Stop Your Cat Peeing Outside the Litter Box

4 Tips to Stop Cats Peeing Outside The Litter Tray


Clean all areas where your cat has peed

  • Use warm water and soap or an alcohol based product
  • Allow to dry
  • Do not use bleach. Ammonia-based or bleach cleaners encourage cats to spray here again

Use FELIWAY Optimum to stop your cat peeing inappropriately

  • FELIWAY Optimum is scientifically proven to help reduce urine spraying
  • Improvement can be seen within the first 7 days
  • It is recommended to use continuously for at least 1 month
  • Learn more about why cats urinate outside the litter tray

Follow litter tray "golden rules"

  • One litter tray per cat, plus one extra
  • Place in easily accessible areas of the home, away from food and water bowls
  • Keep clean by scooping at least once daily, and thoroughly clean the litter tray once a week
  • Read our tips for when your cat urinates outside the litter tray

Check your cat's health

  • In some cases, medical conditions can cause cats to urine spray
  • Check with your vet if signs continue

We recommend:

FELIWAY Optimum Starter Kit

The most advanced FELIWAY solution to help solve the common signs of stress in cats:

  • Scratching,
  • Urine spraying,
  • Tension and Conflict between cats,
  • Hiding,
  • Reactions to changes.

FELIWAY Classic Spray

FELIWAY Classic Spray helps to soothe your cat during travel and provides additional help at home.

  • Transporting in a cat carrier
  • Vet visits
  • Targeted action on marked areas (urine or scratching)

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Find out how FELIWAY helped these cats to stop peeing outside the litter tray


All cats, male or female, neutered or not, will mark out their territory with spraying. Normally this is rare and discrete. However, sometimes urine spraying becomes visible and upsetting, especially when cats pee on the floor, on their parent's bed or sofa.

When this happens, it is an indication that the cat is not fully content with life.

It can be a reaction due to recent changes at home or conflict with other cats to understand this fully, read Why do cats spray? What does spraying look like to see all the reasons why.

It can also be linked to a medical issue. So if your cat starts peeing outside the litter tray, please consult your vet. Older cats should have regular vet checks every 6 months.

Use FELIWAY Optimum which is scientifically proven to help reduce unwanted urine spraying. It will help your cat feel calm and comfortable, reducing spraying indoors. Use FELIWAY Optimum continuously to prevent spraying reocurring, especially if your cat is emotionally sensitive to any change at home.

How to get rid of cat pee smell

It can be difficult to get rid of a cat urine smell. If your cat has recently targetted your sofa, bed or furniture with urine spraying, the situation can quickly become unpleassant. To stop the smell from persisting, and to avoid your cat spraying in the same places, start by removing anything that attracts them.

This can be done by carefully cleaning up urine traces, to remove odour and visual marks.

To prevent the situation from continuing, read our article on how to get rid of a cat spraying smell with 6 different tips.

Advice for cat peeing outside the litter tray

There are many things that can cause a cat to choose to pee all over your home, rather than in the litter tray.

In fact there are two types of cat soiling issues:

1. Cat spraying on walls, doors and furniture (vertical spraying).

2. Cat peeing outside the litter box, on floors, beds, clothes (horizontal peeing), this article.


When your cat, that normally uses a litter tray starts to toilet elsehwere, it's not pleasant for us and it is usually not pleasant for them either.

It is important to rule out any health problems first of all. Next, you need to be able to differentiate between urine marking, which is symbolised by small spurts of urine all over the house, and other reasons for not using the litter tray, such as a poorly maintained litter tray, one that is too small, or has a litter substrate that your cat does not like. The litter tray may also be in a position that is not ideal for your cat.

Your cat may find an alternative place that they feel confortable to pee in, such as your bed, or may be indicating that they are not coping with a stressful situation. Read our article A cat's point of view: Why I pee on my human's bed to find out why your cat may urinate in other places than the litter tray.