Skip to content. The most common behavior problem reported by pet parents of cats is inappropriate elimination. Urine marking is a form of indirect communication used by cats. Animal species who live in social groups in which the members depend on each other for survival have sophisticated interpersonal communication. Particularly animals who can cause significant harm to each other—like dogs—have developed a social mechanism for preventing conflict through interpersonal ranking. But cats have a somewhat unique social structure in that they do not hunt, eat or sleep in groups like dogs.
A cat urinating outside the box can be marking behavior, where a cat feels the need to mark its territory. But there are some underlying health conditions which may cause a cat to urinate outside the litter box and some environmental causes as well. If this behavior has happened more than once or twice, you may want to bring your cat to the vet to rule out any health issues. If it is, in fact, marking behavior, there are steps you can take to curb it.
Feline inappropriate elimination is a common behavioral problem reported to veterinarians, accounting for approximately 50 percent of all behavioral referrals. Unfortunately, not only is FIE a common problem, it is also a leading reason for relinquishment of cats. It is a cold, hard fact that cats who fail to use the litter box once a week are four times more likely to be relinquished; if they eliminate outside the litter box daily, these odds increase to over About 4 percent of cats urinate outside the litter box weekly, and 1 percent eliminate outside the litter box daily.
Understanding the pee problem. No one likes the smell of cat urine. Well, except perhaps cats! If you have noticed the pungent aroma of cat pee around your home, you may wonder just why your cat insists on depositing their scent outside the litter box and how you are going to stop it.