box.

    Loki will scream at me when he wants fed and has recently started drinking water only from a small, plastic cup. Loki is not the dominate male in the house and is not affectionate. We give him attention but could we have spoiled him?

  4. olive   August 2, 2012 at 7:16 am  

    Kath, I have a similar problem.

    I think my eldest kitty of three pees outside the box because of emotional issues. She’s very sensitive to change, loud noises, company, etc., and ever since my home was remodeled, she’s peed outside the litter box. I’ve tried everything to help her find her way back!

    I’m sure all my attempts have made the situation worse because the litter boxes have changed location, size (larger), the litter has changed, and then changed back again. That’s a lot to ask of any cat, let alone one who is so easily spooked.

    My next best guess is to create a catio just for her, where she can retreat and mark her territory with a litter box outside the house. I’m hoping this will help her!

    1. Terri   August 2, 2012 at 9:39 am  

      Olive I really belive in Jackson’s Drops he has. They work wonders.
      While I am still having issues they helped alot. I have only been using them a week so I am hopful still that consistant use will alleviate the problem totally.
      My female has emotional issues too so it will just take her a little longer to heal.

      1. joyce   January 21, 2014 at 10:06 pm  

        Terri what kind of drops my cat is like olive cat she is a scary cat any noise she runs and when the dog bark she runs I have 3 litter boxes around the house once in the while she will pee in the box but she pee next to the box instead she poo in the box

  5. Terri   August 2, 2012 at 7:27 am  

    @ Kath I am having the same issue with a female Kaboo. I found her under a truck in my old neighborhood when she was tiny(her and her sister) ten years ago. She pees on stuff laying around. (started with kitchen rug) She has always been very skitish.
    Originally I had six rescues and things were ok. she would pee but only once in a while. Then my matriarch passed nine monhts ago and her sister three.
    I tried to foster another boy last nov and failed so he is mine, then a neighbor dropped another boy stray off two mnths ago. Everyone is getting along fine but the peeing is much worse.
    I have boxes everywhere…. uncovered. covered small. large. alll unscented litter. bsement, main floor, upstairs…..more boxes than cats.
    I am at my wits end. I have never ever had an issue with pet odor(in fact people could never believe I had so many) but now I cant stand walking in my house.
    I tried the Sprit Essences and they definitely helped. Originally the boys were peeing on top of her mess, and that stopped. But she has me perplexed.
    At one point I put her in a spare room for a few days to see if she would continue…. not one accident…. I could continue that but that is no way to live..
    I also try to give her extra attention. She does act the victim but since the drops the boys leave her alone… but the problem continues.
    I just dont know what to do. All my rugs are out for trash pick up today.
    What to do?

  6. May   August 2, 2012 at 7:48 am  

    My cat wasn’t using the litterbox, I’ve had her for 4 and a half years. She would poop in the litterbox but pee on blankets or piles of clothes. I purchased a litterbox with a cover and a door, similar to the last one I had but changed the litter brand….and nothing changed. Finally I took off the top part and voila, she started peeing in it. I know it sounds silly but sometimes the box itself may be intimidating to a cat.

    1. Terri   August 2, 2012 at 9:35 am  

      Especially Boxes with swinging doors… non of my cats will use those. a totally human concept

      1. moira beckham   August 22, 2012 at 2:53 am  

        i have removed the door of the enclosed litter trays … success the swinging door hitting them in the head or backside depending on which way they faced was spooking them

  7. Ash   August 2, 2012 at 8:06 am  

    I started out using liners with my first kitten, Gizmo. He is 4 now. 🙂 I thought it would make it easier to clean when it was time to do a complete dump as I lived in a small one bedroom apartment and didn’t have a hose hookup. His claws got stuck in it on the sides and he sometimes needed help getting unstuck and he poked holes in the bottom, leaking litter into the box. It was pointless. I used the rest as garbage bags after the first one.

  8. stephanie   August 2, 2012 at 8:24 am  

    good reading…my cat pees so far to the edge of the box that the pee runs down the side sometimes. these “bigger” boxes you talk of…is there an online company that offers ones like what is pictured? please direct. :o) all we have are just regular old petstores here with the same smaller boxes..thank you!

    1. Nicole   August 2, 2012 at 9:33 am  

      @ Stephanie…rubbermaid totes and plastic sweater boxes make great, larger litterboxes. Cut a doorway into one or two sides and wa-la…new litterbox. 🙂 They’re often cheaper than buying a big cat-specific litterbox as well. After I cut, I cover the raw edges with fancy duct tape to prevent scratches.

    2. Terri   August 2, 2012 at 9:34 am  

      You want the Jumbo size litter box. I also buy the hooded kind and just dont use the hoods for those that dont like to squat and are high pee’ers the sides are higher.
      Pet Food Direct on line has them but you can just google Jumbo LItter Box and find a million

    3. Cheryl Stephenson   August 2, 2012 at 10:58 am  

      @ Stephanie, I agree with Nicole, forget the pet stores and go to Walmart, Kmart (if they are still around) or Target and get sweater boxes, big rectangular ones, much cheaper and bigger is better.

    4. Jackie   April 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm  

      I don’t use a regulation litter box for my 3 cats. I get one of those storage containers that slide under the bed. They are perfect for several cats. Sometimes I use the lid as a placemat under the box, but most of the time I just toss it or don’t even grab one when I buy the box.

    5. Emily   December 8, 2013 at 12:20 pm  

      This! When my cat does pee in the litterbox it’s so far to the edge. Her litterbox is in a corner of a room that’s kind of blocked off. Should I move it, how big of a litter box are we talking here?? She isn’t a particularly big cat….

  9. tracey marki   August 2, 2012 at 10:28 am  

    there could also be a health issue as to why the cat pees outside the box such as some sort of infection or something else going on on the inside…or possibly if there are more than 1 cat;the other cat may see the box area as territorial and is trying to ”ambush” the other cat.I have seen both of these actions by my cats.Please take your cat to the vet for care as it could be a urinary tract infection .

  10. Sue Williams   August 2, 2012 at 11:04 am  

    Liners.. how silly are they??
    BUT those litter hoods make THE BEST DARN KITTY BEDS!!
    We turn them over, and put big fluffy blankets into them.
    The kitties all have their favourite ‘Nappy Bucket’

    Sue and the Kitties

  11. Lisa   August 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm  

    I have a 15 yrs. old cat that will not use the litter box she gos all over the house and
    all so have a 3 yrs. old cat we think that is ween it started to pee on the rugs ween we got her.

  12. Susannah Ayres-Thomas   August 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm  

    One more thing to check out when a cat is going outside the box–in fact, the FIRST thing to check: could your cat have a urinary tract infection, or UTI? If it hurts to go in the box, they’re not going to use it. I learned this one the hard way. I was practically tearing my hair out until a girlfriend suggested calling the vet. We did, and after obtaining a specimen (NOT the easiest thing, but it can be done), sure enough, my baby was sick. After a course of antibiotic, he was better, and started using the box again. So, always, always, check with the vet for that possibility. If you aren’t able to get a specimen, the vet will likely prescribe the antibiotic anyway, and if it clears up the problem, well, you have your answer.

    1. kath   August 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm  

      Definitely not the problem. I am sure … thanks tho

  13. Emma   August 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm  

    The one upside to having a cat who’s sensitive about the litter box – our house is really REALLY clean now because anything left lying around will get peed on! My girl is 11 years old and has had litter issues ever since she accidentally got poo on her tootsies a few times as a kitten – she’s a little “precious” lol I find the best way to try to solve litter issues is to imagine yourself as the cat. Would you want to enter a dark enclosed box that stinks? Would you want liner being noisy and zapping you while you do your business? Cats just want a safe, quiet and secure place where they can comfortably do their business, during which they would feel very vulnerable.

  14. Linda   August 3, 2012 at 8:31 am  

    I have a “herd” of 9 rescue cats, all but one has been with me for at least 5 years. One of my “5-year” cats is 6 years old and semi-feral – Moe plays well with other cats, has a wrestling/chasing buddy (my 15 month old rescue), and a soul-mate who he bonded with when I caught him. He will not let me touch him, except for a slight nose touch, but he will sit beside me and knows where is dinner spot is. I am using the same litter and litter boxes (large rubbermaid totes) that I have for the past 5 years. About 20 months ago, Moe stopped using the litter boxes for defecating, still using them for urination, fortunately. He will defecate beside the box, or in another room on the window sill or on the couch – I’m using pillow cases on the couch for eazy clean-up. I’m fortunate that my 8 year old chocolate lab doesn’t munch on Moe’s accessible left overs.

    Any suggestions on altering Moe’s behaviour, remembering that he is semi-feral and I can’t scare him?

    He has three choices of litterboxes. I have the equivalent of 5 litter boxes in the closet under the stairs (with a partially open accordian sliding door), the equivalent of 2 litter boxes at the top of the 2nd floor stairs (all open topped) and one closed top litter box in the “2nd floor cat play room”. Equivalent means the rubbermaid tote is the size of two large litter boxes. Many times the two litter boxes on the second floor are not used – so there are “clean” litter boxes available for Moe. I clean all of the litter boxes a minimum of 6 times a day. A few cats will wait until I clean and then use, so I’ll clean again afterwards. The only time there is “cat bathroom odour” is when Moe defecates somewhere around the house. Visitors have been asked about odour and they reply none. I use a mixture of Swheatscoop and Feline Fresh pine – they are flushable, but I take them to the stables and add them to the manure pile – they are biodegradable.

  15. Lilia   August 4, 2012 at 7:23 am  

    I have 4 cats , the last one is peeing all over the place but he alse uses the litter box, i have two litter boxes in one bath room just for them, both are big and uncover but he still make marks, he is castrated what can I do?

  16. sarah   August 4, 2012 at 7:39 am  

    we have a 22 year old Male domestic short hair, Smokey. He is peeing out of the litter box despite giving him 3 litterboxes, placing them in all the areas he stays in and making sure that he can easily get in and out of them. we are in a new relationship of about 20 months and are now cohabitating for the past 11 months. it doesnt help that Smokey has to share his “space ” with 2 new kitties (mine) that are 5 years old. But we have been very conscientious in trying to get Smokey to accept these guys. My Fiance’ , Mike says that this is not “new” behavior, but its just getting more frequent. we do separate the kitties at night with a baby gate. (Smokey cant jump it at his age). and Smokey has been to the vet and is in perfect health for being 22. He does have some arthritis that we treat and his hearing is decreased. his eye sight is slightly diminished but serves him well. My kitties, JD and Emma do not pick fights, they were socialized early and love other people and have not had problems with other animals. They do show that they are at ease in there new surroundings, even in the presence of Smokey. After 11 months they are now wary of each other, Smokey will chase them, not too far and they do show what I consider to be a healthy respect of each other. I just wish we could stop the peeing and that they all would just get along.

    1. Howie   September 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm  

      First couple of lines you wrote may have a clue. Most of us, when home, do not like living in the bathroom (especially if there is only periodic flushing). We definitely don’t eat dinner in the bathroom. I don’t think cats like this either. So, if you are putting the boxes where the cat hangs out or, worse, eats, they may stop using them. Try moving the boxes to other areas and make sure the cat knows where they are and see what happens. Just a thought.

    2. Farmer Brown   September 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm  

      @Sarah #29 While reading thru posts… Saw yours and Smokey is 22 🙂 WOW!! Made me tear…. I layed on the family room floor holding my dear 14 year old Annie as she took her last breath, we layed together for another 1 1/2 hours while I ran my fingers thru her beautiful fur telling her just how much she meant to me and will always be remembered and loved. I layed her to rest on a 40 acre parcel under a big oak tree facing west so she will always have the warm sun set on her every night. Bless you and dear old Smokey…. Getting to 22 is a treasure and a testament of your love and commitment to the health and well being of your friend.

  17. Bekka   August 4, 2012 at 12:52 pm  

    I have a male almost 2 year old tabby who will go in the litter box sometimes and other times will just pee and poop on the mats that are around the litter boxes. I have four litter boxes. Two with lids and two with out, that way the cats who don’t like the lids can use ones without. I have had him checked for UTI’s and it isn’t a concern of our vets. If i leave the bathroom door open he will go into the bathtub and pee and poop in their. I have tried every litter out there and have come to the same conclusion with all of them. Our little boy does not like getting litter in his paws and he is a little priss… he doesn’t like getting dirty. He will go to the bathroom on or in anything that resembles the shape of a litter box, this includes laundry baskets, rectangular mats, cardboard boxes, and the bathtub. Just thought I would throw it out there.

    1. Terri   August 4, 2012 at 5:40 pm  

      Have you tried putting wee wee pads down? I had a cat that went thru that phase I put wee wee pads down then as she used them put them in large shallow pans to contain everything.
      Also there is a litter called yesterday’s news that is shreaded newspaper he may not mind that so much since it is paper and not clay or litter like.

  18. Marie   August 4, 2012 at 3:08 pm  

    We have a cat that’s not quite a year old. Recently he started peeing on my husbands side of the bed. He is fixed. This has happened three times now about two weeks apart. Litter box is cleaned daily and not enclosed and do not use liners. He uses it the rest of the time so I’m confused. Can you help?

  19. Dawn   August 4, 2012 at 5:18 pm  

    How can you get a cat back when she runs away?
    I was at work and my apartment manager call me, a neighbor reported that he saw me cat call out of my screen window and ran away. I call for her looked for her put treats out….nothing since June 7 2012. I’m sick. My other cat is loosing weight, keeps looking out window, not coming to bed with me. We are just miserable. I even got a 10 week old kitten for companionship. It did not go well. My sister took her. She was great here but now poop and peeing all over there house. I guess 2 problems. help please

  20. Denise   August 4, 2012 at 6:21 pm  

    If a cat is peeing outside the litter box, don’t rule out health issues. It could be a cry for help. Our male cat was peeing around the perimeter of a couple of rooms. Then he started acting like he was starving. Turns out he is diabetic. Once he was started on insulin, he went back to the litter box.

  21. Stephanie   August 6, 2012 at 9:20 am  

    I am desperate, Jackson!! I live in Montreal Canada. 3 cats. Chance-8 Paisley- 4 Murphey- 3 . 1 Dog Bamboo-2… All rescues…
    I have been on serious pee patrol all over my house for a few years now…Chance is the culprit!!! I can’t take it anymore…I don’t know what to do…
    Desperately need you!!
    Pllllease Help!!!

    1. Ali   November 16, 2012 at 1:21 am  

      It’s probably the dog that is cansuig this. Try confining her, your cat, to a bathroom or something with her box and leave her for a couple of days. You can also try getting another box and placing it near the living room. Don’t let her have free roam of the living room when you are not in there with her.

  22. Sheri   August 6, 2012 at 9:40 am  

    For the people having problems with elderly cats not urinating in the box: I had the same problem. The cat would poop in the box but not pee. She would do it on whatever fabric she could find. We didn’t have this problem when she was younger. The vet checked her out and found nothing wrong but also suggested that sometimes cats get an aversion to litter. She suggested we put an old towel in a litter box instead and see what she does. She started using that immediately! She would only pee in it and would use the regular litter box to poop. The vet said that usually cats are horrified to not poop in the litter box, but will pee outside of it if they don’t like it. It took a lot more laundry and washing the towel as she used them, but she lived the rest of her life using the two litter boxes this way.

  23. agnes   August 6, 2012 at 10:15 am  

    I have 2 cats (both girls). First we adopted Daisy when she was 4 weeks old. She has been using little box since we got her. We adopted second cat Tiger about 1 years after Daisy. Tiger was only 8 months old and all we know from the shalter that she her previous owners threw her out from the house. The neighbor found her sleeping at her door mat and brought her to the closest shelter. Tiger has been using little bix only when she poops. She has been peeing on the carpet rugs by front door . She had peeped on the bathroom rugs several times too. We had to remove all bathroom rugs and door mats so she would not pee. We also have to keep bethroom doors closed , so she doesn’t pee on the bethroom tiles.She still pees on the harwood floor by the front door. We put couple towers on the floor by the door and watched her to go on the towels and pee and after that if she needed to do # 2 , shw went stright to little box. We went thru so many towers and got little expensive , so we decided to use shipping bags , tear the in half and placed the on the floor and once we didi that , she has been peeing on the bags. One she peed on the bag, we could pick it up and trow it away. If we came late from work ,she will not pee more than twice on the bags but will go to the corner and will pee on the harwood floors. We had talked to our vet several times about that and were told to use different cat litters and still nothing. She will still continue to pee on the shopping bags by the front door and do part # 2 in the little box. We think that previous owner did not had little box but she was let go outside to pee on the grass. She was never trained to use little box and now its too late. Any advise?

  24. Monica   August 6, 2012 at 10:31 am  

    I have a 3 year old female spayed cat that pees everywhere. We have another cat who is the absolute best. Each cat has their own litter box in two different locations. My family just came to visit and Bella was able to go into the guest room while they were here. I usually keep our guest rooms cat free. Once my family left we closed off the guest room and guest bath. She has started peeing in front of the doors! I am beyond livid. A couple days later she started to pee in front of the closet coat closet door. I ended up shampooing with natures miracle and have left the rooms open. In the past she has peed on any soft fabric rugs, laundry, and bath mats. We are now slaves to this cat and it’s driving me nuts. Any thoughts on what we can do?

  25. Jay B.   August 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm  

    My 2 1/2 year old Woody (male yellow tiger domestic short hair rescue) suddenly deided he would like to potty outside the box.(both #1 And #2.) I am unsure of what has triggered this new behavior, but with helpfull hints and things to try that I have read on this blog, I am trying afew different things.

    First of all a vet visit did indeed show a urinary tract infection (UTI). We are currently dosing medication for that. The outside the box problem has seemed to have gotten worse, however. He has now progressed to urinating on the furniture.

    I origionaly believed that there was an ambush thing going on involving his older brother Dillon (a 3 1/2 yr. old black and white tuxedo DHS). Well I added boxes in different rooms on different levels of the home. this has not solved any problems. I have 2 large boxes, one open one closed in the same room. They have now been separated and the covers have been removed . The boxes both have ease of access.

    Any Additional ideas to break this now habit would be appreciated. Additionally I would like to know of any products that will “break down” the urin so that I can attempt to remove the “smell” in the hardwood floor and the furniture.

    Thanks for your input, Jay

    1. agnes   August 7, 2012 at 4:43 am  

      SMELL- urine smell is hard to get out however i found best product so far.. i googled it on the internet while i cheat with cat doctor and other cat owners ageed too.. I gave it a try and so far works .. its called “Urine Gone !” stain & odor eliminator. I buy it and walgreens or sometinmes I can find it in walmart or walgreens.. its in the small bottle , looks like “windex’ bottle. Its made from soy and soy intend to kill cat urine smell.. waht you wan to do is: clean urine with paper towel completly.. than use hot water and any product such Pinesol,Murphy or any other floor cleaning product. Clean stained area first with hot water mixed with multi-surface cleaner. Once cleared, spray “Urine Gone” all over stained area and let it completly dry. Do not wash away Uribe Gone after sparyed. Once area is dry, i spray stained ares with ‘ Urine Gone” again – just little bit and let it dry again. You cannot imagine but the smell its gone. . i mean GONE. It realy worked. The bottle is not expensive and cost only 9.99 but really works… You can also use it on the furniture and carpet area. The smell ist gone too..good luck..

    2. Jan Abelovsky   July 3, 2013 at 4:59 pm  

      I have 9 cats. I have had problems with 1,but recently it has escalated to 4 all urinating on carpet and furniture. I know your frustration and the only thing in product I have found so far which has eliminated some odor was from Planet Urine. I did get a product from the vet called Unique. This will eliminate odor if caught and applied right away. If the cat has done it repeated times ( for instance on the carpet) I have found it not to work.
      I hope this may help. I am struggling with this problem as well.

      Good Luck

    3. Donna Rosenthal   July 15, 2013 at 6:36 am  

      What kind of litter do you use? I just watched the episode with Bitten and Chompy where the ambusher would wait until he heard the other one scratching in the litter and then attack. I’m not sure if your litter makes noise or not.

      I know Jackson recommends Fizzion for cleaning up cat urine. You can find it online and in some specialty pet shops.

  26. Sarah Shupe   August 8, 2012 at 5:32 am  

    I have recently watched an episode of My Cat From Hell where you have informed someone that cats do not spite pee. I have a cat, Lestat, and he had an issue with peeing on my old roommate’s things. It was only ever her things, rarely anyone elses, and he did use the litter box as well as her bed. He started this behavior the moment she brought her large dog to live with us and it worsened when she got another, smaller dog. We thought it might be his way of marking his territory but he has been fixed for well over a year and never had issues with us brining in new cats. He actually stopped peeing on her things when my brother moved in brining both of his dogs along with but not only was Lestat familiar with my brother, he also remembered one of his dogs from when he was just a kitten. My cat has hated dogs his whole life, going out of his way to attack and stalk them when they come too close. Can you tell me why he was doing this sort of thing to my roommate but not to my brother? He also likes to potty in only one of the bathrooms and only on the rug. We are quite perplexed as to why as before we moved he never once peed anywhere that wasn’t in the litter box.

  27. Sharon wickham   August 15, 2012 at 8:11 pm  

    I have 2 females and one male. The when the 2nd female was introduced to the house, the first one didn’t like it and has never accepted her. This 2nd female, mocha, pees all over the place as a result. Can’t seem to solve this one.

  28. greg   August 16, 2012 at 4:52 am  

    I have a 6month old rescue. At first she wouldn’t use the litter all. We used confinement training. She stayed in a small bath with litter, food and water for a week then the bedroom for a week and now she has the run of the house. She uses the boxes downstairs for both businesses.
    But then I noticed she was doing both upstairs. I added a box upstairs and religiously cleaned everywhere she went.
    NOw she uses the box upstairs only to pee. about twice a week I find poo on the carpet upstairs just outside the box. 🙁
    I clean it quickly and sanitize the carpet but it happens over and over. She continues to use the boxes downstairs just fine.
    What is wrong with this cat and how do I fix this problem?!

  29. connie kirkpatrick   August 18, 2012 at 1:44 pm  

    I recently moved in with my bf a year ago my cat lilliebears always hisses and growls at him and his kids she is chasing them but the part about the litterbox she sometime pees on the bed!I believe its a terroial act!any ideas how to prevents this ?

  30. moira beckham   August 22, 2012 at 3:08 am  

    i have a 7 year old persian who has recently been diagnosed with stage 2 kidney failure after an intense 6weeks he is making a great recovery however in the last 2 weeks he has started peeing outside of his litter box on the newspaper around the litter box or on a rug in the kids playroom….which is the only rug in the house…can anyone give me any ideas as to what the prob could be there are 2 other cats in the house but they have their own enclosed litter trays and he doesnt venture in to them but they do come an sniff his tray ….i m going to try the option someone else mentioned about a 2nd tray but instead of towel use newspaper and see how he goes and prob back to the vet to check for uti …oh and he has been shaved down to skin when he got skin due to being very matted

  31. BJ Wilson   August 22, 2012 at 11:07 pm  

    I have a 6 year old Main Coon that has me at my wits end. For the last 4 years, he has had 2 separate litter boxes (one for pee and one for poop). When I discovered he was peeing behind my husbands chair, I took him to the vet and had him checked for anything physical. All was good (no urinary tract infection). She suggested buying new litter boxes (due to the smell), and changing the type of litter I used, which I did. Over the last couple of years, he has continued to do his thing, and I usually don’t find it until it’s been there awhile. I use 2 different types of litter (he is very picky). His litter boxes get cleaned out at least once a day. He is strictly an indoor cat (has been from day 1). He has now taken to peeing in my shoes. I have had to throw away 3 good pairs so far – 1 was my daughters, and 2 were mine. Tonight he peed on my new sandals (these were not cheap ones), and I didn’t realize it until I put my foot in it and was standing puddles. I really don’t know what to do with him. The only stress that happens in the house is the vacuum cleaner, which he hates – I don’t use it daily – usually bi-monthly. I was thinking he was doing this for more attention – he really needs more play time, but doesn’t always get it. I am going to have to rip the carpet in our living room/dining room & hallway, as there are may spots that just reek. I have used ALL the different products to try and get rid of the odor, to no avail. I was reading another blog that says when a cat pees in your shoes, he is mad at you. He has also been peeing behind and next to the chair I sit in in the living room. I have cleaned, and put foil down trying to get him to stop. I can’t keep living like this, and don’t know what to do. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Getting rid of him is not an option at this time (my daughter would kill me), but I am at my wits end, and need some advice going forward.

    1. BJ Wilson   August 22, 2012 at 11:13 pm  

      Additional note – he does have a 3rd litter box (all these litter boxes are extra-large as he is a big cat), and he doesn’t even use it. I have moved it a few times and left it there for a while to see if he will start using it instead of peeing on the carpet, and that has not been successful.

  32. Brigitte   August 24, 2012 at 9:12 am  

    Cat odor: Jackson keeps on mentioning a product to clean the floor and rugs with.
    What is it and where can I get it?

    1. Donna Rosenthal   July 15, 2013 at 6:41 am  

      Fizzion is the product. Here is the product website: but you can also google it.

  33. Nicole Wolfe   August 24, 2012 at 7:41 pm  

    I have 2 cat’s for 10 years. With in the last 6 months they started peeing outside the litter box. They ahve a big box and we change the litter often. We can’t figure out why they started to pee out side the box. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make them stop?

  34. Rebecca   August 25, 2012 at 7:34 pm  

    I grew up with my parents 2 cats, one my sister brought home from a friends cat litter (half pure bangle, half sneeky neighbor cat) and the other my other sister adopted from the Humane Society (we think pure Manx). Both my sisters moved and and left their cats with my parents, who are wonderful animal lovers so they have kept them and love them.
    However, the cats have a bipolar relationship with one another, sometimes they are completely fine and others they will tear eachother appart. My parents no longer let them outside at the same time, one is always in while the other is out. The Manx, muggzy, we think might be homosexual. He is a lover in general, but his favorite thing seems to be bathing the bangle, BK. BK will let him for a little while, and then its like a switch flipps and he remebers that hes homophobic and will start attacking Muggzy.
    The other issue in the house, is that BK pees all over anything of my dads. Doesnt matter what it is, if its my dads he will pee on it, the wine collection, his computers, his papers, anything. He doesnt do it to anyone elses stuff though. Its gotten so bad that BK lives in “his” bathroom at all times, or hes outside. He is no allowed in the rest of the house because he keeps peeing on dads stuff. I dont blame dad, I wouldnt want a cat loose in my house who destroys my stuff either, but I feel extremely bad for BK, he is an increadably sweet cat, even to my dad, he will sit in his lap outside and let my dad pet him, but then its like he remebers that he is supposed to be afraid of him (he seems to be afraid of most men) and he runs away. Honestly I think there is something neurological wrong with him because if this weird “switch” behavior.
    After watching the show I am understanding more that its because hes a bangle mix than anything else. I just dont know what to do. This situation is just sad, Muggzy gets the run of the house and outside, and BK is stuck in a bathroom all the time, except when he is outside by himself cause he cant be trusted to be with Muggzy without killing him. The vet bills of having to clean absesses and remove claws from each of them is rediculas. My parents have gottten to the point where this is just the way of life, and its really sad.
    Any ideas or advise??

    1. Cathy Thompson   September 11, 2012 at 11:51 pm  

      Try the Breeze litter system

    2. Deb   February 27, 2014 at 12:07 pm  

      It might be that BK is not trying to destroy your dad’s stuff but is trying to show Muggzy that your dad is HIS property. I’m sure with a cat’s sense of smell that he can smell your dad’s scent on his papers and other possessions I think your dad needs to have more playtime with BK , especially since the cat is part Bengal. Also, some cats can’t tolerate a lot of petting – sometimes because of static that builds up in their fur, and sometimes because it over stimulates them. I have two like that. Hope this helps!

  35. Denton   August 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm  

    My problem is my cat will only poop outside the litter box. When we first got him, he used the litter box like a normal little kitty. Now he will only pee in the litter box and always poops outside the box. I have talked with my vet and they is no physical problem. I have tried a larger box (not a jumbo size yet) and have switched litter and neither has helped.
    Any suggestions???

    1. James   September 30, 2012 at 1:59 am  

      I have the same problem. One male cat (fixed) and two litter boxes that are cleaned regularly. My cat pees in the boxes just fine but will not poop there. Maybe once a week he will actually poop in the box, but most times he just does it wherever, usually right in front of me with no warning. Other than that, he’s a good cat, I just don’t know how to fix it.

      1. christy   December 11, 2012 at 8:14 am  

        Denton, James, I have an older cat who was doing the same thing. Puppy pads helped. I put them inside a jumbo litterbox. But he still left “presents” at times. I followed him closely one day and realized he was having a really hard time passing his stools and just running from one place to another trying to pass them. The vet gave me Lactulose, a lubricant, which is given once a day orally and that worked like a charm. After a couple of weeks I tapered off the lactulose and now just give it to him when he shows signs of constipation. He still needs the puppy pads but at 23 I think he’s earned that privilege.

  36. Obimom   August 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm  

    We have had the same problem that many people seem to have, We have an in-year-old female tabby who is awesome and always uses her letterbox. We adopted a second cat almost 2 years ago. We’ve had problems with her from the get-go and they’ve only gotten worse, our one and a half year-old female (Half Siamese half tabby) cat is peeing everywhere including her litter box.. It started out with her peeing and pooping on all our beds so we locked her out of the bedrooms and had to throw away a lot of linens. Then she started peeing on the rugs in the bathroom and in our computer room, so we threw all those rugs away. We let her hang around in there and that worked for a while but then she started peeing on clothing, towels and linens left in laundry baskets…and then she started peeing on our couches! I’m not going to going to the list but we’ve tried just about everything everyone has mentioned (including expensive pheromones). She’s been to the vet and was spayed long ago and does not have any infections. I’m at my wits and I’m would hate to give away this little cat because my children love her but also because I wouldn’t want to be giving a problem to someone else. I need some really good advice I need a solution. can anybody help me?

    1. Deb   February 27, 2014 at 12:19 pm  

      Obimom, did you read the comment by the people who put rags (or towels) in a litter box for their cat. That did the trick for them, but of course towels are expensive so I’m thinking any kind of material might work if it is soft enough. Go to St. Vincent DePaul, Good Will, etc and get some cheap towels, or clothing. Items can be washed and thrown back in the litter box. She should be drawn to the box because of her own odor in the box, and you probably won’t be able to detect it. I run anything with pee on it through one cycle with just water, then another soak cycle with vinegar, then rinse it all out. If it’s really bad I put some baking soda in and give it another cycle.

      Also, does she have her own special spot in the house that is all hers for sleeping or hiding?

  37. Carlina Rozo   August 29, 2012 at 11:31 pm  

    I just keep seeing cats that pee out the litter box, fight with their owners and jup all over the kitchen.
    But I don’t see anything about cats sucking or chewing clothes D: And mine is doing that since I brought him home.

    Dunno what to do!

    1. greg   August 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm  

      Carlina, How old is he?
      If he is young he may be suckling for comfort in his new home.

      1. Carlina Rozo   September 1, 2012 at 10:47 am  

        He’s 5 months old Greg.
        Since the first time I lifted him up in the shelter he started to suck my clothes and when he came home he keept doing that with ol that is fabric and cloth made here.

        He’s young but vet says he’s allready too old to be doing such things.

        ¿ Any suggestions?

        1. Donna Rosenthal   July 15, 2013 at 6:48 am  

          I have had orphan kittens that did that to the day they died. If he was taken away from his mom too young and never learned to comfort himself other ways. Is he damaging anything? It might be something that you just have to accept.

    2. Linda   September 1, 2012 at 8:07 pm  

      Hi Carlina,
      6 years ago I adopted a 6 month old tabby that had been returned to the rescue organization twice because he sucked and chewed on people’s clothes – literally soaking shirts. It took patience and repetition over 2 months, but I finally got him to suck and knead only on a fleece blanket. Each time he started sucking, I would push his head away and put him on the blanket, where I would stroke his back or rub his ears. Even now at almost 7 years old, he sucks and kneads his blanket, but now he only does it when he’s laying beside me and I stroke his ears. It doesn’t matter that the blanket has changed over the years or that it is washed every month, it is his security blanket where his “mom” rubs his ears or pats him.
      Your kitty wants a comfort zone, if you use patience and repetition, he/she can have one, but you and your family must be part of the zone. My Joey cat only needs a few minutes then he stops and snoozes.

  38. taffy dozar   September 9, 2012 at 5:56 am  

    I am pet sitting for 2 cats, a 23 year spayed female who is no problem and a 5 year old nuetered male who sprays all over the house. I spoke with owner prior to their departure and they have tried everything including meds. Her vet told her she could have him put down since there was no physical ailments found, but she couldn’t do it so she placed him in diapers. My first day there I noticed there were no cat toys, no towers, no scratching post, and no place in the house that said cats live here. I bought some toys and took them the next time I went back and created some the first night, poor guys acted like it was all new to him. Could him not having anything be the problem? They said they have never had problems with the female.

  39. Cathy Thompson   September 11, 2012 at 11:49 pm  

    I can say with my 2 cats I use only 1 litter box and it works great and the system I use is the Breeze system with the pellet litter and pads that you change once a week. It is convenient, you do not scoop big hunks from the urinating and dispose it goes to the pad and I like it as it is a cleaner system to me. Yes you have to change them once a week but it is worth it, as my cats would scatter litter everywhere with that type.
    So I just have the clean the poop out and flush it that is. No tracking or mess like all the other litters.
    My one cat sometimes gets mad at the other and has gone outside the litter box but they are both alpha males I have to work at there relationship.

  40. Mary McCormick   September 13, 2012 at 6:37 pm  

    I’ve tried to scan through all the comments but I haven’t seen any suggestions for a cat that poops right next to her litter box.
    First she’s an only ‘child’, no other furries in the house and we live on the second floor so she doesn’t have ready access to go dig under some bushes to poop, which I know she’d prefer. I’ve tried several different types of litters, she has three litter boxes, 1 in the bathroom (no one else uses that bathroom) 1 on the landing of the stairs down to the garage (large open area) and one outside on the balcony. I just bought ‘Cat Attract’ litter and it doesn’t seem to help. I have noticed that when my friends (husband & wife) come over, she will use her litter box to poop. But if only the wife comes over it doesn’t seem to make a difference.
    There’s a planter on the balcony near her litter box in which she’s happy to poop so I tried putting potting soil in the litter box but she’s not impressed. I have scooped the poop and buried it in the litter box hoping she’ll get the idea, no luck.
    She’s a very sweet girl and has no other behavior issues. She’s sort of a rescue, she was my Dad’s cat but due to declining health he could no longer care for her. In the last year (or more) she was with him, he started feeding her everything he was eating. She’s now just about in complete remission from diabetes. My friend is a healer and did some long distance energy work which seemed to help for a while but didn’t last. Since she’s had to have regular glucose tests, the vet has checked her for other health issues and she’s fine.
    Her perscription food is very stinky after digestion and we live in somewhat of a small condo so this is a big issue for me. Next year I’ll be traveling for work and I don’t want to have my kitty sitters cleaning up poop!

    1. greg   September 14, 2012 at 6:52 am  

      Katrina was doing the same thing. We added a litter box in the room where she was pooping and peeing on the carpet. She used the litter box to pee but continued pooping on the floor.
      We finally solved the issue by getting an extra large litter box which she now uses for both. Katrina is not a large cat (she is a DSH about 6.5 lbs) but for some reason the “regular” and “large” sized boxes were large enough for peeing but too small for her to feel comfortable pooping.
      Now the dog is mad because he no longer has easy access to “kitten flavored” treats. But he needs to get off that train anyway.

      1. greg   September 14, 2012 at 6:55 am  

        Oh, yeah…
        For pooping it also made a difference when we put a cover and door on the litter box.
        For some reason an open litter box was fine for peeing, but not private enough for pooping.

      2. Mary   September 14, 2012 at 11:08 am  

        Thanks Greg – I tried using the big rubbermaid under-bed storage box for a couple of weeks but Mabel didn’t care. I was thinking about a covered box but Jackson always says not to use those. Perhaps it is a privacy issue. I’ll go ahead and order the new covered box. She has a covered box out on the balcony and I’ve seen her use it but I think the allure of digging in the planter box is just too strong.

      3. Mary   October 16, 2012 at 1:35 pm  

        I got the covered litterbox and the first night she peed so close to the edge that the urine ended up in the liner that was hanging over and the floor. She has pooped in her box a few times recently but not consistently. She now has two litter boxes, uncovered, in the bathroom, one outside, and one at the bottom of the stairs.
        I’m going to buy more Cat Attract litter but after that I’m out of ideas. aaaarrrrrgggghhhhh!!!!

        1. Cathy Thompson   October 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm  

          Here is what I use for a litter box the Breeze system, and it is so easy and cleaner to use NO MORE SAND litter!! Anyway I do have one cat that is still peeing a bit outside the box, and it was due to stress and I am using the stress drops from spirit essence and the one that makes him feel safe. My one other cat bullies a bit and they are both Alpha males so I have to try different things.
          Another great thing I have done is get the Feliway Pheremone plug in that helps with stress also. So I am seeing what will work, and Fizzion cleaner for the carpet and Pet force. The next step is Bully remedy and to try a second litter box downstairs. Hope this helps anyone who is experiencing what I am.

        2. Cathy Thompson   October 16, 2012 at 8:58 pm  

          I know all your frustrations!! My cat was also pooping outside when stressed, but look at my previous reply and you will see how I got him to not do that anymore! It seems when I go out of town he stresses, but dI have worked and tried many things, and getting some good results.

  41. Kelly   September 14, 2012 at 9:41 am  

    I have a Bengal rescue who is toileting in the tub drain. It doesn’t matter how clean his cat box is. He’s very neat about it.. He squats right over the drain and goes.. I’m not sure whether to encourage this behavior or lock him out of the bathroom.

    1. Rick collins   January 7, 2013 at 11:54 am  

      Hi Kelly, I see you have had the same problem my parents are going through right now. Did you ever get any answers or help with your problem. If so please share anything you can with me so I can help them. Thanks

    2. Deb   February 27, 2014 at 12:31 pm  

      Kelly, Is he going both #1 & #2 in the tub drain? The reason I ask is because if he is that neat about hitting the drain maybe it’s not all that bad…? Can run the water in the tub for a moment to flush it away and less litter to scoop out of the box.

  42. TES   September 15, 2012 at 7:12 pm  

    Help, I’ve had cats all my life but, never one who refuses to poop in his box. We have 3 cats all rescue. Two females and “Mr. Tiggie” He is approximately 2 yrs old. Everything was fine till about 5 mths ago, when he decided to “poop” about 5″ from his box into the middle of the floor. I have tried, removing the lids, bigger boxes, tinfoil over the area, carpet shampoos, pepper and stay away in the area. Also, I started the “Breeze System” in the middle of the floor. When he would use it, i would inch it ever so slowly back from the middle of the floor to where the “boxes” go. Now, we are back to square one. Is there any help for my other wise sweet boy?

    1. Howie   September 15, 2012 at 8:56 pm  

      Did you try a completely different type of litter? Scoop vs non-scoop vs pine or sand?

  43. AJ   September 21, 2012 at 12:01 pm  

    I have a question for anyone, be it Jackson or (as he can’t really respond to all these comments), you fellow readers. I recently adopted a 5 month old kitten (he was 4 months when we got him). He was a stray our friends found and they gave him to us as they already have two cats. Not long after getting him we got him a covered litter box, with a filter and a door. We figured a covered box would help keep litter from getting as scattered, and would help to mask the smell, he doesn’t really bury his poop so well, and kitten poop tends to smell much stronger than an adult cat’s, particularly this kitty’s! We use a non-clay litter (we at first used litter alert, and now have started adding World’s Best Cat Litter). My little guy will go in his box to pee and poop, but he has also taken to, about once a day, climbing up on top of his little box to pee in a small depression around the handle. We got him neutered last week, and I thought that might help, but he continues to do it. I scoop out his box pretty much every day, and in watching Jackson’s show, have been trying to keep the litter box pleasant and attractive for him. I don’t know why he’s doing this as it doesn’t seem as though the box is too small for him or otherwise unpleasant since he does use it . I put out his old litter box in another room to see if he’d pee in there and not on top of the box, but that hasn’t made a difference. Last night I uncovered the box and put the top next to the box, and sure enough while my cat peed and pooed in his litter box, he still hopped onto the top this morning and peed. The vet’s told us to get a new box, and a different shaped or bigger one (our bathroom and apartment are only so big) and while I will do what’s needed, I’m trying to see if there’s any way to avoid that as money isn’t exactly plentiful right now. Does anyone have any idea as to why this is happening and if there’s a way to get him to stop?

    1. Deb   February 27, 2014 at 12:35 pm  

      Take the door off the litter box cover as it is blocking the odor inside the box. No one likes to go potty in a bathroom that is shut up tight and the toilet had not been flushed the last time.

  44. Suzanne   September 21, 2012 at 8:55 pm  

    Someone…ANYONE…EVERYone….PLEASE HELP!!! We have a female Benga that is approx one & a half year old. She is spayed. She has competely ruined our living room furniture, carepet & hardwoods! it ALL has to be replaced. She will pee on my 6 year old daughters homework, back pack, and especially my living room furniture. My husband is ready to get rid of her, causing big issues b/w us. and i can not have here peeing on everything once it is repleaced, at that point she will have to go. We also have a male gray tabby from the pound. He is fixed as well. They get along with each other just fine, even bathe each other. He is the most gentle laid back cat i have ever had (& i have had many over my 38 years). We have tried litter pan liners & no liners, Feliway pheramon plug ins & spray – u name it. She just copped a squat on my daughters homework, which was on the couch, today – while we were standing right there! I am at my wits end. the living room furniture WAS very nice, it belonged to my parents who died 4 years ago. It is very special to me-now it is headed to the dump. The furniture was here when we brought her home. She just started peeing on it about 6 mothes ago, along with the other areas. I dont know what else to do, it MUST stop…like, YESTERDAY!!! Please other cat lovers…I beg you, give me ANY & ALL of your solutions, opinions…anything! i’m afraid i’m going to come home one day & she will be gone, my husband is at his breaking point & honestly so am I. I’m ashamed to let anyone in our house b/c it REEEEEKKKSSSS!!! yes, i have cleaned multiple times, does not matter, she just goes right back at it. Oue wedding anniversary is day after tomorrow, you would never know it, we are barely speaking. Please help. Thank You all so very much in advance. I hope to hear from so many people that it damn near shuts down the server. I am desperate.

    1. Deb   February 27, 2014 at 12:38 pm  

      Take her to the vet to see if she has bladder infection. Then ask him/her questions if the test is negative.

  45. Geo   September 22, 2012 at 12:32 am  

    We have a problem with our cat peeing outside the litter box. We have two 4 or 5 year old cats that are brothers, and they have been perfectly fine sharing a litter box until a few months ago. One of them had a bladder infection and I think he picked up the habit of peeing elsewhere due to maybe associating the box with discomfort/pain. The infection was cured 4 months ago and he still pees outside the box quite often.

    However, there’s something strange about it. If the litter is fresh, he will pee in there for a day or two. I scoop it daily so it stays as clean as possible. He also will go in the box if there is nothing for him to pee on. He only seems to pee on things that are left lying around on the floor, and sadly my boyfriend has a terrible habit of leaving random objects and dirty clothes on the floor. Luckily my cat paws at things he pees on, so you always know when he has peed on something. Any tips?

    Our litter box has a lid with a swinging door. I do not want to remove the lid or the door, as we have very messy cats who kick the litter EVERYWHERE when they bury their mess. Sometimes they just go in the box for the heck of it and landscape for fun.

    1. Deb   February 27, 2014 at 12:47 pm  

      Buy a large tray to go under the box – I had one of those black ones people put by their door for shoes and boots – and once I had a green tray that is normally used for standing a christmas tree on… or any other kind of tray with an edge around it. Take the swinging door off the litter box cover as it blocks the oder in there. Try a softer litter as perhaps it becomes uncomfortable for his feet after a couple of days when the grains start sticking together a little and before they are large enough to be scooped out. Just some suggestions, as it could be more than one issue.

  46. Laurie   September 22, 2012 at 7:50 pm  

    My daughters cat is 11/female and about 6 months ago she stopped cleaning her behind. She smells bad all of the time and seems to be wet there plus leaks some poop. She is over weight, 30 lbs. It’s to the point that my daughter can’t let her on anything as she always leaves poop. What would cause a cat to change like this. I thought it was because she is overweight, but why is she wet there as well? If anybody has had this problem I’d love to help my daughter as she recently lost two of her cats, they were this cats kittens (they both died at 9 yrs. old of different things). She’d give the cat a bath but it’s a mean cat. This cat is becoming very unhealthy to live with because every where she sits she leaves a dirty spot from the poop on her all of the time.

    1. Mary   October 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm  

      If she’s so overweight she can’t reach around to clean herself, she won’t. She’s also wet because she can’t clean herself after she urinates. Get her to the vet and get her on a better diet so that she can drop some of that weight. She may even be diabetic, so hurry!!! She may also be sick from something else, call the vet now! Stop feeding her people food and treats and get her to the vet.

    2. Donna Rosenthal   July 15, 2013 at 7:00 am  

      First of all, please talk to a vet right away about the best way to try getting some of that weight off of her. She probably can’t really clean her bottom because of her size. There are wet wipes specifically for pet bottoms until she has lost enough weight to start cleaning herself.

  47. Hiro   September 25, 2012 at 8:39 am  

    I have a problem with my 17 year old.He’s a domestic short hair(mixed breed or Moggy) and we have a 3 yr old tabby cat who uses the litter box just fine. Until recently he’s been fine now all of a sudden he poops outside his box.(It’s the same size box he’s used for year) we have two boxes one upstairs and one down. He stays downstairs mainly now, so the other cat uses the upstairs litter box. He’ll go pee in the litter box but for some unknown reason will just poop where ever he happens to be. He can climb well,he gets up on our old wood stove to drink water from a kettle that’s on there(that’s a poop spot) an old tv(poop spot #2) the laundry basket where he lays(spot #3) and very recently the table where we eat.(which is not good)
    Any ideas? Help

  48. Brenda   September 29, 2012 at 3:29 pm  

    I have 2 cats one 18 & 16 years old, and all was bliss with both of my cats when my oldest cat has decided to never go back to her litter box. She instead pees in the hallway directly into our bedroom. I have taken the carpet up to remove the smell and put plastic down which I heard they generally will not go on and she still pees and poops right on the plastic. They each have had their own boxes and they we kept them cleaned out every couple of days. I had her checked at the vet and all is good so I do not understand why she keeps doing this. I am frustrated and tired of cleaning up her messes everyday in the hallway. Help please..

  49. Kathy   September 29, 2012 at 6:01 pm  

    Between my mother, my fiance and I we have 7 cats. My mother had 3 and my fiance and I have 4. The first was a kitten on its way to the SPCA, the second was going to end up outside on its own, the third was the runt of 5 kittens we raised from when they were 12 days old (the neighbor had the mother and the mother died when one of the kittens was still inside her), and the last was a rescue when I walked into an establishment and the gentleman took me to the back porch and there was a 6oz kitten with her eyes glued shut from an upper respiratory infection and she was crying to be saved. They are all fixed accept for the baby, I am afraid that because she is still so petite and how sickly she was that she wouldn’t make it through the surgery. In our home we have 4 litter boxes in the basement, no lids or liners in the boxes, and they are cleaned every day. The cats are well fed, have fresh water in their automatic watering jug every other day and they are sooooo loved. I have a wonderful Vet that keeps them healthy but there are 3 of them that have no problem urinating on the couches, beds, boxes, clean clothes, in the laundry basket and wherever they please. We have tried the pheromone plug ins,and things to relax them but they just keep going. I have puppy pads on the furniture we’d love to get rid of but we can’t afford to get new furniture that will be urinated on. My fiance and I volunteer at a no kill animal shelter every Friday and of course we take care of the cat house. I don’t even think they have as much of a problem as we do with this. PLEASE HELP US. These cats are my kids. No one understands why I don’t just get rid of them, I love them with all my heart. We won’t be getting anymore but my 6 girls and one boy are my babies.

    1. Donna Rosenthal   July 15, 2013 at 7:09 am  

      Try adding some litter boxes on the other levels of the house. Maybe larger litter boxes? Remember Jackson’s rule about litter boxes. One for each cat, plus at least one extra. Someone else suggested a litter box with puppy training pads or towels in them.

  50. andydime   October 4, 2012 at 8:17 pm  

    Please help! We have 6 cats (5 indoor, 1 outdoor) and 1 small poodle. And some feline is peeing all over. Mainly by the front door, but also on things that belong to my husband (wine bottles and carboys, rifle cases, closet door were his clothes are). My husband was traveling a lot and I thought that it was related. However, he’s been home for about a month now, and the behavior continues. Tonight, he bought a camera and wants to get rid of any cat that is urinating in the house. It’s been going on for a while. I can’t bear to part with any the cats. My husband likes the cats, and they (particularly the main suspect) love my husband. But we have no idea why this is happening. We clean the littler boxes (8 of them) every day. They are all different sizes, and are under the stairs. I have seen all of the cats use the little boxes. I also thought that it was that they were jealous of the “outside” cat, but she sleeps in the bathroom indoors, and I would imagine if they were jealous of her, they would pee on the bathroom door — but thankfully do not. The cats do not mind the dog and all actually sleep with her. They have toys, they have beds, scratchers and towers. They curl up on furniture and on the bed. They don’t seem to pee on “pretty” things in the house. Only things that are ugly, dusty or disorganized.– or my husbnds (many of which are dusty, disorganized and not really pretty). Is this possible?!? When I clean, I usually use white vinegar to neutralize the pee, dish soap and water and an enzyme product. It takes care of the smell in easy to clean places like the floor by the entrance, but other spots that are porous or hard to clean… not very effective. Jackson, please help. I don’t want to return my rescues to the rescue. I love them too much! I just can’t live with urine! BTW… urinary is ruled out per vet.

  51. Louise   October 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm  

    My husband and I have watched My Cat From Hell alot……Fizzion is the product used on this seasons episodes……Some of the things I have tried, worked for awhile, are: I put a planter in my living room with potting soil. I remembered from earlier when I had potted plants my cats loved to pee and poop in the soil, and it was a novelity….I have always had multi cats…and now wonder if the clumping is the culprit…..I have 2 at the moment that are in peeing contests….I will change out one litter box and ck it…also do as one person suggested and put a towel in the bottom…..If we did not have ceramic floors I am sure I would be beside myself as most of everyone is…..I do get counters, furniture,shoes, and that is when I leave for hours…or at night when some of us sleep and our cats wander…..Some cats need lower cat boxes…and some cats as they get older start developing back problems…..its very hard for them to do their business, straining more, and they spend more time than they used to so litter isn’t as stable as a floor etc….just hope one thing helps…..btw I just purchased Fizzion…..I got the mop and drop for my grout and the regular fizzion for the counters fabrics and area rugs… husband said it may take a few times to work…as if the cats are contantly using a certain area it smells great to us but the cats have reused the area….gonna keep at it….but the mop and drop seems to raise things out of the grout….leaves a white substance….will see and post in coming months

  52. Pete   October 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm  

    You’re worried about clay litter in landfills, are you serious? Where do you think clay comes from in the first place? Have we gotten to the point where people are so out of touch that they don’t understand the dirt is what land was made of? It’s akin to saying don’t dump your unused bottled water down the drain

  53. Chad   October 10, 2012 at 3:52 pm  

    My two very large cats have a problem going outside of the box. I have a room where I keep two littler boxes. Over the years the odor has become so bad it is hard to go into. I have a feeling that a small 32 ounce cleaner odder remover will not do the trick. I think I have to do some deep cleaning. Maybe a carpet steam cleaner or anything that can get every inch of that room. It will need to go deep into the carpet to get the smell out. I am going to rent a cleaner but I am unsure what to put into it that will do the trick. I am tried of the horrible smell from that room. Some days it floats all through the house. Can anyone help me?

  54. Kaylan   October 11, 2012 at 6:15 pm  

    I have two cats. One litter box. I am pregnant and cannot scoop. My sister or mother usually does it for me. Since they have taken over, it does not get done as often as needed. It has been a day and a half since it was last scooped. My female cat (not fixed) peed on my clothes on my chair a few feet away from the litter box. I have seen her do it. I am wondering, might there be something wrong to where she does not want to use the box? Or could the problem be as simple as it not getting scooped enough? I used to scoop every other day and never had this problem. I guess this is why I am starting to worry. =/

  55. Patty B   October 15, 2012 at 9:44 pm  

    I am so sad because I have a 3 year old Maine Coon mix that I brought back from near death at one month old (plucked him from the street). He was so so sick, fever, upper respiratory, prolapsed rectum. He got better and he is the love of my life…but for the past year or so he has changed dramatically. He pees everywhere, fight with my other cats, is very willful. He pulls out his own hair. I have tried herbal medicine, traditional medicine, new litter boxes, new litter, Feliway, Spirit Essences, medical tests, laser treatments for bladder, crating….and on and on. NOTHING has worked. My vet advised I re-home in a calm home with one cat or euthanize. I am heartbroken. I am an experienced cat person, I do rescue and foster. I have saved so many cats and have helped others with their cats problems. I just have run out of ideas. Gato is healthy and 3 years old, neutered.

    1. Cathy Thompson   October 16, 2012 at 9:09 pm  

      sorry to hear that, that is really hard to deal with. My one cat has issues sometimes with my other cat, but the Spirit essence has seemed to work and the Feliway, but I am still working with him as I had him from 6 weeks old and he was found in a bush, so I feel he must have been abandoned by his mother or she was feral. He is getting a little better and loves me only as he is now 5 years old. So I still have alot of hope for him, and I hope you could find your guy a good home as he may need to be the one and only. Sometimes that is the case. Try that, I have thought many things for this guy too but I feel in time it will get better.

    2. Vivian   November 27, 2012 at 10:15 pm  

      Try an animal communicator & see if they can tell you what the problem is, why he’s so stressed out that he’s resorted to such behaviours. Linda Trent, on Facebook, has an awesome gift! Tell her Vivian sent you. Good luck & keep positive. As you believe, so shall it be, so direct your thoughts to what you want to happen.

  56. Jeanne   October 16, 2012 at 10:37 am  

    I have a 10 year old short hair domestic male feline that we raised from 5 weeks old. He was abandoned by his mother. And after our other cat passed away at age 14, 2 1/2 years ago, he doesn’t like to play with other cats any more, in fact he hides from them. He started meowing constantly and wakes me up at 5:30 AM with this. I can deal with most of the “talking” though it does get a little annoying now and then. but the real problem started with the peeing outside the litter box. Up until 4 months ago, he would use the litter box without any problem. He was attacked by a dog in our backyard. We took him to the vet as he had a large amount of blood on his hind quarters and under his neck. Thank goodness there were no injuries external or internal. He spent the night in the hospital for observation. Ever since then, he will pee on the outside side if his litter box. right where he should go into the box I changed the litter type twice because he would track litter through out the house. Emptied the box every night as there was so much urine inside at the end of the day. Changed the type of litter box from covered to uncovered with high sides. But he still pees outside at least once. I put towels and plastic liners down under the box as we have linoleum floors. They just get soaked and crumpled up from his scratching when done. I am a my wit’s end. We will not get rid of him. He is a part of my family. I am just tired of coming home from work to have to clean the floors, wash towels, empty the litter box completely, wash the litter box inside and out and put fresh litter in it. He is not alone during the day as my husband is there. He also goes outside during the day to hang out on the back patio with the plants. We are trying Cat Calm treats from GNC, but they don’t seem to help for very long. Meaning he gets calm for about 2 hours and is back at it and still pees at least once outside the box by about a foot away from the box.
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  57. Lisa   October 17, 2012 at 10:23 am  

    I have 2 cats. 1 is 10 year old female the other is an 8yr old male maine coon cat. I have never had any problems with them not using the litter box. about 3 weeks to a month ago one of them had peed on the dogs bed. We cleaned it up and didnt have any other problems with it until yesterday. I was picking up after my kids and went to pick up a coat on the floor and 1 of the cats had peed on. My trouble is i am not sure which cat it was or what i should do. I have a large cat box so they have plenty of room. They are indoor cats and have never had any health problems. I am at a lose as to what to do? any help would be great! thanks!

  58. Carolyn   October 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm  

    HELP!!!! I’m at the end of my rope!!!!! My male cat Tomato started peeing on my bed months ago so I stopped letting he and my female cat Lettuce in my room. Today, he really crossed the line…he peed ON MY COUCH!!!!! The box is always clean, he’s fixed, and it seems like he does this out of anger. It was one thing to lock them out of my bedroom, but I can’t lock them out of my living room. I don’t know what to do at this point. Any advice?

  59. fatima   November 1, 2012 at 12:59 pm  

    oh well..! my persian is around 4 years old and she keeps peeing on the floor! why! my mom is gettign angry at me nd wants to throw her out..when she ws a kid she was trained to do it over newspapers .. but now i use litter but she just doesnt liek the sophisticated way…she chooses to do it on the floor instead! is there sthg wirng with her!!!tell me someone ..before she gets thrown out of my house

  60. Jane   November 2, 2012 at 9:10 am  

    My cat Buddy doesn’t use the litter box because of a structual or neurological issue with his hind quarters. He now pees standing up and walking. He sometimes pees very close to his food and water – and I don’t doubt it’s gotten in one of his dishes (which I clean frequently). Or he can’t feel that he has to pee and pees on his bed. He is confined to one room. He is not in pain but his quality of life is suffering and my quality of life is really suffering. I cannot get rid of the smell no matter what I do. Spend tons of time cleaning. There is too much possibility of pee getting in between plstic and linoleum that I put down to protect walls and floor. I can’t have guests and am concerned abut the house though that is way down on the priority list. The thing is, he still purrs and wants to be petted and eats and drinks. I don’t know if putting him down would be right. It’s been a few years now; he’s almost 14. Thanks for any advice.

    1. AJ   November 3, 2012 at 10:19 pm  

      Jane, poor Kitty. I believe I read in Jackson’s book and/or elsewhere that a “puppy training” box may work. Those have an opening in the front so that the cat doesn’t have to step over something. Maybe that would help your kitty? Maybe if he doesn’t have to step over something, he’d opt to use the box.

  61. Cansu   November 5, 2012 at 5:34 am  

    I found Bucksie on the street one night almost a month ago and brought her home. Next day, I took her to the vet and got her checked and taken care of (standard parasyte cleaning/Shots/filing nails..etc) I was told she was 3 months old back then.

    She was the most quiet and loving/lovable feline you can imagine. As I found her on the street one night on my way to a bar, I took her with me to the place and she slept on my lap for 2 hours.

    At home, she immediately started using the litter box and never hid anywhere. That could also be because she has access to the hallway and the entrance of the apartment and to the bathroom (where her litter is) when she is alone. Other times, she is allowed the bedrooms, kitchen and the living room.

    She always had bad breath, but last week it got really bad. She used to get hyper for an hour or less once in a few days, but as her breath started to smell even worse, I took her to the vet. There, they found out that she had an infection in her gum and teeth, so they operated on her teeth and pulled all the ones after the canines.

    Once back home from the vet, Bucks got super hyper, which makes me happy as she is healthy now- although I miss her lazy times sometimes 🙂

    By the way, I have started her on the toilet training which was going just fine until after her surgery. A few days after the surgery, she pooped on one of the larger potted plants in the living room. The other day, I cought her positioning her self on another pot, and as I gently grabbed her to take her to her litter box (on the toilet), I realized she was peeing already and she didnt stop when I grabbed her- so we got some pee on the carpet 🙁

    Last night, I saw that she was trying to get on the plant, so I gently grabbed her and put her on the toilet (with a litter tray on it) and she pooped in there. Right afteri, I have patted her and showed her love as I dont really know how else I could show her my appreciation because she does not like treats (bite food).

    Then, later last night, she peed on one of the plants before I could see her do it.

    This morning, she comes to my bed and pees on my bed. I don’t know what to do.

    Seriously, she used to be soo good with using the litter. She started misbehaving last week and it got crazy since yesterday.

    I play with her, lay down and pat her and scratch her. I always make sure she has food and water. I change/wash her litterbox daily.

    Please help me. I sure do want to keep her, but she cannot stay with us if she does not get used to using ONLY her litter box, as I live with my mom and she is VERY strict with her house rules. It brakes my heart to think that I would have to give her away 🙁

    Best Regards,

    Cansu Karayazi

  62. lex   November 7, 2012 at 8:28 pm  

    What if they pee in a whole other area like down the vents in another room?

  63. Peeing all over the house   November 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm  

    We have 5 cats. 2 are 10 yrs old and litter mates, 3 are 7 yrs old and litter mates. Have an issue with one of the younger cats who has been neutered, spraying in the house. We believe this is because there are stray cats outside and he has become territorial. Got a phermone collar and it seemed to calm him somewhat. The other issue is our only female, 10, who has begun peeing anywhere she pleases in the house. I have caught her so I know it is her. She has just started this and we have had her since she was a kitten. All cats seem to get along just fine, no territorial issues. Only one female. Don’t know what to do. We have used the same litter and do not line our litter boxes. We have ample litter boxes in the house and at least 2 of them are available at all times, due to their placement in the house. Cleaned regularly so that is not an issue. We are at our wits end here. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  64. Lisa   November 8, 2012 at 8:05 pm  

    I adopted him from a very well known friend who helps abandoned kittens when he was 4 months old and there were absolutely no issues with him until recently. He was always very well scratching furniture, potty trained, very affectionate and social. Spring time came and he started hanging out by a specific window rather than snuggling with me which was a change, and poopinh outside of his box, and going after garbage and all food. I had brought him to the vet many times-3 vets told me different things and inevitably I had tests done for him and they diagnosed him with crystals-he’s been on a medicated food diet since which he seems to like. Recently I’ve moved and tuxedo is still at home with my younger brother, sister, and mother who take very good care of him but his behavior hasn’t changed. He has accidents in different places, but the vet says he’s healthy. My mom has given me an altimatim; fix it or she’s putting him to sleep.

    1. christy   December 11, 2012 at 11:18 am  

      With Christmas coming up a nice present might be a cage that Tuxedo could stay in when he’s not being closely supervised. Then if you let your vet know you mom is going to put him to sleep she may work with you and find help for Tuxedo via a behaviorist. It’s heartbreaking that after all the care and love you’ve given him, he would be put to sleep because of this.

  65. Mitzi   November 14, 2012 at 5:41 pm  

    My family has two cats. One is orange and white called Lilly and the other is black and white called Lila. I t is Lila that we are having problems with. Lila is 3yrs old and was born in our garage. Her mother was wild. Lila has a habit of peeing on my husband’s side of the bed, on his hunting back pack, and my son’s back pack. She also does not like it when the litter is old, not well clean, or has any smell. I understand the last parts but not the first and the men are very upset. Does she go to their hunting things because they use doe pee as part of their hunting items? Help.

  66. Tanya Prodan   November 15, 2012 at 4:20 pm  

    Hi, my cat Toby poops outside the box! Its constant now! The litter box is cleaned out all the time. He will pee but not poop inside. HELP! I have tried everything and cant figure it out. Thanks Toby n Tanya..

    1. Cathy Thompson   November 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm  

      Well Tanya, let me say my cat still does both on occ. but poops in the litter box more and peas outside on the carpet. Pheromone like Feliway plug ins have helped and the Spirit essences Jackson Galaxy recommends helps alot. Sometimes it is the smallest thiing that makes them do this. So try that and the pheromone and I use the Fizz spray to clean the carpet and Natures miracle for keeping him from urinating. He does use the litter box for peeing more now, but I keep it clean and I have another cat and I will try another litter box. Sometimes they do not like the litter you are using. I use the BREEZE system and I love it. So good luck and maybe it is urinary infection or crystals in the urine from too much protein, talk to your Vet about it.

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  68. Natosha   November 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm  

    I am not sure what to do. We just adopted a 7 year old female from a friend. My friend assured me that the cat is house trained. She has been here for almost a week. Since being here she pees on the outside of her litter box. I have put towels down around the litter box so I can tell that she goes in the box but the towel under the box is always wet with urine. The smell is so overwhelming. After she urinates it makes the entire room smell very very bad. I have bad sinuses so I cant handle the smell and the urinating outside the box. Is this a faze because she just moved in with us or is there something I can do. I am afraid if we dont get this under control we will have to get rid of her and my children will be very upset if that happens. CAN ANYONE HELP???

    1. Dylan   December 12, 2012 at 12:50 pm  

      It could be that the litter box is too tall for your cat and its uncomfortable for her to climb into it. Try finding a shorter walled litter box that will be easier for her to climb into.

  69. Sarah   November 24, 2012 at 8:07 pm  

    My husband and I have 3 cats two are sisters we got as kittens (3 years now) and the other was mine before we got married(he’s 6). Well one of the kittens (Pumpkin) has always rabdomly peed out of the litter box and in bath tubs sinks or even dust pans. Well we moved about 3 months ago and she seems happier since the house is bigger, but we had a problem with our carpet downstairs. The former owners had a dog that peed everywhere so we removed the old carpet and put in new. After a few weeks she peed in a corner and in another spot twice. We clean the litter daily and have 2 open boxes. We have closed all the doors leading to the tubs and showers and we don’t have utility sink for her to use now. I’ve thought about truing to potty train her or try a corn based litter. I’ve also thought it may be confidence because she’s shy and doesn’t play with toys like my other cats. They all get along really well, but she seems like the odd ball. We just want her to use the litter box or toilet if need be instead of our showers and carpet. So far we’ve just thought she’s n ocd cat. Any advice pleasehelp?

  70. Vivian   November 26, 2012 at 1:05 am  

    Help me please! I’m at my wits end! I love my cats, but something’s gotta give! I have 7 cats, 2 sets of brothers, Manx – Pewter & Onyx, 8 yrs old, Gavin, a yellow stripey, cat, 8 yrs old, adopted together. Then came Lestat, my impudent British Bombay, 3 yrs old, & then came the 2nd set of brothers, domestic short hairs, Armand & Louie, 2 yrs old. All are neutered & microchipped, & are inside/outside cats. I have a tiny, starved & growth-stunted little Calico female, Lucy, who I adopted about 3 mos ago. I noticed Armand & Louie spraying/marking in my house, which is completely unacceptable! Armand’s also begun challenging Pewter, who was alpha & my top cat, so to speak, & I’ve had to spray them w the water bottle, or stomp my feet, clap my hands to break it up. I also had 2 dogs, but my Akita-Chow just died last Wed, day before Thanksgiving, 1 month short of 13 yrs old, so I’ve been grieving & really missing him so much. I’ve been making Armand & Louis stay outside more, since they’re the worst on the spraying, feeding them outside. Phoenyx, my pit mix, sleeps w me, so when I got up this morning, I let her outside to go potty, went into the bathroom myself, sat down on the toilet, & Onyx came into the bathroom, which isn’t unusual, so I was petting him, still 1/2 asleep, him enjoying it, head-butting me, until he turned around & actually marked my left leg, tail wiggling, warm cat pee running down my leg! I was completely gobsmacked, immediately scruffed him, rubbed his face right in it, wiping as much back on his as I could, gave him a spank, & tossed him outside. I’m now not letting any of these 3 back in & want to know how I can nip this in the bud & get my boys back in w me, since they all used to take turns laying in my lap, getting loved, brushed, bonding. I’m seriously considering buying diapers to put on them to stop this madness in my house. I’ve been using OdoBan to clean up after them. I hate to think I have too many cats, as they’re all rescues, but I can not put up w this. Please help me!!!

    1. AJ   November 29, 2012 at 12:05 pm  

      With so many animals, I think it’s probably a good idea to have an actual behaviorist come and help you. It sounds like the cats are territorially insecure. The only other advice I could offer is that disciplining cats for peeing the way one would a dog isn’t effective and can stress them out more, the only way they’ll stop peeing is if the under lying issues are addressed, and I know Jackson has spoken out on the show against ever physically disciplining a cat. If hiring Jackson isn’t an option, maybe there are other behaviorists in your area? Best of luck!

  71. christina   December 1, 2012 at 1:05 am  

    This is horrible a majority of us have the same problem but there doesn’t seem to be a solution! My 11yr old cat is peeing all over my apartment and it stinks! I’m not sure what to do! I need jacksons help!

  72. alex   December 8, 2012 at 1:19 am  

    my cat is pissing on my stuff and ive rubbed his face in it and put him where he pee’s and slapped him and well i wanna pee on him and see how he likes it

    1. christy   December 11, 2012 at 11:38 am  

      Alex, I’ve had lots of cats over the years and I can tell you from experience they never ever respond to punishment.

  73. AJ   December 10, 2012 at 10:21 am  

    Alex, do you pay any attention to what Jackson says at all?! Never hit a cat and punishing them for peeing like a dog doesn’t work. Talk to your vet and/or hire a behaviorist. If you can’t do those things, then maybe you should give your cat to someone who will!!!

  74. Jamie   December 12, 2012 at 11:34 am  

    I have a WONDERFUL cat. He’s about 3 years old and he’s lovable and playful and just overall, great. He never had a problem using his box, even when we went DAYS without cleaning it. About a year ago, we introduced a new kitten. Well, we never found out which one, but one of them started using the carpet AROUND the litter box. Being that the older cat never had any problems, we just assumed it was the kitten. I did everything. I put down aluminum foil, I cleaned the carpets, I gave them 2 separate boxes, I cleaned them twice daily, and it seemed nothing worked. About 9 months after taking in the kitten, he died from feline lupus. Needless to say, we found out which cat was NOT using the litterbox… yep, the older one.

    Fast forward 3 months, and things seemed to have changed. He was doing ok and using the box. We moved into a new house that never had other animals before. We gave him his own room at the back end of the house for his litterbox, and lo and behold, all of a sudden, the entire corner AROUND his litterbox became his toilet. I put down cardboard and all seemed to be fine, he was using the box again. The moment I took the cardboard up, there he was, right back on the carpet. I have cleaned and cleaned and cleaned this carpet and produced no results. I bought the Fizzion and cleaned it, I then shampooed the carpet, and I barricaded the room. I moved his litterbox, scrubbed it down, changed the litter to the one he was using before the new kitten was around, and all seemed great! He used the litterbox and I was so happy! I even praised him for it! Thinking all was well (it had been about 2 weeks) I removed the barricade and reshampooed the entire house. That very same day that the barricade came down, I found urine and feces right back on the same spots. Cleaned again, and this time, put down cardboard over the area (he’s only using one area), and today I found him urinating BESIDE the cardboard!! I immediately picked him up, gave him a stern “No” and took him straight to his litterbox room and shut the door while I Fizzioned the soiled area. I’m at my wits end. We can’t afford to replace the carpet, and I don’t have any other solutions other than just keeping a permanent barricade up. I’m to the point of just crying now.

    Any suggestions?? Thank you in advance to anyone that can help me. I love this cat to death, he’s the greatest cat ever, and I’m not ready to give up, but with a baby due in less than 2 weeks, I can’t keep dealing with cat urine and feces on the floor all the time. Please help me!!

  75. Dylan   December 12, 2012 at 12:44 pm  

    I have 3 cats and 2 litter boxes that are cleaned everyday ( no liners or lids ) but i still have a problem with one of my cats peeing in my bathroom sinks. She still uses the boxes but why cant i keep her from peeing in my bathroom sinks? I toke her to the vet and got her treated for a UTI but she still does it! What can I do to make her stop besides putting her down or making her a permanant outside cat?

  76. Samantha   December 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm  

    Hello! I have a 5 year old blue calico who has never given us any kind of behavioral problems. About a month ago she was treated for a UTI and recovered no problem. When she had the UTI she was peeing on anything and everything, and so, per instruction from our vet, we had to keep her in a crate while she recovered in order to prevent her from peeing on anything else. Now that the UTI is gone, she’s acting fine, except that she is still peeing on everything, and it’s very difficult to keep up with it. We changed her litter box and her litter, bought her a cat tree, and put in the pheromone plug-ins used to treat feline stress, but nothing is working. Can someone please offer some advice? My parents are threatening to get rid of her because it’s become such a hassle to have to follow her around and check for pee all the time. Please, I really do not want to have to give up my cat. Thanks very much.

  77. Linda G   December 24, 2012 at 5:12 pm  

    My adult daughter moved in with us May 2012. She brought her 2 cats with her and I have 2 of my own. My daughter’s male cat is a Persian and we call him special because he well is less than smart. He has strated peeing in the floor mostly in front of the litter box in the laundry room where we have 2 liter boxes. He pees on our carpet as well in the living room. He had a bladder infection but his kidneys seem to be fine. We have tried many changes like changing litter types, putting a box in my daughters bedroom just for him, taking him to the litter box often, taking him outside on a lease, etc. I want to strangle him. I need help quick. Any helpful sugestions will be appreciated.

    1. Liz   January 1, 2013 at 5:38 pm  

      One thing you can do for now, is buy some puppy training pads (the soft ones) and putting those down where he’s peeing. And in one of the litter boxes instead of litter. It’s most likely the roughness of the litter that is bothering him (perhaps because his bladder infection is irritating him/causing mild pain). And at least the training pads are easy to clean up!

  78. Jennie   December 27, 2012 at 8:09 pm  

    Our cat is 7 years old and she recently started peeing just outside the litter box. We have not changed the litter or the location of the box. In fact, we bought a new box and even bought a second box to see if that would help. It didn’t. We don’t use liners or obsessively clean it. We have taken her to the vet for exams and blood work and everything is normal. She seems happy. What do I do??? She does it at least once a day!

  79. Amber & moose   December 28, 2012 at 10:11 am  

    Rescued moose . She is a year old federal cat i found her starving . So i feed her and tamed her over 3 months . She will use the litter box outside . But i would rather her go potty in the yard with all the other dogs and cats we have . But she insists on potting behind the tv . I am lost at what to do ? Plz help

  80. Rick collins   January 7, 2013 at 11:35 am  

    have a cat that pee’s and poops in the bath tub, sink, even in a ice chest once. Littler box is kept clean. and he uses it a lot. has to be cleaned several times a day. All the poop looks healthy and solid. but he will cry if the bathroom door is closed and as soon as it is opened run in and try to pee or poop in the bath tub. Even though the littler box is clean. He spends time outside. but first thing he does when he comes indoors is use the litter box. He won’t do his business outdoors. any ideas on this????

  81. Melanie   January 9, 2013 at 9:37 pm  

    I have 2 5-month-old female kittens who are litter-mates and I have had them for about 4 months. They were born feral under a shrub in my friend’s front yard. They were generally really good about using the litter box until I had them spayed about 3 weeks ago. My one kitten, Aria, suddenly started coming up next to me on my bed and peeing. At first I thought it was a comment on the state of the litter box as I’d been sick for a few days and hadn’t cleaned it as much as normal. However; when I cleaned the litter box right away and she came and peed on my bed again about an hour later, I knew something was wrong (she had just been spayed about 2 days before that). I took her to the vet and they examined her and did a urinalysis. The vet said she didn’t have any infection but thought that Aria might be acting out due to pain because they hadn’t given me take-home pain meds for post-surgery. They gave me pain meds and while she had them she went back to peeing in the box and everything seemed fine. Once the 3 days of pain meds wore off, she started peeing on the bed again until I got her more medication. After the second batch of pain meds, she had pretty much recovered from the surgery and there were no more issues…until today (a week or more since the last episode) when I sat on the couch and wrapped myself in a blanket. She jumped on my lap and peed! I ran her to the litterbox and cleaned everything up. She did not do this before being spayed and her sister doesn’t do it at all…have any of you had issues with kittens starting to pee outside the box after being spayed? Also, do you know what spirit essence would help best? I think they would be a good approach as she is a very sensitive and somewhat skittish kitty.

    Thanks 🙂

  82. SuzieLoo   January 16, 2013 at 6:58 am  

    I need help. My roommate and I live in a small NYC apt. She can’t even take care and clean up after herself so I can’t see why she got a cat. But she did. She was bad about keeping her own things cleaned and the cat has been peeing under her bed for a while I found out. She’s tried all kinds of litter and boxes. The cat is healthy and has been fixed. My roommate has been better about cleaning her litter box and she does go pee and always poops in there but the cat for whatever reason pees every time one of us is home right by the front door and now in the bathroom along the wall. Its a ton of pee and she keeps doing it over and over on top of things we clean and spray to clean it up. She’s bought all kinds of stuff to clean it with but I’m at my wits end with my stubborn roommate and her naughty cat. I know it’s not the cats fault and I think it has something to do with the fact that when my roommate goes in her room/goes to bed she makes the cat come with her and shuts the door behind her locking them both in the room. Am I right in thinking the cat is being territorial of what she cannot access all the time? The worst part is I’ve told her I think that’s the reason why and she said that she wasn’t going to leave her door open ever and the cat can deal with it. I don’t know what to do. I’m going to move out and leave her abusive ass. She should never have children, she is an unfit and poor mother. Please help me if you can. I am desperate. What is wrong and how do I get her to comply?

  83. SuzieLoo   January 16, 2013 at 12:43 pm  

    Also, she has told me before that the cat does not have a uti and she’s taken it to the vet to be sure. I don’t think she’d lie and I assume the vet did an ok job. I’m going to ask if she will take the cat to another vet to be sure. It just seems behavioral since the cat goes in her box all the time. She never makes a mess when were gone its only when we are home that she feels the need to pee along the door and wall and along the bathroom wall. And no she is not marking, she is clearly squatting.

  84. mikeinnyc   January 19, 2013 at 6:06 pm  

    Mine always goes in the BATHTUB straight for one year now. Tried different litter no go.
    Maybe I should make a tupperware large turbo size litter box?
    I’m not bothered as long as its in the tub but the smell kills.

  85. Tami Cook   January 25, 2013 at 3:40 pm  

    I have 3 Ragdoll Cats. I got them a year apart from eachother and are no relation to eachother. I got the girls first then i got a boy. The eldest female excepted the othe female as her own often grooming and sleeping together and everyone got on very well. When i got the male cat although he was desexed (so are the girls) he started displaying dominate behaviour over the female cats. The eldest female is submissive and will vocally protest when he gets on top of her chewing the back of her neck and the other female is NOT submissive and fights him til we break it up. The other thing the girls starting doing was not using the litter tray to poop. They use it to urinate but not to poop. The non submissive female will “sometimes” use it to poop but my eldest female and young male do not. I have 3 seperate litter boxes and use the same kitty litter and box the breeders used so they know no other. I feel this is a social/dominance type of problem between because it definately appears that one one side are the 2 girls and on the other the boy. The girls don’t have anything to do with him to the point it is unusal to see them all together in the same place at the same time. I feel guilty that my ignorance to their constant bickering has lead to them being under stress. I just want them to be happy.

  86. Cathy   January 29, 2013 at 11:32 pm  

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  87. Dana   February 1, 2013 at 4:09 pm  

    Dear Jake, I have a 3 year old Persian mix/British Long Hair, Harry. He was adopted by my sister and I because his owner moved to another country to work. Harry is a sweet, large sweet cat, the only problem is that he seems avoid the litter box when it comes to urinating. We already have a another small Persian with us, a female, but they get along fine. He urinates in the bath-tub, near the entrance of the apartment and sometimes near the entrance of our bedroom. He’s castrated, his habits are on and off, but he ALWAYS does it in the bath tub 95% of the time. I tried putting the litter box in the tub, it worked a little, but he still urinates outside the box, inside the tub. The litter is scooped, the house is cleaned with white vinegar and water, so as not to bother the cat. I bought a hormone spray to keep him from peeing in the tub or corners, but it worked temporarily. The vet suggested anti-depressants, but I don’t want that for my cat.

  88. Connie   February 1, 2013 at 7:56 pm  

    Holy Cow! I’m not only not the only one, I’m not even one of the few. I have ranted and raved about how awful my cats were for so long believing my problem was unique. It is fantastic to find out I’m not the only sufferer, but alas there are no helpful replies to others in my same situation. Please, please help with our problems. I have no idea what happened to the dynamics in my house, I have no idea what to try. I am so close, so desensitized to the going- ons around my home I don’t know where to start. I know it isn’t the litter, or their health, physical, at least. Puhleeze, it isn’t about crying out for my attention. Litterboxes large, and clean. But why the coach, why the new spot? Truthfully, the why it happened isn’t as important as the how to manage it now that it has. And I’m not talking about urine cleaners, but how to decipher the behavior that leads to their evacuation site choices. If only I didn’t love kitties so much.

  89. Deanna   February 6, 2013 at 2:43 pm  

    Hopefully someone can answer my question. I am in the same situation as everyone else.

    So my husband and I got married and lived in an apartment. Rescued a Kitten off the street. (Chloe) then a couple months later, rescued another kitten (Jade) The two loved eachother and never had a problem using the littler box. we lived in our apartment, us and 2 cats for about a year.
    Then we bought a house. By this time both cats are 2. Chloe keeps using the litterbox, but Jade always seems to pee in our pile of clean clothes in the luandry. I took her to the vet, and nothing was wrong. This went off and on for a while. Finally for a couple months it stopped, we assumed she was getting used to the house. Then we got a dog. The peeing on the clothes started again. Our dog is never aggresive, but Jade was not used to him. After a couple months the peeing stopped. Now Chloe and Jade are 3, and about 2 months ago we adopted a 5 month old kitten.
    However right before we got the kitten, Jade started peeing on clothes again! I was cleaning up our house today and found 2 couch pillows she peed on. This is getting out of hand and I do not know how to correct the problem. She is a sweet cat, but I can not keep doing this for the rest of her life!!!! HELP!!!!!
    I do no

  90. Christine   February 7, 2013 at 4:37 pm  

    Hi Jackson,
    We have a beautiful1 year old female Norwegian Forest cat who0 has taken to pooping next to her tray! She will poop in tray in not urniated in but if she has has urinated in it then forget it! We then got her a 2nd tray to see if that would make her happier but no go! She is not de-clawed, and very well adjusted socially, so we are stumped. We think she may be rebelling, as she has come from a breeder that had 1o cats to being in a 1 cat household where she has 3 humans to take care of her. Any advice would vbe great!


    Chris and Scott Hayes

  91. Ashley . H   February 8, 2013 at 11:28 am  

    please help . Iv had my beloved cat for over 9 years. She quit peeing in her litterbox and the family is now sick of it and itching to have her put down . The behavior needs to be corrected soon. How can i save my cat ?

    1. Cathy Thompson   February 9, 2013 at 7:55 pm  

      Try the Spirit of essence products that Jackson Galaxy uses and has on his site. It has worked for my 5 year old cat and it could a sudden change of some kind or he is she is stressed. So try that and give the co. a call. Make sure your cat does Not have a bladder infection or crystals in the urine, have the blookwork checked ASAP.
      Hope that helps or try my my food I sell at the above website.

    2. Liz   February 20, 2013 at 7:54 pm  

      A lot of older cats stop using the litter box properly due to medical issues. (9 isn’t super old, but it’s the age when problems can start to arise.) Take her to the vet as the first step. She could have arthritis, or bladder issues, or any number of things that make her not want to pee in the litter box. If it’s something like arthritis, you will only need to get a shallower box and put softer litter inside. Other medical issues may only need some medication to fix. You won’t know until you take her to the vet.

  92. Andie   February 14, 2013 at 7:15 am  

    OK, So we have a 8 year old cat. She like to pee either just outside her litter box, OR on any sory of Matt, door mat, kitchen matt, etc. We recently moved, and all was good for the first 6 months, BUT now she has started peeing again. She has too litter boxes, one on the main level of the house in a semi private corner, and one in the basement away from everything. We have no idea why she does this. We have tried the phermone spray and it seems to be the same issue… any advise?

  93. Tatiane Rodrigues da Cruz   February 17, 2013 at 3:45 pm  

    My name is Tatiane and I have a beautiful and funny girl cat. She is with us for more than two months but she is an old lady – I do not know her age. As per she is my firts cat I am facing some behavioral problems, I think I already spoiled her so much so for this reason she is really jealous and she hates my husband. She hates him so deeply that she started peeing on his things, as his side of the bed and his clothes, and also, when I spend all the day far form her, she strated peeing on the sofa. I tried everything I know and I read to try to stop this bad behavior, but unfortunatelly I really do not know what to do. Please, help me, my husband doesn’t want her in our house anymore and I will not give her away…. Please I do not know what to do. I think that the problem is not the litter box once she uses when she wants, I think the problem is her personality.

    1. Michele Cook   February 21, 2013 at 5:41 pm  

      Is there no help here???? I guess not. I guess I will just take her to the vet and pray he can offer some suggestions or I will have to get rid of her. This breaks my heart. My husband and kids now all hate Tiger Lilly as she has peed on all their things and it is obviously a territory thing as she pees in her litter box too. I wish I could have gotten some help. Thx for nothing.

      1. AJ   February 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm  

        Michele, leaving a sulky, rude comment doesn’t get you the help your cat needs. Don’t expect magic answers to come to you via the internet. The website states clearly that Jackson Galaxy can’t respond to questions posted in the comments any longer. For heaven’s sake, please take your cat to the vet, find a behaviorist, and read up on how to address territorial behavior, and do not spank your cat for peeing as that always makes the problem worse with cats! She’s obviously scared and uncomfortable in a new home and spanking won’t help. If you watch Jackson’s show, you’ll see how he uses play to boost the confidence of cats who are afraid and insecure, as well as using extra littler boxes near problem areas. Every member of the family should probably play with her through interactive toys. I am not a behaviorist, I do not know your cat, so I can’t give you any guaranteed solutions nor can anyone else here. When I posted asking for help, no one had anything to offer me, but rather than blaming people here, I figured out a solution based on the research I did and talking to my vet as opposed to throwing in the towel and it required some making extra accommodations for my cat on my part. I posted this to try and assist your cat, so I hope you can take it to heart.

        1. Michele Cook   February 27, 2013 at 1:56 pm  

          I am sorry, I thought there were behaviorists working here for Jackson, not just regular people talking. Thank God I found a real behaviorist on facebook that has helped me instead of just listening to people on here! NO I do not want to take her to a shelter, that is why I asked for help, because I don’t want to have to get rid of her. I don’t just throw animals away when they are a problem, I try to solve it. Yes, I realize spanking her was wrong, however I know she sees when A happens B happens which was my point I was hoping she would see if she pisses on my kids beds, she would not like the result (her butt smacked!).
          A behaviorist I have consulted helped me see how her sister was bullying her and I have partitioned the house off so they do not have contact with each other. I also got some feliway comfort diffuser for her to calm her. I also stopped letting the kids pull her out to see her and they have been told to leave her alone until she is ready to come out and meet everyone on her terms. She has been doing much better and I will continue to work with the behaviorist to introduce her to the home and our family. I am sorry I had to get snarky to even get any kind of answers here but I was desparate and I thought this was a place where behaviorists WERE working for Jackson and I could get some real help. Sorry for my misunderstanding. Good luck to all of you and I am so glad I did not count on any of you for real answers!!

        2. Cathy Thompson   February 27, 2013 at 9:50 pm  

          Michele take heed and please do what the other person suggested

  94. Michele Cook   February 18, 2013 at 2:23 pm  

    We just got two 4-8 year old tortie cats from the pet store about a month ago from the pet store. We bought them together because they were sisters and the pet store said they did not want them separated and were willing to sell them at a “two for one price” and I wanted both, and was heartbroken at the idea of splitting the pair that had been together forever. The story the pet store told us was that the previous owners were getting a divorce and since neither could decide on who got the cats, they decided to surrender them. I have two kids and one was supposed to be a Christmas present for my son, but we took both. One, “Penny” took to my son right away, and pretty much took to everyone right away. She comes out every night, “talks” to everyone, loves to follow me around, play and get tons of attention!
    “Tiger Lilly” her sister however is the problem child. She lives in my closet only coming out at night to be petted and play a precious little with me and she sleeps on my bed snuggled up to me. The kids have attempted to get her out and make friends by holding her and petting her. She never bites them and lets them do whatever they want to her. They are never mean to her and just hold her on their lap and pet her. She has started to come out and go into their rooms and pee on their beds and “mark” places I guess she feels she needs to “claim”. She seems to have “territory” issues with her sisters. I am guessing here as far as what her problem is! I have two litter boxes, one for each of them, one in my son’s room for Penny, and one in my room Tiger Lilly. Tiger Lilly does use her box most of the time, however she feels the need to make her place known in this obnoxious way throughout the house. The sisters have very little interaction as Tiger Lilly usually remains in my closet, however when they do many times Penny will be aggressive and hiss at Tiger Lilly and/or strike at her, but then there are times when they will interact peacefully and just ignore each other, and one time my son noticed them sleeping together snuggled together on his bed. I can’t help but feel if maybe Tiger Lilly would have been happier alone as a only cat in a family rather than stuck with her sister always having to defend/define her “territory” however I am renting this apartment and I need to stop this behavior before I get kicked out or my husband makes me get rid of her. I felt awful today as he said “Penny is the cat I hoped we’d get and Tiger Lilly is the one I was afraid we’d get”. She is really lovable and sweet, if she would just stop peeing everywhere, and I know she knows better!! When she does it she runs and hides and I bring her out and show her and she meows and I spank her bottom and she runs and hides again, but it doesn’t stop her the next time she feels the need to define what is “hers”. HELP!!!!!!!!

    1. Sakemom   February 22, 2013 at 4:06 pm  

      Please, Please, Please consider taking Tiger Lily to a shelter. Punishing a cat never works, they simply don’t understand what is going on, and only learn to fear you. She doesn’t know that she is doing something bad, she only know that when A happens, B happens. She certainly feels stressed; punishing her only causes her more stress therefore she is more likely to do the behavior you hate. I am so sorry that you are going through this, and wish I had advice to give you. While no one on this thread can help, there are experts out there who might be able to help. Consider this though, how often do you look something up that you have already resolved?

      1. Cathy Thompson   February 27, 2013 at 9:40 pm  

        Try to always adopt from your local shelter! Those kitties really need homes, and I have 2 males cats and they both use the litter box, 1 has his issues at times and he is healthy and I always thought it was a male cat thing. Yes they are fixed and now get along as best they can. I put them both on the spirit of essence for stress and peaceful. It has really helped. Never punish in a harsh way.
        All I can say is try the essences.

  95. Virginia Bonilla   February 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm  

    Hola querido Jackson, me encantan sus programas, siempre los vemos todos los domingos. Los vemos en Español.
    Me gustaría tener contacto con usted, si es posible pero en Español no se Ingles y tengo 2 gatitos hembra y macho, me gustaría poder hacerle unas preguntas. Gracias

  96. Sofia king   February 24, 2013 at 6:34 am  

    I have 2 cats. One male and one female. I adopted them together as kittens at the animal shelter. The female has been peeing outside of the litter box since i got her….almost every day for the last 2 years. She poops in the box and sometimes pees in the box, but will also pee outside of the box somewhere near the box. If I put down a rug or towel she will always use that instead of the litter box, so I can’t keep a rug in the bathroom. I have tried changing the litter, taking the lid off the box, buying different boxes, changing the depth of the litter and cleaning it several times a day. Nothing works for very long. Right now I am trying something different…I have a large enough kennel for the box and a bed with no extra space around either. She is in the kennel at night and infrequently other times. I moved the kennel near the living room. So far she has been using her litter box even when she is not locked in the kennel and I’m hoping she can be trained out of the other behavior so that she won’t always need to be kenneled. She is a very affectionate cat…almost too much so and I wonder if her intense need for constant attention and affection is part of the problem. She can’t sit still when being petted…she is constantly moving around and seems to need to be all over me when being petted. It’s exhausting and frustrating but I love her….so need to find a solution. Maybe some anti-anxiety meds?? That combined with the kennel training might just be the answer.??

    1. Cathy Thompson   February 27, 2013 at 9:46 pm  

      try the holistic approach like spirit of essence drops. Or your vet can do the product you put in the ear that helps stress and anxiety and hyperness. My male cat is not even 6 yrs. yet and seems to have really mellowed with the spirit of essences drops. So I will see how it goes and they have many formulations and how to use them and what would work best for the problem.
      Try it, it can only help there is one for the feeling she has of being so needy.

  97. Theresa   February 28, 2013 at 2:31 pm  

    I have 3 cats. The two oldest 9 and 8 yo, have been pissing on the carpet for a couple few years now. I cant take it anymore. I recently bought a bissel spot bot thing carpet cleaner just to try sucking the piss up and get rid of odor. I dont know what to do but i cant stand the smell and I dont see them stopping. I’m seriously considering putting them to sleep.

  98. Claire   March 9, 2013 at 12:10 pm  

    I have a 1.5 year old Tortie point himalayan cat named Gypsy. She’s been nothing but an amazing pet. She loves to cuddle, play, and everything you want for feline. Unfortunately, she recently started going number two outside of the litter box. We have a scoop-free litter box, which she’s so fascinated with. She doesn’t mind peeing in it, but she refuses to poop in the litter box. I’ve resorted to getting a second box just to see if she’d use it, but she won’t. I don’t know what to do. I need suggestions – I’ve removed the lid and removed the air freshener from the room n the box is in. What should I do???

  99. Pauline   March 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm  

    We have a kitty about ten years old who also refuses to pee in the litter box. He doesn’t spray or mark, he just pees right outside the boxes. But, if someone is in the restroom when he needs to pee he uses the box, so it seems he knows he’s doing wrong. Any suggestions?

  100. Lindsey   March 14, 2013 at 3:07 pm  

    So here is my story, I have a cat who is about 9 years old, she has been an excellent cat the whole time we’ve had her. In June we got another cat because we both work long hours and felt it wasn’t fair to out Tubby to be home alone. While she didn’t like Mog at first they have quickly become great companions, when he’s not being such an aggressive little boy. The last 3 weeks Tubby has taken to peeing on the carpet at the top of the landing. She will still poop in the litter box, and occasionally she pees in it but no matter what she continues to pee in the same spot beside my piano. I know Mog does sometimes follow her to the litter box and that him harassing her is more than likely the cause, but how do I curb Mog’s pestering behavior, and comfort Tubby to realize that her litter box is a safe place to do her business?

  101. Mike   March 25, 2013 at 5:15 pm  

    I have a ten year old Ragdoll named Azure… she is rather aloof but loving towards people once she gets used to them. About two months ago we introduced a puppy into the house. We have done our best to set limitations for the puppy and so far he is very respectful of her space and doesn’t try to chase her, only occasionally barking at her when he wants her to play with him… Azure mostly ignore him but we have caught her a couple of times curling up with him or marking him with her chin. And I have made sure that she gets as much attention as she desires. We have even blocked the puppy from being able to access the room where her food, water, and litter box are so her sanctuary is all hers.

    Unfortunately our cat has started pooping on the landing of the stairs, about 10 feet from the entrance to her sanctuary. We have taken her to the vet, who has given her a clean bill of health… and have attempted to retrain her to use the litter box (which she uses to urinate and occasionally to poop). The biggest issue is that the puppy apparently thinks that her poop is made of bacon wrapped Twinkies and it is often a race to clean it up before he can get to it… and it predictably makes him very ill afterwards.

    Please help!

  102. Brian   March 29, 2013 at 2:03 pm  

    I have a 6 year old black and gray tabby. I got him when he was 10 months old and he has been the perfect pet in every way. He greets you when you come home, cuddles when you watch tv, retrieves like a dog, hugs and kisses our German Shepherd, and is great with the kids. It is no wonder I paid $1500 to save his life a couple years ago when he got a urinary block. He let us know by urinating where we would see it…at the front door and by the kitchen sink. He had returned to normal within weeks and is now on his special diet. Everything was back to normal until a few months ago when he stopped using his litter pan to urinate. He DOES use it for bowel movements. He urinates usually at the front door which is where the dog lays. As I said above, he loves the dog and nothing else has changed. He still gets the same attention, is on his diet. is in good spirits and has already been checked out by the vet and he is fine. He will sometimes go a week with no accidents and then he starts again. Any advise will be appreciated.

    1. Paloma Sierra   March 30, 2013 at 7:35 am  

      Have you considered if you cat is marking his? I have a ferral male cat he likes to mark. Have you changed the type of litter your using? I once changed from a non scent litter to a scented one and havoc began. I read on Jackson’s book that you need to have the litter boxes in a place where its accessible to your cat and have more than one. Well hope this helps. Reply back maybe I got more ideas.

  103. kathryn jackson   March 30, 2013 at 12:19 pm  

    my cat pees in the litter box, he poops everywhere but the litter box.i clean the poop out of the box everyday.he has been doing this fot the last 4 years.he has his buddy who we have had for the last year.his problem is he plays in the new litter everytime i change it,it goes everywhere.any suggestions on what to do about sir poops everywhere?

    1. Michelle   April 6, 2013 at 8:30 am  

      Read my comment 04/06 – “POOPING OUTSIDE OF BOX” FORGET’BOUT LITTER – USE WEE WEE PADS, Michelle ***Hope this helps***

  104. Paloma Sierra   March 30, 2013 at 8:40 pm  

    Hello, well you have an interesting situation. Well how big is you litter box? Is comfortable? Is it filled with A lot of Litter? Cause cats don’t like to feel their paws sinking and usually they dig a hole and then poop. At least mine does. Maybe he doesn’t like the type of litter your using. Best way to know is to observe his behaviour and compare with the other cat. Oh and my cat likes to jump inside the litter box and randomly jump out when I clean it too. Don’t know why though.

    1. kathryn jackson   March 31, 2013 at 10:28 am  

      i have a normal sized litter box.i am using a new product that is made out of recycled very fluffy and controls the odors extremely well.i fill the box a quater of the way.he will use it to pee in and once in awhile to poop in.the rest of the time it’s all over the house.i don’t want to keep him locked up in my room but i have no choice.i’m at my wits end on what to do.i don’t want to get rid of him but i just may have to if i can’t get some help with this.

      1. Paloma Sierra   March 31, 2013 at 5:32 pm  

        Before you changed the type of litter did he poop and peed out side the box? Cause that just be it. Maybe he doesn’t like how it feels or its too smelly and he can’t smell himself (read in jacks book that their attracted to their smell of pee.)

        1. kathryn jackson   April 1, 2013 at 8:06 am  

          yes he has been pooping outside the litterbox since day 1

          1. Paloma Sierra   April 3, 2013 at 6:33 pm  

            Then I suggest you start reading everything you can on the subject. And with your observations start trying a litter bit of everything. I suggest you used safe space for cats because it can be. A territory thing going on. If you don’t think that’s what’s going on I hope you find a solution as soon as possible.

          2. kathryn jackson   April 4, 2013 at 5:12 pm  

            i liked your litter pun.haha.i have been looking into this for 4 years.that is why i wrote my problem on jackson “cat daddy’s” site

          3. Michelle   April 6, 2013 at 8:39 am  

            Hi Kathryn, Please consider Wee Wee Pads, not just for Dogs…
            Try the pads before getting rid of him…

            You can pick a pack of pads at Kmart or Walmart most reasonable than the pet shops. Just line the pad in pan & put the cover on it.

            Hopefully this will work & Everybody is Happy !!!

  105. Charlotte   April 3, 2013 at 12:07 pm  

    we have 3 cats. Our problem is our 10 year old male cat started to pee on the bathroom floor mat, door mats, bags, shoes,.. and still goes to his litterbox. He is a fairly scared cat although he will come close to us and strange people when you make sudden movements he will scrambleawaya s fast as he can… This all started 3 years ago when we moved to be safe during the move we put our then 2 cats to a hotel so they wouldnt be in all the mess after the move we put both cats in one room to adjust .. everything went great after that no problems until 1 year ago we got another cat a 6 month old maine coon, he is very dominant and I must admit we handled it the wrong way.. We let both our cats have the whole house and put the new cat only in our room to adjust but that room was our other cats safe haven sort to say.. after a lot of hostility all 3 off them got along great even now there are no problems but ever since he started peeing on carpets.. we have used feromone (if that is correctly spelled) dispensers and it helped for a while but even now this stopped working… we are at a loss for what to do .. Any ideas what might help would be very welcome

  106. Michelle   April 6, 2013 at 8:07 am  

    “POOPING OUTSIDE OF BOX” FORGET’BOUT LITTER – USE WEE WEE PADS…Especiallly Long Hair & Declawed Cats…No smell & No sweeping…
    Reasonable price on ebay $ 29.29 #300. 17″ x 24″ Underpads, about $.10 cents a pad. Changing pads – about 3 times a day, morning, after work then before you go to sleep.

    In 1997, my brother purchased a blue tip persian cat, declawed. She would pee in the litter but then pooped on rug. I obsersed her three circle rotations before pooping on rug…I picked her up quickly & put her in the litter box. The Poop & Litter was stuck on her hair on the hine legs…Duh!!! Our Mom was sick and she used chucks same as wee pads. Problem solved…I winded up with her and changed her name from Summer to Luna… She lived for 10 before she passed away with seizures. One year before she passed away, we had another cat that was abanded from a foreclosure up the block. Boo Boo (female calico) copied cat and used the pan with wee pads, no problem.

    Two years ago, we adopted Mulle (male mixed bombay or black cat) from a Brooklyn shelter. He was sick in the beginning and was on medication for several months. Mulle had a bad case of the runs…Since he was in the shelter, we figured to use litter for him. I busted him eating the litter and most likely causing his diarehhea. Got rid of the litter and used wee wee pads. No more diarehhea but he has a problem pooping underneath the pad – the need to Hide. We have a bottle non-ammonia windex on the side to spray on plastic pan & paper towels.

    Good Luck to All !!!

  107. Michelle   April 6, 2013 at 8:27 am  

    “PEEING OUTSIDE OF BOX” Health Problems or Jealousy…

    Luna, blue tip Persian cat…I inherited her because she would pee on my brother’s bed. This would only happen when he would bring his girlfriend overnight. Jealousy…Luna would sleep on bed with Only him…He could not handle this, so Summer turned to Luna.

    When Luna was five, she started to pee on my bed. It wasn’t Jealousy but Persians have big problems with their teeth. She had to have two teeth extracted. She was still a jealous cat by bitch slapping my boyfriend three times in row but never urniated on the bed after the teeth were removed.

    I hope Luna’s story will Help any Cool Cat out there !!!

  108. Cecilia   April 6, 2013 at 9:04 am  

    My cat is 14 years old, she too has always used the litter box, she is a calico very mild mannered. In the past two years she still uses her box but she won’t squat to pee which means she ends up peeing over the top of the box, onto the walls, floor and anything else around. I got a deeper litterbox and the samething occurs. She poops in her box, (which she has never covered since I rescued her from the desert 13 years ago), and she has always peed in the box. Took her to the vet and after blood and exams was told it was an attitude problem. Unfortunately this attitude problem is starting to interfere with life and I need to figure a resolution out, she is too old to give away, we started traveling about six months ago with her and this “little” Ha! issue is making it difficult to bring her with us and we are running out of options. Help, suggestions!?

  109. Anna   April 6, 2013 at 11:02 am  

    I guess im not the first and not the last but I do need help! I have two lovely. 2years old cats (they are brothers) they are best friends to each other and never been any teritory issues. Out of nowhere one of them decide to poop just outside the litter box. He uses it for peeing but no for pooping. We have 4 litter boxes, tried almost every type of litter, we cleanthe boxes right after they use it so its very clean. Theres so stress issue and they both been checked by vet and they’re fine. We really dont know what to do, my husband is ready to give them away if he wont start using litter box. So please please help

  110. Amber   April 6, 2013 at 8:04 pm  

    I offered to keep a friend of mine’s two cats back in October of 2012. The agreement was that I keep the two cats (Polly and Bernie) until May of 2013. She and her husband have recently found out they are expecting their first child. While I’m excited for them I’m also worried.

    Bernie is a lovely orange fluffy cat. He loves our children and is by far the most loving cat around. There’s just one problem….BIG PROBLEM! We noticed within the first week that Bernie was peeing on the laundry room floor. No problem, it’s a new home with three children running around. It continued to get worse though. The kids fell in love with Bernie and Bernie fell in love with the kids. All he wanted was to be loved and played with by the kids. He would much prefer the kids love on him than us. LoL However, the peeing got worse and then pooping started. He started peeing on all the clothing he could find, the rugs, the counter tops in the kitchen, and then the last thing he’s done is peeing in our gas stove top!! It’s gotten out of control. He has checked out at 100% health at the vet, we’ve tried different foods, litters, and even litter boxes. NOTHING has changed!!

    I have kept my friend updated weekly on his behavior. She messaged me about a week ago stating her concerns of Bernie being moved again and him peeing on their baby’s items. I agree! I have these concerns as well. She has told me now to just get rid of him….well, to take him to a shelter or something. I have worked for rescued groups for years with cats and I have a strong background in special needs cats. This cat is a first for me. I’m at a total loss. I do know of someone who takes in cats in need and I’m considering it. She lives on a large piece of land and has several barns. She has offered to take Bernie in but I feel like I need to really be sure I’ve tried everything I can first.

    Any advice?

  111. Karen   April 6, 2013 at 11:38 pm  

    I have a great big cat, he’s really fun loving and can be a real monster, hence his name Monsterboy, the only problem is he will pee in the bathtub and on the bathroom rug. He uses his cat box for all his poop and half the time for peeing, what causes this and how do I fix it? any help will be greatly appreciated

  112. Chandler   April 10, 2013 at 2:56 pm  

    My skittish cat GInger stopped using the litterbox after our second move, after we’d been in the house for over a month. We’ve taken her to the vet, gotten a second litter box, gotten a covered litter box, tried urine-removing cleansers, urine-attracting cleansers, changed litter, changed food, changed location of the litter box, tried her in solitary confinement, tried the other cats in confinement, tried pheremones, medications, and we are no closer to figuring out whey she no longer uses the litter box. If anything, it’s getting worse. I don’t want to give up on her because she had no problems for her first 4 years, but I’m running out of ideas and my boyfriend is ready to get rid of her. Even though they say you’re not supposed to turn an indoor cat outdoors, it’s the only thing I can think of to try and solve this problem. Pee pads, newspaper, encouragement, discouragment….the internet is not giving me any other ideas, and after she popped in the middle of the hallway today, I’m getting ready to admit that my boyfriend is right and she needs a new home, which makes me feel horrible, but I can’t take much more of this. She does all her business in different places around the house, and I can’t even find a pattern to it.

  113. Litchfied   April 11, 2013 at 5:40 am  

    I wish this was the case for my girlfriend and my cats at home.
    When I moved in with my girlfriend I knew she had 9 ca, whomshe had caught as iens and had thm brought up together and it went well. Then after a year together we desided to get yet another cat, making it 10. his is a little tomkitten now young cat and we tried to introduce himslowly to the rest and it seemed to go ok, despite a few of the cats not liking him, but more tolerating him as a kitten but as he got older it has slowly gotten worse. One of our neutered tom cats started peeing outside the box and we believed it was due to the fact that the young tm was stil a functioning male cat, where the other is not. But now the little tom is ALSO peeing outside the box. We are at wits ends as we fear we’ll have to get rid of the littlle tom as he is easier to find a new home for then needing to put one of the others down. But what if we can’t find a home for him? Then we’ll have to put HIM down and that is something I can’t stand.

    I need some Galaxy advise….. :'(

    1. Elisa   April 15, 2013 at 6:57 pm  

      sounds like a house of unneutered naughty boys! Maybe asking your local shelter can help with financing for having a SPAY/NEUTER day! Good luck!

  114. Elisa   April 15, 2013 at 6:55 pm  

    Yo, CAT DADDY! I’m an animal rescuer that has plans for opening my Feral TNR program next year, Currently I’m a FULL TIME nursing student. I’ve been around animals all my life since I was born. I’ve seem to be able to help others except MY SON, Jake Francis. I have been a Vet Tech, still work as an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), a foster parent for animals with my local shelter and have already fixed, vaccinated & returned approximately 60 feral cats (4 colonies) in the last year & yet still rescue animals or help spread the word & education of fixing, vaccinating and microchipping animals. My big mouth was able to get 25 animals fixed for low income families. I see every chance as an education chance and I take advantage of it!
    I’m contacting you in regards to my Jake Francis. He is a DSH, M/N, brown tabby. He literally walked into my house and the rest was history and that has been 9 years ago. I have been dealing with his marking for NINE YEARS. I cannot buy new furniture because he ruins it, I have spent more money on cleaning products rather than putting it towards buying a drop trap or sponsoring a free adoption. I have tried comfort zone, Amitriptyline, tons of exercise, walking him on a harness, cat nip plants, treats placed through out & lastly diapers; but the little brat learned he can scoot under the couch and wiggle out of his diaper. I’ve even had a vet tell me to put him to sleep because I’ve tried everything. My feeling is, there was a reason he literally walked into my life. I feel that I decided to take on the responsibility of keeping him & I will NEVER EVER GIVE UP ON HIM! He’s mine until his last breath. The house has been cleaned top to bottom, rugs shampooed, natured miracled, and still he pee’s and pee’s and pee’s and has even pee’s TWICE ON ME! LOL.. I LOVE MY SON, but I cannot live in a house that has everything pee’d on, wiped off, warped, ruined and keep buying new stuff. PLEASE PLEASE HELP JACKSON. My son is a sweet boy, a special boy but I’m literally going to have nothing in my house because of him.

  115. corey   April 17, 2013 at 4:50 pm  

    i have 7 cats

    sox and smokey are brothers we think sox is gray and white and regular cat but we think he is mentally chalenged and smokey is tan and has a black nose and ears and tail and he looks half simies but also regular cat and they both were apperantly tooken away from there mom to early cause the mom we think got hit by a car and when we got them they could fit in the palm of your hand and now every time he gets on our pillow pet wich has a thick fake fur on it as thick as the mothers nipples or what ever kittens get milk from and suck on it as it were there moms nipples and they are both 10 or 11 months old and are from the same litter only sox has ben fixed but smokey has not
    snowball is fixed but sadlly deaf and fat and mean and compleatly white thats y we call her that mr and sister are brother and sister and ranger and peanut are brother and sister and about a year or so ago he got a really screwed up leg we are not sure how i just saw him an we took him to the emergency animal hospital at like 10:30 pm and had sergery and a cast and healed after a bout 1 month or so and peanut had a tail that has a permanit 1 inch little bend or dent at the end when we found her and has had it ever sence they are a bout 2 yrs old or so and mr and sister well i dnt know any other way to describe mr besides TIGER and sister is really fluffy and sweat and they are all stray and fixed but smokey and one of them is peeing in in my closet alot and we have we washed all my cloese agian and let it air out with the window open and sprayed the carpet with bleach water then fabreeze and lysol disinfectant spray and sox has a habbit of peeing on things and smokey is not fixed and could be spraying and it has to stop and we love them all to death they mean every thimg to me and my family

  116. Kathi   May 6, 2013 at 6:28 pm  

    Love your shows they are truly helpful and you are a very talented man.

    Jackson the problem we are having with our boy Smokey is that he deals with Constipation issues we are giving him Pumpkin and Lactulose now prescribed by our Vet. Before we started giving that stuff to him and he needed to poop he would go tearing through the house like a crazed animal dropping hard chunks of poop like a Pez dispenser and he had stopped using his cat box to poop in altogether. Now, with the Pumpkin and Lactulose his poops are somewhat softer so he can go easier for him but he still won’t use the cat box to poop and will only on my rugs, he also would love to get in the closet and poop in there but we have barred the sliding closet doors so he can’t open them. Thankfully he doesn’t have a problem peeing in the cat box.

    My Vet says he is traumatized from trying to poop in the cat box, Really?
    How can I get my cat to start pooping in the Cat Box again, Help.

  117. cass   May 19, 2013 at 8:47 pm  

    My family has a cat that is almost nine years old. The cat, Morgan, has survived three moves that were also between two different states. She has been great with the litter box until the past two months. Recently she has started using the household plants every now and then to go either pee or poop! My mother is now having to check plants frequently. We have tried a few different methods but would like to know any that people know that can help stop her.

  118. Brittaney P   May 30, 2013 at 11:24 am  

    Why is my cat peeing in the house when she is in heat?
    We have had our cat Fuzzy for about a year and a half now. She is litterbox trained, and an inside cat. The thing about her is, she has 2 moods she gets in. One is the ‘normal mode’ which, she is usually bitchy and distant, and only loves on you when she wants to. The second one is ‘heat mode’. And it seems like she is in heat for a full 7 days, then off for 5 days. And that cycle repeats. When she is in heat mode, she likes to pee in the house. She uses the litterbox for #2 but she pees in the house and we don’t know what to do to prevent it from happening. Anyone have any ideas?

  119. Erin P   June 6, 2013 at 4:55 pm  

    I was reading through these posts, because I too have a problem with one of my cats urinating outside of the litterbox (I believe it’s a territorial issue and have just purchased some of Jackson’s Spirit Essences – let’s hope it helps). However, my reason for posting is to suggest a litterbox some my want to check out. Nature’s Miracle makes a nice, large corner litterbox that can be purchased with or without a hood (Natures Miracle Advanced High Side Corner Litter Pan). One of the reasons I like the litterbox so much is because of the high sides and the other is that it cleans easily. Waste doesn’t seem to stick to the sides/bottom like it does in other litterboxes. I have two of these – one has a hood for my smaller male cat and the other doesn’t, for my much larger, part Maine Coone male (the one who has the “urinating-outside-of-the-box” issue). The size of the box works great for the big guy. The hooded pan can easily be scooped without taking the hood off because it has a nice wide opening. The boxes can be purchased on Amazon. I hope some find this information helpful.

  120. Kylee   June 7, 2013 at 9:00 am  

    Has anyone tried Feliway Diffusers/Sprays?? There is also a “Calming Collar.” I’m not sure if these things work. I have 2 cats, and one urinates outside of the box. It’s not everyday or every month. It’s very sporadic. He is neutered. He started doing it on the spare bed and our couch, so we eventually got rid of the bed mattress. I washed the cushion covers and soaked the cushions for a long periods of time to get the smell out of the those. I then bought a carpet runner, turned it upside down (so the spikes were up). Kenny does not like that, so he woulnd’t step on it. He never pees on the back of the couch where he likes to lay. Kody, our other cat, I guess loves the way the spikes feel, so he just lays on them and I guess Kenny realized it’s okay, so he peed one time on there. I cleaned it up real fast and placed Vicks Vapor Rub around the couch, he hasn’t urinated since I did that. Yesterday, I caught him peeing on our bed. So I washed the sheets and blankets and wiped down the mattress, just in case any smell got on it. Luckily, I had a mattress cover. Any other ideas for me?? We’ve been to the vet several times for it. It’s a behavior problem. The vet talked about the stray cats/wildlife outside of our house causing stress/anxiety to Kenny and we talked about putting him on anti-anxiety meds, but the vet wasn’t sure since it’s not happening all the time…

    1. Marcie   July 24, 2013 at 6:54 am  

      We have 4 cats, ages 12, 8, 7, and 2. We have never had a problem with any of them until the 7 year old female started peeing right outside one particular litter box. She was previously an outdoor cat but since we’ve had her, 5 years, she’s been strictly indoor. We purchased the Sentry Calming collar on Amazon and since she’s only peed twice outside of the one litter box. I hate that it happens at all, but it was my fault for not scooping it often enough. So, we went from having it happen daily to having it only happen twice this past 30 days. I say they are worth a try! The second time just happened this morning. It’s been 30 days since we put that collar on her, so we put a new one on this morning…and scooped the box.

      1. Sharon   July 30, 2013 at 7:43 am  

        Thank you! I will definitely buy the collar.

        Eddie has been peeing in the hall by the door to the garage. I put down a small white rug. He pees on it and goes in the laundry room to poop in his liter.

        I wash 3 rugs like the white one a day but its better than ruining my wall to wall carpet or wood floors.

        How do I get him back to the liter. I have tried numerous litters. Now I am using one to attract it cost $14.00 a bag.

        Any suggestions will be really appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  121. Bethany   July 22, 2013 at 8:37 pm  

    My cat Bella was spayed and she pees on my bed, and my two sisters’ beds, and on the couch and love seat. We were going to give her to an animal rescue but they said that nobody would adopt her if she peed everywhere. So we’re gonna keep her but I don’t know what to do. My dad said we should make her live outside but she’s terrified and we have a lot of strays and cats getting into fights. We need help

  122. sharon   July 24, 2013 at 8:39 am  


    My short-haired pedigree cat pees everywhere. I have another cat who was born in the same cattery a week later is well trained. Tells me where my pawing when the other cats pees on a rug or wall.

    I have changed litter, used rugs in litter boxes- works sometimes ,but he still goes other places.

    What do I do?

  123. Cathy   August 11, 2013 at 11:04 am  

    I am not having the pee problem everybody has, my cat uses the litter box just fine for pee, she refuses to poop in it. We tried everything from getting more litter boxes to separating the cats (we have two of them and a dog). She been doing this for well over two years now, we just got the dog so that’s not it. I’ve asked Vets, vet techs, people that work with cats in pets stores even to extreme cat lovers and no one has had a single suggestion that has worked or even come close to working. Neither of the cats are de-clawed, which would’t be it anyway, she uses it for pee. We’ve changed the brand and type of litter too many times to count and even got four boxes at one point, nothing.It’s killing my fiance and I to no end, we won’t give her up we love her too much, but it’s taking a toll on us, we have an entire room in the house that we call the Boots poop room, it’s an entire room just for Boot’s pooping that we would love to have back and actually make use out of considering it’s the only other room in the house.

    1. Palucu   August 14, 2013 at 9:50 am  

      Hahave you tried changing the litter box instead of the litter? Maybe she prefers an open box, no lid or on the contrary maybe the cat likes the lid, maybe she has to walk too much to get inside the box, maybe the box is too small,. I once had a cat she liked to poop and pee outside the box, but not inside my house only on the grass. Maybe your cat prefers grass. Never had a poop problem just a pee problem. Good luck 🙂

    2. Kathi   August 14, 2013 at 2:03 pm  

      Your problem sounds exactly like mine except that he Does Not stick to only one room and he likes to do it in places like our clothes closets, behind the bed, on the treadmill, pretty much you can name it and he is the only animal we have so there is no issues with others bothering him when he needs to go poop.

      I really don’t know what happened with him, he was using the cat box and my husband washes it on occasion but once the cat started having less Kidney function and started getting constipated that was it for the cat box for pooping.

      Our Vet has him on Meds to help loosen the stools but that hasn’t made any difference in him using the box.

      Our Vet told us that the cat is traumatized by the cat box, I think the one traumatized by what is going on is us. Good thing we really love this little guy so very much, if you figure it out let me know please.

  124. casey   August 27, 2013 at 6:12 pm  

    We have a Maine Coon {fluffy LOL}. and a short hair domestic. We have 3 litter boxes. The Short hair uses all three but the Maine Coon only uses the one in Dining Room, but peeing as was stated with the Norwegian. The litter box in the kitchen has a lid but only 2 don’t. How can we get her to find the other two.

  125. TAZ   August 28, 2013 at 3:42 pm  

    Just want to let you know that by taking one of your solutions for another cat I figured out a fix for a wonderful cat who was not using his litter box. He is 11 years old and had been declawed and must have developed arthritis and was unable to get up in his litterbox. We went to a auto supply store and bought a pan for catching oil drips and put a layer of litter in it. He used it immediately. His personal attitude has changed, he was unhappy about not using the litter box, but he has returned to his place in the family. We are overjoyed and he is again a happy cat. Thank you Jackson.

  126. Laura   September 1, 2013 at 9:01 am  

    Tengo 2 gatas que se portan muy bien, pero les encanta orinar el sofá, les cambio arena 2 veces a la semana y uno funciona, siguen orinando el sofá y ayer hicieron popo.

  127. bette   September 9, 2013 at 1:34 pm  

    My rescued, domestic, longhair, male 5 year old cat is probably the smartest cat ever! He does tricks (for treats) on visual and verbal command. He is affectionate and gets along exceptionally well with my 4 year old female cat. She does not do tricks! They were both rescued when they were each about 6 months old, obviously a year apart. Both of them are fantastic as loving pets. However, about a year ago, my male cat peed on the couch. Just that once. Several months later he pooped on the carpet in another room. Then he began to poop on the couch. Within a few months he escalated the behavior to a few times each month. The vet checked him and predictably informed me that he needed his own litter box. He peed once more on the same couch many months later. I got another litter box and put it in the bathroom. At first the cats used the boxes interchangably. Eventually the male claimed the new one as his, and the female uses only the original box. Now it is quite often that the male will poop in the bathtub (the opposite side that the box occupies, I’ve tried alternating) but always pees in the box. This seems to happene when I do not get out of bed as soon as the alarm wakes me. It is the only constant that I have observed. I tried to put his treats where he has pooped, I tried dfferent boxes, different litter. These cats are given lots of love and play time, both enjoy being brushed almost daily. After reading all the issues that other people are having, I am concerned that this problem will not go away, and worse, that it could get more prominent later. I would love to see this cat be in movies but, I am concerned that he will misbehave and create a bigger problem. What can be done?

    1. bette   October 14, 2013 at 7:39 am  

      Hi all,
      I am seeing many complaints here about cats who pee and poop outside thier boxes. I am not seeing many ways to change the behavior. Does any of this ever get reviewed by Jackson Galaxy? I would absolutley love to have my cat featured on his show with the solution to the issue! I adore my cats and want to help them to become the perfect pets I hoped that they were.

  128. Cris Pigg   October 7, 2013 at 5:21 pm  

    I have two cats, a 12 year old snowshoe Siamese and a 6 year old Bengal. I’ve had the Siamese since she was weeks old. She was born feral but I spent 24/7 socializing her. The Bengal is the problem. I got her when she was a year old. She was owned by a young woman who used her as a party joke. My son went to a party where they fed the cat cheese and she would literally grab the cheese with her paws. I know she wasn’t treated well. She had tapeworm when I got her too. My son rescued her when the girl said someone take that cat to the shelter. Well she has been peeing in every room in my house for years. On beds, chairs, toys, everywhere in the garage and on anything. She even peed between my oven and fridge. She is so sweet and loving I put up with the mess. I had her blood checked and she is fine. The vet put her on Prozac, but she kept throwing it up. Well, now she is pooping under my dining table on the carpet. Everyday. I have two litter boxes. One is in the living room, and one is in the garage. I have tried different litters and I clean them every day. I know it’s her because I have seen her in the act. Both cats are spayed. I cannot tolerate this anymore. My house stinks and I have grandkids who come to visit. This is not clean. My vet and others I have called will not put a healthy animal down. They want me to rehome her or put her in a no kill shelter. I can’t do that. It wouldn’t be fair to send her off not knowing if she would be thrown outside if she pooped in someone else’s house. I’m at my wits end. I also have a grown mentally ill son at home so I have to find a solution.

  129. Jenny   October 12, 2013 at 6:41 pm  

    My 15 year old fixed indoor/outdoor female has suddenly begun to pee outside the litter boxes – one on the back porch, her usual favorite, and one upstairs outside my bedroom, since being arthritic she can’t always make it downstairs. She has never pooped in the house, but she drinks a lot of water every day, which she gets per the vet because she has a kidney problem. She loathes litter of every description, and yes, I’ve tried them all, so there are layers of kitchen paper in the box – which she’s used her whole life quite happily. The boxes are cleaned with soap and water every time she uses one, which lately isn’t often. I put them on incontinence sheets to save my floors, and now she simply puts two front feet in the litter box and pees huge amounts onto the pee-sheets, overflowing onto the floor or the carpet. She knows it makes me crazy and she takes off when I near the used area, then after cleanup follows me around mewing, as though apologizing. Does anyone have any ideas? I feel as though I’ve used every online suggestion, from Feliway to Urine Off to homeopathic meds…and I don’t know what to do next. Is she in pain? Is she pissed off? Is she – what? She’s the most loved, most spoiled cat on the planet!

  130. Paula   October 15, 2013 at 1:47 am  

    A couple of months ago, our 3 yr male tabby, started peeing outside his litter box. We tried changing his litter to no avail. We took him to the vet and he was diagnosed with a UTI. He then started using his litter again and we were so happy. Yet a couple of weeks ago, he stopped using his litter to pee. We again took him to the vet and had some X-Rays done to see if he had some kidney stones, but they were clear. The vet is suggesting an ultrasound but we think he has another UTI. Not sure what to do. The strange thing is, up until the he got the UTI, he always used his litter. Now, he doesn’t seem to want to use it. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

  131. christy   October 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm  

    I have a problem I live in a rental witch I have for a long time now and I need the best and most effective way to remove urine from the home.(carpets, coach, hard floors that is getting under the tile and how to stop the cats on the outside of my home as well. Can anyone help with this? What do I use? and is it cost affiant as well? If you name a chemical, where do I get it?

    1. bette   October 17, 2013 at 9:35 am  

      I found the following recipe for getting rid of urine smell. It works incredibly well. And, it’s cheap too!

      Wet the area with 50% each vinegar and water.
      Dry the area.
      Apply baking soda liberally.
      Mix ¼ cup 3% hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon liquid dish detergent.
      Drizzle or spray area, work it in. Allow it to dry.
      Vacuum. You might need to reapply the baking soda and vacuum again.
      Take the pillows out into the sun light.
      Do NOT use Amonia!

  132. Rana   October 23, 2013 at 1:08 pm  

    Hi, I’m in desperate need of help! I have 4 cats, started off with two but my girl had kittens and we kept the kittens and now they are 8 years old. They’ve always used the litter box before but now my one, Sebastian pees and poops on the carpet in various areas of the house and my husband is fed up and now wants to get rid of him but I don’t and it’s causing a lot of arguments between us. I’ve tried everything I could think of but has not worked. I’ve replaced their litter boxes to brand new ones so now they have a choice to use either one with lid or no lid and for the longest time was using fresh step but recently changed it to arm & hammer. I’ve noticed on a couple occasions that there was blood in his stool and have taken him to the vet, the vet said he has a heart murmur with a leaky valve and is also showing signs of depression and also mentioned that he’s 10 pounds overweight and needs to lose ten pounds. I give him equal amounts of attention as I do the others and have noticed when I give him attention he starts to purr but my husband on the other hand favors our one other cat Phoenix and am sure Sebastian has picked up on that. Sebastian also tends to hide more when my husband is home. Sebastian’s a real sweet cat and loves affection. He used to always go in the box but now have noticed he no longer goes in the box at all, a few weeks ago I did noticed he was trying to go in box but nothing came out and he was also making weird weezing noises while attempting to try. I don’t know what else to do! PLEASE HELP ME!!! I don’t want to lose my cat, I love him too much!

    1. AK   April 29, 2014 at 4:25 pm  

      Poor kitty! I had an old kitty once (12 years) who started not using the box. I think it was just too hard for her to get in and out due to arthritis. She used the floor of my walk in closet. I’m not sure, but perhaps a trip to a pet store like Petco might be helpful. They have cat experts there who might be able to help.

  133. Kimberley   November 13, 2013 at 2:04 am  

    I Have 3 cats, ive had my one cat since the day she was born (my sisters cat is her mum) and I brought my second cat off someone who didn’t want her any more, and ive recently got a male kitten from my friends uncle as he stated he was going to dump him or put him in a well and leave him! so obviously I had to give him a home, I have 2 girls (ones a torte and the others black) and just got a male kitten ( he’s grey, white and black) they’ve all been spayed & neutered and chipped and up to date on vaccinations they all get on relatively well! I Kept my male kitten in until I had him done and got all his vaccinations etc because I didn’t want him to run off or make babies! and he used the litter tray really well up until ive started letting him out now he’s peeing & pooping EVERYWHERE! and rips up the carpets we’ve got a scratching post and he has loads of toys & getting rid of him because of this is not an option for me! so was hoping if you had any tips to help stop him for peeing & pooping everywhere? Thank you

    1. AK   April 29, 2014 at 4:21 pm  

      Maybe he should be only an indoor cat since he didn’t do this when he was. When he is outdoors he can go wherever he wants and maybe he can’t make the transition. Or, perhaps reading about training kittens to use the litter box might be helpful. Maybe he needs retraining.

  134. Cris Pigg   November 14, 2013 at 11:15 pm  

    Well, I wrote back on Oct. 7th about my 6 year old Bengal who had been peeing and pooping everywhere and I mean everywhere. I had two litter boxes, one in the garage up on a table (to keep away from the dogs) and one I put in my living room hoping she would use it. It was also up where she had to jump up to it. She peed so much on my hardwood floor it was starting to buckle. She would not use the boxes for anything. I literally called every vet around seeing if I could have her put down. No one would do it. One vet said to bring her in and they would possibly help me after examining her. Well after this call I was frantic and in tears. She was pooping right under my dining table. So I got the idea to do one last thing. I took the litter box and literally set it under the dining table right where she had been pooping. I put a towel under it. I also took the litter box in the garage and set it on the floor by where she had peed. (I only have a Yorkie who doesn’t eat cat poop). So I took baking soda and dumped the whole box on the area in the garage where she had peed. Well Good news! She immediately started using the box under the table! I couldn’t believe it. After years of her peeing everywhere this was a miracle. It’s been over a month and she is still using the box. The baking soda is still untouched so she hasn’t peed in the garage either. I make sure the box is at least half full and I scoop every night. Maybe she didn’t want to climb up to get to the boxes I just don’t know, but I am so happy. Having the cat box under the dining table isn’t ideal but I’m not moving it.

  135. Casey   November 16, 2013 at 10:46 am  

    I previously commented on my Maine Coon peeing out of the litter box. One solution mentioned was to remove cover{because of the static electricity } of litter box. So instead of having one covered and 2 uncovered for our 2 cats. WE now have 3 uncovered and one covered. Now the strange thing is that the Maine Coon use to sleep with head in her food bowl. Now she sleeping in the litter box with the COVER??????? lol. Boxes are cleaned twice daily. cat get brushed every other day. Both cats are indoors cat. She not the cat from hell but she is confusing. lol As wife says weird

  136. niki   December 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm  

    hi i need help… i have a 8 year old tabby..Sam.. he pees in the same room as the litter box, he will use the litter box maybe twice mind you i have 2 pans for him. my kids scoop about everyday.. nothing still peeing in the room (its a small room ce,end floor where the furnace is so its warm and private. i thought maybe he wants me to scoop the litter so now i do and still pee on the floor. he is neutered and yes declawed i use fresh step and have tried the paper litter then tried half and half nothing.. i should say he does good for a couple of days and then it starts all over again. i would love some advice on this… we love him but this is getting to much the smell is awful and embarrassing
    thank you

  137. credit sans emploi   December 26, 2013 at 4:53 am  

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  138. Francine Guerra   January 11, 2014 at 8:16 pm  

    We adopted a kitten rescued from a barn. She was very young about six weeks. She was good about going in the cat box. She is now 8 months old and has stopped peeing in her cat box. She pees in our bathtub. She pees in our metal dog bowls. She pees in pots and bowls if I leave them on the counter. She pees on the kitchen tile. She is an indoor cat and I do not want her outside. Around this time she has repeatedly tried to escape our home. She succeeded once by finding a broken window in the basement. I am at my wits end. Could this be a medical condition?

  139. Althea L Parker   January 21, 2014 at 4:11 pm  

    My question is: I have 2 cats who for some reason every so often, get on my bed, turn their backside to me and pee on me. Why do they do this?

  140. Julie   February 21, 2014 at 7:59 am  

    My cat has taken to my roof to do her stuff. We live in a mobile home so she can get up there very easily. Her box is clean and sits on our outdoor porch, she does like to be outside during the day, indoor at night. Any help from someone!

    1. Deb   February 27, 2014 at 1:03 pm  

      Sounds like she may have been frightened while using her box. Do dogs run the neighborhood, or raccoons, skunks, possums, etc. She can poop on the roof in relative safety and be able to see every animal that comes onto the porch. Could you place the litter box up above the porch floor where another animal could not bother her? An old bench or table might work.

  141. Crystal   February 21, 2014 at 9:17 pm  

    We rescued a kitty that was obvious abused. We found her outside my mothers front door. She had her ear cut and she was shaved all over her stomach. We know she was fixed..but we wonder if someone shaved her more. My husband was home with her, not working for the first 6 months that she was here, now he is working full time and she pees on only his clothes, and if his clothes are off the floor then she pees on his side of the bed, and now starting to leave fecis. I dont want to get rid of the cat because we love her but we need help. We have 3 other cats and she gets along with them all and we kid that one of our cats is her boyfriend. We need desperate help.

  142. Nicole   February 28, 2014 at 3:03 pm  

    My cat Karma has been peeing outside the litterbox for sometime. She checked out with a clean bill of health at the vet. I’ve changed the litterbox to a shorter open one, no liner. I I’ve end up having to put a puppy pad underneath in an attempt to save the wood floor underneath. When the litter is changed out completely she will go for the first day but then after that she pees on the pad about 6″ away from the box (she poops in the box just fine). When I’ve tried not using the pads she will still go outside the box and even sometimes elsewhere in the room. I scoop the box daily but I can’t change out the litter completely ever day. I honestly don’t know if she is being really picky about her box or if this is a behavioral problem. She is a very affectionate but needy tabby/siamese mix. Help 🙁

  143. Amanda   March 5, 2014 at 10:54 pm  

    Haven’t had a problem with the litter boxes until I moved. I bought a house 3 months ago and I keep finding pee on and down my floor vents. I have 5 cats and can never seem to catch them in the act. This is an old house and I know the previous owners had dogs, could this be an issue? The cats seem happier here as they have more space to play. Any suggestions? I have continiously cleaned the vents, used foil around them, and repellant. Nothing seems to work. Please HELP!!

  144. AK   April 29, 2014 at 3:59 pm  

    We have a black female cat, fixed, that is approximately 3-4 years old. She adopted us one summer by walking in and refusing to leave (I really didn’t want another cat at that time.). We’ve become quite attached to her and her sweet nature. But… we have one ‘small’ problem. If we leave a towel or piece of clothing on the floor she will pee on it. I’ve done everything Jackson has suggested: try new litter (found one she really likes), keep it cleaned out daily, we have another cat so we have multiple litter boxes in different rooms, etc. The problem is improved, but my daughter caught her peeing again today on a towel that fell on the floor while she was showering. I’m beginning to think she might have OCD about peeing on towels and perhaps that was why she found herself homeless (other than that peeing problem, she knows exactly how to act in a home and has from the beginning). I’m sort of at my wit’s end because the stuff to treat cat pee is very expensive and I’m on disability. No, I’m not even considering rehoming her, but would like to solve this problem. So far the only way we’ve been able to stop her is to make sure nothing ever lands on the floor and as you know, things do land on the floor from time to time. Help!

  145. AK   April 29, 2014 at 4:02 pm  

    Maybe someone else who reads comments will have a suggestion. That’s what I am hoping…

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  147. Jamisan Stultz   October 15, 2014 at 8:16 am  

    My cat Felix lost his cat brother Happy about a month and half ago, now he won’t pee in the litter box. Felix is a Maine Coon cat if that has anything to do with the issue. We have two litter boxes for Fe but he still pees elsewhere, we clean the litter boxes regularly and moved them to the spots in the house that he wanted, they are open with no lids and spacious and are far away from his food bowl. Me and my mom have also ruled out any health issues. Everyone in the house gives him attention (Felix even plays with the dog) so it’s not because of any lonely reasons. This started after Happy died. How do you have a cat go in the litter box when he is emotionally grieving?

    P.S. We can’t get another cat either.

  148. Bryan W   October 18, 2014 at 6:56 pm  

    Me and my fiancé are having a problem with our cat Jiji she has started to poop and pee and puke in certain areas of the house and she has never done this before we tried to figure out what the problem is. Either it’s her new food or the fact that she just wants to mark the territory we’re out of options can you help us

  149. Tariq   January 5, 2015 at 12:44 pm  

    My 9 months kitten pees and poops inside the box, but he pees while sitting on the litter unlike pooping while standing, so when he’s done peeing he goes and ruin the floor, carpit and everything else. Please help me. Thanks

  150. Paula   January 16, 2015 at 5:42 am  

    We have two siblings, brother and sister, that will be six in July. We’ve had them since they were babies. For quite a long time, the girl will pee outside the litter box either right at the edge of it or within six inches of it most of the time, in the same spot. We’ve tried three 18×14 boxes with the snap on collar the same size and we’ve tried on litter box with a 22×16 Steralite box with two or three of the other boxes together.

    We now use Arm & Hammer Essentials Natural litter or the Walmart natural pine scented litter. I use a 16oz cottage cheese container for scooping the litter into the boxes and the smaller boxes get about five scoops which gives them about one to two inches.

    The boy cat has never had an issue using the box.

    I know the boy likes to play rough and show his dominance and I think this is the issue but I don’t know how to correct it or change the behavior.

  151. Evelyn Hayes   February 11, 2015 at 8:23 am  

    We have adopted a stray cat and over about eight months she is coming in the house more frequently sometimes even sleeping at the foot of our bed overnight. She readily used the litter box we fixed for her but many times doesn’t get into it far enough and pees over the edge. We are using a pellet litter with outside dirt on top as a start. Sometimes she covers her urine and sometimes just jumps out immediately when finished. Any suggestions?

  152. Julie Young   March 9, 2015 at 9:37 am  

    I have a 5 month old female cat recently spayed, on 3 occasions now she has peed at the bottom of my bed when I have been in it sleeping, it happens every 3 or 4 weeks or so. She uses the litter box very well and we’ve had no other accidents apart from this. The vet has done a urinary analysis which was fine. I’ve racked my brains trying to figure out what the problem is. The other times it happened I had just changed the bed & thought it might be the new bedding that caused it but on this occasion the bedding hadn’t been changed in a week. Other than I was having a lovely sound sleep and hadn’t maybe paid attention to her I can’t think of anything else!! anybody able to shed some light on my problem kitty.

  153. Phyllis Caccioppo   March 23, 2015 at 12:23 pm  

    My 15 year old female spayed cat Peaches has started peeing out of the litter box. I had her to the vet and he did blood work as well as an exam and gave her a good bill of health. He put her on tranquilizers and in 2 weeks time it hasn’t helped the issue.

    I have no idea why she’s doing this. She’s going NEAR one of the litter boxes, near the wall.
    I have 3 other cats, 4 litter boxes in total.
    Do you sell any of your sprays that might help with this situation?
    It’s awful! I’m tearing my hair out.

  154. Cie-Anne   October 14, 2015 at 12:43 pm  

    We have three cats (age 6,4 and 1.5). The two oldest were raised since kitten hood by either my spouse or I. 3 years ago we combined our homes and it took awhile for the oldest two to get along. And the younger one started peeing in the house and trying to get outside. (They are strictly indoor cats) After a couple of months these problems ceased and things became fairly harmonious. Then we moved. The older one started peeing around the house…. not daily but about once every two weeks. First she hid it… then as time progressed she got bolder about it and would stare you right in the face while doing it, and it got more frequent. Then last January we rescued a 3rd cat… and all hell broke loose. There was a lot of fighting between the younger cat and the new one… and the older one started peeing EVERYWHERE. On the couch. .. and any piece of paper left out… on the table… on any piece of clothes that was left unattended… on mats… on beds.. on the kids toys… absolutely everywhere. Then we moved again and believe it or not she’s gotten even worse. While the younger two cats are much more tolerable of each other now… The older one is driving me crazy. I have tried low sided… high sided… covered… uncovered… small and big litter boxes and nothing has made a difference. I rally don’t know what else to try

  155. Jeanette Hammond   October 14, 2015 at 3:59 pm  

    Ok, I have been a cat owner (slave) for a long time now. We adopted an older stray 3 years ago in September. We had a cat (my rescue from our Humane Society who was 18 at the time) but this new one stayed in the garage for a week till I could get her to the vet. She was warm and dry and had a bed, good food and lots of water. We also took time to get to know her. I placed an online ad to see if someone was missing her but no one called. She went to the vet – no chip, got shots and a clean bill of health, and we discovered she was older – probably 15 or 16. We brought her into the house and there was an adjustment period, which they both survived. My older cat passed away last year but we had this problem all along. She pees outside of the box. I have read all your suggestions and comments. The box is cleaned twice a day, litter is totally changed ~ every two weeks. New litter is added as it goes down. She also doesn’t cover anything. I wonder if this is the reason why she was dropped off. So, any other ideas. Since she’s older and I don’t know her history, could there be any other reason and solution to my problem. Thanks.


We regret that Jackson does not answer questions posted in the comments. This is due to his demanding schedule and the high volume of requests he receives. But most importantly, since he has not met your cat, it would be contrary to his approach for him to give specific personalized advice for your specific situation. That being said, general questions and issues are addressed throughout this blog, in his book Cat Daddy and of course, the show My Cat From Hell.

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