My Solution For Peeing Over The Box

I noticed recently that someone was peeing over the side of one of the litter boxes. I would often find pee on the floor between the blue litter box and the cabinet.

When I found pee on the floor I would clean everything extra thoroughly because I know sometimes the smell of one cat’s pee can prompt another cat to “mark” that same spot. It didn’t work. Almost every day I had to clean up pee.

It occurred to me that cats are creatures of habit. Once a habit is created, something must be done to break the habit. For example, I always make coffee in the morning and I put heavy cream in my coffee and my wife’s coffee. For some reason that I don’t remember, I started giving the cats a very small amount of that heavy cream whenever I made coffee. They soon became little vultures waiting for it and I couldn’t make coffee until they ate their breakfast or they would abandon their food in hopes of getting cream. When we went up to our home in West Virginia, it was the change I needed to break the habit. I stopped giving them the heavy cream and they never thought to beg for it because the situation was so different. When we returned to Florida I continued to not give them the cream and they all forgot about it.

This time I needed to change things enough to disrupt the routine of whoever the culprit was. I’m betting it was Frankie but I have no proof. I decided to move the blue box to the far right and shift the other two boxes over.

To my surprise, this actually worked. I have not had to clean pee off the floor in over a week.

What do you think? Does anyone else have experience breaking a pet’s bad habit?

35 thoughts on “My Solution For Peeing Over The Box

      1. franhunne4u

        I used some mattress cover for the incontinent. Merlin used to pee over the rim, too. The higher rim toilet did not help alone, nor did the bigger toilettes work. But since that pad there was only one more accident.

          1. franhunne4u

            Yeah, don’t know why his peeing position changed, but it did. Maybe that’s not the cause and just a correlation. But after I changed the first pad it never happened again. He got treated at the vet in between, part of that was dental, the other renal, now it’s urinary (change of diet, no medicine) – and maybe that caused him to change the way he pees. He still lifts his buttocks, just not as high.

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      Years ago I had one box in each of three rooms to try to get Chris to stop pooping on the floor. When we moved I had room for only two boxes in the same room and that worked. I think if he didn’t like one box he would use the other but would not go to another room to do it.

  1. kittiesblue

    For some reason, some cat wanted to pee and poop in a particular spot in the kitchen. I put a litter box there, and everyone uses. I don’t really want a litter box in the kitchen, but… Great job in breaking both bad cat habits! XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, angel Mauricio, Misty May, angel Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy, Sawyer & Kizmet

  2. Doug Thomas

    Cats form habits really quickly. Do something they like once -cream for breakfast! – and they never forget to ask for it again! For me, it’s a game where one time I opened a kitchen cabinet for Andy to check for “mousies”, none of which ever existed here! One time, and it was an instant habit I have to do every time I’m in the kitchen area. Cats!

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I can certainly believe that. Chris sometimes cries at the hall closet door and I have to open it and show him there is nothing interesting in there.

  3. The Hinoeuma

    The only bad habit I have seen with Ollie is scratching things…backs of chairs, the underside of beds… My solution is herbal sprays and NO. He seems to really understand NO. He is so good natured that one loud NO at him, his eyes get big like he is close to crying. Then, the pitiful meow, like “I’m sorry, Mommy!”… He is such a big baby, I rarely have trouble out of him.

    Those herbal sprays work really well with him.

    His only litter box trouble is his size. I have a big, corner-shaped box for him and sometimes I find litter that has been slung out.

  4. databbiesotrouttowne

    knock wood and toss salt this continues to work….it may have been because of tuna’s size, but he would have some trouble keeping it “in” the box sometimes. I ended up getting a “corner box” which helped; it was also large enough for him to turn around in β™₯

  5. Robin

    That’s a great idea! Sometimes it is the simplest idea that is the best. I hope that it continues to work for you. Perhaps I need to try something like that with my kitties.


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