Our Japanese bobtail, Murfee, has recently decided to urinate in areas other than his litter box, including my husband’s lap. He has been exhibiting other bad behaviors as well, seemingly to get back at my husband. What might be the problem?
From the Editors of The Daily Cat
Your question touches on two separate issues: revenge and inappropriate elimination. While we often personify our cats, revenge is not in their suite of behaviors. Cats live more in the here and now, and getting back at someone requires a fair amount of plotting and planning. Keep in mind that going to the bathroom is also not something that’s distasteful or wrong to cats. Even if a cat could enact revenge, urinating in a certain area wouldn’t be the way to do it.
Stress can contribute to all sorts of health issues in mammals, including cats and humans. It’s possible that your cat is afraid of your husband for some reason, but I doubt that is the problem. It’s important that your cat’s litter box is kept clean and is in a quiet, safe area for your pet.
Schedule a veterinary visit for your cat. According to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, numerous underlying health problems could result in inappropriate elimination. These can include inflammation of the urinary tract, kidney disease, liver problems, thyroid disease and more. If your cat receives a clean bill of health, you may have to take over cat-holding duties in your household while your husband and cat work toward becoming more comfortable around each other.