It’s pretty embarrassing, but we cats tend to act out by peeing outside the litter box. We always get in trouble for doing it and our humans say it drives them nuts. I totally understand, though. Humans pee in the toilet and they want us to do the same. Also, no human wants their home to smell like cat pee (which is weird).
If your Bengal is peeing everywhere BUT inside their litter box, then they’re definitely trying to tell you something. We cats are generally very particular about cleanliness, so if we do anything to compromise that, it’s very likely that something is wrong.
To help you puzzled humans figure out why your Bengal cat is peeing all over the place, I’ve listed down below all the possible reasons.
- Medical issues
If you have a well-trained cat that suddenly starts peeing all over your home, the first thing you need to consider is if it’s because of a medical issue.
Your cat may have:
- UTI (Urinary tract infection)
UTI is fairly common in cats. If you notice your Bengal straining to urinate, they’re most likely in pain and associating it with their litter box, which is why they’re choosing not to use it. You’ll see them try to pee but little to none comes out. If this is the case with your cat, it’s best to see a veterinarian right away. UTI can cause scarring if left untreated and can take up room in your cat’s bladder, leaving less room for urine, which then leads to more peeing problems.
- Kidney problems
If your cat pees a lot, strains to pee or has blood in their urine, they might have kidney infections or kidney stones.
Cystitis is an inflammation of the bladder. If your cat is suffering from cystitis, symptoms include straining to pee, peeing with blood and peeing in unusual places.
- Feline Diabetes
If your cat is often unusually thirsty and is having trouble controlling their urine, then they might have feline diabetes. It’s very important to get them checked right away. Diabetes in cats can be deadly if left untreated.
- Urinary incontinence
This is more common in cats that are middle-aged, old or overweight. It causes them to have a hard time controlling where and when to urinate.
It’s also possible that your cat is just in pain and find it painful to use their litter box. Declawing, for example, may impede a cat’s ability to use the litter box. (Never declaw a cat)
If your cat exhibits any of the above, take them to the vet immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment.
- Litter box issues
Your cat may start doing their “business” somewhere else if their litter is dirty or if there’s too much or too little of it. They might also not use their litter box if it’s in a noisy and crowded area. So, it’s best to clean your cat’s litter box every day and put it in an area that’s quiet and unexposed. Cleanliness and privacy is very important to us cats.
You should also check if your cat has an easy access to the box. If the opening is too small or the inside feels too cramped, then they will be less likely to use it.
If you have an elderly cat, a litter box with a lowered entrance is best since older cats often have trouble climbing on higher surfaces and will prefer something more easily accessible.
We cats are very sensitive to changes in our environment. Moving to a new home or the addition of a new family or animal can be major causes of stress and anxiety.
- A new home
A new home can trigger our instinct to mark our territory since everything smells different. Peeing all over the place is our way of laying claim to our territory when we feel unwelcome and insecure.
If you move to a new house, it’s very important to bring all of your cat’s things—everything that has their scent on it: scratchers, litter boxes, cat beds. This will help them feel more at home because they’ll be able to smell themselves.
- Addition of a new animal/presence of other animals outside the house
We cats are VERY territorial and we won’t hesitate to mark our territory if we feel threatened by a new furry family member (especially another cat) or the presence of outdoor animals.
If you decide to add another feline or any other animal to your family, it’s best to do a slow and gradual introduction before letting the both of them roam freely around the home. Make sure you have plenty of vertical spaces for your cats and to give all animals enough daily activities so no one is walking around with any pent up energy. This will minimize the likelihood of cats peeing all over the place and reduce the chances of fights happening between them.
If you have no new animals, but your cat is peeing everywhere after you moved, then it’s most likely because they’re seeing other animals outside and protecting their territory. Your cat will usually pee on windows and doors if this is the case.
The best course of action is to get deterrents and scatter them outside the home to scare the animals off. Once the outdoor animals stop coming around, your cat will feel less territorially threatened and the peeing problem will stop.
PetSafe SSSCAT Spray Deterrent
SSSCAT Spray Deterrent is a motion-activated unscented spray that you can use to keep animals from off-limits areas. It has an adjustable spray nozzle that can reach up to 3-feet.