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Cat Is Urinating on My Couch

My cat has an issue of peeing on the couch when other people who have cats come over. I have tried everything under the sun and moon to resolve the issue, nothing seems to work. I refuse to give him up because he was a rescue of the side of the road at 4 weeks old.


I have tried everything including cayenne pepper, tin foil, mouthwash, puppy pads, even urine deterrents. It's embarrassing when people come over because once you sit on the couch you smell it. My couch isn't even a year old and if there is a way I don't want to get rid of it because it wasn't cheap. Suggestions?

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September 11, 20170 found this helpful

Stopping cats from urinating on furniture

Step 1
Clean soiled areas thoroughly. Don't use strong-smelling cleaners, because they may cause your pet to "over-mark" the spot.


Step 2
Make previously soiled areas inaccessible or unattractive. If this isn't possible, try to change the significance of those areas to your pet. Feed, treat and play with your pet in the areas they're inclined to mark.

Step 3
Use a product like Feliway® to inhibit your cat's spraying.

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September 16, 20170 found this helpful

I support your determination to keep your cat but resolve weakens when there does not seem to be a way to solve a problem like this. You may have to take several steps to find out what is causing your cat to pee on your couch because even a thorough cleaning may not be the answer.

Step 1
First question: has your cat been to the vet recently and had a health check-up so that a health problem can be ruled out? Medical problems can cause cats to avoid using liter boxes, such as a urinary tract infection and other health problems.


Step 2
Taking a step by step approach while trying to create a calmer environment for your cat may be the best solution.

Step 3
Think back to when this first problem began and try to remember if anything has changed in your household - another animal - new people - moving furniture - new routine/change in time schedule - moved liter box - as any of these things could cause a cat to become uncertain about what to do.

Step 4
Some suggestions: add another box in a different location. Next would be trying a different type of litter, and possibly taking the covers off the boxes. Try to find an unscented cat liter.

Step 5
Sometimes just an extra cleaning of their liter box will help. ie) make sure you are scooping daily, use unscented clumping litter, and completely clean with soap and water about once a week and filling the box with fresh litter).


Step 6
Many people say they use Rescue Remedy for cats as it has a calming effect and this will help you retrain your cat. Some pet stores and Walmart sell this product (but call first before making a trip). Once you use this you will always keep it on hand. It does not have long lasting effect and is very safe. http://www.bach  t-is-rescue-pet/

Step 7
Cleaning: Is it possible to take your couch cushions out side as any cleaning method will work better if that is possible.

Step 8
Mix 12 cup of white (not wine or cider) vinegar with 2 cups of warm water. Pour this mixture over the stain and let it soak for three to five minutes before blotting it up. Test this on a small, less visible area to determine whether it will discolor your couch. After the stain is dry, sprinkle a good amount of baking soda over the area to remove the last of the odor, and vacuum it up after 24 hours.


Step 9
Another solution to try. 3% hydrogen peroxide container, 1/4 cup baking soda, 2 tbsp hand-dish-washing soap (Dawn - blue)

Step 10
The absolute best cleaner that I have found for pet "accidents" is an Enzyme Cleaner. These usually work better on this type of stain/odor. . Dont use enzymatic cleaners with other types of cleaning agents; they can reduce the effectiveness. Enzyme cleaners can be purchased at most large box stores (Walmart, Target, etc), pet stores and on-line (Walmart/Amazon). Read labels and be sure it states enzyme cleaner for pet stains/odor.

Avoid ammonia: Youve probably noticed that ammonia and urine smell alike. This is because urine actually contains ammonia.

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