Cat Peeing and Pooping in Kitchen?

Our 6 year old neutered male cat has been crazy the past couple weeks! He has started peeing on the stove and counters during the night. He pooped on the kitchen table and hides on top of cabinets. He is also currently under treatment for fleas. He constantly meows and cries and is only happy when on hubby's shoulders. The only other change is the dog and 2 other cats moved out to live with our adult child. We thought he'd be less stressed. Help!


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September 17, 20173 found this helpful

When a cat pees and poops in a home you need to determine the reason why. Here are some steps to take to find out the reason your cat is doing this now.

Step 1
Find out if it is a medical reason. The cat could have bladder stones, blockage, urinary track infection or feline interstitial cystitis. You will need to visit a vet if you suspect this to be the problems.

Step 2
Determine what the behavior problem or reason is. If you recently moved, a new person now lives in your home, a new pet, a new cat. Or any other changes in the environment that are negative can affect the cat.


Step 3
If the cat is peeing in one spot they will keep returning to this spot because it smell like the place they have peed before or gotten in the habit of peeing. If they can still smell the scent of their urine there they will go back there and pee again.

Step 4
Your cat feels the need to claim or reclaim their territory.

Step 5
If the cat starts peeing in the house youll need to consider their litter box.

Step 6
Is your cat unhappy with their litter box?

Step 7
Have you moved their litter box?

Step 8
Does the cat have access to the litter box?

Step 9
Did you place the litter box in a cramped area?

Step 10
Does your cat feel like it will be trapped where the litter box is placed?

Step 11
Does the litter box offer your cat privacy?

Step 12
Does your cat have a negative association to their litter box?

Step 13
Does your cat prefer to pee on certain surfaces or materials?

Step 14


Once you determine the reason your cat is peeing outside of the box you need to change your cats behavior. First off, clean all surfaces with enzymatic cleansers. Cover these areas with foil or plastic for several weeks, so the cat cant go back there and use them again.

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July 3, 20210 found this helpful

I've tried the foil. But, my cat will still pee on my countrtop. I wake up to ripped foil.

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September 17, 20170 found this helpful

It could be from the flea treatment and the stress from the fleas. I'd see if it goes away after the flea treatment. Otherwise it could be an internal infection on the bladder or so.

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September 18, 20171 found this helpful

Cat peeing and pooping in the house.

Sounds like he may miss the other animals. The cat should be checked for a health problem.Maybe he associates the litter box with pain or he cannot make it in time.


Scoop the litter box twice a day. Don't use scented litter some cats are sensitive and do not like it. Cats are creatures of habit. Abrubt changes can make the cat go outside the litter box. Use an enzymatic cleaner such as Petastic or Anti-icky poo on these sites so that the faint whiff of past deeds no longer entices your cat to pee or poop in that area.

Try using a cat repellent in the areas you don't want him in. Try moving the litter box and changing brands of cat litter.

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September 22, 20171 found this helpful

Cats do not like change and the other animals moving out is a super big change for him.

  • There are several things you might try but this may be a long drawn out process.
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  • Be sure that any place he has used is really clean - usually a vinegar and water (one part white vinegar to 5 or 6 parts water) will usually take the smell/odor away.
  • Is the flea medicine from the vet? If so, it should be helping him, if not then it may not be controlling the fleas.

Since this is happening mostly at night, I would suggest placing him and his litter box in confined area; laundry room, bathroom or anywhere convenient until the areas are clean where he has been going.

Hopefully, a few confined nights and the cycle will be broken and he will continue to use his litter box.

There is a product called Rescue Remedy that really helps in situations like this as it has a calming effect (very safe) and might help him get over this big change in his life.


Rescue Remedy is sold at all pet stores and on-line.

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