What the Frak? My dumb cat peed on the floor in front of my mom a couple days ago. We assumed it was because the litter box was dirty, so we cleaned it out. She then peed on a towel in front of my dad. We assumed it was because she was unaware of the new cleanliness of the litter box, so we rubbed her paws in the litter (like you do with a kitten). Just now, she peed on the front carpet in front of my little brother. Obviously, she's a little bit out of excuses.
My mom's been talking about getting rid of one of the cats lately (she thinks we have too many), and this behavior really isn't helping my cat's chances. Are there any cat people out there who can tell me why she's suddenly doing this and how to get her to stop?
It could also be the early warning stages of a urinary tract infection, or crystals in the urine. Perhaps a vet would be a better consult than a STO forum.
^^ This. Definately take the cat to the vet.
Why people resort to "getting rid" of their pet when something like this happens is really frustrating. Your pet is meant to be part of the family. Just remember when your mother / father start p!ssing themselves when they get older, have them carted off to a "new" family. Old people's homes would love to take them on. Even if they can't use the toilet.
I had the same problem with one of my cats, except she was only peeing in one place, our bathroom rug. Oddly enough, when we threw out the ruined rug, she stopped. Never did figure out why she was doing that.
Cats do not pee outside the box out of spite, or to "get back at you." There are two main reasons why cat urinate outside the litter box:
1. UTI or Blockage
A cat may associate pain from a urinary tract infection or blockage by urinary crystals with the litter box itself. Consequently, the cat will seek out other places to urinate. It is imperative that you rule out a medical cause by taking your cat to the veterinarian without delay.
2. A Dirty Litter Box
Cats are fastidious animals and carefully cover their feces and urine, so as not to leave a trail for predators to follow. If a litter box becomes full, they will look elsewhere to pee and poop. Regular litter box maintenance is extremely important.