Why cats pee in corners – Part 1

Cats are pretty secretive animals, they like to do their business unbothered. As a matter of fact, put a cat’s litter box in the busiest room of your house and your cat will very likely not want to use it. A corner is perhaps in a cat’s mind the least visible area of a room. The center of a room will expose the cat too much so after looking around, the cat may go in a corner which offers them a bit more privacy.

Understanding why cats pee in corners however, is only the tip of the iceberg. Owners must rather investigate in depth why their cat urinates in the first place in areas other than the litter box. The causes may be various and are listed below:

– Urinary Tract Infection

This should be the first cause to be ruled out. Basically, cats that are suffering from a urinary tract infection will experience pain upon urinating. When the cat goes to urinate in the litter box and it is painful, the cat begins to associate the litter box with pain and will look for alternative places. These places may range from the bath tub to that corner in the room. A cat with a urinary tract infection will exhibit distinct symptoms such as urinating around the room, straining to urinate, producing little or no urine, producing bloody urine, licking their behind and male cats may even suffer serious urinary tract blockages that can even turn fatal. Such infection can be ruled out by having the vet examine a urine sample.

-Dirty Litter Boxes

Cats are claen animals. In the wild, they will urinate and defecate in the dirt, cover it very well and shift frequently areas. Now, domesticated cats must urinate and defecate in the same area over an over and deal with a smelly litter box. Some cats will categorically refuse to use a dirty litterbox. Cleaning the litter box every day, will ensure your cat has a clean litter box. The material used is also important, not all cats accept all kinds of litter boxes. Some cats have difficulty accepting scented litter boxes others maty dislike the texture.


As mentioned before, cats want privacy when they do their business. Wrong areas are busy hallways, living rooms and kitchens. If cats could talk they would rather have their litter box in a walk-in closet, a secluded bathroom or an empty bedroom. Some pet stores even sell private litter boxes that look like a vase or a piece of furniture. These look nice in homes while offering cats the privacy they strive for.

-Lack of Training

Kittens may still have accidents as they

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