Re: Litter Box Training Problems
Welcome and I hope we may be able to help you.
First, the number one reason for a cat deliberately peeing outside of the litterbox, and many times one of the behaviors seen is peeing on smooth surfaces in addition to right beside the litterbox, is some form of a UTI. Urinary Tract Infections are painful and can be anything from crystals in the urine to an infection, which could occur singley or in pairs. These are treated with diet changes and sometimes anti-biotics. The only way to know for certain is for a vet to analyse their urine.
UTIs are painful and the cat who has one is doing its' best to avoid the 'painful litterbox' and try to find other places to pee, hoping that peeing there it won't hurt the cat. Soft fabric, smooth surfaces and sometimes even right in front of their person.
Have you tried a different litter? Some cats are sensitive to odor and feel. Some even prefer to have a litterbox lined with folded newspaper, or a small rag-towel. Sometimes it is just a matter of finding the material your cat wishes to use as a litterbox.
As for the bathmat issue...I had a cat who was undergoing kidney failure and would pee on the bathmats. I currently have a devoted bathmat pee-er, who just feels the need to pee on ANY rubber-backed rug, no matter where it is placed. So, those nice rugs for me to stand on in the kitchen are gone and the bathroom doors are kept close to keep him from peeing on those rugs.
Best wishes for a quick and happy resolution of the problem,