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  • My cat has been peeing in random areas of my house lately and pooping right outside the litter box, like basically touching the litter box. He is still using the actual box to pee and poop but also using the bathroom around the house. nothing has really changed in our lives and he doesn't seem to be angry or upset. Just randomly starting to use the bathroom outside of the box.

    Hi Maliah, I recommend that you take him into see a veterinarian. Not using the litter box can be a behavioral issue but often there is an underlying medical or physical issue present as well. The underlying issues can include a urinary tract infection, pain, arthritis, or a more serious underlying medical issue. Your vet can talk to you more about the cause of this behavior in your cat after they have examined him. They may recommend some lab tests to help diagnose or rule out certain diseases. If there is an underlying issue, treating that issue will often resolve the behavior. If this is primarily a behavior issue your vet can work with you on a behavior modification plan that is specific to your pet.


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