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post #1 of 46
Thread Starter 

My 1 1/2 year old cat is peeing on all my clothes.  It doesn't matter if they are clean or dirty clothes; if they are on the floor for more than a day she is going to pee on them.  I have changed her to a special urinary tract food to see if that was the issue.  What can I do but not spend millions on every different cat liter and/or vet?  She is a good cat, very loving but does not like to sit on people's lap.  She eats well and goes bathroom everyday.  PLEASE HELP! I am at the end of my rope!

post #2 of 46
Simply keep clothes up off the floor wink.gif

Has she actually been seen/tested for a uti at the vets?
post #3 of 46

You know, crumpled clothes on the floor are rather soft and "diggable".... I wonder if there's something about them that makes her prefer to "dig" in the clothes rather than in her litter? There's litter out there that has a cloth-like texture to it. I don't know exactly what, but I did see it used once for a cat who'd been spayed; it was this fluffy stuff that might have been made of shredded newspaper or something. Maybe somebody will come along and tell us what that kind of litter is. But anyway, maybe your cat likes to dig in clothes?


Suggest you pick up all clothes for a while (buy a hamper for bedroom and bathroom so it's easier for you to rmember), while changing the litter to something more clothing-like.


Is your kitty spayed? She's female, but females have been known to mark. Sometimes a cat will mark clothes to try to mark you as "Mine". It's worth a shot; anyway, she's already over a year old and it's way past time, if she hasn't been.

post #4 of 46
Thread Starter 

Just to clarify I am not leaving clothes all over my house like some pig, I have a hamper, what she is doing is peeing on clothes that fall out of the hamper or are folded ready to be put away or in a bin in our closet. 

post #5 of 46

We all have a few things that eventually end up on the floor ;-)


Is your cat spayed/neutered?  When I first brought my adult cat home, she was not spayed, and she marked EVERYTHING!!!  It was a mess.  After having her spayed, not one 'incident' has occurred.

post #6 of 46
Originally Posted by tlgaglianese View Post

Just to clarify I am not leaving clothes all over my house like some pig, I have a hamper, what she is doing is peeing on clothes that fall out of the hamper or are folded ready to be put away or in a bin in our closet. 

Didn't think you were. Normally you would leave clothes around while you were waiting to fold them, when the hamper overflowed, when you were going to wear them again the next day. I usually dump my jacket on a chair instead of hanging it up "properly", and Tiny likes to lie on it because it smells like me. I think that while you re-train her, every piece of clothing should be removed to keep her from being tempted by them. Another hamper to catch the overflow could be warranted. I mean, it's probably going to be annoying; but... better than washing the clothes constantly.


Oh, and try a baby lock on the hamper. On the closet door, too, for that matter if the door's easy to get open and the cat's got fast paws on her.

post #7 of 46
I've never known clothes/towels on the floor to go un-peed-on in a house with cats. It seems that cloth on the floor is nearly irresistable for most cats. I learned a long time ago not to leave things on the floor if I didn't want them peed on.
post #8 of 46

Really? Wow, I guess I've been lucky; none of my cats have ever shown any tendency to pee on clothes. Nest in them, yes; and boy do I get cat hair all over my jackets; but never pee on them.

post #9 of 46
Please take her to the vet. A "urinary tract health" food off a grocery store shelf is not going to solve any health problems. She probably has a urinary tract infection, this means she needs antibiotics, which she will get at the vet. She should be on a canned diet, to prevent any recurrence, but you need to get her to the vet. UTIs don't get better on their own, they get worse. Soon the kidneys become involved.

She has no other way to tell you she is sick, so she pees on your clothes.

Please, take your little girl to the vet. Urinary tract infections HURT.

Edited by otto - 6/6/12 at 7:35am
post #10 of 46

I agree, Otto. I thought the OP had taken her to the vet already; but sometimes vets do miss things, especially if the problem's not severe yet when they see the cat. Her instinct to bury waste seems to be intact because she's using loose cloth instead of litter; so it could be just the litter box she connects with pain rather than an aversion to burying to begin with. So it really should be possible to find a way to get her to use the litter box again--it's not like she's a clueless kitty who hasn't got an inkling what the box is for. It's just that, for some reason, that box is unpleasant to her.


Depending on what kind of food it is, a urinary-health formula cat food might be useful for lowering the chances that your cat will get a UTI, but won't do a thing if the cat already has one. A checkup and antibiotics aren't particularly expensive--the checkup is usually a ten-minute thing and the antibiotics aren't expensive. I don't think it'll run you more than the checkups you're getting when the cat goes in for the required rabies vaccine (well, required in my state; I figure it's required everywhere that rabies is found in wild animals...) I'm not too rich myself and sometimes have trouble paying for vet care; but I have found that if I cut out the non-essentials, that gives me enough breathing room so that if my cats have an emergency, I can afford to get a credit card, pay for their vet bill on credit, and have enough wiggle room in my budget to pay off the bill. If there's ever a reason to use a credit card, it's a sick cat, right?


It's definitely worth the money to check again, because if the cat ends up with a kidney infection you're looking at way more money for vet bills and way more discomfort for the cat. If it turns out the cat has a UTI after all, ask the vet which foods are best for preventing another. You really can't go too far wrong with a high-protein, low-filler sort of food, but a vet's actually been trained in kitty nutrition and might be able to advise you on some tweaks that could help.

post #11 of 46

I am having the same issues. My kitty is spayed and five years old. She will get on top of my dryer to pee on folded clothes, as well as, go into my closet and pee on dirty clothes I have separated into piles or clothes falling out of basket. I keep her litter box very clean. Not sure what to do but I am very very tired of smelling cat urine!!

post #12 of 46
Originally Posted by lamaldonado View Post

I am having the same issues. My kitty is spayed and five years old. She will get on top of my dryer to pee on folded clothes, as well as, go into my closet and pee on dirty clothes I have separated into piles or clothes falling out of basket. I keep her litter box very clean. Not sure what to do but I am very very tired of smelling cat urine!!

Hi, welcome to TCS!

The first thing to do is to take her to the vet. Most often this type of 'behavior' is not 'behavior' at all, it is a symptom of illness. Most often a cat avoiding the litter box has a urinary tract disorder of some kind. Either a bacterial infection, crystals in the urine, stones in the bladder, or any combination of issues.

She can't talk, she can't tell you "it hurts when I pee" so we have to watch for signs like this to know something is wrong. When it hurts to pee, the cat will blame the box for her pain, and so she seeks out soft places like the laundry, hoping that it won't hurt so much.

So a trip to the vet is the first thing to do. From there, after either getting a diagnosis and treatment plan, a re-evaluation of her diet may be needed. Do you feed a wet diet?
post #13 of 46
How did you get rid of the smell after your cat sprayed all over??
post #14 of 46

My Sammy pees on EVERYTHING that belongs to my brother. cloths pillows blankets u name it he pees on it.. took him to the vet and theres nothing wrong with Sammy. I just dont know what to do anymore I love him so much but if this does not stop I fear that i will have no choice to rehome him. I love Sammy but I also love my brother and if things dont change 1 of them will end up having to go and i dont want that to happen.dontknow.gif


post #15 of 46
We can help you! Rehoming is not the answer. No one wants a cat who has a littler box avoidance problem, and if you lied and don't mention it, he's likely to be tossed out in the street when the new home discovers the problem.. Of course you love your Sammy and don't want that to happen to him.

Something is wrong with Sammy's world or his health, and it is your job to figure out what it is and fix it. smile.gif

I have some questions for you first:

How old is Sammy?

Is he neutered?

Is he inside only?

Do you have other cats?

What are you feeding him?

What tests has the vet done to rule out illness?

How many litter boxes do you have?

What kind of litter are you using?

How often do you scoop out pee and poop in the box(es)?

Knowing these details will help us help you figure out what Sammy's problem is and help you fix it. smile.gif
post #16 of 46

Sammy is fixed there are 2 other cats in our home he is 4 years old. the vet has run all the tests that he can. we have been to 3 different vets and they have all done the same thing. they cant fine anything at all. there have been no changes in his diet we get his food from the vet. im at a loss right now i love sammy to death i would do anything for him.

post #17 of 46

we have 4 litter boxes and we use a very fine grain litter and we scoop every night before bed he is indoors only hes scared on the outside.

post #18 of 46

I found a way to get the cat pee smell out of clothes - did a google search then tried it and it works.  Wash the clothes once to get most of the pee out.  Leave them in the washer and fill it with just enough water to cover the clothes, and pour a lot of vinegar in (like a whole quart).  Soak them all day, or overnight.  In the morning, spin them out.  Then pour in more vinegar and turn on the wash cycle.  When the washer is full of water, add a cup of baking soda and close the lid and let it finish running the whole wash cycle.  It will fizz a lot, it's supposed to.  I guess it almost always works but there are some clothes that are a lost cause occasionally.

post #19 of 46
I have two female cats both fixed. One is 2 and one is 4. One of them, or both of them, are peeing on everything. Yes even the litter box. Everyday I am cleaning up something. Vet says they are ok. Someone else said they are pissed at me? Help. I can't do it much longer.
post #20 of 46

I have a 8 month old cat speyed and he pee on my partners clothes only when he drop them on the floor. Maybe he can train him (my partner) better then i can. ;) he has no medical problems and normally he shares the litter box with our 6 month old kitten who is fixed aswell.

post #21 of 46

Nature's Miracle laundry additive works great for getting rid of smells in laundry--it's only for laundry, as it lathers--but they make Nature's Miracle for carpets/etc also. 


I learned that with my cat now that I can never leave any rumpled up clothes around, or even stacks of folded clothes, and it has actually cure me of my former tendency to leave clothes lying around and to put off putting away clean clothes. Not helpful, but it seems somewhat common at least. 

post #22 of 46

Also Dr. Elsey's Cat Attract cat litter, and also the litter additive for some people is like a miracle product (when used as directed).  It was only somewhat effective for my cat, but it's a cheap enough option that if it does work, then it's amazing (plus it's a good cat litter regardless).  

post #23 of 46
I always find it interesting that when cats show this behavior the first advice that everyone leans towards is there must be something wrong with the cat so you need to take better care of them. Give cats a little more intelligence. If the cat is peeing on everything, not just clothing and not just one persons things, either the cat has a physical illness or he was never box trained, or if you have multiple cats, one (likely the alpha cat) may be guarding the litter box. I've had all of these situations.

In the realm of animals that roam in groups or in the case of cats, a clowder, there is an alpha and in an ideal situation, YOU are the alpha. Cats pee on things or spray them really to make a statement and mark them. So if he is choosing someone's clothing or possessions he is making a statement to that person since things like clothing smell the most like you, laundry soap won't hide the smell of you from a cat.

Here, unfortunately, is where my knowledge drys up, I have no idea what my cat is trying to tell me when he pees on my backpack, or shirt, or the spot where I was sitting on the couch. I'm not sure if he claiming me and saying you are mine so love me only, or if he is saying, I'm tired of you being alpha, it's my turn. Any theories?
post #24 of 46
The number one reason cats pee on things as you are describing is because the cat is ill. Take him to the vet. Urinary tract disorders hurt, and in males can turn fatal quickly.
post #25 of 46

i find that oxy clean is the only thing i found to take out cat pee smell

post #26 of 46

I don't think peeing on a pile of crumpled up clothes is indicative of a UTI, and in fact is pretty normal as my coworkers cat would do that and she had no health issues per the vet.   Its nice and soft, its clean, its convenient, and you can paw at it and "bury" the pee just like you would loose litter.    After all, cats are willing to pee on yesterday's news pellet litter, sand litter, pine litter, crystal litter, all kinds of different things.    If I were a cat that didn't know better, that's where I'd pee!  ;)


IMO the easiest fix is behavior modification... don't leave anything on the floor, use tall clothes hampers for dirty clothes, and clean clothes are best folded straight out of the drier to avoid getting wrinkles anyway and then should go in the closet.  Voila!   Now if the cat is peeing all over the place, and in small amounts, or there's blood, that's another matter.   My kitty was just diagnosed with a UTI for that reason, and we did a dietary change along with 10mg of amitriptyline, and he retested as fine now.  The drug initially had side effect of really weird behavior (either that or he was still hurting from the UTI), but then normalized within a week.  

post #27 of 46

When I had two cats, my older one also liked to pee on clothes or towels if they were left on the floor.  Problem solved simply:  I made sure none were left on the floor, and bought one of those tall, pop-up laundry hampers so he couldn't get into them!  He didn't pee on anything else.

post #28 of 46

One thing my vet reccomended, which has worked for years ( now I have a new issue but I will post that separately:cat: ) is A. to get kitty seen by vet, to rule out UTI, for starters. Then, if it is purely behavioral, like ours was, we got a 3 level kitty condo ( like a tall cage ) bottom level had litter box, second level had food and water, and top level a cuddle cup or bed.) We put this in front of a window, and let Felina live in there during the day while we were at work, and only let her out when we could watch her. He also put her on Xanax, for anxiety. It worked like a charm. At first I felt guilty, but, as cats sleep 75% of the time, I would leave the condo open ( still closed in that bedroom though to keep her away from her stressors) and I would go in there and find her curled up in there snoozing anyway! She loves it, and it makes her feel safe. It is her own space- and that is what she wanted all along.

Now, we can put her in there to eat ( so that our other cats don't bully her and try to take her food) and also to sleep so she feels safe- the rest of the time she is out in that room, lounging and playing, with no problems. here is a link to the condo, and if you are low on money you can post for one on craigslist, or contact local rescues, they may have one to lend you till  you see if it works for you or not!

Good luck!

post #29 of 46
Originally Posted by Catlady1954 View Post

How did you get rid of the smell after your cat sprayed all over??
Hi,I have two cats and they both pee everywhere. To get the smell out instead of taking the items to the dry cleaners i usually get dishwasher pods (souds weird but it works) and open with a knife to get all the crystals out of it and empty the crystals onto the item. Then I get some washing up liquid and put if on the item,once you've done that rub it all in with and old sponge. Then soak it in hot water and then I put vanish gel over it and follow the instructions on the bottle (im from the uk so if your in the US google vanish gel and try find something identical)Then place it the washing machine on rinse. It works for me smile.gif gets any stains on white clothes out plus takes the smell away smile.gif
post #30 of 46

Can you please help me with my cat, she has this problem.

she is 3 years old

she is neutered

she is inside only

I have another female cat, they get along very well

she eats Meow Mix

they have tested her for a urinary tract infection


we have two litter boxes for one for each cat


we use tightly cats 

we don't really scoop it that often, maybe once a week.

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