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urinating on throw rugs

post #1 of 4
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I have just discovered that my two spayed, females are urinating on my bathroom mat and small rugs at entrances. I have seeen them both do it. The one also will urinate on any paper on the floor, such as magazines or newspapers. They do not go on the bare floors (all ceramic tile) and do use the two litter boxes. There has been no poop out of the box.
I washed rugs and also put ODO BAN in the wash( industrial odor remover). They did it again. Today I sprayed Orange Glo on a clean rug ( for the citrus scent).
Other than getting rid of anything on the floors, Any ideas?
post #2 of 4
Welcome to The Cat Site. It is a good place to be.

If it has been awhile since your cats have been seen by a vet, you might want to have them examined to have physical problems either ruled out or treated.

I can't really tell you anything else. There are many experts on these boards who give wonderful advice.
post #3 of 4
Please take them to the vet and tell the vet what they are doing. Peeing outside the litter box is the #1 symptom of urinary tract problems!

If the vet says they are okay, then consider making a few changes.

If you use a covered litter box, take off the lid. Many cats refuse to use covered boxes.

Cats prefer fine grained unscented litter. So, you might try changing litter.

Make sure you have at least one litter box per cat.

Make sure you scoop the litter box daily, and with multiple cats, scoop twice daily. Cats often refuse to use dirty boxes.

If your litter boxes are real old, they may have absorbed odors even if you regularly clean them. So, try buying new boxes.

Make sure your litter boxes are in a place where the cat feels safe while going potty. If she is disturbed by you or your kids(?) or the other cat while she is trying to potty, she will choose to use a safer location. So, move the litter box to a location where she can see the comings and goings of the other people & animals in the house.

Put a litter box on each level (floor) of the house.

Make sure you thoroughly clean all old urine spots on the rug and elsewhere. If they can smell the old urine they will think that place is a good place to pee. Use a flourescent black light to find old urine and treat all old spots with an enzymatic cleanser.

Try putting a plastic carpet runner upside down on the places they like to pee....most cats don't like to walk on the "spikes" so they will avoid the covered spots.

Keep the bath mats on the edge of the tub instead of on the floor. Also, try bath mats and rugs that do not have the rubber back. There is something about the smell of rubber that induces some cats to pee on throw rugs.

Sprinkle the rugs with a really smelly carpet fresh powder. Leave the powder on for several days so it will "stink" too much for the cats to use the rugs. Refresh the smell about once a month (or more often).

Good luck!!!
post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 
tried a pure cotton rug- urinated on. took up all throw rugs untill I get enzyme washed.
they are using the litter box regularly- I doubt the vet is needed, yet.
I bought new litter and automatic box- they love THE WORLD'S BEST LITTER & seem to use the new box exclusively. (I left out a box with previous litter during transition). I am still running the motor manually as one cat is startled by noise.
Thanks for the suggestions. I will see vet if other ideas don't work.
This is a great site
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