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How to Stop Your Cat From Peeing in the House

Updated on September 20, 2017
Training Your Cat Not to Pee in the House
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How to Stop a Cat from Peeing in the House

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 (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. If the urine has traces of blood, then it is likely that your cat is experiencing serious blockage and must be taken to the vet immediately.

Urinary tract infection (UTI). If your cat pees small amounts quite often, it may have a urinary tract 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 to a new house, 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?
  • Cats also spray when they are stressed. If this is the case, there are many ways you can help to reduce your cat's anxiety levels.

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? Cats adore privacy and lots of space, so make sure the litter box is in the correct location.
  • 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. Sometimes not getting along can cause cats to show aggression through urination.
  • 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.

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      Gemma 40 hours ago

      I am literally begging you for help! I have the most beautiful 18 yr old - Winnie -she is one of 4 cats and they have all been together all their lives. 3 years ago I split with my ex and whilst I moved out and he stayed with Winnie he did not look after her very well, she became stressed out and was seeing and pooing in one of the bedrooms, something he ignored until I found out and got her checked over. It was stress related and a form of IBS as he also had a Doberman there which she was terrified of. When we eventually sold the house I bought my house here and I decided to bring her here as it was a safer place for her to be where she didn't have to be afraid ( away from the dog ). I live in a new build which I have worked my heart out to buy, about 2 weeks after I moved in she started weeing and pooing on the front door matt which in those days was installed into the floor, this behaviour calmed down in terms of the pooing stopped but over the last 3 years I have paid hundreds to get people round here to replace it as it was so damaged. The last straw came about 2 months ago and I decided the only way to get rid of the scent was to replace the entire floor which I have done - but it hasn't worked. She is still peeing almost every day, She won't use a litter tray and if I put one there then the other 3 will use it so it will get dirty very quickly, I have tried puppy pads as a way to deal with it but she just wees over them so it still soaks my beautiful wood floor, I have tried sprays scents, citrus, putting some food there as they don't wee near the food, washable door matts ( I was giving in ), Every single day I wake up and I have to wash the entire floor before going to work, as in dry it, wash it and then steam it. Same when I get home. I am worried if anyone rings the doorbell I can't even get to the door as there is a barrier of cat week. So Winnie is an incredible girl ( aside from this ) but, she is 18, she does have a little dementia so training her won't work, She also is on blood pressure meds as of last week, she drinks loads as she has kidney disease too. I am literally begging for help! I need to stop her doing this its devastating but I am totally out of options? Sorry for the essay, just wanted to give you all background.

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      Robyn Edward 46 hours ago

      I Just changed the kind of the cat litter and now my cat is peeing allover my place in clean laundry well clean clothes and the couch the floor she's not old only 3. I bought more of her old litter and emptied the cat box so it cleaned mixed the 2 different cat litter and she's still peeing despite the cat litter being clean I'm going to empty it out wash the cat litter and not mix the the 2 different cat litter and hope it solves the problem. I'm going to clean and use a orange oil not happy with my cat.

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      Laura 3 days ago

      My cat has always gone outside and why she has chosen to start to come in and go on my couch and my rug is beyond me but my husband is ready to take her to the humane society, seriously! Help me!!!

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      catspyjamas 7 days ago

      It sounds behavioural to me. Something is upsetting him and causing him to act out. It may be a recent development with your daughter's cat or something else he is objecting to. I would try to separate them and give him extra attention. I would also do a thorough cleaning, he will continue to pee in the house if he smells it on the floor.

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      tudy000 2 weeks ago

      I have a 5 years old cat that i adopted a year ago,we let her use the litter box from our last cat and that wasn't a problem for her,but 2 months ago she started peeing on one corner wall of our bath tub,it makes the bathroom stink like crazy,she is castrated ,she is happy,healthy,what the hell could it be wrong with her,today i rinsed my bath tub with lemon juice,lets see what happens... Our last cat used to do it in the sink,with us there in the bathroom,and we would just rinse with water and that's it no smell,also i never catch this one doing it,i only see pee almost dry inside the bath tub...I know if i'd slap her she won't do it next time,but i never catch her in the moment...

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      Tlpowell3186 3 weeks ago

      I have two cats, Dembsey is my cat and is 2 years old are other cat is my daughters and we have had for about 8 months Figaro(he is leaving in a couple weeks) recently my cat Dembsey has decided to pee outside of his box also poop outside the box. I have 3 boxes in mt home, I keep clean on a regular basis. (if Dembsey has poop in his box is will poop right outside the box, so I have to keep his main box clean at all times) but now he is peeing, peeing in front of his litter box in his room and also all over the room. We have found him peeing in our in closed porch where we also have another litter box. My cat is not spraying, believe me, he is peeing and they are puddles. He is healthy, vet checked. Also he will pee right on his food mat, I have a mat down where we put his food and I am finding pee on that and under it. Even though for the first 6 months of us having my daughters cat my cat did very good, no issues. This just started, I clean the areas good when it happens but as soon as my daughters cat goes back home I am going to do some heavy duty cleaning, I am even going to try the the stuff that is on this page. I need to stop this and I just don't know what to do any more. I have 3 boxes in my home, I have been using the same little since we brought our cat home (yesterday news, I do not like smelly litters plus my cat does not like crystal litters) He has been vet checked, he has been fixed, he is not a loving cat, we did lose one of our dogs this past May (2017) I did take on my daughters cat while she was looking for a new home and we have had him 8 months and he is leaving in 2 weeks. But my cats issues just started about a month ago. Help Please.....Thank you for taking the time to read this.

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      JVB 4 weeks ago

      I have two cats, two litter boxes. I keep there fairly clean, scooping out every other day or so. One of my cats will literally pee on the floor directly in front of the two clean litter boxes.

      She's a little over weight, and I was concerned about a UTI but brought her to the vets and nothing remarkable.

      I try spraying Nature's Miracle in the spot but I feel like that's not helping. Any ideas to keep her away from peeing there? Was going to try the tinfoil but where she is peeing is directly in front of the litter box so I don't want her scared trying to get into the litter box.

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      Lisa 8 weeks ago

      I have 2 cats one 6 1/2 and the other 6 both are clean always use the kitty litter box but recently we have been given a 5 month old kitten we have had her for 9 days now on the first day she urinated in the bath and pooped in the litter box. For the next week she was good using the box no problem but yesterday she urinated on the foot stool and on the couch today she pooped in the sink and urinated on a different couch. Our older cats have just started to accept her so that is not the problem. Does anyone have any ideas what is the best natural way to deter her as I can not take smelly sprays or aerosols.

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      MEMA 2 months ago

      Have just purchased citi kitty to train my cat to go in the potty and everything was going fine until she saw first hole . They all of a sudden started to pee inside my bathtub or on the corner behind the toilet-she'll poop in the tray on the toilet but she'll pee behind the toilet or inside bathtub. If I return the full tray to toilet she usually is ok...will my kitty ever learn to go in the toilet? She does love hanging around it and is not scared when I flush it.

      I might also add that she is still not a year old so do you think maybe she is still to young to hold herself steady in toilet seat? Any answers will be greatly appreciated.

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      Julie 2 months ago

      We have a 9 year old cat we adopted from the shelter. She seems to have been abused as she won't let you pick her up, lay with you, etc. She stalks my other cats, meows at inanimate objects & has now started peeing outside the box. Also, she came to us declawed on her front paws. I've tried cleaning with vinegar, baking soda, Orange/lemon she will just move to another place. I really think she's got a chemical imbalance. But I can't with this peeing crap.

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      Amber owens 2 months ago

      Mu cat started peeing outside of the litter box first it started on just plastic bags and now she's moved up to peeing on my recliner I'm not sure what to do I've cleaned it with vinegar baking soda and peroxide she is fixed please help

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      Lynn 2 months ago

      My 2 cats out of 4 have been having pissing wars for 3 years now. I am so fed up I have done and tried everything. Every inch of the outer perimeter of my living and dining room has been pissed on. I clean and block a spot, the next day they mark a new spot down 3 or 4 inches from the blocked spot. I block the new spot the next day they just make a new spot. They have even peed in front of the 40 dollar feliway plug in diffusers. My drapes are ruined from constantly washing them of pee. The backing is disintegrated. They sprayed a new mattress, have ruined the side of a dresser. They pee in front of the doors, what a welcome smell. Both are spayed and healthy . It's all territorial with them. I have 4 litter boxes. Have tried calming collars, sprays, feliway, aluminum foil, flower essences etc. I think I have to get rid of 1 of them.

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      Taylor 3 months ago

      My cat has been peeing around my house for five years now. We have taken her to the vet but they could not find anyting wrong with her. Now my mom is threatning to put her to sleep and cage her till she breaks the habit. I don't know what to do, we do have a lot of animals in the house, my cat does not get along with my dog and she HATES my dad. She has taken to peeing on clothes, beds and furniture. I've tried tin foil, but its just not practical, we've bought another kitty litter box be she never used it. I think she pees because of stress and frustration, but I don't know what to do. Please help! I don't want to lose my cat.

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      catspyjamas 3 months ago

      I would take him to the vet for a check-up. The alarms could cause him to be overly anxious.

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      Pat Patmor 3 months ago

      My newest kitty was peeing on the kitchen floor. I have 4 cats. I have 8 litter boxes. I had them all in one room, but Joey kept peeing in the kitchen and in other places. So I put litter boxes in the areas where he was peeing. That solved the problem everywhere except in the kitchen. I don't want a litter box in my kitchen, so I needed something else. I bought some of the alarms that are made to detect water leaking from a water heater. They cost about $12 at Home Depot. I put them on the floor in the kitchen where Joey had been peeing. One night, one of the alarms went off. Joey hasn't peed there since. The only problem with the alarms is that they sound like smoke detectors, so when it went off in the middle of the night, I wasn't sure if I had a fire or if Joey had peed on the floor in the kitchen. Since then, he hasn't peed on the kitchen floor. But he did find another spot in the hallway to pee, so I put one of the alarms there. So far, he hasn't peed in the hall. Maybe seeing an alarm there scared him.

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      catspyjamas 3 months ago

      There is bacteria in cat urine

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      catspyjamas 3 months ago

      Try baking soda and vinegar

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      Lil 3 months ago

      We got a dog and he decided to mark so now my cat does in my room, wonderful.

      Can't get rid of the smell no matter what we try.

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      asd 3 months ago

      Some helpful advice here, except...

      "Use a scrub brush to scour the floor. This will kill all the bacteria that was left behind."

      Uh-uh, sure it will. Why are we killing bacteria anyway? I thought we were cleaning cat urine...

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      Renee 4 months ago

      My cat started peeing outside the litter box around a year ago and was diagnosed with a thyroid issue. She is on meds for it and doing well. All her labs come back great - kidney's are perfect, etc. Since then she has consistently peed right next to the litter box. I've tried changing litters, adding boxes, moving them over the area, using enzymatic cleaners, moving one to another room, etc. We've had a lot of changes, moving, etc. and she doesn't do it during the highest stress times - this last move it was 3 weeks in the new house before she peed on the floor. She was recently diagnosed with the beginning stages of a UTI but has been on an antibiotic for it. I've noticed no improvement at all, if anything it seems to be worse since she is feeling better! I think it's just become a bad habit by now. For a while I was using puppy pads by the box when we were in an apartment and I couldn't take the chance of not being able to get the smell out of the floor. I want to know if the foil and/or citrus scent around the boxes will keep her from getting into the boxes or just make her not want to pee where those are and therefore encourage her to get into the boxes where it's more to her liking. I just don't know what else to do at this point since I think it's just a bad habit I don't know how to break. We do have another cat, but 3 boxes and they don't usually have issues - they eat/drink next to each other so I don't think that's the problem. Any advice would be very welcome! Thank you!

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      Jessica 4 months ago

      My cat is almost 10 now. My family got a dog 10 months ago, and moved about 7 months ago. The fact that we moved never caused any major disturbances between both pets, but recently, my cat has been peeing on a piece of furniture nearly every day. They seem to be the same spots that he frequently pees on; my brother's bed, our couch, a chair on our terrace, my dog's mattress, and my parent's bed. I don't understand what has gotten into him. He did have a problem with bladder control when he was younger, but that was resolved. However, upon our vet's request, we have just started giving him half a pill twice a day for stress relief and a needle that supports the control he has over his bladder. This seems to have made no change in his behavior. We continue to use the vinegar recipe to wash away the scent of his pee, but his is so strong that we'll have to wash it 3 or 4 times for the smell to diminish a tiny bit. He still does not get along with the dog, and refuses to spend time with her without hissing, or repeatedly hitting her in the face. I don't understand what is wrong with him and my family is deciding to give him away. I'm desperate for a last-minute miracle. Any tips?

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      Julie 4 months ago

      You didn't mention keeping the litter tray itself clean. It's no good just putting clean litter in, you need to wash the tray itself. Especially if your cat scratches the tray when they have finished - the smells get "trapped" in the scratch marks. A swill round with hot water once a week for an indoor cat is enough. NEVER use disinfectant or kitchen sprays on it - you'll end up killing your cat. I also buy new trays annually.

      Incidentally - if you de claw your cat you are vile and should be ashamed. Consider getting something you don't need to mutilate.

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      Mattie Hoffman 5 months ago

      I have 2 cats it is the male that is the problem. I been trying different kitty litter thinking that might be the problem. I would like to know what type would you recommend.

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      catspyjamas 5 months ago

      Yes, cats don't like the tactile feeling of foil on their paws.

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      Katie 5 months ago

      My one cat, she is a little older and she kept repetitively peeing on the carpet. We took her to the vet, she got tested, and everything came back normal and okay. So we tried every remedy and nothing was working until one day we found something that was going to work. My cat does not pee in that spot any more, and she uses the litter box like she should. My remedy is putting foil down in the spot that your cat is peeing in. It worked for me. I recommend it if you are having peeing issues with your cat. Just don't take the foil up for a long time or they possibly could get back in the habit of peeing in that spot again.

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      catspyjamas 6 months ago

      She wants to be outside and is peeing in inappropriate places to get your attention. I don't believe in letting cats out due to the danger. If the behaviour continues, see the veterinarian.

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      Problem... 6 months ago

      I have a bengal cat and it keeps peeing on the mattresses. We cleaned it up with some urine destroyer at the pet store near us. Is there a better way to remove the urine? The cat also keeps coming back to smell and scratch at it.

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      annawasicek 6 months ago

      please i hope you can help me.

      my cat has always been inside but just recently she snuck outside after that i have been letting her outside. she will stay outside for days at a time if she wants but ever since then she has been peeing in my kids toy box , clothes, beds and rooms. i dont know whats wrong?

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      catspyjamas 6 months ago

      It doesn't need to be refrigerated. The vinegar smell will evaporate quickly.

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      Michelle S 6 months ago

      How long is the spray good for? Does it need to be refrigerated? Do either of these solutions leave your house smelling like vinegar for very long?

      Thanks so much for the post!

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      catspyjamas 6 months ago

      You need to call the vet, something is wrong. Has he been checked for diabetes? It sounds to me that something is definitely going on that needs to be addressed.

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      catspyjamas 6 months ago

      I agree. Positive reinforcement works wonders.

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      Desirae 6 months ago

      We are stressed out. We have had urine test, blood tests, xrays and over all our cat seems really healthy. However he is not using the little box at all. He started out of the blue and got better with antibiotics. Or so we thought, he started again about two weeks later. A new antibiotic was given along with kitty prozac and again he seemed to get better. It's been a week since the antibiotic has been done and he is peeing all over the place again. Today he has not been his usual cuddly self, he hasn't eaten at all and he just climbed up on my son (my cat's favorite person in the house) and pooped on him. What is going on with this cat? His fur is all puffed out tonight and the hair on his back was standing up when he pooped on my son.

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      Jay 6 months ago

      If they go in the box, reward them.

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      catspyjamas 6 months ago

      Unfortunately that sometimes happens that a cat will not be trained, usually if they are homeless or feral before adoption. As long as she is happy, you are doing the right thing. I would also put a litter tray in the garage to see if she will use it.

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      catspyjamas 6 months ago

      It sounds to me like a behavioural problem. I would avoid using bleach to clean up his messes, as cats don't like the strong smell. I would also put his food dishes back to where they were before. I would buy an extra litter box to see if he using that one, putting it in a different area. If the behaviour continues, he can be put on anxiety meds, but I would use that as a last resort.

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      LisaPedley 6 months ago

      Please help! I have had my ragdoll for 4 years and for 3 of those he used the tray fine, no issues. A year ago he just started weeing and pooing on the floor, next to his litter tray. I have taken him to the vet, no issues. I have bought every litter on the market, he was not interested. He will use his original litter and tray, but only if we are watching him. When we are asleep he will wee on the floor next to the tray or poo next to the tray. We were using bleach and disinfectant to clean it up, and so on the weekend we spent 3 hours cleaning the floor, we checked with a black light and got every spot, used your method above, including spraying the citrus, just to wake up this morning for him to pee on the floor next to it! Then my husband went out for 17 mins, and he peed on the floor in that time! We have two Feliway dispenses, no luck, we have put his food next to his tray (which we were told could be done as a last resort) and he pooed in his own food!! We dont punish him, we encourage him and give cuddles and love when he uses it but the minute we arent there he uses the floor. We just dont know what to do anymore. We feel like he is doing it purely to annoy us, as he seems to know he needs to use it, but chooses not to! We are at our wits end! Any further suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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      marla baxter 6 months ago

      I adopted a shelter cat 2 years ago, she was 2. From the beginning she peed outside the litter box. Took her to the vet, spent $600 in 6 months. She is playful, curious, a hunter, touchy, afraid, doesn't like to be held or petted on tummy, and after a year she finally will rub on my leg. She loves me best, hides when people come over and is happiest when outside. I can't leave her in the house at night because of the peeing, so she sleeps in the garage.

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      catspyjamas 6 months ago

      I would take her to the vet for a check-up. Also clean the carpet thoroughly to remove any urine smell.

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      catspyjamas 6 months ago

      I would suggest that you let the older one use the litter box until they feel comfortable with the enclosure. You could slowly move the litter box towards the enclosure.

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      catspyjamas 6 months ago

      Have you tried another litter, perhaps something softer? You could start with shredded paper and work your way back to regular litter.

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      catspyjamas 6 months ago

      I am assuming he has a litter box indoors. He may have felt threatened and wanted to go outside and fight another cat. I recommend you keep your cat indoors, it's safer for him.

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      catspyjamas 6 months ago

      I would put another litter box on the upstairs. Cats will spray if they feel stressed from other cats, like the outside one. Then they were urinate more in your home until you get it under control. I would clean every area thoroughly and remove the table. Use a blacklight to see any hidden spots. Also, put up some barrier to keep the outside cat from marking at your door.

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      catspyjamas 6 months ago

      Take the cat to the vet to find out what the problem is.

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      catspyjamas 6 months ago

      I have had cats for years and never had a problem. If you feel concerned, do not use it. I recommend it as an alternative to costly chemical based urine cleaners or cat deterrents.

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      catspyjamas 6 months ago

      I would suggest she see the vet. They can check her for any issues. If it is behavioural, she can go on medication as a last resort.

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      catspyjamas 6 months ago

      She is afraid of the dog. Sorry for the late reply. I would suggest slowly getting them to be comfortable with each other.

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      catspyjamas 6 months ago

      Sorry for the late reply. I would clean the step with vinegar to remove the urine smell. I have no experience with cat flaps. Give him time to adjust to the new one or remove it entirely.

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      catspyjamas 6 months ago

      That's an interesting alternative. I have never tried it before.

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      catspyjamas 6 months ago

      He could smell another animal on it. He could also smell urine from before and want to re mark it. I would put the bag out of his reach. If it happens on other things in your home, he should see the vet for a check-up.

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      catspyjamas 6 months ago

      Are they neutered? I would also switch to a clay based litter. Corn litter can confuse cats, as corn is an ingredient in most cat foods.

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      catspyjamas 6 months ago

      I wouldn't recommend a corn based litter. Stick with clay or rock.

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      catspyjamas 6 months ago

      Your cars sound like they are acting out. Try giving them a quiet space in your home to see if it helps with their behaviour. Also give them extra attention so they feel loved and secure.

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      catspyjamas 6 months ago

      Unfortunately the only solution is to have them spayed. I would try to keep your cats in a separate part of the house to stop them from marking.

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      catspyjamas 6 months ago

      Sorry for the late reply. I would consider moving the litter box to a different location.

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      Erica 7 months ago

      This is the best article I have read so far about this issue, and I have read a lot. Thank you so much I am using all the suggestion and am going to see how it plays out!! Crossing Fingers

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      Alljmylove 7 months ago

      Great article, and very helpful

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      Jodi 8 months ago

      My cat pees on the HOCKEY BAGS. As if they don't smell bad enough already, adding cat urine is disgusting. I'm sure the cat thinks the stinky hockey gear smells like a litter box, but it is horribly disgusting sending kids to play hockey with gear that has been peed on. Any suggestions would be very helpful!

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      Don Murphy 8 months ago

      Nice answers, but what about the "other cats?" You know... Outdoor cats? We have an outdoor cat who has never had a litter box. He urinates and defecates outside. Spends most of his time outside. However, in the house, he will urinate every so many days on the floor, on a chair, on the table, etc.

      He is the third cat of two. He is fixed like the others (oldest is a female, then a male three years older than him). None of the other cats urinate in the house. All three cats "play" well together. This is not "marking" urination: this is flat out puddle-o'-pee.

      And also, its not every day. Can't be the female in heat as all three have been fixed. We do not yell, rub his nose in it, threaten him with death, etc. But just tween you and me, theres a baby on the way and if he pee's in the nursery...he's outta here.

      So...

      Any ideas?

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      Janice 9 months ago

      My cat is peeing in the house, I think it's because there is a cat in the wing next door, I bought her a litter tray but she doesn't use it, any ideas because my husband said she has to go out at night now

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      Pissed off 9 months 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??

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      Peed'off 10 months 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.

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      think_likeafox 10 months 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!

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      Animal angel 11 months 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

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      Laz 11 months 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.

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      Sean Gomes 11 months 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?

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      Lorenda 12 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.

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      LauraT 12 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.

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      Maia 13 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 13 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 13 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?

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      Prostyle 13 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!

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      Kat 14 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.

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      Tammy 14 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.

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      Alyce 15 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!

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      Kate 16 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.

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      terbear 16 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 19 months ago

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

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      DWB 20 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 22 months ago

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

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      yoly 22 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 23 months ago

      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 23 months ago

      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.

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      yoly 23 months ago

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

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      Cat lady 23 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 23 months ago

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

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      Cindy Apa Shields 23 months ago

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

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      catspyjamas 23 months ago

      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 23 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 2 years ago

      Glad you found it helpful. :)

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      esther 2 years ago

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

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      catspyjamas 2 years ago

      I am glad it was helpful to you. :)

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      Donna AU 2 years 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 2 years ago

      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. .

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      David 2 years 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 2 years ago

      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.

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      Berkkat 2 years 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 2 years ago

      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.

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      syxibxni 2 years 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 2 years ago

      Sure. Send me details.