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So we've been having a problem with my son's cat peeing all over my house. I have changed out his litter boxes and found a litter he will poo in, and added a box on every floor. I have bought pet enzyme sprays. I used vinegar and even bought Skunk Eeze. All of these items did get rid of the smell in my house, but they do not deter him at all. The minute a pair of shoes, bag, or any item really is left on the floor he will pee on it. If he can't find anything to pee on he does it right in the middle of the floor. I have had to remove all of my rugs and mats and lock up our shoes. He's even gone as far as peeing on my bed. I need a permanent solution that will deter his peeing. I am having him neutered next week, but I want to be clear he is not spraying items he is urinating on them.
Your cat is marking its territory continually.
From felway: Clean the affected area with Urine-AWAY. This removes the odor which can continue to draw the cat back to area to mark. Urine-AWAY is an odor and stain remover.
Use FELIWAY®. FELIWAY® mimics the natural feline facial pheromone. It helps a cat feel safe and secure in its environment. It is clinically proven to decrease urine spraying in 9 out of 10 cats in 30 days.*
Litter boxes play an important part in managing this behavior. Behaviorists recommend to have one box per cat plus one and they should be spread out all over the house. Most cats are very fastidious about their toilet, aim to scoop at least once daily.
Dont punish your cat. This includes shouting, spraying with water, or swatting your cat. Punishment increases stress and anxiety. It will make the problem worse. It may even make your cat afraid of you.
Minimize interactions with outdoor cats. Cover windows and do not place food outside for stray cats.
I have 3 indoor cats. They are all female and all spayed. Two of them are almost 4 and the youngest is almost 2. It is the youngest cat that I am having the issue with, although I suspect the second oldest of the 3 is also peeing outside her litter tray. This includes both full-on peeing and marking.
The youngest cat I supsect is the main culprit as she acts extremely guilty once she has realised that I have found her pee, although I never catch her doing it. She must do it at night and when there's nobody in the house. The frustrating thing is that they all use the litter trays regularly, but the two suspects also choose to pee on both of my sofas daily. My life consists of cleaning their pee and desperately trying to prevent this behaviour.
What is even more stressful about this situation is that I am 7 months pregnant with my first child and the cat pee issue is taking a massive toll on my emotional well-being and causing me a great deal of stress (more so than just the general pregnancy stress). I can only imagine the upheaval in my household once my child is born as my cats try to adapt to the new baby in the house. I imagine it will only make the cat pee issue worse (if that is even possible).
I have been through numerous questions asked online about the same issue and have been through so many 'solutions', but nothing seems to work. I clean with white vinegar, I've used baking soda in an attempt to lift the smell, I've laid tinfoil down before I leave the house (it got peed all over), I keep their trays to a good standard of cleanliness, I feel like I have exhausted nearly every avenue to attempt to correct the behaviour. The only thing that prevents them from peeing on one of my sofas is putting their food bowls up there, but although it stops them from peeing on that couch, it most likely just redirects them to the other sofa.
My cats are very well loved and looked after, I make sure they have routine in their lives and always make time to cuddle with them and play. So as you can imagine, this issue is causing havoc. It is ruining not only my living area, but also my state of mind at what should be a happy and exciting time in my life.
I don't believe in simply giving up on difficult behaviour in people and I am exactly the same with my cats. I would rather successfully correct this behaviour than simply give the cat(s) away and then feel terrible about doing so. So rehoming or giving to a shelter is not an option.
I suppose my question is, what else can I do that does not involve just redirecting the behaviour to another 'pee area'? I try my very hardest to not shout or become angry at the cats as I know they don't understand, but it's beginning to wear thin at this stressful time. Would confining the cats to separate rooms at night with their litter trays help at all or would it just cause them more stress?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
You are right not to worry about toxo (and it is only the stool and will only affect you in the 1st trimester).
Your cats are super blessed to have such a committed owner who is trying not to be upset with them (you are right that it could worsen the problem).
Vinegar nor baking soda will never get rid of the odor for the cat's nose. You must use enzyme products specifically for cat urine and follow the directions (which I did not realize till years after I graduated from Veterinary school). You spray the enzyme then cover the spot for 24 hours to keep it moist while it "eats" the odor.
tinfoil often works - good try.
At this point I would strongly suggest you an integrative veterinarian with whom to work (or another suggestion below). This is a person trained in many different approaches, including using conventional drugs only when absolutely needed. Working with one can increase the chance that your cherished companion can live a long and healthy life after recovering from this current problem. There are good ones and great ones, and a few homeopathic veterinarians will consult by phone or email. You can go to the web sites for each type of holistic practice and use their referral list to find one near to you. Many practitioners are members of only one or two of the organizations, so you do need to go to every site to find who is near you:
1. Wide range of treatments: www.AHVMA.org, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and www.civtedu.org.
2. Homeopathic veterinarians (these can often help you by phone if no other holistic practitioners are nearby that you like): www.theAVH.org and www.DrPitcairn.com;
3. Chiropractic and Osteopathic - www.animalchiropractic.org; http://equineosteopathy.org/ (they treat dogs, too)
4. TCVM (Acupuncture and Chinese medicine): www.IVAS.org, www.aava.org & www.TCVM.com
5. Herbal - www.VBMA.org
6. Postural rehabilitation dogs and horses -http://www.post Practitioner.htm
7. Craniosacral and Bowen - http://www.anim tionnetwork.com/ not all are vets, so also look for this modality at the AHVMA web site.
My second suggestion may be too far out there for you, but I have had about 80% success when clients with peeing cats spoke with an animal intuitive. Because Sharon Callahan makes her own flower essences (100% safe) AND is an animal communicator, I think this would be the fastest way to resolve the problem - www.anaflora.com.
Our cat Puffy has been driving the entire family crazy with his peeing everywhere.
We bought de-scenting sprays and special cleaners, which he ignored and re-marked all over the house. Some advice? (I refuse neuter my cat.)
Although getting your animal neutered is a good thing , because it reduces their chances of getting some forms of cancer later in life . I do neuter my rescue animals right away if they are not done . I lost my Sheeba to cancer because she was not neutered . I thought because she was not going to be around any boy dogs it was ok . TRUST ME IT'S NOT OK . My mom had got her dog Baby a poodle from the free ads , my mom passed away in 2009 . I was given Baby as she was afraid of males for some reason , she never made up to my dad no matter what he did . She now has tumors on her breasts . The Dr. said she could run tests but that with her being a senior dog , chances are it would be too much for her to go through any kind of surgery.
I will explain for the 100th time, no one can help so here goes. I have a 9 month old male cat who always used the litterbox up to about a month ago. Then he started peeing on everything so I took him to the vet where he was checked out (everything OK). I had him fixed while he was there. It has now been a week since getting fixed and he uses the litter pan, but he also pees on whatever he can.
I clean the litter box once a day (always use the same litter) and change it weekly. I have cleaned everything and even shampooed my carpets. I have tried all the deterrent sprays and homemade one too, they don't seem to bother him at all. I have just spent aproximately 500.00 dollars so I really don't want to get rid of him now. Please help!
nothing has changed and he was givin a clean bill of health
By weedas55 from MI
Never heard the one about the cat maybe having UTI or something, but seems to be mention all over the web when I searched for how to stop my cat from peeing in the tub. A friend of mine has a cat that always does it, and she just rinses the tub out a couple of times a day.
My kitten, Faye, who's about 6 months old keeps peeing everywhere. We got her about a month, almost two months, ago. She was litter trained when we got her. She uses the litter box, but she still pees on everything. We have two litter boxes, and we recently got a new humongus one, so that makes three. It's also weird because she acts like a dog. She tries to steal my food when I eat, and she'll eat anything that I drop on the floor as long as its food. This morning I woke up and found the trash bag ripped open, and food everywhere. I have two other cats, one a girl, the other a boy. They are all fixed. The other two cats are almost 2 years old, but they love to play with Faye, and they love each other. I just need to know how to get Faye to stop this behavior. Thanks for any help you have!
Vet now. If it gets into the kidneys there's little chance of survival.
I have a cat that is in heat like the article said. Is there anything I can do to keep her from peeing on my bed and other places where she does this? Also is there anything that I can give her to keep her from crying all the time during her cycle.
The answer is, not really. Spaying and neutering your animals will prevent all these unwanted behaviours, for the most part. If for whatever reason you choose to keep an animal that goes into heat, your only option is to keep her crated during her 'special time'.
I have an 8 month old female cat. She is spayed, but after her surgery she started peeing everywhere. I tried everything. It has gotten to the point where I have to get rid of her. She uses her litter box to poop and sometime uses it to go pee. She is peeing all over my clothes, blankets, and furniture. It stinks in my place because of her. She was a stray and now I keep wishing I had never gotten her. I love her, but before she got fixed she never peed in my house she always used her litter box. I moved her litter box and showed her where it is and she just wants to pee on my clothes. What can I do before I get rid of her? For two months she has been peeing everywhere. I have to throw away so many things because of her. I am at the point of saying I don't want her anymore. I am at the end of her peeing everywhere.
By Kendra G
Sounds like she has picked up an infection or has developed a complication from the surgery...take her to the vet!
I have two 13 year old cats, a male and a female who despite living together for ten years, hate each other. Both cats have had UTIs in the past with the occasional spraying outside of the litter tray, but were put on special diets (which they are still on) to stop the UTIs which stopped the occasional spraying.
Over the past few months though, my female cat has been spraying/peeing more and more frequently so that now it's pretty much daily on things like the toaster, the kitchen bench, the couch, books, anywhere and it seems like everywhere! I recently caught my male cat spraying in the same place after I'd cleaned up after her so I am not sure how much of it is him, but I suspect it is her 90% of the time.
Her behaviour has been changing too, for example she used to be outside most of the time, but now rarely goes out, she has become quite clingy and she vocalises as though she's lost sometimes. The vet says she seems quite healthy for an old cat though and after finding it wasn't the UTI, recommended I try a Feliway diffuser. It's been two weeks and apart from the first two days, it doesn't seem to have made a difference, she even sprayed the wall right next to the diffuser! I have 3 litter trays that I scoop as soon as I see anything, but she/they pee on it or in front of it as much as in it!
I really don't know what else to do and am about to lose my marbles. Any advice, ideas, or similar experiences would be greatly appreciated. Please help!
By Emma S. from Melbourne, Australia
Because of your cats age, I would be suspicious of kidney disease. Have you noticed her drinking more water? The 1st sign is often "drink a lot/pee a lot' behavior. The crying behavior is also typical. They just dont feel well. A young healthy cat can live months/years with treatment for kidney disease. A blood test at the Vet will tell if her kidneys are failing. That is where I would look 1st. They need to eat wet food instead of dry, and if the condition is severe, there is prescription food for it. My cat peed in the toaster once. I of course came along and dropped a piece of bread in the toaster. To this day, 20 years later I remember the smell with perfect clarity.
I have a 4 year old male cat. He is fixed and started peeing everywhere! He uses the litter box but he still pees. Could it be that I have two female cats that aren't fixed? I don't know how to stop him from peeing, and I don't want to have to give him up. Please help.
By Linda S.
I think you guessed about half the problem. Get the girls fixed. Your male cat may be feeling territorial about other males that show up looking for your females. You also might want to have him checked for a bladder infection.
Our cat, Puffy, has been driving the entire family crazy with his peeing everywhere. We bought de-scenting sprays and special cleaners, which he ignored and re-marked all over the house. Some advice? I refuse neuter my cat.
Puffy may have a medical problem, (diabetes re peeing problem?) and need medical help now to help. However, if Puffy does not have a medical problem and you refuse to neuter him, you may have to live with his very natural peeing/marking behavior.
By Afrin from Navi Mumbai, India
In order to get rid of the smell of cat urine use peroxide. Just pour it on the area and let it soak in. Works wonderful best thing out there to get rid of the smell of cat pee
We brought in a stray kitten a few days ago and initially he seemed to have taken to the litter box well, he only attempted to poo outside of it once and we set him inside as he was going and the problem never reoccurred. However he never pees in the litter box, and he always seems to find a different spot to pee on, and it's always somewhere my boyfriend and I spend the most time (bed, in between the couch cushions). He even peed on my feet while I was sleeping the other night.
I know this is likely him marking, but is there anything (besides the old mouthwash and tinfoil trick) that can get him to finally start peeing in the litter box. We keep the one we have in the main bathroom downstairs, we're buying another today, but aren't sure where to put it. I'd like to keep a stinky litter box out of the kitchen, but our apartment is so small. Both bedrooms are upstairs. Thanks.
I would go for the litterbox in the kitchen. I pick mine twice a day and there is no odor. Get a good quality litter that is unscented. Perfume is a turn off for cats used to the outdoors. Search this site for ideas. There are a lot. I have heard of folks who restrict pets to a bathroom (Part of the day or at night) with their litterbox. This seems to help them get the idea. They are more fastidious if they have to be close to the little mistake. Bless you for taking in this little monkey...especially when he peed on your feet. You gets points in heaven for that.
How can I stop my cat from peeing and pooping everywhere? I'm pretty sure it's from stress, as my older brother likes to scare him and the younger one drags him to bed. However, when we put a stop to it, which lasted about 4 or 5 months, he still kept doing it. He goes everywhere. The beds, dog bowls, couch, under the bed, outside, but never in the litter box despite changing litter and getting a new box for separate cats, we have two, brothers, he still has not stopped. What can we do? We really don't want to give him away.
The poor cat is obviously extremely stressed from the mistreatment by your brothers. It will probably take some time and much love and understanding on everyone's part to change the urinating and defecating behavior. It is clear your cat is still suffering from and always expecting to be harrassed by your brothers. Your kitty is not a toy, your brothers must stop scaring him and using him like a stuffed animal. He has feelings and emotions very much like humans and suffers from mistreatment like humans.
If you truly love your cat and want to help him, please take him to your vet and ask for help in changing his behavior. Possibly some medication and certainly commitment on your part will help poor kitty improve his problem.
My cats are 6 and 7 months old. They began peeing on stuff only when my boyfriend's daughter comes for the weekend. She has cats at her place as well. Please help, their litter is clean and everything. It's only when she is here.
I would suggest getting them both fixed. Otherwise when your daughter is there keep them in another room with their litter box. They must be smelling her cats and marking their territory. I have always fixed my cats right around 5 months. I've never had an issue like this before.
My cat is 4 years old and got neutered before he was 1. He has had 2 UTIs and 2 kidney stones in the past. His diet has been changed and he's so much better. Here's the thing, we moved into our new house last night. I showed him where his clean litterbox is and everything. Also, all of the flooring is brand new. But he keeps peeing everywhere, even on the tile flooring.
I know stress/change of environment could play a part, but I need to stop him from doing this. I did not get any sleep last night, he was coming in the bedroom, jumping on my bed and constantly meowing. But when I would get up, he would be fine. He's feeling okay, acting normal (other than the peeing), eating, etc. I have cleaned with enzymatic cleaner, all that. But he is literally peeing everywhere!
I think you kitty is having a hard time adjusting to the move. You need to eliminate a bladder infection as a cause of the problem, so get him to the Vet soon. It is a very likely possibility. Stress really can bring it on. The stress will diminish with time, and I'm sure he will improve. Some folks keep their cats confined to a room with a litterbox until things settle down a bit. It seems to help some cats. But be sure and get him to the Vet right away to be sure on the bladder infection. Good luck.
I have a 6 month old male cat who recently just started peeing on my daughter's bed, just outta the blue. I don't know what to do. Nothing has changed in the household and he also tries to escape outside all the time. I can't have him outside as I live in a campground and I can't afford to have him just peeing in places other then his litter box. I live in a small enclosed camper. Please help. Any information will be great. Thank you.
You do not state whether your cat is neutered. He is now six months old and, if not neutered, may be approaching the "looking for females" stage and wants to go outside. Neutering should significantly reduce his need to go outside.
Regarding his (or your!) urination problem. He may have a medical problem that hurts him when using the litter box-it may be too high for him to climb over without pain. Please take him to your vet immediately to clarify any possible medical problem and needed treatment. If he is healthy, your vet can help you help change your cat's pee habit.
I have found out that my cat is urinating everywhere. She is in heat and I don't know if that has anything to do with it. I need to know why she is doing this quickly and how to stop it. I am on a trip right now, can't go to a vet, and I definitively don't want to get kicked out of the hotel. Thank God they allow pets. Please help me!
By Will from New York City, NY
Ditto the advice to have the cat spayed. The humane society does low cost spaying. Some rescue groups do also. It can be as low as $20 in my area. Be sure to have a unrinalysis done as soon as possible. Urinary tract infections are painful, and usually clear up with antibiotics without too much difficulty; but if you let them go on untreated can cause long term damage. If your cat has just a bladder irritation, the are cranberry products to add to the food that I have used and like. One from Only Natural Pets (onlynaturalpets.com) is my favorite. Good luck.
I have two cats, 16 and 19 years old, both spayed. They both eat a low protein vet cat food to help with an early stage kidney problem the oldest has. They have two oversize litter boxes that are kept clean, no change in the litter brand. They see a vet twice a year, two weeks ago was their last visit.
The youngest, 16, has been peeing in the bedrooms, on the beds, on the floor around the litter box for the past year (finally caught her in the act, couldn't be sure which one it was before). I use an odor destroyer, but it is now getting out of hand. I caught her climbing up into a plastic shelf and peeing on it/in it. Is she getting senile?
The vet had suggested bringing a litter box into my bedroom, but if she is climbing a shelf to go pee, I do not think it is because she is too tired to go downstairs. The house only has two floors so it is not far. They have their own door to the litter box so they are not prevented from getting there.
Choices are getting very narrow here. I do not want to confine her to one room in the basement. She has slept with my husband and me every night since she was 8 weeks old. Any suggestions?
By Kellys cats from NB, Canada
It really sounds like a bladder infection, or at least a bladder irritation. Be sure to have the vet check for this. the test is not part of a regular visit. I have had the same problem. I got a product called Tinkel Tonic. Most natural pet stores carry it. It did wonders for my cat. Another product that helped is Comfort Zone with feliway. I still use both of them all the time. Good luck.
My cats have been urinating in different parts of the house, no way to predict where. They have a litter box but are getting up there in age and may be confused. Any suggestions on how to stop this?
I too have a 13-year old cat who's been peein on a walls like a male cat would do...only she's female. She was born feral. Just this last summer, in July, I had to put down my other 14 year old whom she had been around her whole life. Oreo started peeing on the walls when Coco started dying. We bought some things that you plug into the outlets that give off ferimones that are supposed to keep her from peeing, but it hasn't helped. I also got a new cat, who is now 8 months old now shortly after I had to put Coco down. Is the new kitten the issue? Or could it also be a UTI? She's scared of everyone, including my family. She's okay with me, but only if I don't pick her up. What should I do? My dad is threatening to make me put her down.
By Marge M
I would try a trip to the Vet. You need to rule out a bladder infection. Another thing to consider is whether your cat feels threatened by other cats in the neighborhood. This can set off territorial marking.
My kitten started urinating on my bed. She did this about 3 times so we close our door so she can't get in. She then urinated on our son's dirty laundry so we started closing all of the bedroom doors in our house. She then urinated on my other sons backpack.
She still also uses the litter box. We have now confined her to the basement where her litter box is and we only let her up when we can watch her. She has done really well this week, but will we ever be able to trust her so she can have free roam of the house?
Carin from Detroit, MI
We had a cat that would urinate on my son's bed anytime he forgot to clean the litterbox first thing in the morning. As long as the litterbox was cleaned, the kitty would not urinate anywhere else.