How do I train my cat to stop peeing in places other than her litter box?

We rescued our female cat (who is 11 months) Pip about 8 months ago. She's adjusted quite well and was usually very good with using her litter box. Recently other rooms in our basement (where the litter box is located) smell strongly of cat urine. Could she be stressed? We also have an 8 year old miniature dachshund who is very relaxed and they always get along. Pip is extremely timid around people she doesn't know very well. We are very neat with her litter box though - scooping everyday and cleaning once a week - and she still uses it along with peeing on the floor. What should we do?

Asked by Pippin on Aug 16th 2012 Tagged urine, spraying, kitten, pee, peeing in Urine Marking & House Soiling
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She might have a urinary tract infection; cats associate the pain of the infection with using the box and try to avoid pain by avoiding the box. Have her checked by your vet. If she's healthy, then it probably is due to stress of some sort, and that can be harder to figure out. Go to the vet first, then post again if it's not an infection.

Monster answered on 8/16/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer