Kitten Urinating on Furniture?

We have an 8 week old kitten who we have had since she was 4 weeks old. She is very good with using the litter box, but she urinates on the beds and couches as well. Why would she be doing this? There are about 5 litter boxes in the house. We have a male cat as well, he is 10 months old and neutered. They get along very well and we don't have issues between them. I really don't know what to do anymore.


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October 16, 20190 found this helpful

My friend who has had the same issue swears by this stuff:

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October 16, 20190 found this helpful

She is marking her territory. Clean with an enzyme cleaner. Try a different litter. The one you are using may feel rough to her.

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October 17, 20190 found this helpful

It appears the kitten is trying to mark her own territory and feel that the home is hers too. This can be normal for a small cat and also very hard to deal with and clean up after. You will need to use a special product to get rid of the stain and order in your home. If this is not working well for you I have had to use a crate for a while. I had to raise 2 small cats in a crate for several weeks because they wer only 3 weeks old when I found them.


I worked a lot and I had 2 dogs. I just wanted to make sure they were safe and needed to introduce them to the dogs slowly. I have always had cats with my dogs and this normally is not an issue but the two were so small I just wanted them safe.

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November 2, 20190 found this helpful

Your little kit is so young and just doesn't have the whole litter box thing down, yet. She is YOUNG!

While it is not convenient for the humans in the house, it is important to keep things like couches and beds covered during the litter training period. The old fashioned plastic slip covers work best as kitties hate them and will (most will--there is always one crazy one that you will need to figure something else out) jump off fast. If you don't have that, a clean old shower curtain works well.


If that is not doable, keep the kit out of the rooms with the furniture until she is full trained.

Also, until she is a little older, let her have access to a litter box that is just hers (and that the male cat can't get to). She may not like his scent in the litter box...but is fine with him in other places.

Can you gate her in to one area with one litter box?

8 weeks is so young. To develop good habits it is critical to have her in a situation with few "distractions" like his scent and the furniture.

I am guessing by 10-12 weeks if you follow this path, she will be fully trained.

If she isn't, I would have the vet check her for a urinary or bladder infection.

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