By: Dr. Naama Manor
Though the cat is renowned for its cleanliness, peeing at home outside the litter-box is the most common behavioral problem reported in cats and the number one reason for owners giving the cat up.
Cats use urine and feces as a means of communication with other cats. When they leave their mark they are telling other cats: "this land is mine!" Stress and changes such as a new pet in the house, a guest, moving to a new home, invasion of stray cats to the cat's back yard, even a change in the furniture setting can trigger the cat's need to re-mark his territory.
If some of these signs apply it's best to find the reason for the cat's stress and eliminate it, or treat with anti-anxiety drugs.
Another set of reasons for cats choosing to relieve themselves outside the litter box is repulsion from the box itself.
In these cases there is no vertical spraying and the cat gives feces outside the box as well.
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