When you adopt a new cat, it’s vital to understand exactlywhat you’re getting into. When you’re adopting a Savannah, it’s easy to question if these hybrids differ from your average housecat in terms of behavior, and this includes things like where they pee.
A Savannah can easily be trained to use a litter box just like regular domesticated cats do. But, just like other cats, Savannahs can also sometimes have issues urinating in the house for a variety of reasons, and so sometimes need to pee elsewhere.
Below, we will go into more detail about why your Savannah cat might stop peeing in its litter box, and some other things to look out for. We will also detail some of the ways you can help if your Savannah cat is suffering from issues related to its bladder.
Medical Reasons For Your Savannah Cat To Urinate Elsewhere
Unfortunately, if your Savannah cat is peeing outside their litter box and in your house, this may stem from a medical condition. Obviously, if you think this may be the case, it’s important to take your cat to the vet as soon as possible. The last thing you should do is wait, as this problem could only get worse.
There are a few medical conditions that Savannah cats can get, just like domesticated cats. For example, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) is a medical condition that can affect both regular housecats and Savannahs. FLUTD is the medical terminology for different diseases your cat can get, all of which deal with urinary issues.
These types of diseases (such as urinary tract infections and bladder stones) tend to have the same symptoms. If your Savannah is peeing in the house (which they’ve never done before), this could be the first sign that your cat may have a urinary problem. Of course, this could also have something to do with their emotions and behavior (which we detail below).
So, it’s important to keep an eye on your cat and look out for common signs that something is amiss with their health. These signs include if your cat is peeing on cool surfaces (such as tile flooring), if they are straining to urinate, if they are crying when they are in their litter box, or if there is blood in their urine.
This Can Be Painful
If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to talk with your vet and assess your cat’s health. When it comes to urinary diseases and problems, it’s best to get this situation under control and fixed sooner rather than later. These types of issues can be extremelypainful for cats, and the longer you wait to help them, the worse the problem could potentially become.
And remember, cats are awfully good at keeping their pain from their owners. Keeping your Savannah up to date with annual vet visits is a great way to ensure that these potential issues don’t quickly spiral out of control without you realizing.
Emotional And Behavioral Reasons Your Savannah Cat Is Urinating Elsewhere
They Don’t Like Change
Medical issues aren’t always the underlying reason as to why your Savannah is urinating outside of their litter box. Just like housecats, the smallest change in their day to day life could potentially cause them to act out. Cats are loveable creatures, but they also like the stable patterns that life brings.
So, if there’s been a drastic change in their life (such as a pet or person moving in or out of your house), they could act out by peeing outside of their litter box. They could also act out if you’ve changed things in your house, such as moving your furniture around or redecorating. Remember, cats can be fussy creatures.
Savannahs, like other cats, can be very territorial. So, if something has changed in theirhouse, it could cause them to lash out by urinating outside of their litter box.
Checking Your Savannah Cat’s Litter Box
Sometimes, the reason your Savannah is peeing in your house has nothing to do with medical or behavioral issues and everything to do with their actual litter box. If you’ve just adopted a Savannah kitten, they could potentially forget where their litter box is in your house, especially if you live in a big home.
They may just need helpful reminders about where they’re supposed to go to the bathroom, and then they’ll eventually remember. You might also have to move their litter boxes to the area where they’re going to the bathroom instead. Sometimes, cats just don’t like the area where their litter boxes are placed!
If you’ve recently moved your litter box somewhere, your Savannah cat could urinate outside of it in retaliation if they don’t like the new area. For example, some cats don’t like the noisy atmosphere of a laundry room. If their litter box is near a noisy area like this, they may just simply choose to not use it.
Also, check to ensure that their litter boxes are kept clean on a daily basis. Again, cats can be finicky. They don’t like to go to the bathroom in a messy, unclean area. They could act out and urinate outside of their litter box if it’s dirty, so make sure to keep it clean and tidy.
Get More Litter Boxes
Savannahs, like all cats, also love options. For this reason, it’s important to have at least two litter boxes in your house for your cat to choose from. If you have more than one cat, always have at least one more litter box than the number of cats you have.
Finally, it’s also helpful to understand that cats can also be picky about kitty litter itself. If you’ve changed the kitty litter they’re used to, they could act out by not using their litter box. Again, Savannah cats (and really all cats in general) don’t tend to handle change well.
What To Do If Your Savannah Urinates In The House
Retraining Your Cat
Unfortunately, sometimes action has to be taken if your Savannah continues to pee outside their litter box. If you’ve found yourself in this situation, it’s time to retrain your cat on using their litter box again. While this can feel unpleasant for both you and your Savannah, this may be the only way to really retrain your Savannah cat.
Just like you may have done when your Savannah was a kitten, confine your cat to a small room or a large dog crate. Ensure that they always have enough food and water, as well as their litter box in this area. It’s tough, as your cat will likely cry to be let out, but if they haven’t stopped urinating outside their litter box, this may be the only way to help them learn.
Give Them Enough Space
Keep them in this area for about a week. You can let your cat out for periods at a time when you interact with them (and have a watchful eye on them), and this really helps give them room to breathe and have fun. Slowly, allow your cat to get out to larger areas of the house for longer time periods with each passing day and week.
However, if your cat urinates outside of their litter box again, confine them back to this small room or large crate. Eventually, they will learn that going to the bathroom outside of the litter box equals back to this room or crate. And then they’ll (hopefully) no longer urinate in your house!
It can also help to invest in some clumping litter that has pheromones in it, which helps attract your cat to their litter box. Retraining your Savannah may not be fun, but it could be your only option for helping your cat to relearn how to use their litter box.
If your Savannah cat isn’t using their litter box properly, it’s important to find out why they’re acting out in this way. They could have a urinary problem or disease, so pay close attention to when and how your cat is peeing in your house. However, your Savannah may just be acting out as a reaction to change, and it may be as simple as your cat doesn’t like where the litter box is!