Whether your cat had specific motivation to urinate outside of the litter box or it was just an accident, one thing is for sure: you’ve got to get rid of that smell. Cats are creatures of habit, so once your cat has urinated outside the box, he’s more likely to use that spot again. Because of this, it’s important to completely eliminate the odor. You should do this as quickly as possible because the smell will become more concentrated over time. The reason cat urine is so pungent is that the bacterium in it decomposes and gives off the distinctive ammonia-like odor. Often you don’t know there’s a problem until this process has begun.
Outside the box: what’s going on?
If your cat has urinated outside his litter box, the first thing you need to do is figure out why, so you can prevent this behavior from continuing. While your cat isn’t being spiteful, he could be sending you a message. A visit your veterinarian might be in order since inappropriate urination can be a symptom of a urinary tract infection, kidney disease, diabetes or hyperthyroidism. Your cat could also be spraying due to stress or anxiety.
If illness or stress aren’t the cause of your kitty’s potty problem, it could be that he doesn’t like the litter you’re using or that you’re not scooping it often enough. Cats are fastidious and won’t use a box that is dirty. Try changing the brand or type of litter, scooping more frequently, or adding additional litter boxes.
Eliminating the odor
Here are some tips for cleaning up after kitty.
Your cat may need a little encouragement to go in the right place. Give him his favorite treat after he uses his litter box. Don’t pick him up and carry him to the box as he won’t understand, and could even become frightened.
Scoop the litter box twice a day and clean it every couple of weeks. And remember, if your cat is suddenly spraying or going outside the box, take him to your veterinarian to rule out health issues.
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