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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Here is my problem:

I sat on the futon this morning and it has a blanket on it...I smelt this horrible smell...so I thought it was the litterbox (which is right next to the futon). I scooped most of the litter out of it and put some new litter in his box. I still smelt something...Mittens then jumped on the futon and I leaned down to hug him, and noticed that he must have peed on the blanket. Yep...he did. I don't know why he is doing this!! I scoop out his box EVERY DAY or every other day, and clean it like crazy atleast once a week! Why did he do this?! If he continues...I won't be able to keep him! And, I don't want that to be the case! And, where can I find good cleaner??? because he has peed on the couch too and I still can't get it out after a year....!!!How do I change his behavior?
post #2 of 18
First thing you do it get this kitty to the vet and have him checked for urinary tract infections. Number one reason for kitty to pee outside the litter pan-

Then check out this thread here:


http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...&threadid=9563
post #3 of 18
Quote:
Originally posted by caprice
If he continues...I won't be able to keep him!
I really hate reading things like this. In my opinion a cat is for life, no matter what.

I'm sure you can change this behaviour. I agree about getting a vet check up #1. Also, if he's peed once in a certain spot.. he will pee there again and again unless the area is cleaned thoroughly. I havent had to deal with urine but I use this stuff called "Out!" in the past when I've had to clean up a vomit stain and supposably it works great for urnine and many other types of pet stains.
post #4 of 18
The above posts are right. The first thing you need to do is get him to the vet. A urinary tract infection is the most common reason a cat will not use the box.

Also, has anything recently changed in your home? I mean ANYTHING. New cat, new child, loss of either one, working new hours, new significant other?

Cats will sometimes pee inappropriately to let you know they are upset with something. If you have changed the routine, the cat may be reacting to that.

I'm sure you can figure this out and not get rid of your kitty!
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
hissy--I will be taking him to the vet just incase

Sicy--I know what you mean about keeping him forever...I would hate to give him up...I am going to see if I can find that Out! stuff you were talking about.

cla517--I haven't noticed any other new spots except for that one...And he does use his box a lot!About the changes, I think my husband would have the problem with the new s/o...not the cat (kidding!) I haven't been at home as much because school started and I know he doesn't get hardly any attention without me there and plus Zack is working later hours when I am at school, so he is by himself for about 12 hours out of the day.

Maybe he is just picky? But, I will take him to the vet soon.

Thanks everyone
post #6 of 18
I have had excellent results with a litter called "Cat Attract" by a Dr. Elsey. I have trained 2 outdoor strays using this. With them I used dirt with increasing amounts of litter as I decrease the dirt but you could try some in your cat's litter box. It supposed to smell like a garden, or outside... you get the drift. It is really good and certainly works. I get it at a local pet store i.e. Petsmart, Petco.
For the smell I've heard of cat shelters and vets recommending Anti icky poo. This name is apparently for real. The urine can get deeply into the carpet and padding and never get out. This stuff is supposed to sink deep into the padding to get the smell.
post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advise. I don't think changing his litter will make him happy since that is why he peed on the couch in the first place over a year ago. But, I will try and find that product you were talking about.

Mittens has a bad temper. We have to keep him in a seperate room at night so we can even sleep because he walks around at night knocking things over and breaking valuables....he may have peed on that blanket during the night because he was mad.
post #8 of 18
Please note: What I'm about to write is not a criticism or accusation towards you -- I just think that cats feel actions speak louder than words especially since cats have a one-word vocabulary.

When Penny went into her 1st heat, she peed on an old comforter that was on the bed. Instinctively I knew it was related to her going into heat. no reprimand was given , I simply discarded the comforter (y'know, those old comforters can be sssooo useful!)

But about 6 months prior to that incident, she had peed outside the box ...Reason? it wasn't really all that clean and that was 100% my fault. At first I yelled at her but then I "looked within" and I knew I was wrong for my poor upkeep of the box and especially for yelling on top of being wrong!!

But there are no problems now because I'm doing what a good owner is supposed to and I'm no longer making excuses. Again, this is simply food for thought for other TCS members, not an attack on anyone
post #9 of 18
You need to find an enzymatic cleanser for the spot. I found a great one at Petsmart about 5 years ago. Unfortunately I am at work and the bottle is at home. But its in a purple bottle with a flip top. You stream some of this liquid onto the spot, and it bubbles out the stain and smell. Let it dry then vaccuum.

If you don't get rid of the smell, the cat will return.

Hissy swears by vodka. I haven't tried it.
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by c1atsite
Please note: What I'm about to write is not a criticism or accusation towards you -- I just think that cats feel actions speak louder than words especially since cats have a one-word vocabulary.

When Penny went into her 1st heat, she peed on an old comforter that was on the bed. Instinctively I knew it was related to her going into heat. no reprimand was given , I simply discarded the comforter (y'know, those old comforters can be sssooo useful!)

But about 6 months prior to that incident, she had peed outside the box ...Reason? it wasn't really all that clean and that was 100% my fault. At first I yelled at her but then I "looked within" and I knew I was wrong for my poor upkeep of the box and especially for yelling on top of being wrong!!

But there are no problems now because I'm doing what a good owner is supposed to and I'm no longer making excuses. Again, this is simply food for thought for other TCS members, not an attack on anyone

I have never yelled at my cat--But thanks for the advise.
post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 
Hummm...vodka...good idea!

Thanks everyone for the great advice...trying to get Mittens in next Saturday...I have to go to the doc myself next week, so I can't take off from work anymore during the week...I'll let you guys know if something else comes up with this situation.
post #12 of 18
maybe you already said and I missed it but is Mittens spayed?
post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 
Yes, he has been neutered.
post #14 of 18
When Sam was a small kitten he would get upset if he was left home alone for any amount of time--so upset that when we would come home as soon as I sat down on the couch or anywhere he would get in my lap and pee directly on me. (kinda hard to miss the fact he had a big problem with being alone). For the times that he missed me and got the couch instead I used Borax cleaner. Its that powder in a box that you can get at the store with the laundry soap. I wet the spot that he'd went on, sprinkled that over it and let it dry then vacuumed it up afterwards I had my couch professionally cleaned. Sometimes it took more than one time to get all the smell but it did work for me. Also worked in my boyfriends car where he peed in it too on the way home from the vet.
post #15 of 18
I love the look of Mittens. He looks so proud and regal.
post #16 of 18
Thread Starter 
I don't think I can use any powders on our leather couch....


Thanks--I love the way he looks too! He's my sweetie!

We came home from out of town this weekend, and I noticed nothing. So...I guess he was just missing me or mad. I don't think he has an infection because he used his box.
post #17 of 18
Please don't get rid of your kitty, just beacause he peed on your futon. A futon is only a material item, but your kitty is a very special friend that loves you. You may also check the type of litter your are using. Is it scented? If it is, I would use an unscented litter. Cats do not like those strong perfume odors? It may smell good to you, but not to them. What type of cleaner do you use on the litter box? Do you use bleach and do you rinse it well? I never use any harsh chemicals to clean my cats bowls or litter boxes. I just use plain hot water and soap. Bleach is not really needed unless you had a sick cat.
post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 
I am not going to get rid of him...I said if he keeps doing it I will have no choice but to. But, right now...there is no way I am going to!! My husband let me keep him this long, I don't think he'll make me get rid of him anyway He loves him just as much as I do...but you never know. (so keep your fingers crossed) He has always used the same type of litter since he was a kitten and I clean his litterbox with antibacterial soap. I only used bleach on it once when he was sick last year. So, those are not why he is using the bathroom other places. He just has a bad temper...I figured that much out already...
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