How to Stop Your Cat Peeing Outside the Litter Box

Furniture is not cheap and can ruin quickly if your cat decides peeing outside the litter box is the best choice of activities. Depending on the type of furniture you have, the damage could range in the thousands or entirely destroyed. You do not want this to happen again. The more your cat sprays on your furniture, the harder it will be clean or stamp out the smell.

Health Issues

Pets are valuable members of our families. The first step we need to take is to make sure nothing is wrong with your cat, that means going to the vet and giving your pet a checkup.  Cats can get diabetes, urinary tract infections, and kidney issues, causing them to seek out softer material to relieve their pain during urination.

Territory Marking might be why your cat is peeing outside the litter box

If your cat is not neutered this may cause him to mark his territory. This can also happen with neutered males and spayed females. New or second-hand furniture can attract your cat to spray; new-to-you furniture smells different than what you cat is accustomed to.


Cats can be sensitive to new things in the house. For example: a new pet or baby. Your cat may be lashing out by peeing on the furniture as a sign of stress or aggression. Cats can be sensitive to changes in their routine and added household members.

Check their health

First, rule out any health issues by taking your cat to your veterinarian.  If your cat checks out healthy, then there may be a problem with a simple solution. More than likely she is trying to tell you something.

Clean your litter box

It’s important to keep the litter box clean. Cats are fussy creatures and prefer a clean litter box.  Make sure their litter box is not near their food source. Check that their litter box is near a suitable private location with no high traffic. Wash your litter box once a week, preferably without any harsh chemicals. An easy way to clean your litter with less work is by using our product SiftEase, which saves you time and energy.

Diffuse calm vibes

If cleaning the litter box is not stopping your cat from peeing on your furniture, you can try using a FELIWAY CLASSIC Diffuser. It is easy to use, just plug it in and leave it. The Diffuser helps to calm your cat. You can also try using Comfort Zone Feliway Spray on your furniture after you have thoroughly cleaned it. It may help your cat be less attracted to your furniture for urination by helping them associate that area with calm vibes.

In the end, if none of these products helped in stopping your cat from peeing on your sofa or bed, the solution that worked for us was an electronic Scat Mat.  This unique pet deterrent provides a three-second safe static shock to your pet once their paws land on the mat. Since implementing this mat, our cat has not tried to get past our scat mat barrier to the upstairs furniture. She uses her litter box exclusively since we took away her access to her favorite alternate litter box. Hope some of these kitty tips and solutions work for you stopping your cat from peeing outside the litter box.

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