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Why Is My Cat Peeing in the House?

Updated on January 25, 2016

Why Is My Cat Peeing in My House?

You have a big problem: your cat, who was trained to use a litter box years ago, is suddenly peeing in random spots around your home. You're at your wits' end. As a cat owner, I can empathize: it's maddening, destructive, and confusing. Your normally sweet and pristine little kitty is making your house a mess.

The thing to remember is that your cat is unhappy about the situation, too. Cats are very clean animals. If yours has been "inappropriately urinating" (as it's formally called), then it's trying to tell you that something is wrong.

There is a reason for this behavior, and it's up to you to figure out why or it will continue. Below, you can find reasons and solutions to your cat's litter box problem.

The #1 reason cats are given up is because they can't be trained to use their litter box.

Medical Reasons for Inappropriate Urination

The most common reason a cat is peeing in the house, and the first thing you should consider, is a medical issue. If your well-trained cat suddenly starts peeing in random places, a visit to the vet is the first thing to do.

  • Your cat could have a urinary tract infection (UTI), which is very common. An infection will cause him pain and he'll refuse to use his litter box. You may notice him straining to urinate, but little or none comes out. When you think about it, this is the "best" and only way your cat has of clearly communicating the problem to you. If left untreated, a UTI can cause scarring. Scars take up room in the bladder which leaves less room for the urine.
  • Kidney infections or stones are also common. Does she strain to pee, pee a lot, or is there blood in her urine? It could be her kidneys.
  • A bacterial infection (aka cystitis) might also be the culprit. It’s more common in older cats.
  • Diabetes is another possible cause, one that can be deadly to your cat if left untreated. If your cat is unusually thirsty and runs to the litter box but can't make it there on time, this might be the problem.
  • Middle-aged and older cats, and large breeds may become incontinent. If your cat is overweight, this can also be a cause.
  • Pain: If your cat is ill or in pain for some other reason (declawing, for example,) this may impede his ability to use the litter box.

Your best plan is to get to the vet. Proper diagnosis and medication can help your cat and solve the problem.

Check the Litter Box!
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Check the Litter Box!

  • If the litter is dirty, or if there is too much or too little of it, your cat may start looking for other places to go. It should be cleaned every day. A cat's sense of smell is much stronger than ours. They won't want to use a dirty or smelly box and go elsewhere to do their business. Most cats prefer unscented litter.
  • Make sure the cat has easy access to the box: If the box is in an area that's difficult to get to or feels cramped, if the box is too small, or if there are too few litter boxes, moving the box, getting an additional one, or getting a bigger one might be the solution. Older cats may not be able to make it to the litter box on time anymore, and may need easier access. Your cat may have outgrown his litter box and wants a new one. Give it to him!
  • Cats like privacy, so if yours is placed in a busy area, consider moving it to a different part of your home.
  • Don’t put the box near the cat's food, in a cold or damp area, in a closed-in closet, or near an appliance that may spook the cat (vacuum cleaner, washing machine, etc.).
  • Have you recently changed anything about the litter box: type or amount of litter, liner, cleansers used? This may be the cause.

Emotional and Behavioral Reasons for Inappropriate Urination

If your cat is in good health but is still peeing in the house, then it might be a behavioral problem. A nervous or stressed cat will react by inappropriate peeing. When this happens, it's much more confusing and frustrating. You can't blame her actions on an infection or disease. It will take more time and ingenuity to ease her anxiety. You have to find out what is upsetting your cat.

Changes in your home can be the stresser. Moving to a new house or the addition of a new family member or animal (especially another cat) can cause anxiety. Try looking at this from your cat's perspective: If he feels threatened by something, he will act out.

Territorial disputes can cause issues. If the cat feels unwelcome in her home or yard, if some other cat is laying claim to her territory (including the litter box), if she feels unwelcome in the box for any reason, she may be forced to find other places to go to the bathroom. If you have more than one cat, try getting an additional box.

What Should I Do if My Cat Pees in the House?

The first thing to do is find out why it happened (see above). The urine is your cat's way of communicating that something is wrong.

Never yell or use physical force if your cat pees in the house. This won't solve anything, it will only make your cat more stressed. You don't want your cat to be afraid of you. Use soft, soothing tones when speaking to your cat.

When he does use the litter box, offer positive reinforcement. Praise him, pet him, and let him know how happy you are he used his box. This is very important and works well. Praising your cat when he acts correctly will give you better results than yelling or scolding him. Try to remain calm and do what is best for your cat.

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      Steve 8 days ago

      Thank you Steve

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      chriscat 9 days ago

      Hi Abby, I just saw this site, my son's 13 year old female spayed cat has started to pee on the bed, rug,,, I think she must have a urinary infection, she has NEVER done this before. I see you have a 17 year old male, I had a male cat (kie - ie - Mr. Kitty) he lived to be 23 years old, the last year of his life he started to pee all over the place. He was also neutered when he was very young so that wasn't the problem. I took him to the vet, he was just getting old. I love him so much that I just kept cleaning up after him till he passed away. I still miss him. Had him longer than my husband. and I still miss Mr. Kitty.

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      catspyjamas 2 weeks ago

      Yes, she is probably picking up the scent of the male cats. They may have peed on the floor and she can smell it.

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      Tammie 2 weeks ago

      Just moved into a new apartment my girl started peeing at times outside the litter box. Never done this before! Found out 2 male cats lived here before me. Could that be problem?

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      Trinda 4 weeks ago

      Help, I ha Eva make neurered cat that’s 8 years old now. We have never been able to have bean bag chairs, pet beds or things like that. Last week he was laying on the recliner with me and I fell asleep and noticed after I woke up he perf on the footrest. Today he pee’d right in front of me on the floor. The as soon as I said that’s, getting ready to say that’s bad he ran. I don’t know what’s going on with him. He didn’t look like he was in pain and it’s looked pretty intentional to me. I don’t know what to do. Nothing has changed home wise. No new animals, no new routine, no new food.

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      Tatum 6 weeks ago

      My cat just recently started peeing all over our house. He mainly only pee's on our clothes and shoes. Why would this just now start?

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      Abbey 8 weeks ago

      My 17 year old male cat (neutered) has been litter trained all his life. He has just recently began not peeing in his litter box, and it is getting out of hand. He still poops in the box

      but won't pee in it. He will even pee within inches to the litter box, which confuses me. He is able to jump onto the beds and counters with no problem, so I believe arthritis isn't the issue. We adopted a dog into the family 3 years ago and the two have been separated and don't interact much, so I've also ruled the dog out as an issue. I'm beginning to think he is just going senile, but our house is beginning to get the obvious smell of cat pee. (Not to mention we've had to throw some expensive items away despite soaking and deep cleaning). We've even bought a carpet cleaner to minimize the odor, but what is going to stop him from peeing on the carpets again? I have an 11 year old son who is particularly attached to this cat and I would hate to have the vet tell me to put him down, if the only problem with him is he's going senile. He has been a great companion to our family all his life, and I want it to continue. Thank you for your help.

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      catspyjamas 2 months ago

      It is possible she held on to her spraying behaviour after being spayed. Some females do this to signal to males, even though she has been spayed. I would keep her to one room until you get her behaviour sorted.

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      catspyjamas 2 months ago

      I would take them to the vet for a check-up

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      Britney 3 months ago

      We have 2 male cats from the same litter. They are about 7 years old. One or both (don't really know) will pee on clothes or bags when left on the floor in the basement. To solve this problem we tried to keep floors cleaned from everything. Last night one decided to pee on my husbands work clothes which is kept upstairs. This is new and has left us at our wits end. He is ready to kick them out, but I want to find a solution. We have had no changes in the house. There is two littler boxes. We keep up with the cleaning daily. I don't want to find pee in my laundry basket next (which hasn't happened yet). I think it's only one of them, but don't know which as they are identical except for a few small markings. How to prove which one as well as how to stop them... someone have any advice???

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      Hannah 3 months ago

      PLEASE HELP ME

      I have a 2 year old neutered female cat. She will not stop spraying all over the house... she started about September 2016

      She stopped using her litter box a couple months after we got her, as she prefers going outside (thats fine). The litter box is still there though (clean)

      I have taken her to the vet when it started and we found out she is prone to cystitis.. so I have gotten her special urinary food. Still she continues to spray...

      I got special cat cleaner.. so she didn't think the bleach I was cleaning her pee with was another cat.. I got the calming diffuser spray, she actually seems to not like it... I've gotten lavender and mint plants.. I've tried being extra nice to her (I am very affectionate to her regardless )... I've tried spraying her with water.. I have gotten her so many beds and boxes for her to feel safe and she'll use them twice. I can now recognise the look on her face before she's about to do it. Sometimes she gets up high (backs of couches, counter tops where she's not allowed) so we can see her pee. I'm on here now because she JUST pee'd on the armchair I was sitting on.. narrowly missing me.

      She is smart.. and very sassy. I'm starting to think it's a behaviour thing.. when she doesn't like something ie. her food, lack of attention, not getting what she wants.

      What am I suppose to do? I love this cat but she's on the verge of being outdoor only. Which I don't want.

      please help me

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      Cora 3 months ago

      My cat normally wees outside. She has recently started to wee on the bathroom rugs. I am not sure why. She continues to go outside for nbr 2. I have to keep the bathroom door closed now and she will go outside if I do. I have had her for 4 years and she had 2 litters. 11 Kittens. :) She is active and looks normal. Should I take her to the vet? Help!

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      Shirley 3 months ago

      Hii!

      I have a 14 year old male cat and he pees in the house randomly. Sometimes he does it every night, sometimes he doesn't do it in a while and one random night decides to pee on a bag or the carpet. He is diabetic, but that doesn't seem to be the cause of his pee behaviour. As I allready said, it isn't a regular thing. Sometimes is because he thinks his litter box is too dirty, but allot of the times that isn't the case... so I really don't get why he does it... It get's really frustrating and I can sense he knows he did something wrong.. because sometimes he runs away when I notice it.

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      KV1 4 months ago

      I have 3 cats one is 9yrs old one is 3 yrs old and the 3rd is about 1 year. They are all healthy and all fixed but for some reason one of them as starting using the bathroom in my living room. We have not moved I did get a self cleaning litter box about about 5 months ago but this just started about a month ago. I've tried cleaning with vinegar baking soda peroxide odor remover and put down foil citrus peels and even put food there and they peed on it. I don't know what else to do they all get along great and are spoiled so I have no clue what else can I do?

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      catspyjamas 4 months ago

      Hi Rosa. A male will spray if he is not neutered. He can't control it. I would suggest you get him neutered. Also the vet can give him a check up in case he has a UTI.

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      Rosa 4 months ago

      Hi!

      I have a year and half year old cat and recently he's been peeing in the weirdest areas. After reading your article, I've concluded that he is most likely spraying because he's not neutered. However, is there any way to solve this and prevent him from peeing anywhere else?

      Thank you.

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      Anonymous 4 months ago

      Please help. My girlfriends cat doesn't like me. I know this sounds strange but he looks at me funny and two weeks ago he managed to break into my laptop case and snapped out a great big turd - I didn't realise this until I set my laptop up for a presentation to my Board of Directors. I am now unemployed and he is attacking me as I am at home more often - what do I do?

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      ARGV 4 months ago

      First, to catspyjamas: if you respond, please say my username in the comment, as i can't tell to whom most of your comments are directed. thank you!

      my female cat is about eight years old. she has been peeing outside of her litter box for around four years, off and on, to varying degrees. she has been to multiple vets about this over those years, and no sickness has ever been found. she did have one UTI, but it was last year, when this had already been happening for years and she had been tested for UTIs with negative results until then. after an antibiotic, she tested as healthy again.

      we have moved twice during the time she's been doing this, but beyond that being a factor, i still need it to /stop./ it has gotten worse than ever lately. we no longer have carpet (she was the reason we made sure to move into a place with hard floors), which used to be her main target. but now she has taken to peeing on blankets, furniture, the wood floors, my shoes, and one night a few weeks ago she even peed on the bed while we were asleep in it.

      our new vet asked if she was spayed, which she is; they asked because she was listed as female rather than spayed by our old vet. they said if she weren't spayed, we could tell by things like backing up into things while shaking her tail. well, she does do that, so we asked the vet to make sure she is spayed. they spayed her belly and found the scar to confirm it. plus, she's from a shelter that listed her as spayed when i got her, and the vet confirmed it would be unheard of for a shelter to release a cat to a home without spaying her, especially if they said they had. the vet suggested that maybe they only took out one ovary, which would leave behind some of the hormones. i googled spayed cats peeing and found that they are prone to spraying, so we thought maybe that's what's happening - hormonal peeing. but since it has gotten really bad recently, we have caught her in the act and right after several times, and she is /not/ spraying. she is full-on peeing. she actively stakes out places, positions herself comfortably the same way she does in the litter box, and pees a huge puddle.

      yes, the way she positions herself in the litter box - because she does still use it. she doesn't poop outside of it, and she sometimes pees in it as well. it's in an accessible location, it's way easier for her to get into than a lot of the furniture she jumps onto to pee when she's rejecting it, and i haven't changed litter brands since she was probably two years old. the litter is unscented.

      we do have two cats, and for a long time we had two boxes, but she started all this while we had two boxes. at the beginning of this year we got a LitterRobot, and once the cats took to it, we got rid of the other boxes, because it cleans itself seven minutes after use, every single time. so she always has clean litter.

      she always has access to clean water, and also gets hydration through wet food. she loves our other cat and gets along well enough with our dog. vets have always concluded she must simply be stressed, but i don't see what she has to be so stressed about. it's never been right after a move that she starts up with it, either. it's always when we've been settled in a place for at least several months. we've been in this apartment for eight months, and it's only gotten really bad in the last month or two.

      she honestly seems to just enjoy doing it, even though she also clearly knows it's wrong based on how she reacts to being caught. today she peed on the couch, then curled up next to the pee and went peacefully to sleep.

      there is a neighborhood kitten/young cat that has suddenly appeared and started hanging around our building, which i imagine could be triggering her territorial reflex more than usual and causing the recent onslaught of constant peeing, but that cat has never been inside, i don't touch it when i see it, and again, she isn't spraying - she is fully peeing.

      we deep clean the living hell out of things when she pees on them. vinegar, baking soda, charcoal powder, tea tree oil, and stain/odor spray, ALL of those methods every time, plus putting things through the laundry or hand washing them. we've actually had to get rid of some things, like our bathmat, that were aging way faster than they should be due to the excessive cleaning.

      i would love to hear any thoughts on what might be causing this, but more importantly, what we might do about it. hopefully not just the stock advice of "get a second litter box" or "go to the vet" - we have spent so much money on vet appointments to get the same response - she is physically fine - and she was doing this when we had multiple litter boxes.

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      SUSAN 5 months ago

      MY 17 YR OLD SIEMESE MALE CAT HAS STARRTED PEEING IN THE HOUSE, HE DOESN;T DO IT WHEN WE GO TO ARIZONA FOR WINTER USES HIS BOX ALL THE TIME, HE STARTED DOING IT DOWNSTAIRS HERE AT THE HOUSE HE DOES GO POOP IN BOX AND ONCE IN AWHILE PEE I HAVE PUT DIFFERENT BOXES AROUND THE HOUSE HE USES IT SOME TIMES, THIS JUST STARTED A WHILE AGO IF IT WAS STRESS HE WOULD HAVE DONE IT WHEN MY HUSBAND DIED HE DIDNOT DO IT THEN AND HE WAS HIS CAT HELP

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      Izzy 5 months ago

      my 2 year old cat keeps peeing all over. He will meow first then start to pee very little. Every now and then his pee is bloody. Now he just pees all over expecially blankets. Why is this happening, what could I do?

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      luna 5 months ago

      my cat every month is rolling on floor and meawing all night and day and sudenly she peed on my shirt and she never done that before please help !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Alisha 5 months ago

      I don't even understand what to do anymore. My cat is perfectly toilet trained BUT she has suddenly started peeing and pooping on sofas, on beds, on the floor..anywhere and everywhere. The vet says she is perfectly healthy, there isn't any stress or medical health issue. I clean her litter tray...and if she isn't allowed into the bedrooms she starts meowing piteously BUT once she gets there she will pee on a bed most definitely. I don't live alone so this ALWAYS means she is shouted at and threatened and I can't do anything. I have mental health problems and am almost starting to worry about everything more and more...please advise...

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      Niquita 6 months ago

      My female uses the 3 trays that we have throughout the house during the day but every morning without fail there will be either a pee or poo or both in our hall next to the front door.

      I got an extra tray , I put foil down and moved food and water to the hall , she still does. She has been to the vets. They recommend a plug-in thing for stress, this hasn't changed a thing! She sits on the foil. She'll use either 3 of the trays during the day. She pees where her food and water is.

      I am running out of ideas.

      Please help

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      Michelle 6 months ago

      My 11 year old female cat has suddenly started peeing next to my desk in the same place over and over and over again. We took her to the vet and all her labs looked good. We did a precautionary shot of antibiotics to make sure there wasn't an uti but she is still peeing. Nothing in the last 4 weeks has changed in the house which is when she started this. She has IBS and is on prednisone for it and seems to be doing ok in that area. I don't know what to do. I keep cleaning the soiled area and the next day she pees there again. I'm worried that she's going to start peeing in other areas. Any suggestions on what to do?

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      catspyjamas 6 months ago

      You need to take her to the vet as soon as possible. It sounds like a urinary infection which is very painful for her.

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      catspyjamas 6 months ago

      Your male cat has two possible issues: being unneutered, (which will cause him to spray) and acting out because he misses you. I would have both cats fixed, and give extra attention to the male so he is not lonely. If it continues the vet can give your solutions such as medication to calm him. One non medical thing you can do is use a feliway diffuser. It omits a scent that is calming to cats.

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      catspyjamas 6 months ago

      Has he been neutered? A cat who is going through puberty will often spray or pee on things to mark it as his territory.

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      catspyjamas 6 months ago

      I would limit their interactions until they learn to accept each other. Designate a safe place for each cat like a bedroom or closet that the other cat is not allowed.

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      Karine 6 months ago

      I have a 1 year old male cat who still has not been fixed and is an indoor cat. We are trying to find a good and professional vet where we live. I had to travel for roughly a year but have left my cat with my husband. Ever since I travelled my cat started to pee everywhere, rug, floor, leather sofa, normal sofa. He even uses his litter box too. We are not sure what to do because I am away until December 2018. My husband tries to play with our cat more than usual, his attitude is still the same friendly and playful cat but is peeing everywhere. He is not in any pain when he urinates. So not sure how to help him. There is no way we can let our cat outside because we live in Africa and it's definitely a no no. Even the locals have told us to not let them out. It's safer and friendlier for cats to stay indoor. We do have another female cat who is his mother and hasn't been fixed either. We adopted her and recently found out she's 5 years old. but she is not having any problem like her son.

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      Monique Thurston 6 months ago

      I have a 5 year old male cat Jagger (fixed up). About a year ago I found a cat (milo) that was living in a car park for about 6 months (according to the motel owner) I took him home naturally. They are both free to go outside at any time. Jagger has started peeing in the house. In different locations. Milo has done it as well. They don't seem to get on and have spats every now and then. The problem is getting worse. I presume Jagger is mot happy about milo being here (jealous maybe). They both get a lot of attention. What do I do? I can keep one outside and one inside and swap daily but this doesn't seem to be helpful. Any advice! I don't want to get rid of Milo as I feel blessed to have found him and so happy to have him here. Help help help

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      Kaymay62 6 months ago

      We have a 10 year old female cat that likes to pee on shoes, beds and chairs. She has been doing this since she was a kitten. But now is getting worse and poops on the furniture now. As for many years she strains to pee and cries. There is always blood in her urine.

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      catspyjamas 6 months ago

      Is he neutered? Male cats will often scent mark after they reach maturity. If he has been fixed, it sounds behavioural. Give him extra attention and petting so he feels secure. If it continues, I would definitely take him to the vet to look for anything they may have missed.

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      Fred 7 months ago

      My cat (under 1, will be 1 in April) regularly pees in the house either on the bed, or on a bean bag - this isn't all the time though, he knows where both his litter trays are and will use these as well. He has always drunk alot and peed alot but last night when we were all asleep, without mewing (usual way of telling us his will be going soon!) or walking around or asking to leave the bedroom he peed on the bed! It wasn't spray as the puddle was too big! He hasn't weed on the bed in around 4 months and we haven't changed decorated, moved, changed where his trays are, changed any of his routine and all his trays were clean! We don't know what to do as there doesn't seem to be anything that can explain why he randomly does this! He also received a clean bill of health when we have taken him to the vet. Help!?

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      catspyjamas 7 months ago

      She is probably anxious from the remodel. Cats hate change. Give her extra attention and petting so she feels safe. If the behaviour continues, take her to the vet for a check-up.

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      Lilly 7 months ago

      I have a 12 year old calico cat and she has started not using her cat box. We are doing some remodeling in our basement but I have made everything easy for her. What is going on with her?

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      catspyjamas 7 months ago

      I would speak to the vet

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      catspyjamas 7 months ago

      I would take her to the vet for a check-up

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      catspyjamas 7 months ago

      Take her to the vet for a check-up.

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      catspyjamas 7 months ago

      He probably doesn't like the new box. Cats hate change. Give him time to adjust.

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      catspyjamas 7 months ago

      I know this problem all too well. Try to give your cat extra attention he doesn't feel ignored. Slowly get him used to the baby by supervised time together.

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      catspyjamas 7 months ago

      I would also take them to the vet for a check-up.

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      catspyjamas 7 months ago

      He is grieving and feeling stressed. Give him extra attention so he feels secure. I would also limit his exposure to your sons room.

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      catspyjamas 7 months ago

      Please take your cat to the vet.

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      catspyjamas 7 months ago

      I am sorry for your loss. Your cat feels anxious because of the other cat being gone. Give her extra attention and love.

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      catspyjamas 7 months ago

      I agree. I always use unscented litter. Some cats hate the perfumey litter

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      catspyjamas 7 months ago

      She could be stressed from the kittens. Give her a quiet space away from them to see if it helps. Also give her extra attention.

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      catspyjamas 7 months ago

      Sorry for the late reply. I would take him to the vet for a check-up, he could have a urinary infection.

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      catspyjamas 7 months ago

      Does this happen after certain times? He could be stressed or anxious about something.

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      catspyjamas 7 months ago

      She could have a uti or other medical condition. Take her to the vet.

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      catspyjamas 7 months ago

      Take her to the vet for a check-up.

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      Katie 8 months ago

      Hi, thismy cat has recently been peeing and pooping around the second foor of my house. She is just over 1 years old and we moved house around 6 months ago. I have been werened by my parents that if she doesn't stop she willl have to be re-homed. I was wondering if moving house would be the reason although it was six months ago and the incidents have only started recently, I don't know what to do??

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      Kani 8 months ago

      Hi, this article was quite informative but didn't solve anything for me. My cat is 5 years old and she's recently been peeing and pooping on the white living room rug every morning, my parents have warned that we would send her away if she kept not using her litter box. So I've been secretly cleaning the messes every morning.. I don't want my cat sent away and I can't tell my parents! What do I do? She doesn't seem stressed, there's no signs of pain, her feces/urine look normal, it's almost as if she waits until I see her in the morning and then takes a dump on the rug proudly, like she simply wants to poop on the rug all the time. Help, I can't keep cleaning it every morning forever..

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      SG 9 months ago

      I have a yr old cat, well we just moved into our new home 3 weeks ago, and first off he started off not covering his litter, then we would find poop on the floor, then he started peeing? And crying out at night real loud, and not being very nice anymore, started growling, and biting which he has never ever done before?

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      Jesse 9 months ago

      My cat is just over a year and has been very well trained up until today. She stopped using her litter box a long time ago and prefers to stand at the back door and meow when she needs to be let out for the toilet. There are also other ways of her getting out, so she is never trapped inside. Suddenly today when I was with her she got into my rucksack and peed in it, I put her outside and then later this afternoon she did the same to my sister. Could anyone help with giving me some possibilities of what is is wrong with her?

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      Kayrey04 9 months ago

      I have a 7 year old female cat she has randomly been peeing on clothing items and I have tried everything I could think of and she is spoiled with love. I just don't know what to do

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      Dannygirrl 10 months ago

      hello,

      We have a six year old cat who just last summer has begun to pee on the bathroom rugs if the door is left open. Otherwise she will use her litterbox. We have two dogs one male that she gets along with and one female that she doesn't get along with. We have had the cat for six years and the female dog for four. So I could understand the argument of change bringing on anxiety if the dog was new. But this new behavior does not seem to make sense because she also uses her box. The cat is spoiled with love and affection, and we clean her box regularly. Just today we have moved her box to a different location away from the dogs. If this does not stop the behavior what else could be going on?

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      Alyssa 10 months ago

      I have a 12 year old male siamese and he tends to pee on the floor randomly. He'll pee in the litter box sometimes as well but every now and then he chooses the floor! He's perfectly healthy, doesn't seem stressed out at all and I clean his two litter boxes daily. So wondering what I can do to stop this behavior?

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      Norma 10 months ago

      I have an old cat that we took in several years ago. We took him to the vet right off and it seems he had been shot in the neck and had a stroke from that. Also he had been very abused. He was a mess. But he is very gentle to us and always has been. The thing is, these past few weeks he has started wetting in the corner. It is always the same corner. He poos in the litter box, of which we keep clean, changing every day or so.

      My question is, can someone help with why he is doing this and how to stop it? I am desparate.

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      Emma 10 months ago

      I have a 15 almost 16 year old cat who pees in the stove of all places! We thought that this might because of the new kitten lily, but after she was spayed and had a. New sent it still didn't stop and now we have another new kitten wheels"long story" , and it is still happening along with pooping on the carpet! I know it is not because kitkat is old because she jumps up and down from the fridge all the time! Can anyone help??!!

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      Emma 12 months ago

      I have just adopted a 4/5 year old neutered female around 14 days ago. Recently she has started urinating around the house and it is stained with blood. My younger female cat that I have had for 6 months is not acting out. Since day 1 both have used their boxes but my new cat has just started to urinate everywhere. Can someone please help me?

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      Frank Bowers 12 months ago

      My cat passed away yesterday. His sister started peeing in our bed last night. She did it twice. Is there any connection?

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      Terri juliano 12 months ago

      My cat is 12 years old, he has real good about his litter box but for the past 2 weeks now I have notice him peeing on my sons bed. Just once in awhile he will use his litter box. I have one in my bathroom which has been there all the time and I even puy one in my sons bathroom. Its been 2 weeks since his brother died, so maybe thats the reason not sure. He even cries alot at nite. Which I know will stop, but not surr about his peeing. Hope someone can help me out....

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      MetalTiger 13 months ago

      Ensure your kitty litter DOES NOT SMELL THE SAME as your laundry detergent or your fabric softener. If it does, expect your cat to pee on everything that has been washed and dried.

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      Tash 13 months ago

      HI there! I read your article and I thought I should post about my family issues with our cats. We have three cats (old male, young male and young female, they have all been neutered) the older male doesn't pee around the house but the two younger do. The two boys are quite territorial so I pretty much assumed it was a behaviour issue, as they do bully each other (but they have gotten a lot better over time). They have been exhibiting this behaviour for a few years. We have been trying everything to get them to stop, from litter boxes so spray's to calming techniques. This stops them for a month or two but then they continue the old behaviour not long after. The problem now is the house does just smell and it's not a nice environment which is probably making the cats worse. All three of them are attention seekers, but because only one person lives in the house they don't get that required attention (to be honest, there are probably too many cats in that house to begin with). I have tried being kind to them by giving them my lap to sit on and all that but it's hard when your allergic to them

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      Googledcatpee 14 months ago

      I adopted my cat 8 years ago when he was 3. He was abused and rehomed many times becuase of his peeing problem. We fought real hard and threw away many furnitures before he calmed down. He went from peeing multiple times a day to peeing once a year. But 3 months ago we welcomed our baby and my cat is extremely jelous. He has since peed on my bed twice. I try giving him extra attention but I know he will not quit until he accepts baby. And I am not sure how to do that. I have put them side by side and kitty smells the baby. However kitty is still scared and he won't stay near baby more than couple of minutes. What can I do to get kitty to love baby?

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      Kristee 15 months ago

      I have a 12 year old male cat has never peed outside the litter box until the last couple days I got him a new litter box last week and threw the old away poops in the new boxbut not peeing? Any suggestions welcome.

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      Doris 16 months ago

      Hi, I have a cat about two years old . She's a outdoor cat since got flea then we kept her to be indoor only . We provide two litter box in the room for her and she use it . And I clean both litter box every day. But I found sometimes even litter box is clean she still pee everwhere in her room . She's very healthy cat , just need to know why she doing this all the time ? We really want her to be a indoor cat , but maybe we are wrong ?

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      Chloe 16 months ago

      My kitten is 10 months old and from day one she keeps peeing everywhere in the house. She does it infront of my partner and I and doesn't try to hide it. We have 2 litter trays as we have another kitten both get changed regularly and we have not been changing the type of litter. We have tried various things to stop her doing this and nothing is working. She seems to pick and choose when she wants to use her tray Any tips?

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      EdTudela 18 months ago

      My cat is 17 years old. Until recently, he had never peed outside of the litter box except for a short period of time before he got castrated 16 years ago. Recently he had gingivitis and we took him to the vet, who injected him antibiotics and an anti-inflammatory that reduced his pain and made the cat become a lot more lively than he was when he was in pain. But immediately after this, he has started peeing everywhere except for his litter box: on my bed, on my bag, on my books, even on the floor, and his litter box is as clean as always. The pee HAS to be related to his toothache because both things have happened almost at the same time, but as his gingivitis has improved his peeing misconduct has worsened. Any clue?

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      catspyjamas 23 months ago

      He may feel anxious about using the litter box. It is painful for a cat to have a bladder infection. I would first disinfect the blanket and also give him extra attention so he feels safe. If it continues, I would call the vet.

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      Anonymous 23 months ago

      I have a 1 1/2 year old cat whom I just took to the vet 2 weeks ago and was diagnosed with a bladder infection, which was treated with a 14 day antibiotic. Hes been done with the medicine for 3 days and I've caught him peeing on a blanket that was on the couch. Im at a loss as to why. We havent changed anything within the house , help?!

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      catspyjamas 2 years ago

      I don't think you are the problem. The cat is acting out for attention or it may be stressed. The owner needs to keep the cat in her room and give it more attention.

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      Roz 2 years ago

      My partner and I got home early afternoon today after a lovely few days away. I gave all the cats a treat and what did I get shortly after that a cat peeing on the corner of my Duvet. We spoke to owner only to be told that she has been out all weekend with the other cats and has done nothing. So now I am thinking why is this cat doing this to me what have I done for her to be doing this. Just as I was snuggling down to go to sleep the cat peed all over the windowsill so after cleaning it up I am now wide awake and on edge, owner is now asleep in her room and I am left with a cat who could be peeing anywhere. As I was typing this up the cat climbed onto a shelf and pushed awhole load of stuff off shelf including something I bought this weekend luckily enough nothing got broken. I got cat out the room but as I was doing this my partner said what wrong he has now put cat into the bedroom with her owner. Owner came out a few minutes later we told her the cat is causing chaos and what it's been doing. She said the cat has done nothing all weekend whilst we have been away and that she can't have it in her room because of the fan. We responded she can't stay out here either.

      Don't know what I have done to this cat for her to be like this with me!!! Am thinking that maybe cats don't like me but my two cats are fine with me they like to get upto mischief but certainly not on the scale of the other one.

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      catspyjamas 2 years ago

      Something is causing her inappropriate urination other than not being spayed. This sort of thing doesn't usually happen until a cat goes into her first heat cycle. She may feel like she needs extra attention or she may be stressed from something in her environment. Giving her extra petting and playtime will make her more calm and hopefully stop her peeing.

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      Roz 2 years ago

      The cat has been shut in roommate room all day and then was let out came running into lounge and jumped on sofa and peed. So having to do another wash!!!! Spoke to vet today and was told that whether she gets spayed or not this is not gonna make a difference with the inappropriate urination for some reason she has got into this habit she is what is called a dirty cat!! It has been suggested she is let out in garden but this can't be done/suggested till she is spayed as I don't want it getting pregnant on top of this problem. So looks like we are stuck with it till; A. Move out, B. Gives cat up which I can't see happening

      Thanks for your advice

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      catspyjamas 2 years ago

      Usually 4-6 months is the average. I guess it depends on the vet. My cats were spayed at 6 months. I would tell your roommate that she has to keep the cat in her room until she has been spayed. That way the rest of your house will be clean.

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      Roz 2 years ago

      She took cat to vets and all that was said was that she has a naughty cat!!!! She can't be neutered just yet as she is too young. She is 2 to 3 weeks short of being 6 months old? What age can a cat be neutered, I saw on Internet either 4 months or 6 to 8 months.

      This morning before I went off to work her cat peed again in my room!!!

      At wits end!!!

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      catspyjamas 2 years ago

      Your roommate needs to take better care of her cat. I would strongly suggest that she takes the cat to the vet for a check-up. I doubt the problem will stop until a vet is seen.

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      Roz 2 years ago

      So latest cat peed on my bed again last night and I have had to wipe up what remarkable looks and smells of wee from kitchen floor. We had conversation with owner last night after the peeing on bed and told them that from now on cat is to be in there room until she has taken her to vets and arranged to get her spade and also to get advise on anxiety. Cat was shut out room when they went to bed and left to roam flat when off to work. I have now moved cat's litter tray and given fresh food and water and shut cat in owners room.

      Really at wit's end if it was my cat I would be taking to vets getting advice doing all I can to have a happy well balanced cat!!!!

      What can I do cat isn't mine, don't really want to suggest rehoming at this stage as think things can be done if taken to vets for advice???

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      catspyjamas 2 years ago

      It sounds like he wants more attention and is acting out as a result. Cats really hate any change in their schedule. If you are going away for a day or two, I would ask someone you trust to look in on him and give him playtime and affection. Try to keep things on a regular schedule and see if his behaviour improves. If not, he may need to see the vet.

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      catspyjamas 2 years ago

      I would ask your roommate to keep the kitteniin her room if she doesn't intend on getting any help for the cat. It could be a UTI or she may not be properly housebroken yet. If she feels any anxiety around the other cats, she could be peeing because of stress. I second your idea of seeing the vet but that is really up to the owner.

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      Janine 2 years ago

      Hi I have a 1year old male cat. Recently he has been peeing and sometimes pooing around this house. This seems to happen when we are not at home for either a night or when his routine is changed. He is also becoming more vocal and meowing more for attention from us.

      I have bought him some new toys to try and keep him entertained which I play with in the morning before work and when we get home.

      Nothing has changed in our house and this behaviour has seemed to only come on in the last weeks.

      He still uses his littler boxes however, it seems when we are away he misbehaves.

      What can we do to help him? Any ideas??

      Thank you

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      Roz 2 years ago

      We have 3 female cats in house 2 are older cats (3 and 2) the other cat is about 13 or 14 weeks give or take a week or two. The younger cat is peeing outside the litter tray either in the lounge, my bed, kitchen or toilet. I am getting really frustrated with this now. We have 3 litter trays in the house and have even moved one into the hall way so the kitten knows where her litter tray is. We have spoken to the person who owns the kitten and they have said it she can't do anything about it. I have tried speaking to vet but as cat isn't mine they won't advise and suggested that the kitten comes to vets with owner to discuss what can be done. We suggested to her owner and all we got was you didn't take her to vets without my permission. Our response no just that you need to take her to vets to discuss options, this was 2 weeks ago. Kitten is still peeing in house we told owner again and she said it must be smells in the rooms she is peeing in. If this is so how come the 2 older cats aren't peeing. In those areas too. Any suggestions please???

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      catspyjamas 2 years ago

      I would have her checked at the vet for a UTI. If she hasn't been spayed, that can cause her to pee in the house. If she gets a good checkup, she could be stressed and is acting out. The best way to fix that is to eliminate what is giving her anxiety and to make her feel safe.

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      Amy 2 years ago

      I have a kitten she is 1 year old and shes started to pee in places around the house such as the bath on cloths on the carpets and on the floor. She is a very mischief cat shes always miss behaving , scratching everyone and not even letting anyone pet her.

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      stellablue 2 years ago

      Thanks

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      catspyjamas 2 years ago

      I would keep him in a quiet room away from the construction crew. Give him extra attention so he feels secure. When he does use the litterbix properly, praise him.

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      catspyjamas 2 years ago

      Sorry for the late reply. If the vet checked your cat for a UTI or diabetes and he came up negative, the problem must be behavioural. It is possible he smells the area where he peed before. If another animal had peed there, if would be a temptation for him to pee there. Clean the area well with baking soda and vinegar. I would limit him to one area of your home until the problem is under control. Give him extra attention and pet him.Think of any changes in his life that could cause him to act out this way.

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      stellablue 3 years ago

      We just moved to a new home and the cat's did just fine for about a week. Then the bathroom construction started, we have workers in the house almost every week day. The male cat started peeing just outside the box and today he got scared when we came home and peed on the dinning room floor while we were standing there. I now it is stress related but how do I get him to stop.

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      Anonymous 3 years ago

      My at is almost 8, we only have one cat. We have never had a problem with him peein in the house before only happened once. Then 5 months later he did it agian in my brothers room we put him down stairs for 3 days then gave him another chance but the first thing he did was head straight to my brothers room then peed there in the same spot. We just found out he has fleas because we have been keeping him outside and bringing him in the downstairs at night we are going to fix the problem but it was not the fleas because we took him to the vet first thing we it started happening and they saw nothing we ar on the verg of giving him away I don't want this to happen please help!

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      catspyjamas 3 years ago

      @meamara: It sounds like he may have a UTI. The vet should give him a check-up,if he is healthy, it must be stress that is causing him to act out. If it is stress, try to think of any changes or things that could be causing him anxiety. Speak to him in a calm tone of voice and give him extra attention.

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      meamara 3 years ago

      My cat is 7 months old and wev had him since a baby. He used his litter tray fine, and we also witnessed him happily using the garden (which was our ultimate aim anyway. But even with the clean litter box inside....which u wud see him use - next minute he would be peeing on anything on the floor....in washing baskets, the wood basket...even on a spare bed!!! We changed the kitty litter box and witnessed him using it so we kept it clean and all was fine for a few days.....but he is back to his old tricks. He mostly goes outside and he has plenty of opportunities to be outside.....but tonight he brazingly came inside to pee right beside us in the corner???!! Hes sneaking under beds to pee and he never seems to go to the same place twice. He is nuetered - and treated like a wee king in our house!!! Hes never worried about our dog (who wev had longer than him....hence why we got him as a kitten so he would be used to him) and he loves our toddler...who is very nice to him also. The vet is the next step but hes been checked before and was fine? I love this little guy, hes the best cat we could ever ask for.....apart from this peeing issue!!!!!!

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      catspyjamas 3 years ago

      @lizzy-eyles: It could be that he is feeling stressed about something, or he could have a UTI. I would take him to the vet for a check-up. If he gets a clean bill of health, he may be suffering from anxiety. Think of any changes to his life that could be causing him stress. Give him extra attention and playtime so he feels secure.

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      lizzy-eyles 3 years ago

      my tom cat has stared wetting my shaggy rug,no where else oly the rug any suggestions please .

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      catspyjamas 3 years ago

      @acmul356: It sounds like she is feeling anxious about something. I would close the door to your roommates room, and see if she has any problems anywhere else. She may feel territorial around you, and sees him as a threat. Since she is healthy, there is not much the vet can do with the exception of anxiety meds. I would continue to give her extra attention and playtime so she feels secure. If it is possible, see if your roommate is willing to interact with her so she feels more comfortable. If there isn't a change, she may need medication.

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      acmul356 3 years ago

      I have a one year old female I've had since the day she was able to be away from her mother. I have never had any issues with her urinating outside of her litter box. I did recently move but we have been here for almost 3 months now and the only issue I've had with her was her peeing in my roommates Benjamin Ficus tree. I had her spayed the beginning of April and recently she's started peeing in my male roommates room on his bed, blankets, and clothes. My work schedule hasn't changed at all and every morning when I get home I spend quality time playing with her before I go to bed. I don't know what to do to stop her. Please any ideas?? I absolutely refuse to get rid of her. And she is completely healthy. She's my baby.

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      catspyjamas 3 years ago

      @shalicat: I would take the first cat to the vet for a check-up. Other than feeling territorial towards the younger cat, she could have a medical condition that is causing her to pee on things. Eliminating that cause will help you to help her. If she gets the all clear, it is most likely from anxiety. She feels stressed so she acts out.

      If possible, give the cats separate areas to hang out. The younger cat may require a closet or room where she can go to feel safe. If the feliway has no effect on the older cat's behaviour, she may require anxiety meds but I suggest that as a last resort. Give her extra attention and playtime. Make sure she feels secure and loved.

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      shalicat 3 years ago

      I have a 1 1/2 yr old spayed female. We've had her about 14 months. Sweet as she can be but she pees on sofa and bathroom rug (diff ones) periodically. Never know when it's going to strike. ha About 2 months ago we took in a stray that adopted our garage. Very sweet and knows she's not Queen of the house. Doesn't cause any trouble. The first cat is not happy with her at all. She tolerates her but sometimes shows aggression towards the new cat. Plus, she's peeing on sofa again. I have purchased a cat condo (which the new cat loves and feels safe up high),catnip toys, catnip on the condo climb, feliway difusers(3) for a large den and dining area. We introduced the cats to one another by instructions I followed to the tee.

      I'm at my wits end and that doesn't happen too often with me and cats. Any help at all is appreciated.

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      catspyjamas 3 years ago

      @mina-ravndal: It sounds to me that she is having anxiety problems. Think of anything that could be stressing her out: another animal, new family member, a change in her environment or routine, etc. Give her extra attention so she feels safe and secure. Use a calm tone of voice when talking to her. I would limit her to one area of your home until the problem is fixed. Feliway is good, but if there is no change in her behaviour soon, she may require anxiety meds. Before you take that step, try keeping her calm and see if it can be cured without medication.

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      mina-ravndal 3 years ago

      Hello. I have a big problem. Lately, one if my cats has started to pee inside. She pees in beds, couches and on the floor. We have a litter box, and she uses it sometimes. She Had a full checkup at the vet's last week, and they Found nothing wrong. We bought feliway, but I don't know how long it is going to take before it might have any effect. She peed in my mothers bed as recent as today, and now it has gotten so bad that my mother is going to give her away if it happens again... Desperate for help!