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post #1 of 9
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My husbands cat is peeing in places other then his litterbox. At first I wrote it off as kittenness but he's 8 months old now...We've kept his litterbox spotless and three days ago the stupid thing pee'd IN our bed on MY blankets. And today while my husband was in the bed sleeping he went in and peed on his blankets right next to him. Did I mention it soaked through both times meaning now our bed smells horrible?

I'm at wits end. I want the stupid cat gone. Its been like this for months now. I've been without clean clothes for a month because he peed in my clothes, lost important papers cause he went on those... I love cats but this is to much, I dont want to live in filth, i dont want to have to worry if I leave a sweater on the floor it'll be dirty the next day.

What do I do then? Hubby isnt willing to give up the cat, and has called me a horrible person among other things for even suggesting we get rid of it. He keeps saying if his cat has to go then so does mine but mines done nothing wrong, she uses only her litterbox wheras I've caught her brother peeing countless times outside it.
post #2 of 9
Are your cats spayed and neutered? Specifically, is the male cat neutered?

At 8 months old, he has come into sexual maturity, and it is his instinct to "spray" in order to mark his territory. Neutering will correct this, though it takes about a month for the hormones to cycle out of his system once he's been neutered.

If he has not been neutered, you can search for vets or low-cost neutering services if there are any in your area here:

You can also scroll through - search just for "cats" in your zip code. Each cat listed for adoption has an organization listed next to it. All of the orgs have contact info links. If they do not offer the service, they may know who does.

If he has been neutered, you need to know that 85% of the time a cat does not use the litter box is because of a medical problem. The first thing that needs to be done is to get the cat to a vet as soon as possible.

Further, once a cat has peed somewhere, the scent of its pee will encourage it to continue going there. That smell must be removed. Here is a description of how to do it:

post #3 of 9
Sorry - forgot to say, the female should be spayed as well if she isn't!

If he is neutered, and once you get him to a vet and the vet determines the problem is behavioral, we can help there too, there are a lot of things you can do.

post #4 of 9
The first thing is to make sure he is neutered. After that you can use cat attract litter. If he is neutered, take him to the vet ASAP, as this could mean he has health problems, a possible UTI.
Make sure also to clean the urine spots with an enzyme cleaner - nothing else is going to work in removing the odor completely, and he will likely go back to pee on the same spot.
Please be patient with the kitty - I know and understand your frustration, but he is only a cat...
post #5 of 9
You also need to check for a urinary tract infection. When cats pee outside their litter boxes, that's the first thing to check, especially with males. If the problem persists, he can get very sick!

A vet visit is in order, as is an investment in an enzymatic cleaner specifically designed to kill the pet smell to really dispel the pee odor for you and for kitty.
post #6 of 9
Cats don't do this just to be naughty or perverse. He is trying to tell you that there is something wrong.

I second that if he isn't neutered, he should be ASAP, not only because of that but because there are many other health problems that can be headed off by the operation. If he is, then there's something else wrong with him and he needs to get to the vet ASAP.

I second that you should clean everything he's 'marked' with an enzymatic cleaner.

If your child were ill and acting up because of it, would you send him/her to an orphanage? No. And adopting a cat is as much a commitment. Your husband is right; if material things are more important to you than a living, sentient creature's life, than you shouldn't have a pet of any kind.
post #7 of 9
I feel your pain, I am having the exact same problem with my 9 month old male cat. Guess I'm gonna have to take him to the vet. Any updates with you?
post #8 of 9
Having had a pee-er for many years and having had friends who have had them, my humble advice would be to try anything at all to break them of the cycle before it is ingrained forever. Sacrifice an already peed-on item of clothing and put it into an empty litterpan. Put a small amount of litter in a litterpan and put it on the bed. Put a hundred litterpans in the room where he is offending until you get him to use it with whatever medium attracts him. Afterward, you can gradually move the pans a little each day to a better location - but the main thing is to temporarily accomodate the bad behavior so you can regroup. Put a plastic cover on the bed when you're not in it - it'll save your bed if its not too late.

First example: After my pee-er had passed on, my new kitten correctly identified one of her old pee spots on the carpet and started to pee in the same location. Determined not to let it ever happen again, I put a carpet sample in a litterpan and placed it over that spot. Kitten started to pee in the litterpan on the carpet sample instead of on the actual carpet. Gradually, I moved the carpet litterpan a foot a day over next to the real litterbox. He used the carpet litterbox as a urinal and the real litterbox for feces only. We continued to have that carpet litterpan around until the day that he also passed away 16 years later. I just bought new carpet samples to freshen it up and put newspapers under the carpet sample. It was a compromise and he always thought he was getting away with something.

Second example: I am in process of domesticating a three yo feral who has never used a litterbox. Being indoors for the first time, he had no idea where to pee or how to use the litterbox. I identified a couple of his spots where he was pee-ing randomly on the floor and started covering the puddles with loose litter. He returned to the same spots and I recovered with more litter (no pan yet). After a number of days, I introduce the pan and he continues to use the litterpan with the litter in it. Sweep up and eliminate traces in the other locations. He is now using a litterpan exclusively. Had he insisted on doing it in more than one place, I would have conceded and gave him more than one litterpan and then worked on consolidating the two.
post #9 of 9
Was thinking about your post afterwards. Maybe I'm way off base here.

You mention "your cat" and "his cat" and not "our cats". Are you two newly married? If this is a recent merger of households, maybe you and hubby and kitty can all sit together on that same bed and show kitty he is both of yours.

I always think the places or objects they choose to disobey are significant.
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