Keeping Cats From Peeing on Furniture


My cat urinates on materials. I just moved into a new apartment and I am afraid my cat will keep up this bad habit. If I leave any clothing or blankets on the floor she will urinate on them. The worst thing she urinated on was a futon. I have a new couch and am afraid for it. What can I do to break my otherwise sweet cat of this habit?
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Starrling from Tempe, AZ

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Keeping Cats From Peeing on Furniture

Check with your veterinarian. Has your cat been neutered? Your cat is marking her territory. Do you have other pets? Other cats? (01/24/2006)

By Carol

Keeping Cats From Peeing on Furniture

The first post may be correct in that the cat may be marking territory. It is worthwhile to go the vet to also check out any medical issues and/or to get behavioral advice. I had a cat who began urinating at an older age (she had not done this until she was about 13 years old) and it turned out she had diabetes. Another medical issue could be a bladder infection. When another cat was young, he went to the bathroom out of the litterpan when I went away for a period of time. I would put a plastic cover (painting dropcloth) on the couch and would keep the cat in a room with the litterpan when you are out or sleeping until you have the problem under control. The smell of cat urine is hard to get out. (01/24/2006)

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By k-la

Keeping Cats From Peeing on Furniture

Sometimes if you put a cat treat on the areas where the 'accidents' are happening the cats will cease 'peeing' there, however they might then choose a new place. I have not tried this method with our cats as they don't like cat treats! Cats, gotta love 'em! (01/24/2006)

By kidsNclutter

Keeping Cats From Peeing on Furniture

Keeping the cat confined to a small room, such as a bathroom, with a litter box at one end, food, water, and a bed at the other will help retrain the kitty to the box. She should never be left to wander the house without direct supervision until the problem is corrected. A room with a window would be perfect for her, and you would get some peace of mind while you are away.

Of course, I had a Persian once that peed on plastic bags, couldn't stop her. I could never bring groceries in and set them on the floor. I found out that many Persians have an aversion to litter boxes because they don't like the litter sticking in the long hair of their feet. You may want to experiment with litter textures to encourage proper box usage. Cats definitely have their own way of thinking. (01/25/2006)

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By slw1299

Keeping Cats From Peeing on Furniture

I learned that my cat would pee on anything, even in the stove burners, when one of her half sisters, we adopted later, would come in the house. She will tolerate another cat sister. All are neutered. I finally put the one she didn't like out on our upstairs covered balcony in an igloo dog house with a heating pad. That cat is happy and likes it out there and the inside cat stopped peeing. I have to be careful where they are sleeping because we have coyotes. (02/03/2007)

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Keeping Cats From Peeing on Furniture

A cat which pees someplace other than the litterbox can have an undetected health problem, it really needs a full vet check. A cat that is healthy but continues to pee outside the box is upset about something and is trying to communicate it to you. Has the cat lost a companion? Do you leave the cat alone for lengthy periods (like business trips)? Do you thoroughly scoop the litterbox at least once per day? Have you recently changed cat litter? Is there an outdoor cat visible through a window which is making your cat feel threatened? Cats don't do this to be retaliatory or to make you angry. (07/19/2007)

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