Originally Posted by ragdoll1188
My approx 6 year old female cat has started peeing on the carpet in the lounge room. We have tried everything. Steam cleaning the carpets, changing the style of the litter tray, changing types of litter, rubbing her nose in it, yelling, crying, pleading etc, and nothing is working. We have two litter trays and two cats. we were told to try and control which try either cat went to but when you work all day that can be very hard. She also has a habbit of doing her number two's everywhere but in the litter tray. It started out that it was only number 2's on the bathroom tiles now that has moved to the carpet as has the weeing. we are at our wits end. I am sick of the smell and as summer is coming along the smell is getting worse and worse. does antone know how i can stop my cat from using our carpet as her litter box. PLEASE
Hello, and welcome!
First of all I will say that yelling, and rubbing her nose in it will teach her nothing but to fear you. Please don't do that any more.
Have you taken her to the vet to rule out urinary tract infections, and/or crystals in the urine? If you read this thread you will know that when cats pee outside the box it's for a reason,
She is trying to tell you something, and the most likely reason is that she is sick. She needs to be seen by a vet, have a sample of urine taken for analysis.
UTIs and crystals cause a lot of pain. The kitty will blame the litter box for the pain and pee else where. She will also sometimes try to pee on something right in front of you, to get your attention.
It's like she's saying "hey mom it hurts when I pee!"
To clean the spots you need an enzyme cleaner. regular cleaners, even steam cleaning, will not remove the urine odor. Even if you can't smell it, the cats can and if they can smell it they will want to pee there.
You will need a black light to find all soiled areas, and then the areas will have to be saturated with the enzymatic cleaner.
You also should have another box. Three boxes. And the boxes need to be kept very clean. Scoop all pee and poop at least twice a day out of all three boxes, and dump and scrub them once a week.
But please do take her to the vet first thing and get a urinalysis done. She may actually be in a lot of pain.