10 of the most common “behavioral” reasons cats urinate outside the box

  1. The litter is dirty
  2. The box smells bad
  3. The box is too small
  4. The box smells like harsh cleaning chemicals
  5. You don’t scoop often enough
  6. They don’t like the kind of litter you’re using
  7. The litter is too deep
  8. The litter isn’t deep enough
  9. The box is in a noisy location / they have no privacy
  10. You don’t have enough boxes (one box per cat is preferable)

Do not assume that it is a behavioral issue, however; have your pet examined by a vet to see first if there is an underlying medical issue. Don’t blame your cat for bad behavior before checking out to see if there may be medical reasons!