As I mentioned in another question, my cat has been peeing on things outside of her litter box. So far she’s done it three times right in front of me, so either she doesn’t realize that she’s in the wrong place, or she’s challenging my authority. The cat isn’t peeing outside the box very often (about 2–3 times per month) or in the same spot (every room in the house except the kitchen).
The first time I caught her, I tried to pick her up and direct her toward the litter box, like I would do with a puppy, but unfortunately I was too late and she just kept peeing on the general area (including herself). The other two times, I couldn’t reach her but I tried to shoo her away with a firm “no,” but again I was too slow and it didn’t help at all.
My fiancée raised the cat, and she says the technique that usually works for her is to startle and herd the cat toward the litter box by yelling and shuffling her feet. I’ve seen other people recommend yelling or picking up the cat. The cat is already stressed out by moving, so I would like a technique that is both reliable and less likely to cause the poor cat further stress.
Also, if the cat is specifically challenging me, methods to establish dominance might also be helpful.