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How to Stop Your Cat from Peeing in the House

Training Your Cat Not to Pee in the House
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Stop a Cat from Peeing in the House: How To

Cat pee anywhere in the house can make your entire home smell like a litter box. Cats' urine contains strong-smelling proteins they use to mark their territory, a scent that is nearly impossible to eliminate. Cleaning it can often wet the crystallized proteins and reactivate the odor. It can be upsetting and very stressful.

The best way to get rid of the smell in your home is to prevent the cat from peeing there in the first place. Ignoring the problem or yelling at your cat will not make the problem go away. To prevent the inappropriate urination, the reason for your cat's misbehavior must first be addressed.

The first step to solving the problem is figuring out its reason. By peeing in the house, your cat is trying to tell you something is wrong. He could be sick, anxious, or unhappy with his litter box, but it will take some sleuthing to discover the source of your cat's behavior. Once you find the cause, you can begin to find a solution.

Here, you will find possible causes and solutions so you and your cat can live in harmony again.

How To Re-Train Your Cat
How To Re-Train Your Cat

Cat Peeing in the House: Possible Reasons

A cat that pees in the house may do so because of a medical or behavioral reason, or maybe it's something else. Use these lists to trouble-shoot.

Medical Reasons:

Medical reasons are the most common cause of incontinence in cats. Your cat should be checked by your vet to exclude these conditions:

Bladder stones or blockage. If your cat goes to the litter box often or exhibits any signs of pain or distress there (mewing or crying, for example) or if its abdomen seems to be tender to the touch, then you have reason to suspect an obstruction of some kind.

Urinary tract infection (UTI). If your cat pees small amounts quite often, it may have an infection.

Feline interstitial cystitis. This inflammation of the bladder can cause a cat to need to pee so suddenly it doesn't have time to make it to the litter box.

What if your cat won't use the litter box?
What if your cat won't use the litter box?

Behavioral Reasons:

If your cat's problem is behavioral, you'll need to find out why.

  • If you have recently moved, have any new people in the household, or have gotten a new pet, your cat may feel threatened. Any change in the cat's environment or schedule may have a negative effect on its training.
  • If your cat has gotten used to peeing in a certain spot, she'll keep returning to that spot because it smells like the right place and because she's gotten into the habit of going there. If she can smell the scent of her urine there, that's her cue to relieve herself there again.
  • Is your cat peeing or spraying? It's important to know the difference. Cats mark their territory, especially when they feel threatened. Although neutered and spayed cats are less likely to spray, some still do. Is there any reason your cat would feel the need to claim or reclaim its territory?

The problem might be the litter box itself.
The problem might be the litter box itself.

Other Reasons: The Litter Box

When your cat starts peeing in the house, the litter box should be considered. All too often, we ignore the obvious: You rush your cat to the vet fearing the worst, only to find out that the problem is a simple case of user error.

A cat that is unhappy with his box will stop using it. Think about it: would you use a dirty, smelly toilet? Of course not. Cats are very clean animals, and some of them are extremely finicky about their litter boxes.

The Litter Box Itself: If you can answer yes to any of the questions below, this may be your reason.

  • Have you recently moved the box?
  • Is the litter dirty?
  • Are there too few boxes to serve all the cats in your house?
  • Is the cat ever prevented access to the litter box?
  • Is the litter box placed in a cramped spot? Does the cat have any reason to fear getting trapped there or not being able to escape easily?
  • Is the box located in a location that offers no privacy?
  • Does the litter box have a hood or sides that are too high?
  • Has your cat ever been upset or interrupted while using the box?
  • Are there any reasons your cat might have negative associations with the litter box?
  • Is your cat expressing a preference for peeing on certain surfaces or materials like carpet, fabric, or dirt?

Note: A cat that has been declawed will have special needs when it comes to litter. You may need to switch to paper litter that is softer on those delicate paws.

Inappropriate Urination: Changing Your Cat's Behavior

Once you've isolated the reason your cat is peeing in the house, you can begin to change its behavior. This will take time.

  • If your cat has been peeing where it shouldn't, you'll need to remove all trace of the smell or block off the area entirely. Clean the spot with an enzymatic cleanser rather than an ammonia-based one, cover with foil or plastic, and prevent access for several weeks to give the neutralizer sufficient time to work.
  • If there is a new cat in the house, give them separate litter boxes. Give them different territories until they are comfortable with each other.
  • If your cat is threatened by a new baby, guest, or other change, give it time to adjust.
  • Moving to a new home is a big change in your cat's life. Not only is the cat claiming and adjusting to a new territory, it might also be reacting to the scent of a former tenant's pet. You'll need to reassure your cat and completely remove all odors of other cats so your cat won't feel the need to mark its territory.

Don't forget to give extra attention, affection, and praise to your cat. Reassure your pet that it is a loved and important part of the family.

What Not to Do

Getting your cat to use the box is all about patience, not punishment. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Never rub a cat's nose in its urine or feces.
  • Never yell at the cat or physically drag it to the litter box.
  • Keep the litter box separate from where the cat eats or drinks.

Cat Pee in the House: Removing the Scent Will Prevent Its Return

There are several ways to stop your cat from peeing in the house.

First, you must remove the odor from your home. Your cat will keep returning to that area if he can pick up the scent. Clean up the urine as soon as possible. Wipe up the mess with a paper towel and then use a disinfectant and odor neutralizer. Avoid ammonia-based disinfectants because your cat will think it's urine and continue peeing in that area. A cleaning spray that lists orange oil in the ingredients works well. Cats dislike and will avoid the smell of citrus. A home remedy I use is homemade citrus cleaner made with orange peels. You can also use a good old-fashioned warm water and vinegar solution. Both are inexpensive and "green" alternatives to toxic chemical cleaning products.

Even if you can't smell it, your cat can.

  • To make sure you got all the urine off the floor, use a black light. A black light will show everything, even in spots you didn't know about.
  • You can also try moving your cat's food and water dish since a cat won't pee where it eats.
  • Aluminum foil is another option. Cover the spot where your cat has peed with foil. Cats don't like the sound or texture and will avoid it.

Homemade Remedies for Cleaning & Repelling Cat Urine
Homemade Remedies for Cleaning & Repelling Cat Urine

Homemade Products to Stop Your Cat from Peeing There

These are are my homemade recipes for cleaning and repelling cat urine. I usually use a vinegar solution and a citrus spray. I like vinegar because it's better for the environment and better for me. If you have anyone in your home with breathing problems, harsh cleaning products can make things worse.

First, clean up the urine on the floor. Use paper towels or anything else you are willing to throw away. Then use either (or both!) of these two solutions:

Vinegar Cat Pee Cleaner & Repellant

This is the best method I have found to remove cat urine. It's also very cheap. Vinegar, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide: You can buy all these for less than five dollars.

  1. In an ordinary squirt bottle, mix three parts water to one part vinegar.
  2. Spray the affected area and let sit for a few minutes. This works better on hardwood or tile floors, but you can use it on carpet as well.
  3. Soak up the vinegar solution with paper towels.
  4. Allow the floor to become completely dry. If you are in a hurry, turn a small fan on the area and it should be dry in a couple of minutes.
  5. Once the floor is dry, sprinkle baking soda over the affected area.
  6. Take hydrogen peroxide and some dish soap (doesn't matter which brand) and pour it over the baking soda.
  7. Use a scrub brush to scour the floor. This will kill all the bacteria that was left behind.
  8. After you have scrubbed the area thoroughly, soak up the excess with paper towels and allow to dry.

Homemade Citrus Cat Repellant

This solution won't remove the urine smell. It is mainly used to keep a cat away from a certain area because cats hate the smell of citrus. I don't know why, but they do. I have been making homemade cleaning products for years, long before it was cool to be "green." I have used this outdoors many times to keep feral cats away from my garden. I love my stray kittehs, but I don't want them digging up my garden. This is safe to use in your home as well.

  1. Boil two cups of water in a pan.
  2. Add orange, lemon, and/or tangerine peels (about one cup).
  3. Let it simmer for about 20 minutes, and then remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Once it is cool, pour into a spray bottle. Add two teaspoons lemon juice and a squirt of dish soap (preferably lemon-scented). Shake to mix.

You can use this spray on furniture, walls, or parts of the floor you want the cat to avoid.

What do you think?

After reading this article, why do you think your cat is peeing in your house?

  • I think it's marking its territory.
  • I think my cat is stressed out.
  • There have been a lot of changes, and I think the cat is just confused.
  • I think it's emotional: My cat is angry about something that happened.
  • My cat was never trained properly, so how can I expect anything else?
  • My cat is a complicated character. Who knows why!?!?
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Do you have any helpful tips for cat owners? 270 comments

Pissed off 4 days ago

Another problem is, the areas I DON'T want the cat to pee are right next to the litter box, like the wall and sofa. Would spraying the citrus there also make them not use the cat box at all??


MT 2 weeks ago

hello.... my cat sleep outside but everyday pee n poo under the dining table... what solution i can use? even how we hit also not a good method... everyday still remain the same...


Peed'off 3 weeks ago

My mother is a breeder of Maine Coon cats. We have 12 cats in total, 3 breeding females, one mating tom, 2 cats are mine & the rest are old pets, all Maine Coon. They all roam freely in and around the house & garden, no one travels beyond our boundary wall. The mating tom is terrific, he doesn't smell & doesn't spray which is very rare. He even gets to sleep under the duvet with me. There are however several of the cats that have taken to spraying. I know who they are & I know why they do it. You can bet your bottom dollar that if one cat pees on the wall, another will pee right next to it. My 7 year old boy is the tallest cat in the house so I know where he pees because the pee spot is higher than all the others. For some reason my TV seems to be a favourite target so I've taken to covering it with a towel when it is not in use. My Mac has today become a target, I cover it with a towel as well when not in use but I left my office for 3-4 minutes & when I got back, there it was, staring me in the face. I know who it was, one of the females is coming into season. When females come into season they spray EVERYWHERE to advertise their upcoming event. It's super frustrating but until I move into my own place I can do nothing but put up with it.


think_likeafox 3 weeks ago

i literally just tried this yesterday and am crossing fingers that it works. my cats are spiteful pee-ers, 100%. one used to pee in my shoes as soon as i would take them off after i'd been gone awhile. granted i've moved a lot and they've had a lot to deal with but it doesn't make it any less annoying, especially with a toddler running around. when we first moved they were using the boxes, but since they've been going outside they stopped, just one uses to poop but she will pee outside for the most part. kept finding pee everywhere, so frustrating! especially on my new carpet and bedroom curtains (which were pooling on the floor) :( really sad when you can't have nice things because your cats are jerk. i was washing the curtains and drop cloths at least once a week, have thrown out numerous books etc that just happened to get in the way... it actually fills me with anxiety just writing about it! i really hope this solution works, i disinfected and cleaned the floors and sprayed with the citrus spray. fingers crossed that we can begin living in a pee-smell free home and i won't be embarrassed to have the neighbors and new friends over! thank you SO MUCH for writing such a detailed post!


Animal angel 6 weeks ago

We switched to a rock based litter which the cat seemed to enjoy. When we switched back to corncob he started peeing on the carpet soon after. Curious to see if that is the problem. Also excited to try the homemade cleaners


Laz 6 weeks ago

After having perfect cats for 10 years, we took in 4 orphaned brothers who After 3 years with us, still pee and mark various corners of the house, the top of the fridge, my keyboard, my guitars, my laptop, even me! I use vinegar and lemon juice and kleen free..the litter boxes always clean and filled with corn based litter. They eat well, are loved to death, Vet checks all clear. so I have just concluded that they're like, special needs and I just have to deal with it. I think in the future I'll stay away from rescuing brothers, I think it may have something to do with this. The whole competition thing, you know.


Sean Gomes 6 weeks ago

My 1.5 year old tomcat is obsessed with peeing on my friend's bag whenever she stays over - sometimes when she arrives, sometimes when she's leaving, and sometimes randomly, just for the heck of it. Has done it several times and no amount of washing/sprays seem to stop him. Just squats on the damn bag and empties his bladder, which ends up damaging upholstery, furniture and even got on my Macbook. What's his problem and how do I get him to stop?


Lorenda 2 months ago

To keep cats off and away from counters and furniture and anything else you don't want them to be, try using double sided tape for a week or two. They HATE sticky stuff. Once they know to avoid it, they won't go anywhere near where you put the tape. Then you can remove the tape and no more problems.


LauraT 2 months ago

My cat is 7 years old, fully house trained, but we just moved house and he was fine with the old cat flap, but other cats were coming in and eating his food, so we installed a new flap that reads his chip and only lets him in, but the lock noise was scaring him off, so we unplugged it and he used it once no problem, but I think he is scared of it still, and has resorted to urinating on the bottom step. How I do stop him from peeing there and get him used to his new cat flap? we go away in a week, and I really don't want my house smelling of cat pee when we get home.


Maia 3 months ago

Hi my name is Maia. I brought home a 9 week old Persian kitten last week and she has been having accidents in the same five places for the past two days. She is very nervous around my dog. He's big. When she's in my room without him she does not have accidents but whenever he's around she hides and pees in her hiding spots. Im keeping her in a separate room from him now but do not want this to be a permanent solution. He's very sweet with her and gentle, they were properly introduced but she is terrified if he ever even just gets up to drink water. Any tips?


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Anna Mouser 3 months ago

My 3 year old fixed, indoor, female cat won't stop peeing outside her litter box. She loves peeing on rugs, the bed in the spare room, and the dogs bed. The dog doesn't pose a threat to her. Her litter boxes get scooped at least 2 times a day. I use scoopable litter and I change that out every 2 weeks and clean the litter boxes with peroxide and baking soda to help remove odor. She has no medical problems. She has the run of the house and she sleeps in my bed with me.

Her food is not near her litter box

The litter boxes have not been recently moved.

I don't know how I could keep the litter boxes cleaner

She is the only cat in the house. The house is a ranch style with a basement. One litter box in the basement and two on the main level.

She always has access to her litter box

The boxes are not in cramped spaces but the do have privacy.

There are not hoods on any of the litter boxes and the sides are not too high.

I don't know what would have ever interrupted or upset her while she was using the litter box.

She uses her litter box most of the time. I don't know any negative associations that she may have with the litter box.

The surfaces that she is peeing on are different.

When I clean up after her, I use peroxide, water and baking soda to clean up and remove the odor.

She has her front claws and she has a scratching post and she uses it all of the time.

I don't know what to do with her. I think the problem is behavioral but I don't know what else to try. I don't know how I could keep her box any cleaner.


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Kaori Otani 3 months ago

I have a question.

Not only cat doesn't like citrus,Their liver has weakness for limonen and other essential oils.I experienced when my old cat,(passed last month at 19 years old)was young,I unknowing used essential oil for home cleaning.His liver's number went high.Doctor find out it and I stopped to use essential oil,His liver number went normal and he lived 10years more.

Is it really safe for cat?


Prostyle 3 months ago

I'm at my wits and I've tried everything my husband wants my sons male cat gone I don't know what to do!


Kat 4 months ago

My male cat Dean has been neutered and for the last couple of months, since the start of spring, he keeps spraying at the front door on the inside of the house. My husband has noticed another male cat that likes to sit on the other side of our front door and also spray. We have a neighbor a few houses down that keeps allowing their female to have multiple litters of kittens thus attracting all of these tomcats and forcing Dean to stake his claim inside the house.

When we would leave the windows open, before the start of summer to take advantage of energy savings, he was spraying MY side of the bed. We thought it was the fact that our dog was getting into the cat food, which was in our bedroom, so we moved the food to another room. Our female cat, Sam, also began actually urinating in front of the bed as well. The litter box is in the basement (we have a ranch style home). They have complete access, it is cleaned every week, both boxes. I even got one of those waterfall water dishes and still Dean sprays and now they are both starting to poo inside the house. And it has occurred right after I put fresh litter in it. Sam isn't even covering her poo in the box. And it is not pleasant at all. It has a very pungent metallic smell to it. Bad smells don't usually bother me like that, but this is GOD AWFUL CRAP! Makes me gag. I can't handle it and I clean the cat pans. I've also noticed the spraying is following the coffee table from one end of the living too to the other, which is wooden. Should I pitch it or just cover it with a stain and some varnish? We can't afford new furniture at this point. I have changed their litter back to what we were using before. I have changed their food to the more expensive, grain free, organic, blah blah blah. Using any kind of regular Cat Chow from Purina turns poor Sammy into the good year blimp!

Needless to say, I am at my wits end. I love my furbabies but this is just exhausting. I've nearly gone through 3 bottles of concentrated carpet cleaner from hoover.

I'm going to give these methods you mentioned a try and hopefully, in a month or two come back with a much better result. I hate having anybody come into my house and the first thing they smell is cat urine. Makes me feel like I have a disgusting house, like I don't take care of my home at all. Extroidinairly fruatrating.


Tammy 4 months ago

Our cat was crying to get in the window (he is a neutered male) this morning, and then went over and peed on the rug. Is this a territorial dispute? Did he see another cat or something that made him react. Was he mad that he couldn't get in the window? (he is obsessed with wanting to sit in the open windows and get outside... he is an indoor cat.


Alyce 5 months ago

Our 4 year old desexed male ragdoll got sick & was treated but once he started pooing on the garage floor, he didn't return to using his litter tray. Now he also pees on the floor. He is locked in the garage at night as he wakes everyone up if we leave him inside. He has a tray inside too but previously always preferred the tray in the garage, anyway.

(In the garage he has a climbing pole to access an outdoor enclosure-he is an inside cat.)Even if he isn't locked in the garage, he will still use the garage floor as his litterbox!

He only does 1 or 2 wees a day and seems happy & healthy so we think it is behavioural. We would appreciate any tips!THANKS!


Kate 6 months ago

Thanks for your tips and recipes! I am trying to ween both my cats off the litter tray and to use outside enclosures that they now have access to. The kitten is trying but the older cat is set in his ways. Any advice please? I have only had both 2 months.


terbear 7 months ago

I tried to train my cat. She was a newborn when I found her in the middle of the road in the middle of nowhere, so I brought her home, took her to the vet, nursed her with a dropper, etc. Tried to teach her to use the litter box since my other cat wanted nothing to do with another cat. This had been her castle for 5 years. I kept putting the little one in the litter, when she was done, she just walked away, but before she was too far, I'd start covering up her "duty." When she got older, I would grab her little paw and tried to teach her how to cover it up. She does it 1/2 of the time now, but she keeps peeing on the family room carpet for some reason.


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catspyjamas 10 months ago Author

He could have a UTI or other medical condition. I would take him to the vet for a check-up.


DWB 10 months ago

The cat who is peeing in our house is a stray we started to feed 18months ago when the neighbours left him behind. We have a long conservatory on the back of the house with an open window for our other two cats to come & go as they like. He began using it too and they all sleep in there in baskets but have the freedom to go out when they please. They usually all go out the window to go to the toilet and come back in again. Jimmy the stray started peeing on the tiles a few weeks ago and does it now on a daily basis. Hes an adult male who we also spayed and wasnt doing this before. He does go off some days and come back with cuts/fighting scars but is usually a very affectionate cat with humans. I feel bad for him but hes really annoying me having to clean up on a daily basis now and the smell is bad too. Im in the middle of using the vinegar solution and hoping it deters him. I usually mop the tiles and then bleech the mop but im worried incase the mop is still holding the smell of urine and encouraging him back to the same spot!


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catspyjamas 13 months ago Author

I believe it is safer for cats to stay indoors. You also don't have to worry about them being bullied or in fights.


yoly 13 months ago

oh, he's spoiled cat for the family, I give a lot of attention and love, I miss him and put a box or something to scratch, but still does. He can not go outside because it was being attacked, and now is inside. Thank you.


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catspyjamas 13 months ago Author

I would invest in a scratching post. Cats have to scratch or their claws will overgrow. A designated scratching post will give him a place to scratch without destroying your doors.


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catspyjamas 13 months ago Author

If it is possible to keep him indoors, I would. He is acting out because he is afraid. I would give him a safe place and also extra attention so he feels secure.


yoly 13 months ago

My cat has shattered me the edges of the doors, it's too old to get your nails! some feasible suggestions ??


Cat lady 13 months ago

So what do I do when my cat doesn't want to get used to pets being around? My cat wasn't socialized properly as a kitten and now other cats and dogs bully him outside, but when he's inside he pees everywhere but the litter box (even if it's clean).


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catspyjamas 13 months ago Author

I haven't used it. In the above article I have a recipe to make a cleaner that removes urine odors.


Cindy Apa Shields 13 months ago

Do you know anything about the product Cat Spraying No More? Thanks!


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catspyjamas 13 months ago Author

A cat who isn't neutered will spray your home. I would speak to your vet to make sure he doesn't have a UTI or medical condition.


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Amanda Standal 13 months ago

Our cat Puffy also has been driving the entire family crazy with his peeing everywhere. We bought de-scenting sprays and special cleaners, which he ignored and re-marked all over the house...some advice? (I refuse neuter my cat.)


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catspyjamas 15 months ago Author

Glad you found it helpful. :)


esther 15 months ago

thanks a lot! very clear info and advice, saved me time and money!


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catspyjamas 16 months ago Author

I am glad it was helpful to you. :)


Donna AU 16 months ago

Just wanted to say thanks for your tips! My cat had a UTI but before i found out he had it he had already peed in the corner of my room and even though his UTI is cleared up he kept peeing there, nothing i used could get rid of the smell, even the pee away products you could buy from the store, until today when i tried your peroxide/baking soda tip. Now i can enter my room without wanting to gag! lol i also made up a bottle of your citrus repellent and have sprayed the area as well. Now my room smells nice and fresh so again thank you so much.


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catspyjamas 16 months ago Author

I don't know of any counselors in your area. It sounds like the cats are suffering from anxiety, either from the grandchildren or the stray cats. To be safe, I would take them to a vet for a check-up but it sounds like stress to me. I would try keeping them in a quiet area of your home where they feel safe. Give them extra attention so they feel secure. If the problem persists, they may require a sedative but that should be a last resort. .


David 16 months ago

My family needs your advice\help. We have two 4 year old cats that we have had since they were 2 week old strays. Within the last year, they have been urinating on our beds and sofas. We have easy access to cat pans in the garage (3), which are cleaned every other day at a minimum. They do not bond with our adult children or the grandchildren. The grandchildren now live with us every other week. We also have (3) stray cats hanging out in our backyard, which we feed. We are at the point where my wife is ready to get rid of the cats and I have a very strong bond to the cats. So this is stressing our marital relationship as well. My spouse has started to lock them up in car port. :( What are some steps we can take to determine the cause of this and how can we correct it? Also, do you know of any good cat counselors in the Orlando, Fl. area? Thank you for any help you can give us. WE are desperate.


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catspyjamas 17 months ago Author

I would take her to the vet for a check-up. She could have a UTI or other medical condition that is causing this. Give her lots of attention and petting so she doesn't feel stressed. If the vet gives a clean bill of health, her problem is behavioural and something is causing her to act out.


Berkkat 17 months ago

My cat one day pee on my chair then we got rid of the chair, so she didn't pee anymore, but then like a year later she pee on 3 of my bags I washed them all but now she's peeing all over the house. What do I do? I have 2 cats 1 litter box. HELP ME


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catspyjamas 20 months ago Author

It sounds like the cats have reached maturity from kittenhood and are old enough to be spayed or neutered. Doing this will stop them from wanting to scent mark. Cats love to scratch. Provide scratching posts for them so they don't scratch up furniture or walls. They also could be confusing the newspapers with the litter box. I would remove the papers so the temptation is not there. There's an article on my blog explaining scratching if you are interested.


syxibxni 20 months ago

I hope this would work later for when my siblings and I are starting our spring cleaning! We have 11 cats and they started peeing or shooting this white liquid on walls, furnitures and the floor (imagine that). We kept cleaning it using floor detergents but it just doesn't work! Some of them stopped this habit when they entered the adult stage once they saw that their mother doesn't urinate all over the place but the remaining five still does it! I really hope this would work. Also, do you have any idea why my cats would tear up newspapers or generally just papers and poo on it? Thanks!


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catspyjamas 20 months ago Author

Sure. Send me details.


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catspyjamas 21 months ago Author

I hope you can get this sorted.


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Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Good idea. I've repositioned the steam cleaner to face the closet and kept the carpet dry overnight. Thanks for the tips, too!


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catspyjamas 21 months ago Author

I would also suggest to limit the cats from accessing that area until a more permanent solution can be found. Good luck!


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Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Thanks my friend. I would check it out, after I vacuum the area with baking soda and steam-clean it this weekend. At least, I've blocked the area with the steam cleaner and its water tank for now to keep the carpet dry.


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catspyjamas 21 months ago Author

Well, if they can still smell urine it will send a signal to their brain to mark it with their own scent. The most drastic result is to remove the carpet but I would do that as a last result. In the above article I give a formula for cleaning urine with peroxide, water, baking soda, and vinegar. It worked for me. You can also buy the chemical urine removers though I can't give an opinion on how useful they really are.


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Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Thanks for the tips. I believe I've done all that, esp. the steam-cleaner, too, many times, and still they continue to stain carpet. I just wish they would stop marking the territory on the carpet, since the cat no longer lived here. *sigh*


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catspyjamas 21 months ago Author

I would clean the area thoroughly. You can use a carpet steamer or test the carpet with baking soda, vinegar, and water. It shouldn't stain the carpet but I would test a small patch first. If you have access to a black light, you will be able to see all areas where there is urine.


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Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

My brother talked to his vet this weekend. It turns out, he don't have an UTI/bladder problem. But he's been marking his territory in front of the linen closet, since the previous owner of my apartment owned a cat and kept the litter in the closet. (The smell's still there.) Any ideas on how to stop them for marking the carpet?


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catspyjamas 21 months ago Author

Yes, it can definitely be pricey but will save you money in the long run.


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Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Catspyjamas, I think that's what I'm going to do in over a week. I wish there was inexpensive options to try like the APL or ASPCA for free.


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catspyjamas 21 months ago Author

Going to the vet should be your first action. I know it can be expensive but the vet can tell you if the cat has a medical issue thatis causing the bad behavior. They can also prescribe meds that will fix the problem. If it is a behavioral issue, the vet can give you advice on how to get the cat to use the litterbox again. They may even prescribe an anti-depressant, though that's usually a last resort.


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Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Great tips. One of my adult senior male cats have been doing it again. I've changed litters, relocated the box, used a carpet runner with dog training pads, Gone spray, the vinegar solution, vacuumed with baking soda, and other sprays. A friend of mine mentioned the citrus solution awhile ago. I might be considering taking my cat to the vet to have him examined for UTI/bladder issues, next month.


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catspyjamas 21 months ago Author

Thanks for stopping by. You have a nice hub on the subject.


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catspyjamas 21 months ago Author

She may have a UTI. I would take her to the vet for a check-up. If it is a behavioural problem, think of what has changed in her life that could be stressing her.


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mysweetlittle6 21 months ago from United States

What good tips, I too have struggled with my cat urinating out side of the litter box. After years of trying to get her to stop, I finally figured out my answer. It's funny I posted a similar hub a few day ago. http://hubpages.com/animals/How-to-get-a-cat-to-st...


ben 22 months ago

I have a rescue cat. Well I rescued her from a nasty family about 2 years ago. I have had a few problems with her since with her urinating on some things i did eliminate some things and she stopped doing it for about 8 months. But now in the last 2 months she is back doing it again. I need help. Can i speak to someone through email would be great.


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catspyjamas 22 months ago Author

They should stop peeing in the house after being neutered. It's a good idea to disinfect any areas that they have peed to remove the smell. That way the cat won't be tempted to pee there again.


marta 22 months ago

are they still going to pee or spray around the house after they have benn neutered/spayed


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catspyjamas 22 months ago Author

The new litter box may stressed or confused them. It sounds crazy but cats hate change and will act out over the littlest thing. They could also to be reacting to changes in your home over preparing for the new baby. Before you adopt them out, consider doing a thorough clean to get rid of the smell. Use baking soda, water, and vinegar to clean the affected area. I would also get rid of the couch because they can still smell the urine on it. This will signal to them to return to that area and spray or pee. I would also limit them to one room until you get things under control. You can use a backlight to see any areas that you may missed.

I know it's stressful, but try to remain calm with them. Give them petting and attention, don't yell, as this will cause further problems. When you see one of them using the litter box properly, praise and pet that cat so it knows how pleased you are.


Ashley 22 months ago

I have 4 cats. I threw away one of the 4 litter boxes I had 8 months ago because it was old and replaced it with a new one. Ever since then the cats/cats (have no idea who is doing it) have been peeing everywhere and spraying. 1 female, 3 males. all fixed. The couch, our bed, the carpet, laundry baskets, purses...it is horrible. we keep the door closed to the bedroom now, which makes it frigid but it is worth not having to change the sheets every night. The peeing behavior has pretty much abated now except for the couch. It has gotten so bad I can't even seem to get the smell out anymore. I am scared to toss the couch and spend money on a new one because they are still peeing. I am 5 months pregnant with our first baby and am considering adopting out the cat's. This is heart breaking because I love these cat's to death but am afraid of what they will do to the baby. What can I do? I am desperate. And they have all gone to the vet and they are in perfect health.


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catspyjamas 23 months ago Author

Yes I am. Hubpages sends me a weekly update on any comments, so it may take a few days for me to reply.


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catspyjamas 23 months ago Author

You can buy vinegar and baking soda from your local grocery store. The homemade citrus spray is made from things that can easily be bought locally.


jessica 23 months ago

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jessica 23 months ago

do you know where to get the suff to stop your cat pening in your home if you do can you tell me


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catspyjamas 2 years ago Author

She is most likely feeling threatened by the stray cats. One of my cats used to do the same thing. I would limit her access to the door and mat, either by not letting her outdoors or keeping her from entering the room where the front door is.

The strays have most likely been scent marking that area, so she feels the need to respond. I would wash down your porch area with baking soda and vinegar. This will remove the odour and hopefully stop your cat from peeing there. The best way to fix this problem is to prevent the strays from coming to your door. Citrus peelings and aluminium foil will deter them temporarily but you may need to invest in a barrier to keep them away.


Caroline 2 years ago

My cat consistently urinates on the front doormat. I have tried cleaning the area thoroughly and washing the mat, replacing the mat, spraying the area with an anti-cat spray, putting citrus peelings down (worked for a while) but nothing works for long. It appears she is putting down her scent to let the other neighbourhood cats know not to come through our front door! The vet says she is very healthy.

We live in a town and neighbouring cats can come right up to our front door, hence the marking I think. She is a cat that worries; she doesn't like strangers, and hates it when people ring the doorbell!

Any helpful ideas would be gratefully received!


Angela 2 years ago

Thanks a lot for this article! I have a little kitty that pees on the carpet. Thanks again!

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catspyjamas 2 years ago Author

Glad I could help. :)


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catspyjamas 2 years ago Author

I would check any changes in her routine, cats hate change and will sometimes misbehave if they feel something is amiss. A new animal, person, or change in their environment can affect them. If nothing is different, take her to the vet for a check-up.


Luke 2 years ago

I have a cat that is nearly 16, he recently has been peeing under the beds, so I tried the citrus and the aluminium foil tricks under the beds and they worked brilliantly! THANK YOU SO MUCH!


Barb 2 years ago

I have recently got my 1year old female cat spayed. And Declawed I think she's. Peeing in the house.I don't see it, my house smells like urine I changed her kitty litter. back. To the normal kitty litter what should I do


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It could be the location of the litterbox or how frequently it is cleaned. You should have at least one litterbox per cat. I would clean the areas they have been urinating with baking soda and vinegar to remove the odour. You can use a black light to show any hidden spots. If nothing changes, they may need to go to the vet.


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catspyjamas 2 years ago Author

I would take her to the vet for a check up. He can check her for and urinary problems. If she gets the all clear, then something is upsetting her. I would cause the blankets and add a little vinegar to the rinse. I would also keep her out of the bedroom until the problem is fixed. Give her extra attention and petting so she feels secure.


Tracy 2 years ago

Please please help me i have 7 cats and up till last november they all went outside to pee now they just pee and poo around the house they have a cat litter box for them to use day and night they use that some times but not all the time. I have tried allsorts of things but nothing is working. Please help me.


Dollygirl 2 years ago

Help me! My cat is peeing on my bed and every time we wash my blankets she pees on them again ,she used to use her litter box happily but now she poos in the litter box and just pees on my bed what do I do hhhhhhhheeeeeeeelllllllllpppppp!!!!!!!!!! Please!


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catspyjamas 2 years ago Author

@stuffandthings: I would take her in to the vet for a check-up. She may have a UTI which is causing her to avoid the litterbox. If you get the all clear, it's possible that she feels stressed but it sounds like a medical problem rather than a behavioural one. If it is stress, give her extra attention and playtime. Use a calm, soothing voice so she feels secure. Try to eliminate anything that could be upsetting her.


stuffandthings 2 years ago

Hey you seem very knowledgeable, hoping you can help. I have a 7 year old neutered girl, who had always used a let tray religiously since she was a kitten, no training trouble or anything. moved about a year ago, when she started very occasionally 'going' on the carpet, which I think may have been related to a dirty litter tray. Moved again about 2 months ago and since then have been super good with cleaning her tray every day, and for the first few weeks she was very good using it every time . However, in the last week or two she has gotten back into the habit of 'going' on the carpet, for no reason I can figure out, and is getting worse . Her tray is clean, she is well hydrated, and not stressed as far as I can tell. No other behaviour has changed, and don't think there are any new neighbour cats to scare her either. I'm completely at a loss :(


foxycat 2 years ago

@catspyjamas: Thanks Cat Mama, I'll try your suggestion and convince my partner to try it too. I got in touch with a previous partner who was the original owner of Sneeze. She claims its something he has done in the past and that he came from a home where, as a kitten, he wasn't treated kindly. It could also be an issue he has with females.

We'll get there.

Thanks again!


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@foxycat: I would try the feliway. It helps relax stressed cats. He is acting out because he has had a change in his routine. Cats love things to stay the same. If the feliway doesn't improve things, I would talk to your vet about anxiety meds, but I would do that as a last resort. I would limit him to one room in your home until you get things back to normal. Continue to give him extra affection and petting, this will make him feel secure. He may not like when you scold him, so I would hold off on that until you get him sorted.


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@shell73: The male cat outdoors could be making her feel threatened so she is acting out. I would try to limit her exposure to him. Put a litterbox indoors for her and see if her behaviour changes. Also, give her extra attention and petting so she feels secure. It will help with her anxiety and help her behaviour to improve. if you see no change, i would take her to the vet. It is possible she has some other medical condition, orvif her anxiety is severe, the vet can prescribe anxiety medication.


foxycat 2 years ago

Hi, our cat Sneeze (whom I met three years ago when I met my partner) has in recent weeks been urinating on my stuff. He's tried one of my scarves, a pile of my clothes that were on the floor (both clean and dirty laundry on different occasions), his own bed that I moved out of our bedroom and left in the living areas as I wanted to limit his house access during the day, and probably most importantly - he peed on the couch cushion right next to my head.

Now, I've seen him use the kitty litter tray, I know he does poops outside. There is nothing outside that could get to him as we live above a shop with a huge balcony area and no access to the street at all. On the odd occasion when I haven't kept his litter as clean as normal he has used the bathroom mat or the bottom of the stairs at the front door. We have corrected these habits though.

He has never sought out me before and peed on my things. We have what I thought a really awesome relationship. He seeks out my armpit during the night and curls up there all night long (I'm a light sleeper and don't move if he's there). He follows me around the house when I'm home, sits wherever I sit, comes when I call. Many months ago, he took to nibbling my hair when we sat on the couch together. I feed him, I discipline him... The only thing that I can think of is that we've recently tried to prevent him meowing at us all the time. We use the word Quiet, Shhh! and eventually NO!!!! if he continues. But we are both still giving him cuddles and love.

The vet has okay'd him physically and she gave him valium for a few days to settle any nerves. Since then I have caught him a couple of times repeating the inappropriate urinating and he knows he's doing the wrong thing. I can see it in his eyes.

So, what can we do? I'm considering feliway and also possibly changing his routine whereby he must wait outside during the day and come in only when there is someone home. It sounds paranoid to say it out loud, but I feel like he's trying to push the boundaries...


shell73 2 years ago

My daughter has moved into a new house and her female cat is peeing all over the place inside but manly on my daughters stuff ie: shoes , handbag, towels and the couch cover . She is fully house trained and always went to the toilet outside in the old house. She has always been a bit of a scaredy cat doesn't like people she doesn't know and likes to spend a lot of time outside. This is a big tom hanging around the new house to so we wonder if she is just trying to mark her territory dew to this. Question is how does she stop her from doing it ????


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catspyjamas 2 years ago Author

@sheri-baker-58: If the anxiety meds didn't help, I think you have to accept that he will be aggressive. I would talk to the vet about increasing his dosage. I would also give him a private space in your home where he can be alone to feel safe. I would also give him extra playtime so he feels secure. I use a baking soda and peroxide solution to clean up after any accidents.


sheri-baker-58 2 years ago

We moved a year ago form an apartment to a house. Our house seems to be the hangout for every cat allowed to roam the neighbourhood. Clyde is one generation removed from feral and had been fixed. He isn't just peeing in one spot, he pees everywhere and just when we think we have it under control, he finds a new place to pee like the dining room table. We have had him for full work up, tried feliway, clean every new spot with hydrogen peroxide and water solution and even had him on anti anxiety meds. he also attacks his sibling regularly and the aggression seems to be escalating. Our children are very resistant to re-homing him and I promised I would keep searching for ideas for a solution. We have just ordered a very expensive dining room set and if he pees on that, my husband will freak and Clyde will definitely end up at the SPCA.

If you can come up with ANYTHING that the I'm all ears. Thanks


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catspyjamas 2 years ago Author

@anonymous: He could be just adjusting to your home and the other cat. I would get him a separate litterbox and also take him in for a check-up. He could have a UTI or he could be spraying if he isn't neutered. If he gets a healthy report, its stress related. Give him extra attention and also give him a separate place in your home he can go to if he feels stressed.


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catspyjamas 2 years ago Author

@kate7619: You don't mention whether Bisquits is neutered or not. If he isn't, that could be why he is spraying. It's a good idea to have him checked for a urinary infection or possible diabetes. If he gets a clean bill of health, the problem is anxiety or stress. If there have been any new changes in his life or a new animal or person around, that could cause him to act out. Give him extra attention and playtime so he feels secure. You may also consider keeping him in one room whilst this is a problem, so as to not wreck your home. If there is no improvement, he may need anxiety meds but I recommend that as a last resort. You can also buy the feliway diffusers that are made to calm cats temporarily.


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@williamslaw: Glad it proved helpful. :)


anonymous 2 years ago

I have recently got a new cat and I'd say he's about a year old and he constantly urines at several locations, I do have another cat who has lived in my residence for years and they share the same litter but my new cat doesn't mind using the same litter box. I'm not sure if I should assume its a medical problem since he has had his vaccination shots, what should I do about this?


kate7619 2 years ago

I have a male cat 'Biscuits' (about 4yrs old) and a female 'Tubs' (9 yrs old) we have had Biscuits for about 2 years but he has started to pee everywhere. we have invested in 3 new litter trays with expensive (sandlike) litter, these are 'cleaned' every morning - 1 is located by the back door at night (both cats stay inside at night) the other 2 are in the back bedroom in a quiet/ unused space. Both cats are outside during the day until I get home at about 4pm then they can go out again at 7-10pm. Biscuits has peed on the bed (once while we were in it!) he also pee's in the corner of the bathroom and in the spare room. He regularly sprays the curtains in the living room and has also sprayed on the leather sofa. I am at my wits end and think I have tried everything. We have the Feliway diffuser on at night and have brought a spray that kills the urine smell ('Urine Off')!

To note: He does use the litter trays to both pee and poop so there isn't a problem with the trays, Tubs is a grumpy old girl and can take a pop at him if she feels in the mood to be mean but this isn't a constant issue.

I have had a cat with cystitis and urinary tract problems and Biscuits doesn't show any similar signs of these - he has his booster shots in a few weeks and I will get the vet to check while he is there but I would appreciate any help if you have survived and found something we can use!

Thanks, Kate


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williamslaw 2 years ago

This is helpful! Thanks!


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@anonymous: It may be that something outside is making her feel afraid, like another cat or dog. I would add a litter box to a room when you don't normally frequent and see if she uses it. If not, she may have a urinary infection and should see the vet for a check-up.


anonymous 2 years ago

My cat has been with us for 6years and now has started peeing and pooing in the house, we haven't a litter box as we hate the smell, we have a microchip cat flap and they come and go as they please but my 8 year old cat Molly is driving us crazy please help


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catspyjamas 2 years ago Author

@SamaLGrape: Take him to the vet. He could have a UTI or other medical condition. If he is acting out because of stress, he may need time. Give him extra attention so he feels safe.


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catspyjamas 2 years ago Author

@SamaLGrape: Your best bet is to take him to the vet for a check-up. He could have a urinary infection that is causing him to avoid the litterbox.


SamaLGrape 2 years ago

HELP.my cat is loved by all but he won't stop peeing all around the house my dad wants to throw him out and my mom is thinking of selling him we have a different cat that uses her litter box perfectly please Help me I love my cat me and my sister.


SamaLGrape 2 years ago

My cat is peeing everyday on the beds the carpets everywhere instead of the litter box I have another cat that uses the litter box perfectly I need ur help my mom loves and my sister and my dad we don't him to leave my mom is sick of cleaning and is thinking of selling him me and my sister love him so please help me


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catspyjamas 3 years ago Author

@ciarra823: He may have a urinary infection. He avoids the box because he associates the pain of urinating with the litter box, so he avoids it. I would take him to the vet for a check-up. Your vet can prescribe medication that will clear up the infection.


ciarra823 3 years ago

My cat has been using his litter box just fine, even with his new brother. Recently, he has decided not to pee in the box, he'd rather pee on the bathroom counter or in the sink, but he will still poop in the box. He still goes right around the box (like the counter next to it), but refuses to pee in it. We recently bought a cover for the box because the other cat is very messy with it so we covered it to keep the litter inside. The problem cat didn't like the lid and it took some work to get him to go inside, so it seems like this is related, but like I said he will still poop in the box so he isn't afraid of it... Any thoughts?


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catspyjamas 3 years ago Author

@amy-b-lehman: It sounds like she is experiencing anxiety. If this is the first time you have left her, she may have been afraid that you wouldn't return. Give her extra attention and praise her when she does use the litter box. If this doesn't help matters, she may need to go to the vet.


amy-b-lehman 3 years ago

I have three cats. We've had the two boy cats for seven years. We adopted our female cat two years ago. After we returned from a two week vacation this summer (the cats were taken care of in our home by a pet sitter), our female started to poop and pee on any clothing. Now she pees in any clothes basket that is filled with clothing or empty. She peed on a bean bag chair last night. I have also noticed that she has become skittish. Any ideas on how to make her feel safe again and get her to use the litter box again?


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catspyjamas 3 years ago Author

@Jess019: The cats may be reacting due to hormones if they are not fixed. I would take them to the vet for a check-up, just to be safe. Clean the areas with the cleaning solution above and give them extra attention. They may feel jealous and are acting out. If you can give your girl cats a private area away from the boy, it may help them feel more secure.


Jess019 3 years ago

I have three young cats. Two females (sisters) and one male that we recently brought up from our barn. The females use to pee on the floor every now and again in our living room, but it has gotten 10 times worse since we brought in the male. They all get along, but the females still continue to pee on our freshly clean clothes. Also, on our steps, back room, and laundry room. We are very clean people and can't stand the smell. We haven't seen the male cat pee anywhere except the litter box, but it's possible he is doing it too. My fiancé wants to get rid of them because we have a baby on the way, and are worried about the smell. We love the cats and would love to figure out a way to make them stop so we can keep them. Any suggestions?


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catspyjamas 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: She could be suffering from anxiety. Maybe another animal or something new in her environment is causing her stress. Typically, if a cat urinates outside the litterbox, it could be a urinary infection. But her behaviour sounds like stress to me. Discuss this with your vet and see what he recommends. She may need a feliway diffuser which emits a calming spray or she may need medication. Keep giving her extra attention so she feels secure with you, that will help alleviate any stress she could have.


anonymous 3 years ago

I have appointment Monday with vet. And thanks for response, and your right yelling at her does no good. She is feeling safe. She came out shortly after running under bed and I petted her and basically said sorry for yelling at her. I really love this cat. Anyway, she pooped next to couch, and pissed next to the new litter box again today. I wonder if she will ever go back in the litter box again even if it is medical problem? Do you think she will? What can I do to help her to go back in litter box? Thanks again for response. JimJ .


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catspyjamas 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: I am sorry you feel that way. This lens was created for cat lovers who wish to live peacefully with their pet. A cat can be trained to use the litterbox and will only avoid it if there is a medical or behavioural problem.


anonymous 3 years ago

Just don't get a damn cat and you wont have to worry about the smell. I have had cats my whole life and i will never own one again. Nasty smelling animals.


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@anonymous: It's a good idea to take her to the vet. They can tell you if she has infection or other medical problem. You should try not to lose your temper with her, it will only make her more anxious and can cause her to act out more. Use a calm and soothing tone and give her extra attention so she feels safe.


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catspyjamas 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: She could be experiencing incontinence due to her age or it could be a medical issue like a UTI. I would take her to the vet for a check-up so you know why she is acting this way. If the vet determines that it is a behavioural problem, the best bet is to try to limit her access to whatever is upsetting her.

I would clean the area thoroughly with either an enzyme cleaner or use the vinegar and baking soda solution.This will remove the smell so she isn't tempted to pee there again. If you have access to a black light, it will show you any hidden spots. Give her extra attention and playtime so she feels secure. If there is a room in your home without carpenting, I would put her litterbox and the piddle pads there for her. If none of this works, she may need anxiety medication but I recommend that as a last result.


anonymous 3 years ago

My cat Pepper is 11 years old. About a month ago she had fleas, which I got rid of. However, her skin is itchy and has small scabs from scratching when she had the fleas. My problem now is about two weeks ago she began peeing outside her litter box, and now peeing and pooping on my bedding/blankets on my bed. I am so stressed out over this. I yelled at her, put her nose in it yelling "NO BAD CAT." She ran under the bed and is hiding as I write this. I feel bad, I really love her and the thought of putting her down makes me sick. But I can't take this no more. I am calling a vet tomorrow to see if its a medical issue, but she seems fine other than her bout with the fleas last month. I did go buy another litter box, now two litter boxes but she won't use them now. She just pisses and poops where we sleep. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


anonymous 3 years ago

I have a cat that is about 15 years old. She continues to mark and pee in the same area. We removed all the carpet and the pad and sealed the floor. She stopped peeing for a few weeks and then resumed after new carpet and pad was installed! She resumed this after a few days after installation. She has been doing it for years now. We finally gave up and put down puppy training pads morning and night and she pees on or around them and then I have to spot check everything. I soak up the pee from the carpet and pad with a paper towel and they spray the area with a high end enzyme cleaner like Anti-Icky-Poo. Then I remove the pad and replace with a fresh one. I have also begun scotch guarding the carpeting. If I catch the cat downstairs in this area, she bolts as she knows what she is doing. If I take her downstairs to check things out, she starts crying as we are walking down the stairs because she is smart enough to know what she did. Now she is starting to mark the carpet in my daughter's room. I am at my wit's end and not sure how much more of this I can take.


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@anonymous: She could have anxiety from missing your son or it could be a medical issue. I would take her to the vet for a check-up. If she gets a healthy diagnosis, try giving her extra attention and playtime. Praise her when she uses the litterbox and try to make her feel secure.


anonymous 3 years ago

@catspyjamas: I have a cat who is 2 and another who is 10. They have lived together since the 2 year old was a kitten with no problems. But lately she has been peeing in the house randomly. She still uses the litter box but will pee in random places especially rugs. She is really attached to my son and he hasn't been around the house as much anymore because he works a lot. I'm not sure if that's why but it's an idea. She will still pee even if he comes around a little more too. I've tried the spray and the vinegar solution and everything and nothing is working. Any solutions?


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@anonymous: The foxes are probably causing him to be scared and that's why he is peeing on the floor. Give him extra attention and playtime. Praise him when he does use the litterbox and try to make him feel secure. I would also alert the wildlife agency in your area to the foxes. If your cats behaviour doesn't change, he should go the vet.


anonymous 3 years ago

I have two 6 year old sibling neutered cats. About 4 months ago they started to refuse to go outside to toilet and have become very nervous if I am not in the garden with them. I have recently found fox poo by the back door so I think that there are foxes out of the back of where I live who have frightened them. Anyway, the male has started peeing everywhere in the house - despite having a new litter box whuich he does use for number 2s. Can you give me any advice to try to stop this behaviour - it is very frustrating - tonight he has peed four times in the hallway and I've just spent an hour trying to clean it off the rug and the carpet beneath it.


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@anonymous: It could be that she can't hold her bladder and needs to go outside. I would get her an indoor litterbox for the nights she stays inside. If that doesn't help things, she should be seen by a vet. She could have a UTI or other medical condition that would result in her peeing on your bed.


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@anonymous: Since the vet says he is healthy, his problem must be behavioural. Think of anything that could be causing him stress or to be afraid. I would observe him with the other cats and see if he feels threatened. If so, give him a safe place in your home when he can go if he gets scared. Provide him with a litterbox in this area. I would stop him from going into your closet. Clean the area well with an enzyme cleaner or a vinegar and baking soda solution. Give him extra attention and playtime. Praise him when he does use the litterbox. If there is no change after a couple of weeks, look into a feliway diffuser. It omits a calming mist that will keep him relaxed and should curtail his behaviour.


anonymous 3 years ago

my cat is a 12 year old female who generally lives outside. i occasionally bring her in at night and allow her to sleep on my bed. i have been doing this for her whole life without any problems. just this summer she has started peeing on my bed. its always large spots (not territorial markings) and she always meows really loudly and paces around the next morning like she knows she did something wrong. i'm worried there is something wrong medically but then it seems as if she just can't hold it anymore and i don't wake up in enough time to let her out. what's going on with her? should i take her to the vet?


anonymous 3 years ago

Ok...I have 2 senior cats, and 2 kittens....now a year old.

The male kitten continues to mark our closet floor.

We have 4 litter boxes that are scooped twice a day and changed weekly. We've tried different litters and locations. Even tried different foods.

He has been neutered since he was 12 week old. And is the only male in the house. The kittens are brother and sister.

And the other cats are spayed.

The vet says hes healthy...and couldn't explain it either.

If I am unable to change this behavior, I will have to give him to a non kill shelter.

I've read this thread and any other ideas are welcomed.


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@anonymous: You should have him neutered. He won't feel the need to scent mark his territory and he will stop his incessant meowing. He will also be healthier and more calm. It will be less stressful for you as well.


anonymous 3 years ago

So I have a male cat, he is a year old now, and he hasn't been neutered yet, and we also recently just moved. and I was staying at a couple places with girl cats, and he loves other cats. But they all hate him. His cat sexual instincts have kicked in and he wont stop meowing out the window. Hes a sad little cat now because he wants other cats. BUT THE BIGGEST PROBLEM I HAVE IS, he pees everywhere! On anything he pleases. But usually the laundry room, in closets, and my bed. (there used to be dogs living in the house right before we moved in, so maybe he smells the dogs?) And I have no idea what to do to stop this. If I get him neutered right away will he stop?? please help :(


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@anonymous: The best way to remove the urine smell is to use a black light that will show all the areas you need to clean. You can buy an enzyme cleaner or use baking soda and vinegar. The instructions for making the vinegar solution are above in the article.


anonymous 3 years ago

My issue is we moved into an apartment and in a rush so when we got here our bedroom smelled like a litter box!!! The apartment guys came out and cleaned up the back room and a few days after it was all dry I was STILL smelling the smell. I thought it was just me because my husband couldn't sell anything BUT my cousin came over a week later and she said omg it smells like pee. I thought it was JUST in my bedroom BUT instead it was the hallway also. :(

Since then I have gotten a cat and now I think that they are going to blame mine!


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@anonymous: She could be experiencing anxiety when left alone for too long. If its possible, ask a friend to visit and spend a little time interacting with her or get a cat sitter. You could also get a feliway diffuser which will keep her calm while you are away.


anonymous 3 years ago

i have had my cat for a year and a half and she has never peed on my bed until a few months ago. I suspect it's because I leave for the weekend, but I used to do this once a month and she never did it. She also keeps peeing on bathroom rugs which she never did before. I don't think it's medical, but not sure how to stop the behavior besides keeping her in the bathroom when I go out of town.


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@anonymous: Something must be causing him to act out. It could be a problem with the other two cats or something minor like a change in his routine. Your best bet is determining what could be the cause of his stress and limit his access to it.


anonymous 3 years ago

@catspyjamas: I had him checked by a vet and he said my cat was fine.


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@anonymous: I would have him checked for a urinary infection. That's the most common reason male cats stop using their litterbox and is easily corrected with medication.


anonymous 3 years ago

My cat was a newborn when I got him. I had to bottle feed him for weeks.I had to transport him to my work in a box with newspapers on one side and a blanket on the other. I started him in a shoebox lid for a litter box when he got a little older. When he got big enough I introduced the regular litter box. Now he is full grown but he pees eveywhere, he especially likes the area at the end of my dining table. I've cleaned it several times and even got a new litter box. he still does it. I've tried spray to prevent it and cleaning thoroughly. I have two other cats, but they were already here when he came so he grew up with them. He is neutered. What can I do?


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@anonymous: I would take him to the vet for a check-up. The problem sounds behavioural rather than medical but it's best to rule out any infections he could have. In the meantime, give him extra attention and playtime. He could be feeling left out and his peeing is a way to get your attention. I would limit his access to your roommates bedroom and give him a safe place he can go away from the other cats. If you don't notice an improvement, I would take him to the vet.


anonymous 3 years ago

Hey! So I have a 1 year old cat that would occasionally pee on my dirty laundry when he's mad at me. I used to live alone, but I just moved in with a friend that has 2 cats. He's started peeing in her room, on her clothes, shoes, or just the carpet. I'm not sure why. He hasn't peed on anything of mine since I moved. And he does this even when his litter box is clean. Is it because of the other cats, or does he not like my roommate? One of the other cats sometimes eats his food and uses his litter box, but he'll also eat their food. I don't know what to do. Please help!


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@anonymous: I would normally suggest going to the vet, since he could have a urinary infection. Until you can afford that, try to determine if it is a behavioural problem. Give him extra attention and playtime. Use a calm tone when speaking to him and praise him when he does use the litterbox. It's possible that moving to a new home has caused him anxiety. Try to see if there is anything that is causing him stress and then remove it from his life. If none of these things help, he will need to see a vet. A urinary infection is quite common and painful so don't let it go too long.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Side note.. I am giving him a liquid form in his water everyday a natural remedy for a UTI *from a health food store*


anonymous 3 years ago

Hey! so i have a problem.. i have a Siamese cat, who is going on 7. This is not a new issues its been going on for about a year or 2 now. When i lived in texas it wasn't a huge dead bc i had a washer and dryer and i was on my own so there was no one else to irritate but me. but now that i have had to move back in with my parents its a different story. SO here's the problem. My cat is peeing on my bed .. its not every day or every other day its like when he feels like it. so i scrub with vinagar change the sheets and matress cover and wash them with vinager also.. HE KEEPS doing it! its maddening.. his box is cleaned regualarly throughout the day whereas i have a Litter Geni..i only have a small room and the only reason i was allowed to keep them was if the liter box was in my room.. ok nbd since its always clean. i do have 2 cats.. my eldest the one with the problem has no problem with the other cat the play love lick sleep together.. and its just my mom step dad and me in the house.. he is fixed so its not a spraying he doesn't do it anywhere else but MY BED! nothing else has changed in his life except for the living situation which hes lived with other people before in texas.. i had roommates before. i am so upset by this because i don't want my parents saying well you have to get rid of him.. it breaks my heart to even think about that being done.. hes been with me through thick and thin, and i know hes just a cat but hes like my kid.. IF you have any ideas PLEASE help me!! i don't have the money to get to a vet so that's not an option.. i havnt been able to find any work for the past 2 and half years.. *that's driving me nuts too* ANY IDEAS will be used!!


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@anonymous: I don't know of any remedy that would chase away the stray without effecting your cat. There are products like catspray or adding a small amountof cayenne pepper to a spray bottle filled with water, but they would also bother your cat. Until the stray leaves, I would keep your cat indoors and make sure he has a litterbox. It will be less stressful for him and also healthier.


anonymous 3 years ago

My cat (14 yrs) doesn't use a box and hasn't for most of his life. He goes outside. He is desexed. There is a non desexed male that has started hanging around the yard and bullying him. He is visibly scared of the other cat but can still hold his own when he needs to. The male cat will spray around the outside of the house and my boy has started peeing inside :( what can I do to chase this other cat away so he can have his yard back?


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@anonymous: If your parents won't take her to the vet, your options are limited. She could have an infection or some other medical problem. I would try to get them to take her to the vet. In the meantime, limit her access to the clean clothes. Give her a safe place away from the other cat so she doesn't feel threatened. Pet her and give her extra attention, especially after she uses the litterbox.


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@anonymous: I am not sure what tips the vet gave you. Changing behaviour takes time and can be frustrating. You want to reward her good behaviour (using the litterbox) and discourage the other. Pet her and praise her when she uses her box. Give her extra attention and playtime. When she does have an accident, don't yell or use force. Unless you catch her in the act, yelling will only confuse her and make her more anxious and the peeing on things will continue. Clean the areas with baking soda and vinegar so she isn't tempted to return there. Keep linens and clothes off the floor. If there is no improvement, she may need medication.


anonymous 3 years ago

I Have a young calico cat about 5 years, and she started peeing on our clean clothes a couple years ago. My parents got really mad. Our Basement is like one big room, So we built walls to make it a bunch of rooms. The cat stayed in the center, where the litter boxes were. We Have 2 other cats along with 3 dogs. We rescued the cat from the middle of the road, where her mother kept leaving her. At first she was just peeing on clean clothes, but then it started to move to stray plastic bags and furniture. We used to think the problem was our older cat. She isn't very fond of the younger cat, and hisses at her constantly. We later bought a cat calmer bottle that you plug into the wall. It worked for a while and the cat hasn't peed while it was plugged in. But she's recently peed on our couch, a chair, and all over the trash can. We Don't know what the problem is. My parents refuse to have the vet check her, because we had a urine test when it all started. I think it could be from stress, because she only pees when the older cat is mad at her. She hasn't done it millions of times and we haven't spent hundreds if dollars, like every one else has. But my parents are already threatening to give her away. Please help me I don't have much time left!!!!!


anonymous 3 years ago

I have a 1 and a half year old female Bengal. About two weeks ago she started peeing on anything soft such as clothes, furniture, handbags (yes purses). The vet seems to think its behavioral but her suggestions for fixing the behavior are not helping. Please help me!


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@anonymous: I hope the vet will be able to help. It's possible that the medication will only be needed for a little awhile until she isn't bothered by anxiety.


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@anonymous: Take the cat to the vet. He may have a urinary infection or the stress from the stray cat could be causing him anxiety. It can be fixed with medication. In the meantime, give him extra attention and playtime. Praise and pet him when he does use the litterbox. This will make him feel secure and loved and he will be less likely to act out.


anonymous 3 years ago

Hi I have a cat who pees around the house. He is a one year old siamese. Before he peed in the house,there was q stray cat that comes sometimes at night and tries to attack my kitteh. We use to Chase that cat. Away, but he come a little now. I don't know if my cat is freaked out or something or very unhappy, cuz mabey he can feel that my parent dosent love him or he's angry that he can't go in certain rooms. Im not sure if hes sprays in the house, because he's pee smells really strong. Please reply as soon as possible. My parents are really close to sending him to the s.p.c.a. or giving him away


anonymous 3 years ago

@catspyjamas: Thanks... I really don't want to medicate her bc I feel it's a little unnatural, however as you said I am not sure what else to do. I will have to talk to the vet again thank you!


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@anonymous: If nothing has changed in her life, it may be an anxiety problem. She may need medication to help her. I recommend that as a last resort, but it sounds like you have tried everything else. I would discuss it with your vet and see if medication will help the problem. Give her plenty of attention and playtime to make her feel secure.


anonymous 3 years ago

Hi my cat is a 10 year old female Cali. I've had her for her entire life, and never had an issue with her. She recently started pooping in our 4 seasons room. I immediately cleaned with the vinegar mix. She did it again and then started peeing there. I have 4 cats all fixed all been together for A while now. We have 5 boxes various sizes and heights. I have not changed litter, I clean them everyday. I took her to the vet and she is healthy. I bought 2 diffusers one for each floor of the house. One by where she was peeing and one by their litter boxes. Nothing has changed that would have upset her. I am at a loss. There is no specific event that triggers pee/poop. She seems normal. Help please!


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@anonymous: She may need anxiety medication or a diffuser. Since she has a small urinary tract, make sure she has easy access to litterboxes. Add an extra one if possible. Clean the bed and couch with baking soda and vinegar to remove the scent so she's not tempted to pee there again.


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@anonymous: Before you do anything drastic, take her to the vet. She could have a UTI or anxiety disorder. Both can be controlled with medication. Due to her background, anxiety is probably why she is acting out but she should have a check-up just to rule out a common urinary infection.


anonymous 3 years ago

Im beyond my limit with my cat Minnie she is almost 5 years old she has a small urinary track so she eats the SO royal feline food prescripted by the vet, minnie pees either on my bed or on the couch she also uses the little box but she continues to pee on my bed and couch, this has been going on for way too long and I don't know what to do. I need help!,,,


anonymous 3 years ago

I need help! I have had my cat for 8 years. I rescued her from a neighbor who I believe was abusing her because she was peeing in the house. She was still a kitten when I got her. I have lived in 5 different homes and have had countless litter boxes with all different types of litter..the problem is the same. She continues to pee in the house. I am extremely attached to her because I got her during a terrible time in my life and she saved me. I don't want to give up on her, but eight years is. Long time for her to ruin homes and make conditions unsanitary. I have a four year old son and I am concerned about him continuing to live in this condition. I have another cat, which I had before and two dogs. She is a great cat except for this issue. Se is became an indoor/outdoor cat about 4 years ago because we were told that keeping her locked inside might be causing the issue. We used to pee just in one area of the house and has now extended to almost every room of the house. I need help. I don't want to put her to sleep but I can't take it anymore.


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@anonymous: Older cats have more trouble using the litterbox. Since the vet says she has no medical issues, it must be age. The only thing I can recommend is a large litterbox with low sides, allowing her good access. I use the plastic storage bins for my cats litterboxes. They are the kind that are intended for storing clothes/linens under the bed. If that doesn't work, your only other alternative is diapers.


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@anonymous: She may have a urinary infection which would cause her to avoid the litterbox. Take her to the vet for a check-up. She may have a urinary infection which would cause her to avoid the litterbox. Take her to the vet for a check-up.


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@anonymous: I would clean the area where the dog's matte was and any area that the cat is still peeing. Either use an enzyme cleaner or use a vinegar and baking soda solution.This will remove the scent so the cat isn't tempted to pee there again.


anonymous 3 years ago

My cat is 17 years old. Two or three years ago she started pee outside her box. She had been meticulous up until then. Now she is peeing constantly outside the box although she continues to use the box as well. I have tried everything that has been suggested on all the sites:

1. She has no medical issues. She has been thoroughly checked for all conditions by her vet of many years

2 I keep the box clean every day. Nothing I have used to clean the pee on the floors and carpets dissuades her -- every formula I read about does not work. And whatever I do the smell lingers (she drinks plenty of water)

3. She uses whatever litter I offer. I used to use clay based and then used wheat based and am now using Worlds Best Litter, which is corn based. All have been fine with her over the years

4. Until last month she shared her box and her life with a litter mate and they had no problems. (I never needed two boxes. For the 17 years they were with me as a pair they were fine with one -- clean -- box. They were very dear to each other. It may be that the recent increase in inapprproptiate pee is due to stress at her brothers death but frankly the pattern was set before he died

5. She is old and arthritic and now has some mobility issues. I have made sure the boxes were super accessible but the problem is that she now jumps into the box and pees over the edge no matter what the configuration of the boxes (I have tried a number of different styles in the last few months.). I never use covered boxes

6. I have had to have all my loose carpets cleaned at enormous cost and have put them away. The hall has wall to wall and if she has access to it she will pee there

7. I clean all pee spots thoroughly and use an enzyme no oder spray as well. It doesn't work perfectly but it is better than nothing.

8 like another comment below I am confining her to one room now, which is 10 x 13. She gets fatter by the day as she has no exercise.

9 I am writing this because I just set up another litter box and let her out of the room. She walked around it, jumped in, and proceeded to pee -- by backing up to the side and hanging her back end over the side and peeing onto the floor. If I give her a higher side she can't jump in. The other litter box she has has a dip in its high sides which allows her easy access but about 50 percent of the time she backs up to the dip and pees onto the floor ( well, onto the Globe and Mail -- which is having a sodden second life in my house these days).

I completely understand the other cat owners who want to get rid of their beloved furry friends. Whether by euthanasia or a shelter. It is evident that the Toronto Humane Societymhas a dim view of those of us who have come to this passage in their pet,s life but after years of struggling with this and hundreds of dollars in cleaning and repair and new boxes and trips to the vet... And on a much diminished retirment income I can no longer cope with this problem


anonymous 3 years ago

my female cat has taken to peeing in the house on a mat at the front door? now on mat number 3. We thought it was cause she was stressed at being left alone(radio is left on when we go out) but she has just done it whilst we were home. Litterbox is clean, we have tried the vinegar solution to no avail and we are now at our wits end. Any help would be great


anonymous 3 years ago

I have a cat moved to this location for about a year. We had a dog before, and the cat constantly urinate on dog's matte. About a month ago, the dog has moved out with his owner, and we thought the urination problem would go away. But my cat start to urinate again on his bed and the sofa in the living room. What would cause him to urinate randomly? Please help.


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@anonymous: Since he has a history of anxiety, that seems the most likely cause. I would get some catspray and spray it outside to deter the strays from coming around. I would also take him to the vet, the UTI may have returned. If his behaviour doesn't improve, he may need anxiety meds but that should be a last resort. Give him extra attention so he feels secure.


anonymous 3 years ago

I have 3 cats, two males and one female. One male is 5 yrs. we got him when he was year old. he had been abused before we got him. another cat would go after him and scare him so bad that he would pee and poop all over. He even try to run away a few times. When we got him it took him a year before him came out from underneath our bed. He became a different cat. A much better loving cat. We moved into a house over a year ago and 6 mts in the house he started peeing all over. we took him to the vet, he is spayed. he had a mild uti and we took care of it and he stopped. Since then I had a baby and he was fine. He actually was laying on the babies diaper bag and pack and play and the baby didn't seem to bother him. Now since May he started peeing in just the front of the house in my living room. Since then too we got new hardwood floors so the smell in the other floors was gone. He started peeing by the front door, by the windows. we have stray cats that keep coming around and intaginizing him. I think the outside cats our spraying the front of my house and that is why he is peeing in those spots. Ive gotten the feliway diffuser. i got mothball things and put them outside to get rid of strays. We keep the liter boxes clean. he gets a lot of attention. I've cleaned the spots up. I guess i should try the vinager and baking soda. my husband and i are at our wits end. i know the smell is not good for the baby. I don't think he a uti i think we are going to take him to vet to be sure. I don't know what else to do. I really do not want a liter box upstairs so my son can breath that in. We keep them downstairs. He was using them. now it seems he is not using them so much. I know he is the one peeing because i have caught him doing it. Please HELP!!


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@anonymous: Thanks for adding your tip. :)


anonymous 3 years ago

I just noticed lavender oil also keeps my cat away. I'll keep you up to date if it completely solves this problem of urination.


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@anonymous: I would talk to your vet. They may prescribe an anxiety medication for him. Otherwise, I would give him extra attention and praise him when he does use his litterbox. It sounds to me like he feels protective of you and thinks the other cats are a threat to his dominance. Medication may help him.


anonymous 3 years ago

Hi, I have 3 cats (all neutered a while ago), 3 litters (all on my balcony, which is their favorite place) and I use a feliway diffuser. I have an issue only with one of my cats, my bengal, he's been like this since I can remember (we had him checked and he's healthy as he can be). He's very clever, but very territorial with me (not with my husband). He pees in my bathroom, next to my pc, next to the main door and on my bag. He doesn't allow other cats to be near me if he's there, and I've tried everything to change this behaviour but he seems pretty stuck with it. I've asked my husband to cook the food, feed them and help me with the training but Linux (that's the bengal) keeps marking my areas. Any suggestions? :)


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@anonymous: Hopefully, the medication for the UTI will help him. He won't be in any more pain and will not be afraid of using his litterbox. To remove urine smell from bedding, add a small amount of vinegar to the wash. It's fairly inexpensive and works well. Also, clean the floor or any places he has been peeing with vinegar and baking soda. It will remove the odour.


anonymous 3 years ago

@catspyjamas: Thank you for your reply.

We went to the vet today and he seemed to be none the wiser.

Ended up being given some tablets for a urinary infection for him even though the same vet said that his kidneys seem to be fine, got pushed for £300 dental job.

oh, he also advised me on the type of washing powder I should use.

All in all £75 lighter with no clear indication for solution. Not happy. :(


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@anonymous: I would take him to the vet. He could have a urinary infection or other medical condition. Feliway diffusers are good for helping your cat that is stressed but won't do anything if he has an infection.


anonymous 3 years ago

My cat used to pee on my bed (when I wasn't home) last year but the issue has stopped once I bought a Feliway diffuser.

Now he returned to his nasty habit but this time nothing seems to be working. Feliway is on and no results. What even worse he doesn't seem to be bothered by my presence anymore and last week he relieved his bladder whitest I was taking a bath!

His litter box is always clean and there's been no changes to his diet or household.

Please help as I'm struggling to keep up with doing the laundry every day!


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@anonymous: I would try mixing half of the wet food with half kibble and gradually lessen the wet food and more kibble. The downside to kibble is it is more likely to cause overeating and urinary problems. As long as she sees the vet regularly, she should be fine.


anonymous 3 years ago

Hello!

I am of course here because my cat is peeing as well :P I know why she is behaving like this -

Because I stopped giving her wet food.

Backgrond info:

My cat is 1 year old and we adopted her 3 months ago.

The previous owner was giving her wet food. We tried to continue that for about 1 month, but frankly it just too much for me for the following reasons -

- She would wake me up every morning at 5 AM to eat (even after she had eaten a full pack the night before)

- She refused to eat the kibble as she only wanted wet food, meaning that she was reliant on us to come back each night at around 6 PM to eat dinner which was inconvenient

- She started gaining weight

I tried to give her a half pack in the morning, and a half pack at night to reduce the amount of food, but she would drive me crazy for hours even after having half wanting more, and waking me up in the morning.

Basically this cat is an angel if she gets her full pack in the morning and night, but for the reasons above that doesn't seem reasonable to me.

Btw, she now eats the dry food of course - she isn't starving no worries xD

The overall problem is i fear even if i try doing all the things you have posted in this article (vet, cleaning, etc etc) i sincerely doubt she will stop as i know it is because of the food. I can see by direct signals, and she usually does it directly after whinning for food and doesn't get it.

I am open to all possible solutions you may have.

Thanks for your help,

-Gary


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@anonymous: Assuming that he is neutered, it must be a behavioural problem. He is stressed about something. It could be another animal, family member, new home, or change in his routine. Try to find out what could be causing him anxiety and limit his access to it.

Clean the areas he has been peeing with baking soda and vinegar. This will eliminate the odour so he won't be tempted to pee there again. If he is returning to a certain area, move a litterbox to that area. Give him extra attention and praise him when he uses the litterbox. If there is no change, he may need anxiety medication.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: My cat turned 10 yrs old this year & has NEVER peed indoors before, but now he pees all over the house. He's been to the vet and has no utinfection. Has been given a clean bill of health! I'm at my wits end, what can I do?


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@anonymous: I would take her to the vet to rule out a urinary infection. I would also make sure the cats have litterboxes, it's safer and healthier than letting them outside. Clean the area where she has been peeing with vinegar and baking soda. Give her extra attention and praise her when she uses the litterbox or goes outside.


anonymous 3 years ago

My 11 year old cat has started peeing behind the TV it started in January in the odd place in the house but now it's always behind the TV. We got a cat flap in January so that is the only thing I can think that has upset her. She has never used a litter box or peed in the house. I have another cat who has a litter box but she won't use that so I got another box but she won't use that either. She hardly ever goes out the flap but comes in it no problem. Really don't know what to do Help!!!!


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@anonymous: If your cat isn't neutered, that could be the reason. Some cats will mark an area by the door as a way of showing territory to other cats. If you allow the cat to go outside, that could also be a reason or he could have a UTI. Take him to the vet. If it's an infection, medication will clear it up. Neutering is recommended as the marking will continue.

If the cat gets a clean bill of health, the problem is behavioural. Something is stressing him out. It could be a change in his life or routine. Give him extra attention so he feels secure. Pet him after he uses the litterbox properly so he knows you are pleased with him. If possible, put a litterbox near the area he is peeing and gradually move it to a different area.


anonymous 3 years ago

I have a cat that just recently started peeing in the same spot in front of the main door to our house. This is a new development. We checked his litter box to see if it wasn't clean enough, but it was just fine. I'm not sure what caused the change and we can't seem to get him to stop. I really don't want to crate him when we aren't home but that may be our only option :( Help!


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@anonymous: Due to her age, there may not be much you can do. I would make sure she has a litterbox nearby, it could be that she can't hold it long enough to get to a litterbox. You can also use diapers for her if the problem persists.


anonymous 3 years ago

HELP.. I have a cat she is 19 years old and although the vet has told me she probalby has cat dimentia and she has arthritis in hind legs she has in the last 8 months started to urinate in the house... We have 4 cats and always had a cat door, i have tried all the advice the vet has given me eg: put a bowl of food or water where she is weeing etc..put a cat litter tray in the laundry (she hasn't looked at it ) but she is basically using the house as her toilet.... Is ther anything i can do or use to stop this apart from getting her euthinised :(


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@anonymous: She may be feeling anxious in her new home. Try giving her extra attention and speak in a calm tone. You want her to feel safe and secure. You may also try moving the litterbox to a different area. If none of this works, take her to the vet for a check-up.


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@anonymous: It sounds like he is feeling territorial and views your partner as a threat. You are giving him extra attention, which is good. Try giving him playtime alone without your partner for awhile so he feels secure. Slowly introduce your partner to playing with him. Pet him and praise him when he uses the litterbox. If his behaviour doesn't improve, take him to the vet for a check-up.


anonymous 3 years ago

I have an 8 month old male cat, he is neutered and was hand reared by myself as sadly his mum passed when he was just a week old and he was left with his siblings in my pet store, he was brilliant when training and is an amazing cat! However I have just got a new partner and he is not happy! He loves my new partner grooms him and cuddles him and then as soon as he leaves he pees on everything that he's touched, his side of the bed, couch cushions, clothes! We have given him lots of new treats and toys and he gets constant attention from us both any tips??


anonymous 3 years ago

I have a two month kitten, and when we first got her. A week ago. She used the litter box perfectly but, now she pees on my bed and runs away wen i put her in the litter box. What can I do?


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@anonymous: Some cats will continue to spray even if they have been neutered or spayed. It can be a territorial issue. I think he is asserting his authority to the other males, especially if they haven't been neutered. Clean the areas he has been spraying with vinegar and baking soda to remove the smell. Then try the citrus spray. Even though they don't use litterboxes, I would recommend having at least one in your home. Good luck and please let me know how it goes.


anonymous 3 years ago

We have 5 cats, 3 of which are males, the oldest one, Jago, is 8 years old, the other two are brothers and they turned 1 year old this month. The females are 2 years old and 1 year old. Both of them are spayed, and also the oldest male is neutered. The relationship between the cats is great, they play with each other and spend the time together. They move freely inside and outside the house, so they don't need litterbox, they do their thing outside in the gardens, bushes, etc., so we don't have a problem with them urinating inside the house.

However the problem we have is that the oldest male cat, Jago, sprays everywhere when he sees the other cats, even though he's neutered! Like he's marking his territory or something. For example, he walks inside the house, notices the other cats laying around, and immediately sprays the door. He also has other "hot-spots" that he frequently sprays, we clean them up, but he sprays them again after a while. He even once sprayed our dog!

So we're hoping that your citrus solution will help, after we thoroughly clean the spots where he sprays. Thanks!


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@Stressedmomma: I had a troll on here leaving mean comments, please ignore them. I deleted the comment but unfortunately it still goes as a reply email to the person they are speaking to. Getting rid of the cats should not be an option. Cats that are surrendered at shelters don't have a happy ending. The best you can do is try to understand why they are peeing everywhere.


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@Stressedmomma: The best advice I can give is to get them to the vets. They can best determine why this is happening. I have had good luck with the vinegar and baking soda cleaning solution. I hope you can get some relief.


Stressedmomma 3 years ago

@catspyjamas: That is why I came to you for some guidance to see if there was anything else that I could do that I wasn't already trying... I am not sure if my dad is using the vinegar, but I did tell him about it. And the cats are still peeing on stuff. I just recently went through my eldest child's room to find all her laundry, and found out that the cats had peed all over her summer clothes (which were in a bag) that I had pulled out of storage a few weeks ago to get ready for switching over. And then all over the papers that were next to the bag as well.


Stressedmomma 3 years ago

@anonymous: They are not my cats. They belong to my other family members, therefore I can not get rid of them even if I wanted to. The only cat that is mine is the female, and I do not have problems with her. It is not fun to live like this, but there isn't much else I can do about it. Their access to the bedrooms is already restricted, it just sucks to have to constantly close all bedroom doors and if you forget the cats will pee in them because we close them off from that room.


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@anonymous: The only thing I have used is baking soda, water, and vinegar. I would do a small test patch to make sure it doesn't hurt the upholstery but it should be safe.

The cats may feel stressed because of the new arrival on the way. Try giving them extra attention and praising them when they do use the litterbox correctly. If you don't notice a change, they may have to go to the vet for a check-up.


anonymous 3 years ago

I have a feather couch and my 18month old cat decides to pee on it. Any tips on cleaning, removing smell, disinfecting? I have a baby due any time in the next couple of weeks and the stress of cleaning cat pee, smell is too much.I don't want to lock them out the living areas because I can't trust them, they have always used a litter box but this is the second time on the couch (The first time cost me a fortune to get feather cushion professionally cleaned!)


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@anonymous: I am unfamiliar with litter quitter but it sounds like it has taught your cat to avoid the litter box. He may need to go to the vet for a check-up. In the meantime, whenever he uses his litter box properly, praise him and pet him. This will teach him that it pleases you when he uses his box. Speak calmly and try to make him feel secure.


anonymous 3 years ago

Hello I have a 8 month old male cat. When we brought him home he did very well using his litter box until i decided to get him the litter quitter. I tried to train him but a week into it i noticed he began to pee in my closet on top of my husbands belongings. (and only his) we then stopped using the litter quitter but the problem still didn't go away. The next thing identified was that he began to pee on bags (plastic bags, gym bags, large purse bags, suit cases) we added a new litter box (so that he has two now; one upstairs and one in my bedroom) but recently i noticed that upon entering my home the smell of cat urine has gotten worse. The carpets upstairs and down now also smell like urine. I really love my cat; he is the sweetest thing ever but I really can't live with this problem. what can i do?


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@anonymous: It sounds like she is suffering from anxiety. The best way to help her is to take her to the vet. They can prescribe an anxiety medication that will make her more calm. You can also use a Feliway diffuser. Give her extra attention and petting so she knows she is loved. One of my cats is like this and it is very easy to upset them. Affection and petting works really well.

For your questions, the best way to remove the urine smell from clothing is to add a small amount of vinegar to the wash. As for the other cats, I imagine that will cause her more stress and she will act out more. You really need to get her to the vet. The medication of diffuser should help her not feel so anxious. I would also suggest a safe room where she can go away from the other cats, maybe your bedroom or somewhere where the other cats aren't allowed.


anonymous 3 years ago

Hi, my cat is an 8.5 year old female. She is spayed. She has been peeing in mine and my husband's bedroom for a couple of weeks now. A couple nights ago, she peed and pooped in the living room. The first time she peed in the bedroom, I think it was because our 2 year old daughter shut her in there. Now I think she does it when she is too scared to leave the bedroom. When she peed in the living room, I think it was because my husband was being loud doing laundry, which is right next to the bathroom her litter is in.

As you may be able to tell, my cat is scared by her own shadow. Even before we had a kid, she was freaked out by everything. She is basically only calm if it is just me around, and sometimes my husband. However, she never had a problem using her kitty litter before. Then this morning, for no apparent reason, she peed in our bedroom again. I was the only one awake, she was in the kitchen eating, then went past the bathroom, and into the bedroom and peed. So I am going to try the vinager solution, and all that good stuff you mentioned in your post. My questions are 1) What is the best way to get the smell out of the clothes she peed on? 2) We are moving into a house soon. My mom is going to be living with us when we do, bringing her two cats with her. What is the best way to get her through all of that stress, and have her not pee everywhere in the new house? Btw, she does not care to be around other cats. When she was around three, I had to go stay with my mom for a week, and had to bring my cat with me, and my cat cried these long terrible meows constantly. Sorry so long, thanks for reading.


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@anonymous: It's a lot cheaper and "greener" than using a chemical spray.


anonymous 3 years ago

the vinegar, then peroxide baking soda clean up, is definitely what I'll be using from now on. Thanks xo


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@anonymous: As stressful as this can be, this lens aims to help people solve their cats problem. Getting rid of the cats should be an extreme last resort. There are so many homeless cats already. It takes time to fix a behavioural problem but it can be done without resorting to surrendering your cat(s).


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: How do you put up with that! Firstly, they need to be kept out of the children's bedrooms. I would also think about restricting their access to other rooms in the house. My mums cats claw her furniture and now they're restricted to the kitchen only in the house (bed by radiator and have a cat flap to get in and out of house). These cats have no respect for your house and I'm sorry but as much as I love my pets I couldn't live like that, they'd have to go. What are you going to do when the baby comes?? I wouldn't trust those cats!!! If you all have to live together then you need to claim the house back from them and stop them having free run of the house.


anonymous 3 years ago

@catspyjamas: thanks =)


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@anonymous: Baking soda and vinegar is the best way I know to remove the smell. If a cat can smell urine on something, they will want to mark it with their own scent. The instructions for making a vinegar and baking soda solution are above.


anonymous 3 years ago

@catspyjamas: All the males are neutered and have been so for a long time. Since they were a few months old including the eldest cat. We just got the female spayed a few days ago, after she finished her first heat cycle. But they still spray and pee on everything, the males do not the female.

I will tell my dad about the baking soda and vinegar though for clean up.


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@anonymous: The male cats could be spraying because they are not neutered, especially with a female cat in the house. In addition, your eldest cat could be peeing because of his age. Older cats sometimes suffer from this. The other cats spell the pee and will mark it as well. I would take them to the vet to see if there are any medical conditions. I don't know if neutering this late in life will fix the problem. If one or more of the cats have a urinary condition, medication will clear it up.

For clean-up, I use a baking soda and vinegar solution. It is far cheaper than buying an enzyme cleaner. It will remove the odour so the cats aren't tempted to pee there again. I would have someone else in your home do this since you are pregnant. If you do clean up after them or clean their litter box, wear gloves.


anonymous 3 years ago

We have four cats, 3 males and 1 female. The oldest male cat (bi-colored short hair) is about 19/20 years old or so and the other two males (bi-colored maine coon long hair brothers) are about 11 years old or so. The female (silver tabby short hair) is the youngest she is not quite 1 yet. The males (not the female) in the house have been peeing everywhere. They pee near the kitchen sink (where one of the brothers eat) they pee on anything you leave on the floor, they pee in corners, on rugs, in front of their litter boxes, on the floor out in the open, clean clothes, dirty clothes, beds, blankets, in boxes, in the tub, on the bathoom floor, on trash, on paper, on books that are on a shelf, you name it they will pee on it or in it... and they are also all able to spray (except the female). They spray book shelves, beds, dvd stands, couches, cabinets, toys in plastic bags, and again you name it they will spray it. The cats seems to especially target the children's things and their bedrooms. Namely the newest thing they have done is spray the children's book shelf and all down the children's length of their bed and on the floor in front of the book shelf. Completely ruining all the books on the shelf because there was so much pee that the pages were dripping with pee and all the pages were stained yellow. The house they live in is a pretty big house there are 10 people living in the house (3 of them are children 9, 5, and 3 years old) the children do love the cats very much, but they also like to chase them around and try to "make" the cats play with them (which the children are then told to leave the cats alone). They have 4 litter boxes, two in the basement, 1 on the main level in the bathroom and 1 upstairs in the bathroom. I know the 1 upstairs is kept very clean our oldest daughter cleans it out every night as one of her chores. I am not sure about the other litter boxes my father (the grandfather) cleans them out. They are loved cats, but they are very picky and finicky. The oldest cat will yowl every time he pees on something even when he pees in the cat box. They are also outside cats (except the female as she is not spayed yet) they get fed on a schedule because of one of the brothers has an eating problem and won't stop eating. So they get fed 3 times a day. They will get very worried about their food times hours before they are supposed to eat and constantly bug anyone that they know can/or will feed them. They are very weird about eating as well and have certain habits while they eat. The brothers like to investigate the other cats food dishes every feeding time to see what the other cats are eating and will even steal the other cats food because they think it is different... I have no clue. One of the cats will pee outside my sister's door (which happens to be the dining room) because they are not allowed in there (my guess for the reason) and if anything is around when they want to pee there they will pee on that too. My children have even stepped in the cat pee not seeing it on the kitchen floor slipped in it and fell hitting their head and getting cat pee all in their hair as well... my dad sprays that arm and hammer oxy cleaner cat away stuff whatever it is called everywhere they pee or poo on. But they also get repremand if they get caught in the act of doing it. Usually by getting put in the litter box or put outside. I am pregnant and this is stressing me out beyond comprehension and I just want to get rid of the cats. But all the cats are not mine and so I cannot (the female is mine). But I do not know what to do, or how to make them stop. And being pregnant I can't keep living in a cat pee and poo infested house! HELP!!!


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@anonymous: I would take them both to the vet for a check-up. It could be a UTI, they can come back if untreated. If the cats get a clean bill of health, it has to be stress that is causing them to act out. Try to determine what could be causing the problem, any new changes or anxieties in their lives. You mentioned travelling, maybe they act out when left alone. Consider a cat sitter or friend to stay with them.


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@anonymous: Since this is recent behaviour, think of any changes to his life. Any new stresses that could be contributing to his problem. If you can't think of anything, it's probably a medical issue like a urinary infection. Take him to the vet for a check-up and the vet can prescribe medication that will help him.


anonymous 3 years ago

I have a 5 year old male cornish rex. He is in perfect health. But the last 4 weeks ive caught him peeing the my shoes. He is very loved. Well feed. Has always hated my husbands cat. Litter is always cleaned. And now seems to help. I know the tricks and nothing is helping. Im worried he won't stop as he is doing it he will have to go. And I love him dearly!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hunny you now you should not be cleaning the cat litter when pregnant. It can be very harmful for you unborn baby. Its toxic!


anonymous 3 years ago

Hi- I have 2 cats, a 10 year old male and a 6 year old female. They are both healthy yet out of nowhere one (or both, not sure) have started peeing on the couch. We tried to clean it for a while but we couldn't get the smell out so we ended up throwing it away. They were good for 5 months and then today one of them has peed on the couch again. The only thing I can think of is that our dog was at the vet all day for a surgery and maybe my cats were reacting to her not being there. But we travel with our dog all the time and I don't know what to do to make them stop. I have tried the tin foil and the citrus, we clean their litter box twice a day, I have added another litter box. This spontaneous peeing is driving us crazy! Please help!


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@anonymous: Hi Danielle, this message should go to your email.

First off, I would clean the areas he has been weeing with baking soda and vinegar. The directions are above in this lens. It is relatively inexpensive, that's why I recommend it over pricey enzyme removers. Secondly, move the litterbox to a area that he seems to be peeing the most. Lastly, give him extra attention and praise him when he does use the litterbox. Try to clean his box every day as cats are very fastidious and prefer a clean litterbox. If none of these help, he will need to go to the vet for a check-up.


anonymous 3 years ago

i have a 9 month old cat he is a male and im in a little 2 bedroom flat, he keeps peeing in my mum bed, i don't let him out due to living on a main road but i do let him on the balancy for a bit each day, im also trying to get him doctored but getting no were with the vets i no this will probs not stop him from weeing but i don't no what else to do as im due to give birth to my first child in 14 weeks and i no if i don't find a way to stop him from weeing my boyfriend will make me give him up and i really don't like to give up on animals because i no with a way the a will, i do not clean his litter box everyday but i do remove his poo every time he has one in it, i haven't got the money to buy products for the smell of urine and to clean it so i use disinfectant but i heard that makes it worse , my flat really smells of cat urine and i can't bring a baby back here with this smell. does any 1 have any suggestions which doesn't cost money or to give up on my cat, could u message me on facebook danielle coppenhall or message my boyfirend jamie bull and if u can't find us then add me on bbm 223e1120 as i don't no how to get back on this page, thank you so much


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@anonymous: This can sometimes lead to new problems as it will cause your cat to be afraid of you. Stress and anxiety are the common reasons a cat develops a behavioural problem. It's best to discover the root of the problem and not use force or punishment as they will be harmful in the long run.


anonymous 3 years ago

@lalda9: Try spraying them with a spray bottle when they do it


anonymous 3 years ago

When they pee their spray them with a spray bottle


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@lalda9: It is most likely a behavioural issue. Male cats get UTI's more commonly than females. It is still possible that your girl cat could have a medical issue but speaking generally, it happens to males more often.

If there is anything that could be causing either one of them anxiety, that would be the source. Anything new or a change in their lives. Try giving extra attention and petting when you can to make them feel secure. If you notice no change, they may need anxiety medication.


lalda9 3 years ago

we have two cats. a neutered male that's 1 1/2 and a neutered female that's about 9 months old. we've had the male for over a year, and got the female 3 months ago. In the last month one of the cats has peed in the exact same spot on the couch at least four times. we've cleaned the couch with nature's miracle and laundered the cushions. i've even flipped the cushions and covers, but it keeps getting peed on in the same spot. we've ruled out a UTI for the male and are taking the female this week. could this be a behavioral issue?


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@anonymous: I would take her to the vet and have them check her for a urinary infection. In the meantime, get a litter box for her to use inside. It is healthier for her. Clean the areas she has peed with a vinegar and baking soda solution, it will eliminate the odour so she isn't tempted to pee there again.


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@anonymous: It sounds like he objects to the new carpeting. Maybe the new carpet smell is too strong for him. If possible, try keeping him in a room away from it and give the carpet time to air out. I would also take him to the vet for a check-up.


anonymous 3 years ago

i have a 4yr old cat that all of a sudden has started weeing anywhere she can.we don't have a litter tray as she uses the cat flaps when she wants to.


anonymous 3 years ago

I have a 2 1/2 year old male cat. We have NEVER had issues with him peeing or pooping anywhere but his litter box until we finished our basement and laid carpet. He now has been peeing and pooping on the new carpet every day or two. As of now I have just brought him in the room near the mess and told him no and then put him in the litter box, however today I went downstairs to an awful smell and noticed he had peed all over behind the couch and scratched up some of the carpet. Anyone have any ideas of what I can do to get him to stop?


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@anonymous: Sorry for the late reply. Squidoo didn't notify me of your comment. The clothes that were in your bag could have the scent of another animal which caused the cats to misbehave. When you launder the clothes, add a small amount of vinegar to the cycle. It will remove the urine smell. If it continues to happen, I would take the cats to the vet for a check-up.


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@anonymous: Try putting the litter box near the door where she has been peeing. Her previous owners may have taught her to go outside to relieve herself. As she starts using her box properly, gradually move it to the desired area. If this doesn't work, you may need to take her to the vet for a check-up.


anonymous 3 years ago

I have adopted a kitty months ago and she refuses to piddle in her potty box and pees in front of my back door on my tiles and i don't know what else to do! Potty boxes get cleaned everyday and i take her to the room where they are and play with her for about 15 minutes and all that comes from that is going number 2..Please help? I am at my wits end!! Thank you..


anonymous 3 years ago

@catspyjamas: thank you for advise I will follow up with what you suggested.


anonymous 3 years ago

Hi... I have a male (neutered) and a female cat and they have been brilliant.... always use the litter tray, suddenly though, one of them has decided to start peeing on or in a bag I use for work which is full of clothes..... I discovered it and washed the bag and clothes and whilst it was drying I got another bvag to use instead... I have just gone to fill it with clothes and discovered pee all over it...... this bag will have to be destroyed as it has wheels and is unwashable.... please help... its not like its pee on the floor or in a room... it seems to be on bags!!!

thanks...

Victoria


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@anonymous: For behavioural problems, it takes a little time. Start by cleaning the areas she has been peeing with vinegar and baking soda. This will remove the smell so she isn't tempted to pee there again. If she has been peeing in a certain spot, move her litter box there to see if that helps. Use a calm voice when speaking to her. Pet and praise her when she uses the litter box correctly. Give her extra attention so she feels secure. If none of these help the problem, she may need anxiety medication.


anonymous 3 years ago

I have taken a kitten in several months ago from an old beaten down barn. she was about 8 weeks old maybe younger. she has been to the vets several times when we first got her she was really sick and weighing only 1 lb. 2oz she was treated over several weeks with antibiotics. she slowly gained weight she ( she is now 6 months and weights 7 lbs.) At her follow up everything came back fine finally after several trips to the vets.. We talked to her vet about the peeing problem he tested her for infection with the urine it came back negative. He told us that he thinks it is a behavioral problem. we have stayed on top of the liter box we have one other cat so they each have their own box. she gets along with all the other animals. but she is timid around people but is slowly coming around from that. we have spent so much money on her and really can't afford another vet bill. but we can not have her ruining our belongings. do you have any other suggestion on how I can deter this behavior, before my husband really chews me out to get rid of her. which he has been on me since she first started peeing. I don't know what else to do and I can't afford any more bills at this point. please advise. I want to get rid of her my daughter is so fond of her.


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@anonymous: I would take the cat to the vet and have him tested for a urinary infection. In the meantime, I would keep him out of the bedroom. You can wash your linens and add some vinegar to the cycle to remove the urine smell. That way, he won't be tempted to pee there again.


anonymous 3 years ago

My cat is using his litter tray but is having abit of an issue with my beds at the moment and my door curtain, he keeps peeing on them. I'm at a lose as I have Neva had a dirty cat. We do have other animals but he gets on we'll with them, so that's not the issue. Any ideas plz


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@anonymous: You can spray your porch with a citrus spray. Cats don't like the smell and should avoid the porch. I use a similar spray in my garden to deter cats from digging it up. Otherwise, I would suggest somehow closing up the porch if that is possible.


anonymous 3 years ago

We have some feral cats coming up to the porch and peeing, it is an open porch. The smell comes through the door if the wind blows right. This makes our actual house cats go on a marking frenzy. What can we do to deter the feral cats from the porch??


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@anonymous: Clean the areas where the cat(s) peed with a vinegar and baking soda solution or use an enzyme cleaner. This will remove the smell so the cats don't pee there again. You may need to use a black light to find any hidden spots. The citrus cleaner is mainly to keep cats off something or away from plants. If this doesn't help any, you may need to take the kittens in for a check-up.


anonymous 3 years ago

So here's my awesome ordeal, it all started when I got my outside cat fixed. I had to keep her inside for a week, but I also have my other two kittens in the same room already. so them not really knowing each other I ended up with cat piss on my futon and even once on my bed. So I figured as soon as the fixed cat got out it would all stop. But rather, it hasn't stopped since. So I just finished your citrus spray on the couch with clean sheets over it and sprayed on top of that and lo and behold I wake up and there is piss once again on the couch..


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Declawing your cats is stressful for them! They may also be stressed from other pets in the house. You might try medication to calm the kitty down.


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@anonymous: I would first take the cat to the vet for a check-up. There are a couple of medical issues that could be the cause like a UTI, or diabetes. If your cat gets a clean bill of health, their problem is behavioural. There is most likely something causing them anxiety and they are acting out because of it. Think of any changes to your cat's life that could be causing stress and try to make your home feel more secure.

In the meantime, clean the areas the cat has been peeing with a vinegar and baking soda solution or use an enzyme cleaner. Consider moving a litterbox to the area where the cat has been peeing. Speak to your cat calmly and pet him when he does use his box. If there is no improvement after a couple of weeks, your cat may need anxiety medication or a diffuser to keep him calm.


anonymous 3 years ago

I clean pee up everyday how do I stop my cat from doing that?


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@anonymous: Try and think of anything that could be causing him stress. A healthy cat will only pee outside the litterbox if something is causing him anxiety. Any small changes to his routine could be the problem.

For now, clean the area he has been peeing. I use a baking soda and vinegar solution. You can also buy an enzyme cleaner. If there is a certain area he keeps returning to, consider moving a litterbox there to see if it helps. When he does use his box, praise and pet him. Let him know how pleased you are with him. Speak in calm tones and try to give extra attention so he feels secure.


anonymous 3 years ago

I have a male cat who is peeing outside the litter box. I have taken him to the vet and they say he is fine. I have a female cat also and I added another litter box thinking it would help, but the female cat uses both of them. I clean them frequently and nothing seems to help. Please give me so advice! I really don't want to have to get rid of him.


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@anonymous: I assume he has been checked for a UTI. That is the most common reason a cat will not use his litterbox. Since he has gotten used to going outside, I would place a litterbox near the door. Use a calm tone when speaking to him and praise him when he does use the litterbox. Once he gets used to using it, you can move the litterbox to a different area. I'd also look into using a different type of litter. Your cat may prefer a softer litter than clay.


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@anonymous: It sounds like he is acting out because he is anxious about something. Think of any changes in his life that could be causing him stress. Use a soothing tone when speaking to him. Praise and pet him when he does use his litterbox properly. Clean the areas he has been peeing with vinegar and baking soda. You may need to use a black light to find any hidden areas. If the problem continues, he may need medication. Your vet can prescribe anxiety meds that will keep him calm.


anonymous 3 years ago

You have to help me I got a cat for my birthday from my mom last year and we already have an older cat about 9 and a chihuahua teacup about 7 and we got him as a rescue we got him declwed and nutered like all the rest and he pees over different areas of the house and its hard to find the spots sometimes in some areas because of the fact that we don't go in those parts of the house most of the time recently I have been locking both of the cats up in the office and we moved the litter boxes up there as well but no one can understand why he's doing it and this isn't the first time and I can leave the house for thirty min and he will go pee somewhere then there's a problem with him getting locked up in many different places I've taken him to the doctor nothing's wrong internally if I dot figure out something soon my mom says well have to get rid of him I don't wanna do that and we have this Christmas vacation coming up soon and we are taking all three animals with us please help us !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


anonymous 3 years ago

My cat was happily going to the bathroom in his litter until he started going outside. Once he got used to going to the bathroom outdoors, he won't use his litter. Now that it is too cold to go outside, he is peeing on my kids bouncy castle and another certain rug daily. We can keep him out of the room with the carpet, but there's no way to keep him from going to the basement. He is doing both 1 & 2 there. We clean it up immediately and get rid of the smell, but he keeps going back there. When we remove it, he goes somewhere else in the house. It is not a litter or health issue. He simply doesn't want to go to the bathroom in a litter anymore. I don't know what to do. I have 4 kids and we can't dodge urine or poo all day, every day. Something has to give.


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@anonymous: If he isn't neutered he could be scent marking his territory. If he has been fixed, his behaviour is most likely because of stress. Think of any changes in his life that could be causing him to feel anxious. Give him extra attention and praise him when he does use the litterbox.

Clean the areas he has been peeing thoroughly so he won't be tempted to pee there again. If there is a certain area that he keeps returning to, consider placing a litterbox there. Use positive reinforcement when he does use the litterbox. If none of these tips help, he may need anxiety medication.


anonymous 4 years ago

I have a male cat that keeps peeing on my furniture. I have no idea why either. I took him to the vet and he doesn't have a UTI. I have tried a new litter and I also tried feeding him wet food instead if dry food. I also have a female cat and I don't know if he is trying to mark his territory or what, but if he doesn't stop we are going to have to get rid of him and we really don't want to. Any advice??


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@anonymous: I would take her back to the vet and ask them to check for a urinary or bladder infection. You can also check for diabetes but that is more common in older cats. If she gets a clean bill of health, her problem is anxiety or stress. Use a calm tone when speaking to her and give lots of attention.

You can clean the areas she has been peeing with baking soda and vinegar. This will remove the smell do she isn't tempted to pee there again. If the problem persists, she may need anxiety meds. You can get a prescription from your vet or use a Feliway diffuser which will keep her calm.


anonymous 4 years ago

My female cat had kittens almost 6 months ago. She is totally diff now. I got rid of 3 of the 4 kittens, I kept 1 male. About 2 and a half months or so ago maybe a little longer, I started finding stuff peed on I blamed the kitten, so i took him with me when I left. Came home to stuff still peed on. Then it got to where she started peeing like off chairs and on stuff right in front of me then yesterday she came and peed ON ME. I don't know what to do I tried 2 litter boxes but they both used both. The litter box stays clean. I try to give her just as much attention as I do the kitten but she is so aloft and well stuck up since the kittens were born. And it's not like she pee's in specific area's. I do not know what to do....She went to the vet right when it started but it was just a routine check up but nothing was said to be wrong I don't guess they would have checked for anything regarding peeing issues though since not mentioned. i don't know. Any suggestions??


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@anonymous: Baking soda and vinegar will only remove the smell. It's an inexpensive alternative to enzyme cleaners which do the same thing. To remove the stain, I would soak the bedspread in cold water. Use a scrub brush if necessary. Depending on how long the stain has been set, you may have to let it soak for awhile. Add the vinegar to the washing machine cycle to remove the odour. You may need to run it through more than one cycle. For the carpet lining, I would try the same thing but it may be difficult to remove from carpeting. The liner may need to be replaced. Good luck!


anonymous 4 years ago

I read the article and it was very helpful! My question has more to do with getting urine odor/stains out of fabric.

We just brought home a new kitten and confined him to our bedroom. He peed outside the litter box, once on the bedspread and once on the removable carpet lining in his carrier. I'm not too worried about that since it was his first night here and he was likely just stressed, I'm more concerned about how to get the stain and odor effectively out so that he or the other two cats in the house don't later try to urinate there.

Is it best to scrub the spots with vinegar and baking soda before putting it in the wash, then also adding vinegar to the rinse cycle? Or is it enough to put them in the wash and add vinegar in the rinse cycle without scrubbing it first? I've heard somewhere that throwing it in the wash sets the stain but I don't know how true that is and just wanted your advice. Thanks!


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@anonymous: I would recommend taking the cats to the vet for a check-up. They can be tested for a possible UTI or diabetes which would cause them to avoid the litterbox. If they are both healthy, it could be stress that is causing it. Since the diffuser worked at first, they may need anxiety meds. I would try to find the cause of their stress before medicating them. It could be a change in their routine/lifestyle, a new animal, new family member, or any other changes in their life. Most cats don't like change and it takes them time to adjust. Some express their anxiety by peeing and other misbehaviour. Your best bet is finding out what the problem is so it can be fixed.


anonymous 4 years ago

help 2 of my 6 cats are peeing in my house and they are both girls. all of my cats are neutered. we have tried a feliway diffuser it worked but only temporarily. please help.


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@anonymous: I would suggest getting her a new litterbox. Put the litterbox in the area where she has been peeing. Use praise and pet her when she uses it properly. Clean the areas she has peed with a vinegar and baking soda solution. She may be stressed about something. Think of any changes in her life that could be causing the anxiety. If none of this works, consider buying a Feliway diffuser that will keep her calm.


anonymous 4 years ago

I need help my mum wants to get rid of our female cat because she keeps peeing on her bed and on our living room carpet. I don't know what to do. We took her to the vet and its not a urinary infection, and her litter box that she shares with her brothes is cleaned evryday. so I don't know what else to do. Please help with any suggestions if you can.


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@brokenminded: I would suggest you take him to the vet for a check-up just to rule out any medical issues. I would also suggest you get a litterbox and see if that helps any. He may be peeing because he needs to go and he can't get outside. It's easy to train a cat to use a litterbox. Also, indoors only cats live longer and you don't have to worry about them getting hurt or getting diseases from other animals.


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@anonymous: I would take him to the vet for a check-up. He could have a urinary infection or some other medical problem that causes him to avoid his litterbox. Also, if he isn't neutered, he could be spraying. Clean the mattress with vinegar andbaking soda to remove the odour. Also, wash your linens with vinegar in the rinse cycle so he can't smell any urine on the bedding.

If he gets a clean bill of health, he could be stressed about something. Another animal or anything new in his life could be making him anxious. Use a soft tone when speaking to him and give him praise and petting when he does use the litterbox.


brokenminded 4 years ago

PLASE PLEASE HELP ME I love drake to bits having trouple with my boy cat hes 1 he keeps peeing in the house not in the same place. we don't have a litter box because there are outdoor/ indoor go out when they want got 2 other cats 2 year old boy and a female shes 1 year old they go outside. And im worryed because we are moving into a new house soon and i don't want him doing it there its rented and if they do anything it be bad


anonymous 4 years ago

I have 3 cats 2 females and 1 male.It seems to be my male cat that is the one that like's to pee everywhere. He has now started peeing on the furniture (on the bed is his favoirite at the moment), it drive's me mad he has his own CLEAN litter tray that is changed every other day,So I just cannot understand why he keeps on peeing on the bed no matter HOW much I scrub the mattress i normally use lemon scented multi purpose and then anti bac spray over the top,and yet 'pee wee'(not his real name!) still pee's for England!


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@anonymous: The best thing you can do is get them checked out. It could be a urinary infection that can be cleared up with medication. Good luck and please keep us posted.


anonymous 4 years ago

I have 2 female cats thy are 1yr old, they r clean an have been since 6wks old! But lately they keep peein on my boys rug and now my new curtains! Was gettin to the point where i was thinkin of gettin rid! But afta readin these comments i think i need to get em both to the vets and get them done an hopin tht will solve my problem, thankyou guys x


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@anonymous: Some female cats who aren't spayed will spray in the house, especially when they are in heat. It would be a good idea to take her to the vet and have her checked for any medical issues, like a bladder infection or diabetes. If you can afford it, I would recommend getting her spayed. It may stop her spraying and also will benefit her. Spayed cats are least likely to get certain cancers and you don't have to worry about them getting pregnant.

If it's not a medical issue, clean the areas she is peeing thoroughly with vinegar and baking soda to remove the scent. That way she won't return to "mark" it with her urine. Try moving the litterbox to where she is having these accidents. Maybe she doesn't like it where it is. She may also not like the litter or would prefer a larger litterbox.


anonymous 4 years ago

my cat has been peeing on things in my house and i don't know how to get her to stop i clean her litterbox and everything. idk what to do wouyld fixing her help?


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@kindoak: Thank you. I think cats don't like the citrus smell because they have a much stronger sense of smell than humans. For whatever reason, it's a good deterrent from keeping a cat away from a certain area.


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kindoak 4 years ago

Awesome info - interesting about the citrus smells.


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@anonymous: I've had good luck with the vinegar and baking soda solution. It's fairly cheap to make and it works well. If you have access to a black light, you can see where the urine spots are.


anonymous 4 years ago

Yes this is very helpful. I just have to get rid of the terrible urine smell now .


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@anonymous: I would suggest you take your cat to the vet to see why she is behaving this way. She could have a medical problem like a UTI or diabetes that is causing her to pee on the furniture. Try using a soothing, calm tone when addressing her. Yelling and threats will only make the cat more anxious and the behaviour will continue.


anonymous 4 years ago

I think I'm going to kill my cat today. She has peed on my furniture for the last time. Wish me luck!


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@anonymous: Bleach is a cheap and effective way. It kills bacteria and removes the bad smell. If a cat can still smell the last place they peed, they will return to that area. I am glad this has worked out for you. :)


anonymous 4 years ago

Thanks for the tips! My friend has 2 old cats and they kept on peeing and pooing in the dining room and she kept on cleaning and masking the scent with the vinegar solution... It won't work. Finally I tried to spray some bleach solution (1gal of water+1tbsp of bleach) on the spots where they usually pee and what do you know! They haven't peed there for almost a week now! I think it just depends sometimes on cats and how good you can clean the spots where they keep on peeing. Both human and animals are not perfect!


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@wowcataclysmpro1: Thanks for reading!

I agree unscented clumping clay litter is the way to go. I've used various forms of litter but that is the one that has had the least amount of problems. If your cat isn't happy with his or her litter box, they will avoid it.


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wowcataclysmpro1 4 years ago

Awesome tips- another one I want to add is to make sure you use clay clumping litter that's unscented. Cat's hate scented litter.


anonymous 5 years ago

I've had my cat for about 10 years now and she avidly urinates on anything that shouldn't be urinated on. At one point I thought she might have a bladder infection, but that wasn't the case. She simply was scared by some thunder while she was in the litter box, so I had to reassure her that the litter box was okay. She dictates which kinds of carpet I can have in the house by peeing on the types that she doesn't like, I now can only get apartments with hardwood floors just for my own peace of mind. Lately, however, she seems to pee on anything, which means she's probably stressed or just getting revenge. Putting her food dish in the place where she urinated works perfectly!! It saved my bed! She just recently peed a few times on an area rug and it soaked into the hardwood floor underneath. I tried covering the area with baking soda, letting it sit for a couple hours, then used a mix of 1 cup vinegar with 1 gallon warm water to clean it up, and it worked great! The smell is gone! Also, like another comment mentioned, Feliway is a great product to keep your cat calm during stressful times.


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ColorPetGifts 5 years ago

Awesome lens with important info for cats that pee in the house. Blessed by the cat gifts angel.

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