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My Cat Pees On Everything

The first step for a responsible pet owner when their pet exhibits a significant change (such as described here) is to take the animal to the vet to make sure that there are no health problems. Health problems can cause litter box issues in several ways. A cat with urinary pain (an infection or stones anywhere in the system) will associate that pain with the litter box and will look for alternate sites. A cat who was declawed (either front only or front and rear), or a cat with arthritis, may find the litter uncomfortable to use, and look for softer places to go. A cat with anxiety or other mental disorders may suddenly decide that they need different boxes for pee and poop, and if you’re only providing a single box, pee does not need to be buried. Again, anxiety could cause feelings of insecurity, so they could be marking territory. This is especially true if the cat is not desexed (but I’ve had this problem even in a spayed female). Once health problems have been ruled out, start looking for behavioral solutions. For one of our cats this phase took 2 years, so be patient and consider everything. First, look at changes in the environment. Have you changed litter? Are the dogs new to the household? Have you moved? Etc. If you aren’t able to identify any changes (there’s been a change, but sometimes it’s hard to find), then start laying out litter boxes. One suggestion is to put a box everywhere he’s gone.

My Cat Pees On Everything

Another suggestion is to just put out a bunch and make sure that you clean the places he’s been really well (use a blacklight to ensure it’s gone). Try different types of boxes (covered, uncovered, different sizes, different heights(sometimes an older cat will have a hard time getting into a tall box), different shapes, etc). Try different types of litter. Try different locations (some cats want a quiet place away from traffic, others want to be in the middle of everything). Keep using the blacklight to track where he’s going and make sure you clean where he’s been really well. If you don’t get rid of the smell, the cat will continue to associate that spot as a place to urinate. There are some cleaners you can use, like Nature’s Miracle, or some common household products, such as vinegar. Don’t use bleach to clean cat urine, as that can actually act as an attractant. Some notes from my own experience: We went through a phase with one of our cats where I changed litter suddenly and then he wouldn’t go back to the box even after switching back to the original litter. I locked him in the bathroom with the litter box for about 2 days (with food and water placed on the other side of the room from the litter box), and then he was fine again. We have another cat who has anxiety/territorial issues. We tried her on prozac, but that didn’t help the litter box situation. Eventually, we set up her own litter box in the master bathroom, moved her food and water bowls to the bedroom, and made that her territory. When we are asleep or not home, she’s in there with the door closed. She only interacts with the other cats when we are able to supervise. That’s mostly fixed the problem (occassionally when we’re home another cat uses her litter box, so we also switched to cat genies, a type of automated box, so she has a fresh box that’s hers and we don’t have to clean that box immediately if another cat uses it). Good luck!
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My Cat Pees On Everything

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

Inappropriate Urination: Changing Your Cat’s BehaviorOnce you’ve isolated the reason your cat is peeing in the house, you can begin to change its behavior. This will take time. If your cat has been peeing where it shouldn’t, you’ll need to remove all trace of the smell or block off the area entirely. Clean the spot with an enzymatic cleanser rather than an ammonia-based one, cover with foil or plastic, and prevent access for several weeks to give the neutralizer sufficient time to work. If there is a new cat in the house, give them separate litter boxes. Give them different territories until they are comfortable with each other. If your cat is threatened by a new baby, guest, or other change, give it time to adjust. Moving to a new home is a big change in your cat’s life. Not only is the cat claiming and adjusting to a new territory, it might also be reacting to the scent of a former tenant’s pet. You’ll need to reassure your cat and completely remove all odors of other cats so your cat won’t feel the need to mark its territory. Don’t forget to give extra attention, affection, and praise to your cat. Reassure your pet that it is a loved and important part of the family.
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My Cat Pees On Everything

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

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

My Cat Pees On Everything

 

My Cat Pees On Everything

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