It's a natural fact that every mammal has to pee. Eating, you can hold off for a few days, pooping is optional for a while anywaybut peeing is right up there with breathing on the list of things you just gotta do each and every day. So when something happens to stem the flow of pee, trouble ensues - and fast.
There are several possible reasons why cats may urinate outside the litter box. Most often they are caused by a high urine pH level, which leads to the formation of struvite crystals in the urine. Can you imagine how this would feel if you had it?
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Your cat isn't that far removed from their wild roots. They feel an instinctive urge to stake their claim by leaving their scent. While most territory marking is done through innocent rubbing or scratching, issues with urinating can also arise.
Show less Most cats learn to use the litter box without much training. However, sometimes a cat might have issues urinating outside his litter box.
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Bringing pets into our families provides us with companionship, affection and love, but this relationship also requires rules for cohabitating. When they get that one wrong, life becomes unpleasant very quickly for everyone! However, there can be situations when inappropriate urination is not a sign that your pet needs more training, but a symptom that your pet is sick.
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It is important to note, however, that "crystals" are not the same thing as stones. Crystals are often a normal finding in a cat's urine and it is not appropriate to put the cat on a "special urinary tract" formula when these are found in the urine. I often see too much clinical significance placed on the identification of crystals in the urine without regard to how the urine sample was handled.