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Why Is My Cat Peeing in the House?

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Is your cat urinating in the house suddenly? This behavior can mean more than meets the eye. Learn how to decipher this unusual conduct.

Is your cat urinating in the house suddenly? This behavior can mean more than meets the eye. Learn how to decipher this unusual conduct.

Why Is My Cat Peeing Everywhere All of a Sudden?

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.

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 to clearly communicate the problem to you. If left untreated, a UTI can cause scarring. Scars take up room in the bladder, which leaves less room for 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!

Check the Litter Box!

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 sometimes react by peeing in inappropriate locations. 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 a stressor. 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.


Sources and Further Reading

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2009 catspyjamas

Does Your Cat Refuse to Use the Litter Box? Any Advice for Frustrated Cat Owners?

catspyjamas (author) on November 15, 2018:

I'm sorry. I went through this with one of my elder cats. His dementia may be why he is acting this way. There's not much you can do. I ended up getting cat diapers for my cat.

catspyjamas (author) on November 15, 2018:

They could feel bullied by the other cats peeing on the door. I would add litter boxes inside to see how they do.

catspyjamas (author) on November 15, 2018:

The general rule for litter boxes is an extra one for every cat. So you should have 3. I would clean the area the cats have been peeing. If they can smell it, they will return to that area and remark it. I would also give the elder cat extra attention so it does not feel threatened.

catspyjamas (author) on November 15, 2018:

She was probably stressed by the changes in her home.

catspyjamas (author) on November 15, 2018:

Anxiety medication may be needed.

catspyjamas (author) on November 15, 2018:

Take him to the vet to see if he has any medical issues. If not, it is stress.

catspyjamas (author) on November 15, 2018:

I would take her to the vet for a check up

catspyjamas (author) on November 15, 2018:

I would add a litter box to the area where he is going.

catspyjamas (author) on November 15, 2018:

Is he neutered? If so he may have stress from moving house or it could be a medical issue.

Nimsay321 on October 19, 2018:

In dire need of advice, my cat of 2 years who is trained to use the soil in our garden to pee/poo in has now started to pee/poo in our kitchen continuously for the last week, I have used a homemade lemon spray on the spot he was peeing on but today he went at pooed in a different spot in the kitchen (although I had sprayed the lemon solution everywhere lightly) I have had to resort to putting him outside with food/shelter as its become so continuous I can’t keep track anymore, I also have family and baby in the house so I can’t have this happening while I’m not home.. any advice would be much appreciated as my heart is hurting for leaving him outside

Mwatson1205 on October 17, 2018:

So my god mom gave me her male cat who is fix but he spray all around my house in the smell is out this word what do I do

kelly blucker on September 23, 2018:

Please help my male netured 17 year old cat has been peeing outside his box and now it looks like hes spraying also hes been to the vet in july was dehydrated and had blood work done for kidney all blood work was fine took him to the vet last week and they put him on valuim for the "spraying" and said he mifht be getting dementia but it seems to have gotten worse i have 2 boxes for him keep it very clean i dont know what else to do for him i feel like im fighting a losing battle could it be time for me to consider final option my heart is breaking

Karina N on September 10, 2018:

Hi! we have two female cats, one 8 years old and the other 5 years old. we live in an apprtment with a yeard, and our neightbour has a yeard as well, where she has many cats.

both our cats are spayed in a young age.

in the last few months our older cat started to pee in the house, she's spreyig in the same spot every time.

they don't have litter box as they do their needs outside in the yard, they have free eccess 24/7.

in the building there are alot of other cats, males and females, and sometime some cat pee's on our door from the outside. our cat pees on that same door or next to it from inside. is this has something to do with that?

at the begining i though it's because of our younger cat whixh is bulying her sometimes in the house, as she is much biger in size, however this isn't something new, the peeing is.

also, i am pregnant and i wonder whether she might feel anything about this?...

anyway the peeing is very frustrating, for my husband even more than for me and we must figure out why and how to stop it.

i feel very bad for her.. i know its not her usual behavior, she is a very smart cat. and now i understand that something is wrong and i don;t know how to help her.

can you help us please?

niknik2020 on August 01, 2018:

I've had my one cat for almost 4 years. When he was a baby, I had to litter box train him but we've never had litter box issues since, even when we moved a few months ago. I recently got a kitten, and now my 4 year old cat occasionally pees in my sister's bed. I think he's influencing the little one now, because he peed in various places around the house once or twice too. I'm about to lose my mind, I'm pretty sure it's due to the stress of bringing in a new cat, but I don't know how to resolve the issue. I'm waiting on a Feliway diffuser, some calming spray, and enzymatic urine cleaner, and someone suggested getting a larger litter box. I have 2 litter boxes currently, one large one and one little pan that was supposed to be just for the kitten, but they both just want to use the small one. Any other suggestions? They're driving me up the wall with this and I don't know what else I can try.

Kathryn Schelter on July 24, 2018:

I have a 9yr old cat, never any problems until 3 days ago when visitors were staying at our home. The cat urinated on the blowup air mattress bed before they arrived , once during the time they were here and hours after they left. This is the first time he has done this. Never anywhere else and never when this "portable" bed has been set up to use in the past . Frustrated and confused :(

Lynne Wyre on July 07, 2018:

My male cat, 8 yrs old, pees outside the box. If we leave anything on the floor at all, a dropped napkin, a pair of sandals, he pees on them. Peed on sandals on top of table today. Has been to vet several times for this to rule out all possibilities. Have used feliway plug ins, spray, Dr. Elsey's litter, cat attract, cleaning boxes regularly, no changes in household. He has been doing this for a long time. Occasionally changes his area. He is well loved. We have one other cat that is a year older than him and she came first! He has done this off and on over the years,more on than off.

embmxbell on June 28, 2018:

my cat just started to pee on beds and clothes, but he pee's on other peoples beds and clothes and he is neutered and sometimes goes in the litter box and he is about 6 months old and doesn't seem to be stressed, what should I do?

catspyjamas (author) on May 28, 2018:

I would take him in for a checkup. It could be stress or a physical problem.

TootieFrootie on May 19, 2018:

Our cat age 2 or 3 male nutered and all of sudden peeing on clothes and mainly the bathroom

Pablo mjay on April 24, 2018:

I need cat is pooping everywhere inside the house,it poop everywhere then she goes out,she is the mother of 5...i don't know why is she doing these

JULIE ADAMS on November 21, 2017:

I have had my cat from a kitten and is a house cat.

She sometimes goes out in the garden. (once a week)

She is 17 years old and has recently started peeing in the bedroom on the rug.

Don,t know what to do ?

Any ideas ?

Leia Heidt on November 14, 2017:

13 year old cat peeing under our bed. No evidence of sick or UTI. Could it be time to make the difficult call? She rarely leaves our bedroom except for food and potty, and if she’s peeing in there I dont Know what else to do.

Cat on November 09, 2017:

I am losing my marbles!! I have had my 3 male cats since kittens...2 are 8yrs old and 1 is 7yrs old. We moved into a new house a year and a half ago and got a puppy. Dog is now almost a year and a half. For last couple months one of them (I think it's 1!) has been peeing all over the freaking house, in our closet, in kids playroom downstairs, on my kids beanbag chairs in each of their bedrooms, on dogbed, carpet, bathroom rug. Im beyond mad and frustrated! I am at my wits end! I just called my husband and told him I want them gone. I can't live like this. It breaks my heart, they all snuggle together, and are so sweet but wtf!!!!

Jacques on November 09, 2017:

He pees anywher

Abi on November 07, 2017:

My cat likes peeing on couches and beds. I don´t really know what the cause is. We got a new dog but we have had him for a while now and my cat didn´t start peeing till a while after. What are some things I can do to help him no pee on things. I really don want to get rid of him.

krikit on November 02, 2017:

my cat just started peeing in the house but only on places he likes to lay like his favorite spot on the bed, on his bed by the window sill and on a suitcase I have under the bed. Is it significant it's on the certain places?

catspyjamas (author) on November 01, 2017:

It is possible the previous owners had a cat or dog that urinated on the floor and he is picking up the scent. His aggression sounds troubling. I would take him to the vet for a check-up.

catspyjamas (author) on November 01, 2017:

He associates the suitcases with you leaving him (temporarily). I would give him extra attention and petting to make him feel more secure.

Jlbttrfly7 on November 01, 2017:

Moved into a new house on September 7th. My cat who is about 4 months has recently started peeing around the house on and off. He never did this at my apartment. He does it right in front of the litter box and most recently he peed and pooped on the bathroom mat. He has been neutered. I have 5 cats in total but my home is 2,600 sq. ft. so they have plenty of room. They even have their own cat room. I bottle fed from 2 1/2 weeks of age. Hes very aggressive at times and especially towards my 13 year old cat so I don't know if hes just being territorial or not. I have no clue what could be causing this behavior.

Robin on October 29, 2017:

Our cat only pees one place outside his box, on our bed, specifically my side, which is where he often sleeps. He does this when he sees suitcases come out, even before we go away, even though we have a great pet sitter. Today he did it for I don't know what reason. We have had him for 9 years, rescued him. He was neutered at the rescue before we adopted him. He's a great cat otherwise.

Vic on October 22, 2017:

My male cat who is 13 years old and neutered has recently taken to peeing and pooping outside of his litter box. I don't know why, it has been happening for nearly a month now, and when he does pee he goes on anything he can find that's soft, usually curtains or rolls of fabric. I cleaned his litter box and hid the things he has been seeming to pee on but he just goes to find a different spot, one that isn't his litter box. There has only been one change in the house and that was my father leaving, but he didn't react this way the first time my dad left so I have no clue why he is acting out.

catspyjamas (author) on October 21, 2017:

Male cats that aren't neutered will frequently pee or spray as a way of marking their territory. Once he is neutered it should stop.

Chris on October 19, 2017:

I have a 1 1/2 yr old male who is not neutered and I notice yesterday he posed in my 2 yr olds bed and this morning he peed on the couch pillow I’m not understanding why this is happening he has fresh litter and everything he’s been living with us and our dogs since we got him so its not because of the dogs and he is the only cat please help I do t want to have to get rid of him cuz he is my daughters cat but I can’t keep him if this is gona continue

catspyjamas (author) on October 18, 2017:

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

Steve on October 09, 2017:

Thank you Steve

chriscat on October 08, 2017:

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.

catspyjamas (author) on October 02, 2017:

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

Tammie on October 01, 2017:

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?

Trinda on September 19, 2017:

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.

Tatum on August 29, 2017:

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?

Abbey on August 20, 2017:

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.

catspyjamas (author) on August 02, 2017:

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.

catspyjamas (author) on August 02, 2017:

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

Britney on July 10, 2017:

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???

Hannah on July 07, 2017:


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

Cora on July 05, 2017:

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!

Shirley on June 28, 2017:


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.

KV1 on June 13, 2017:

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?

catspyjamas (author) on June 12, 2017:

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.

Rosa on June 08, 2017:


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.

Anonymous on June 06, 2017:

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?

ARGV on May 26, 2017:

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.

SUSAN on May 13, 2017:


Izzy on May 01, 2017:

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?

luna on April 30, 2017:

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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alisha on April 24, 2017:

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...

Niquita on April 06, 2017:

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

Michelle on April 06, 2017:

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?

catspyjamas (author) on April 03, 2017:

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

catspyjamas (author) on April 03, 2017:

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.

catspyjamas (author) on April 03, 2017:

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

catspyjamas (author) on April 03, 2017:

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.

Karine on April 02, 2017:

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.

Monique Thurston on March 30, 2017:

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

Kaymay62 on March 30, 2017:

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.

catspyjamas (author) on March 23, 2017:

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.

Fred on March 21, 2017:

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!?

catspyjamas (author) on March 15, 2017:

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.

Lilly on March 14, 2017:

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?

catspyjamas (author) on February 26, 2017:

I would speak to the vet

catspyjamas (author) on February 26, 2017:

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

catspyjamas (author) on February 26, 2017:

Take her to the vet for a check-up.

catspyjamas (author) on February 26, 2017:

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

catspyjamas (author) on February 26, 2017:

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.

catspyjamas (author) on February 26, 2017:

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

catspyjamas (author) on February 26, 2017:

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

catspyjamas (author) on February 26, 2017:

Please take your cat to the vet.

catspyjamas (author) on February 26, 2017:

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

catspyjamas (author) on February 26, 2017:

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

catspyjamas (author) on February 26, 2017:

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.

catspyjamas (author) on February 26, 2017:

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

catspyjamas (author) on February 26, 2017:

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

catspyjamas (author) on February 26, 2017:

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

catspyjamas (author) on February 26, 2017:

Take her to the vet for a check-up.

Katie on February 07, 2017:

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??

Kani on January 21, 2017:

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..

SG on January 18, 2017:

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?

Jesse on January 03, 2017:

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?

Kayrey04 on December 22, 2016:

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

Dannygirrl on November 29, 2016:


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?

Alyssa on November 28, 2016:

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?

Norma on November 26, 2016:

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.

Emma on November 22, 2016:

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??!!

Emma on October 05, 2016:

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?

Frank Bowers on October 03, 2016:

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

Terri juliano on September 30, 2016:

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....

MetalTiger on September 03, 2016:

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.

Tash on August 27, 2016:

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

Googledcatpee on August 16, 2016:

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?

Kristee on June 27, 2016:

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.