Mouthwash Keeps Cats from Urinating on Furniture

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I'm not going to tell you what the smell was like. All of you who have this problem know the odour too well!

I took in 3 feral cats and they decided that their litter box was going to be inside my Laz-Y-Boy recliner! They would crawl up inside it from the back, do their thing and sneak away. It took me quite a while to figure out where the stench was coming from.


I solved this problem by flipping the chair upside down, vacuuming it thoroughly, scrubbing it with Lysol, and letting it dry. Then I filled a small spray bottle with mouthwash and sprayed every piece of wood in the frame, being careful not to get the metal parts wet. Then I went around and flipped over all the rest of my furniture and cleaned and sprayed it, as well.

This was about 3 weeks ago, and they have stopped using my furniture as a litter box. I actually saw one of them sneak out from behind their "safe hiding place" in a large dog crate, covered in blankets, and use the litter box. I can't put them back outside, due to our terrible winter weather, so I'm really happy with this solution. I hope this helps everyone else with this problem!

Source: I read somewhere that using mouthwash where cats are inappropriately urinating stops them from going back there. I think it was your "thriftyfun" site.


By Dena Roberts from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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December 16, 20110 found this helpful

Bless you for taking in three Formerly Ferals!

November 28, 20130 found this helpful

Any particuliar type or brand of mouthwash?

February 18, 20151 found this helpful

I have tried both Scope and Listerine mouthwashes. They both work well...the Scope smells better!

September 21, 20150 found this helpful

The spray made my furniture extremely sticky. I had to buy an upholstery
cleaner to clean it all off.

March 6, 20160 found this helpful

You're not supposed to spray it on the fabric, just the wood frame

March 6, 20160 found this helpful

I hope this works, I am going to try it. I have a behavioral issue.

August 12, 20160 found this helpful

They say cats are trying to tell you something when they don't use their litter boxes. Or they may have an urinary tract infection. Once cleared of having any infection you need to try to determine what they are saying. I dont like the new baby, new pet, I'm not getting any attention, I don't like this food, I don't like this litter. I've tried everything to deter my 4 yoa female spayed cat from going on the couch and roommate's bed. This just started to occurr about 2 weeks ago. Aluminum foil someone suggested. Cats won't walk on it, Myth that she busted!


I haven't found anything to keep her from going on it but have covered it with plastic. I use just plain 4 mil plastic from Lowe's. This way if I'm not keeping close eye on her or away from house the couch will not be spoiled or stained and plastic can be cleaned a lot easier than fabric. Once plastic is on the couch I cover with a couch cover. This may be an inconvenience but at least your furniture isn't ruined and your cat is still part of your family not having to be rehomed.

November 27, 20160 found this helpful

My kitty who is 3yrs old and very tiny never really grew up past 6 months but she is fixed been to vet no uti and she just pee on my brand new couch for no reason at all .im more than mad .i cant have this going on and im not going to invest money into puppy pads forget that. Sorry ive had cats all my life i live alk of them but ruining my new furniture is not going to happen she pees on my bed new too and now on my new expensive couch not gonna happen.


Anyone want a cute female torti cat who is small but needs,one on one attention .she cant deal with my 3 male cats as they pick on her too. She fixed all,shots and healthy.i need a home please. I cant handle anymore furniture ruind i cant afford it .i have 3 other cats who are fine but she is ruining my home!!! Leave messg my email lbunten0915 at thanks

December 16, 20160 found this helpful

We have the same problem. Two male cats from outside and one female cat we have had since a kitten. She has been doing this for two years and I believe she is struggling with the two male cats in the house. We are at our wits end and believe she needs a home where she is the only cat. Hence we are looking for a home for her too.

October 25, 20160 found this helpful

Before it was just my one cat who would pee on the couch. We tried everything from going to the vet to spraying the couch with mouth wash and shoo spray from the pet store....but recently we've notice that there hasn't been any pee in the litter boxes and now it's both our cats peeing on the couch! They have choosen one of our couches as their new pee box.


What do we do? We got the couch as a gift and we can't afford to buy a new one. It's also gonna be winter soon and the furnace is gonna stink up the whole place. We keep cleaning it with apple Lysol hoping the citrus smell will over power the pee smell but if they keep peeing on it every night what can we do? I

December 13, 20161 found this helpful

Something I've found that helps with cleaning up the smell (Lyson doesn't do it for me) is Hydrogen peroxide, a teaspoon of baking soda and a drop of Downy soap. Mix it together, soak the area, blot, use a fan to dry the rest of the way.

You may need a lot more than 1 small bottle. Luckily Hydrogen peroxide is inexpensive :)

December 17, 20160 found this helpful

This works i tried it

December 17, 20160 found this helpful

This works i tried

February 17, 20170 found this helpful

What kind of mouthwash??
I am desperate at this point... Ugh!!


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