I have a cat who is 2 years old, he was neutered when he was 6 months old. In the last year he has started peeing on the floor. Sometimes next to his litter box even. I have to remind him to go to his litter box. Do you have any solutions for this problem or a way explain the change in behavior?
Cecile from Canada
We have had luck in the past placing a towel over the spot (we slept with the towel a few nights so that it smelled like us). Another member of my family has used a pheromone spray with some success that you can buy from your vet. You may want to be sure that your cat does not have a UTI. Also, if it is a male cat that has not be neutered he is scent marking the house and he should be altered. He will continue to urinate around your house. Good luck! (12/11/2001)
I once read somewhere to sprinkle vinegar on the areas where you don't want the cats to go. Now whether it works or not, I don't know, but it's worth a try. I don't think that it would leave an odor from the vinegar, either, since your just sprinkling it on. Hope it helps! (12/12/2001)
Oxiclean works very well. If you have a carpet shampooer or steam cleaner, put in a solution of Oxiclean instead of using carpet shampoo. If you don't have one, spray the area well with Oxiclean.
I'd check anything you use on a piece of carpet in a closet or out of the way place first to make sure it doesn't change the color of the carpet.
There are also enzyme products like Nature's Miracle that work, also. The problem with carpets is that they are thick and there is also padding and flooring beneath. Make sure that you get down to the flooring with whatever you use to really get rid of the smell. Any little bit left, even if you can't smell it, still smells like the place to do it to the pet. (12/12/2001)
If you can put the cat in a bathroom and he pees on a rug in the bathroom instead of the litter box. Take a top from a storage bin and put the rug on it (training pads under the rug and or baking soda reduce odor). Next place litter on the rug see how it goes for a few days.
Home Depot sells carpet runner. Get the stuff that is 49 cents a foot and place over his "Favorite" spots (cats don't like to get their paws wet).
Place a litter pan over his favorite spots. I just went through this myself. I even got an under the bed box and filled it with 35pounds of litter. I have six litter boxes in the area that was used for a bathroom and covered the area with runner, and set pans on top. Be patient. Oust full strength or if you catch him baking soda immediately as it draws the pee out and then after it is somewhat dry remove from carpet and pour a liberal amount of oust on the spot. My Hoover was operating overtime. Good luck and within three weeks this should improve things. I realize it is not the quick fix and of course remember the treats and praise when he uses the box.
P.S. When the enzyme cleaners work it can smell worse, just re-clean the area 24 hours later. Good luck. (09/22/2004)
By Mother of Pee Queen
I have used Oxiclean and then followed up with white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide, the peroxide kills the bacteria. I also mix baking soda and water and shampoo the mistake area. My girlfriend puts white pepper on her pale blue rug and cats do not go back to rugs, sofa, or to her dirt in her plants. I am now planning to use the vinegar after reading this site. (11/15/2004)
Walmart sells a product called Out that works excellently. It contains enzymes and bacteria and also has a money back guarantee. It completely removes odor and prevents pets from going in the same place. Supermarkets also sell similar products that contain enzymes and bacteria. (11/18/2004)
I'd rule out a medical problem, especially with a male cat. They tend to get feline urinary syndrome which can cause a blockage. Using unscented litter, or a recent change in kind used could also explain his behavior. (02/03/2006)
Since your cat is neutered and male, check with your vet about urinary tract disease... it's most common in males after this. As they get older, it's worse. A big trigger to the constant urinating is a high ash content in their food (kind of like when we get a u.t.i. and eat salty foods) so a special food is needed. Purina makes a great Special Diet (red and white bag) and I think the Wal-mart Special Kitty should have one. The vet's food was way too expensive and stinky: my mom has always had male cats, so this is first hand experience! Of course you should professionally clean the carpets if possible, because that smell is so hard to get rid of, and worse in summer! (02/03/2006)
Take him to the vet asap. My cat started to do this and we took him to the vet. It turned out he had a blockage and we were lucky to have him treated when we did. He still had to be on an IV and be hospitalized for about a week. From that point on he has had to be on food made specifically for urinary tract health. (02/03/2006)
I'm dealing with the same problem with a cat with a urinary tract infection. Because it burns the cat has decided that it is the box that makes it burn. We are treating the infection and then my vet has recommended a different style of box with a different litter and a product called Cataract (www.preciouscat.com) to draw her into using the new box. (02/05/2006)
There is a product called Nature's Miracle that you pour on the pee. Don't use soap first, just blot up the excess by standing on a folded towel placed over the pee, then pour this stuff on it. It has to soak the area. I used it on a couch, a chair and rugs. Darn cats. Three different episodes, three different cats. It left a water line on a white wing-back chair because that fabric was not water safe, but all the other areas left no mark and the smell is gone. You can buy this stuff at most pet stores and farm stores that have pet areas. (07/23/2006)
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