Cat Pees on Dirty Laundry only?

My cat seems to pee only on my dirty clothes. Any idea's on why? She is almost 2 yrs old, and her litter box is kept clean.


Please help with any ideas of how to make her go back to using her litter box. No changes in the household. Debbie

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February 15, 20050 found this helpful

I can't help you I'm afraid, but my cat only used to pee on white organza curtains. Strange Huh? But such is feline psychology!!! hope you get it sorted out! julie

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By Linda (Guest Post)
February 15, 20050 found this helpful

The easy way is to keep your dirty clothes picked up!

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July 4, 20190 found this helpful

Keep it picked up? My laundry is in a basket or hamper when the cat pisses on it. Oh and her litter box is clean!

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May 28, 20200 found this helpful

i love that you took the time to snarkily reply to a 14 year old comment

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By Nancy (Guest Post)
February 15, 20050 found this helpful

If you don't do this already, I would suggest that maybe you keep your dirty clothes in a hamper until you are ready to wash them. Hide the temptation from the cat - she will have to go back to her litter box.

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October 12, 20180 found this helpful

I keep my dirty clothes in a wash basket and that's what he pees all over.

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By KLS8800 (Guest Post)
February 15, 20050 found this helpful

Why not just buy a hamper with a lid on it? You can find some decent ones for maybe about ten dollars. Or if you are a bit off the beaten path in your taste, get a smaller sized galvanised silver trash can (even a plastic kitchen trash can for more thrifty folk) both have lids, and will keep kitty out.

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February 16, 20053 found this helpful

Well laa dee dah! There sure seems to be a lot of judgemental, self-righteous people out there! I'll bet all of you felt so much better after responding so rudely to Debbie's post!


Of course dirty laundry NEVER touches any of YOUR floors! You folks need to get a life!

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February 17, 20052 found this helpful

Since this is unusual for your cat to do this, I would take her to the vet for a checkup. Our pets sometimes act out of character when they are not well. That is their way of "telling" us. If her health checks out I would confine her to a small room with her clean litter box. Put her food and water dishes and something to sleep on in the room also. But do not keep her dishes near her litter box. Under no circumstances let her out. We had to do this with a cat we adopted. We kept her in our bathroom for one week. You must go visit her and play with her during her time in there. Warning: she may cry and howl for awhile. Our vet told us to do this and it did work for us.

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By Ihave2 (Guest Post)
February 25, 20050 found this helpful

Just for the record, my cat does this too. Always a clean box and clothes are usually kept out of site w/o incident. But came back from trip and left dirty clothes near suitcase and he peed on them.


He used to do this prior when he could get into the basket (now kept in closet). Cannot explain it. He's very healthy, happy, structured, clean, in great environment - so I'm just as curious! There has to be something to this...

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By Debby (Guest Post)
July 11, 20050 found this helpful

My cat or cats...we aren't sure who was doing it...liked to pee on the clothes too! Mostly towels or the kids clothes. We bought some Rubbermaid bins with LIDS...very important...we found out that they don't mind climbing in to pee either! The only problem now is that they (or one) has decided to pee ONLY on the kids toys...directly onto son left his gameboy on the floor and one of them peed right on the screen...what aim I tell ya!


At least the kids know to pick up the toys now! Might want to take him/her to the vet though...just in case.

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By Jenn (Guest Post)
July 13, 20050 found this helpful

I recently adopted a second cat...a 4 year old male from the humane society. When I'd return home from work, I'd smell that foul odor only cat urine could produce! It took me a while to find the source but after a couple days I found several spots of urine on clothes that I'd leave on the floor. I gave him extra attention when I was home, and recently...about 3 weeks into his adoption, this behavior has subsided. Needless to say, my leaving cloths on the floor behavior has subsided as well! Boy did he straighten me up! Good luck everyone...

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By Kaycee CO (Guest Post)
January 28, 20070 found this helpful

I have a weird one for you, my boyfriend moved in 3 months ago, and my cat was fine but now, he pees only on my boyfriends clothes, in a pile of both our clothes my cat found his stuff and peed on it. can someone tell me why

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By Kyla (Guest Post)
September 29, 20070 found this helpful

I have a female cat that pees on dirty clothes. And I have read your answers about getting a hamper. I have one.. but not all of us keep our clothes in it...


and when I make rounds to pick them up.. they've been hit already. Could this be because she's becoming sexually mature? She lives with two male cats.. but they are fixed. She is not.

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October 27, 20180 found this helpful

Definitely get her spayed. It will probably solve your problem.

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By (Guest Post)
December 17, 20070 found this helpful

I used to work at a vet clinic and we got this question all of the time. If your cat is neutered the problem can probably be fixed. You have to ensure a pristine litter box for your cat, pick up the laundry and clean all areas that the cat urinated on - twice, with bleach or specialty cleaner designed for pet odors - to ensure the smell is gone. If they can smeel their own smell at all, they will continue to go there.


Then, you should probably go to the vet to ensure your cat does not have a UTI. The vet I worked for said that sometimes cats will associate the pain of urinating when they have an infection with where they are goinig and not the act of going itself. You may have to close the doors to the room(s) where the laundry is sitting as well because once a cat gets in a new habit, they hate to change.

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By catmom (Guest Post)
May 7, 20080 found this helpful

My cat pees on dirty laundry too, she started when the new kitten moved in.
My laundry isn't all over the floor, she climbs into the baskets to pee. I've tried putting the baskets on top of the washing machine to keep her out, but she finds a way up. I can't close the door because the laundry room also happens to be where we keep the cat boxes.
I've tried adding another litter box so we now have 3.
They are cleaned out daily. I don't know what to do, I can't take much more of this!
She will also pee on my daughter's doll blankets if they are on the floor. She was so good about using her box before, I just don't know what to do.

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October 19, 20180 found this helpful

The laundry bin needs a lid.

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May 23, 20080 found this helpful

My cat only does that when she has a urinary tract infection. Which had gotten too costly to keep taking her to the vet. So I keep her on acidophilus a 1/2 a tab or 1/2 a capsule a day for maintaining it. But When it is a full blown infection I do 1 tab or one capsule a day . Some cats are more prone than others and I buy water by the gallon for her because our water has too much line and calcium deposits in it.You can find this product in the vitamin section at a large department store or at your local pharmacy.And another note to remember is my cat has the temptation to go on those welcome mats or those utility mats that are made of all black rubber. I think she smells the chemicals in it and the patrolium they us to mold the rubber. I am told that cats hate orange peels too. animals have their quirks and personality flaws too. My cat will go on newspapers too I think it is because of the oder that the ink gives off, I don't spank her for that because it is nice to fall back on the newspaper when I forget to remember to get cat litter, ooops! cher

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By lisa (Guest Post)
January 18, 20090 found this helpful

My cat has been peeing in the potted plants as well as the bin in which we store clean socks. Not only does he pee in the sock bin but then he sleeps there too. Sometimes I open the washroom closet and the cat has been sleeping on the towels all night. He has a bed and usually sleeps there.

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September 7, 20180 found this helpful

I have a trick you can try with potted plants. I had luck with putting a pretty much solid single layer of seashells covering the top surface of pots - set with open parts facing DOWN so they wouldn't collect water when I watered plants. Larger rocks worked great too. Water can easily get down into the soil - but cats couldn't easily dig and didn't seem to want to keep using plants as litter box with that feature.

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June 25, 20160 found this helpful

My cat uses his litter box. It's kept clean. The problem is that he also urinates on my husbands belongings. How can I stop this?

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