The reasons for this change in behavior can be quite complex. Something is upsetting the cats when they stop using the litter box. Punishing cats when you find a mess they made is not helpful. There is usually a reason for the behavior. See a vet to rule out a medical cause such as an infection. If your cat has arthritis, stepping over a high litter box may be painful. If there is no medical reason for the cat's behavior, it may take time to find the cause. Cats urine mark or spray is sending a message to other cats, marking is a normal form of communication in cats. Marking occurs with both male and female cats. The markings are reduced or resolved by spaying or neutering the cats. Cats can feel anxious when there is a guest, new pet or the family's routine changed in the house. Also, anything around the litter box that makes cats feel unsafe like loud noises, such as the washing machine or dog standing over the cat and sniffing at the cat while the cat is in the litter box. Encourage your cats by providing scratching posts throughout the home, which is also a form of marking.
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