We have an older indoor cat. She usually uses the litter box. She seems to keep peeing in the same area on a rug in the dining room. I keep smelling that urine odor and have to treat that carpet area. Any ideas on how to break her of peeing there?
By Annette from Cocoa Beach, FL
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You probably still have cat urine in the carpet or the underpadding that isn't coming out. Cat urine is strong and the odor lingers too.
I had a cat that was peeing outside the box. I found a cat litter called "Attract", you can get it at pet stores, comes in a red bag, a little pricey, but it did the trick. The cat never peed outside the box again. I also used Walmart's "Out" products (in the pet department) for getting rid of the smell. So far so good.
Hope this helps.
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How do you stop cats from peeing on the carpet?
Nicole41819 from West Milford, NJ
I feel if this was a health problem there would be more weeing indoors rather than the one spot, (but I'm not a vet!). Is she otherwise well? Can you pinpoint the time she first used the spot? Was she locked in? Was the litter tray dirty? If so its almost certainly behavioural rather than ill health. If behavioural you need to make this spot unattractive, firstly by removing as much smell as possible but, as their sense of smell is so sensitive, this may not work.
The area can be made unattractive by sprinkling a bit of dried pepper there. Her fine sense of smell will make her avoid the area before she actually "gets a nose full" so to speak. Another method is to watch her until you catch her "in the act" and then spray her with a short sharp burst from a water pistol. This won't hurt her, but she will get a fright which she remembers when she goes near the spot again. You must do it at the exact time she is having a wee though so the connection is made.
But first and foremost you "need" to get a pee analysis from the vet, that will tell you if she/he has an infection, and yes, some cats with infection will pee in the same spot over and over again. For anyone's whose cat is using a place or something to do their clawing, just cover that area with sticky paper, like I stated above, no cat will do their claws on this. It will look kind of weird for awhile, but then it should be okay. There is also some kind of repellent product, but I've never used them. If none of this works, try speaking to your vet, they might have good ideas. Let us know how this turns out. (08/06/2007)
I have a big problem. In the past I had cats and they urinated on the carpet. Now we have 2 kittens and they are going to those spots and using the bathroom. Does anyone know how to stop them? How to get the smell out? My son plays on the floor. He doesn't play where it is, but I still can't stand him doing so until I can get the smell out.
By starmidnite710 from Mobile, AL
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