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Peeing Problem in 1 year old cat

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Well Stormy just turned 1 this past week and shes been a wonderful cat with no problems until recently. We have two litter boxes in our basement. WE have two cats. They both have been using them fine with no problems. Well about 3 weeks ago we went on vacation and my husband was home and cared for the cats. The next day after we got home I found a pee spot on our bathroom rug. The shower one. So I washed it and put it back and changed the whole litter pan assuming that it was not clean enough for her. Well then this past Monday.........pee on the rug again in the exact same spot. REwash the rug and scratch my head in wonder over which cat is doing this behavior and why. Then tonight after church my husband and I are standing in the bathroom and Stormy walks in. She starts sniffing the rug acting kinda strange and then she squats and pees in the same spot. I say, "Hey" and kinda push against her bum. So now I know the guilty party but what in the world do I do?? I just totally cleaned out both litter pans after the incident on Monday and put fresh litter in them. They are both clean and she still peed on the rug. What am I missing??
Now this bathroom is on the second floor and the litter pans are in the basement, but they have been down there for months with no problems until recently. There are two litter pans just in case either of the cats want their own or whatever, but they moved to the basement because I was sick of the smell in our bedroom.
WE do have two dogs that are in our kitchen area most of the time but Stormy has no fear of either of them and will walk right by. Now if it had been Snickers peeing I would have understood because she is more timid around the dogs. But its STORMY!! Any and all advice would be wonderful.
Thanks so much
post #2 of 8
I don't think the problem is the litter or the litterpan, but the rug. You need a strong cleaning agent to remove ALL traces of cat urine odor. Stormy can still smell it and so she thinks it is okay to pee there.
post #3 of 8
Have you been soaking the rug in an enzymatic cleaner? (such as Simple Solution, Natures Miracle) That will remove all traces of scent and hopefully stop the behaviour.
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Isent that so amazing.....those cat noses. Ok thanks Im going to get some better cleaner and wash it in that. I just washed it and actually the first time she did it I put some bleach in with it....wrong thing to do so it seems......and now I washed it again but it does have the rubber backing so I can see how the smell is still there for her. I sprayed it with some no mark pet stuff that I have for now. Ill have to run out to PetSmart to get the other stuff.
Thanks again
post #5 of 8
This may sound strange, but I've heard that certain types of bathroom rugs can cause kitties to think that it is a peeing place - something to do with the pile on them.

I use a chenille reversable rug with no backing, and so far, no issues.

You MAY want to try using a different type of rug for a little while and see if that stops it!
post #6 of 8
The first and most important thing to do is to take the cat to the vet! You need to specify that the cat is urinating outside the box so that the vet knows what to look for. Urinating outside the litter box is the #1 symptom of urinary tract problems! A urinary blockage can quickly kill a cat!

If the vet says she is 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.

• Most cats prefer fine-grained unscented litter. So, try changing litter even if she liked this litter in the past.

• Most cats prefer to poop in a different box than the one in which they pee. So have at least two boxes for one cat.

• If you have more than one cat, make sure you have at least one litter box per cat PLUS one extra box. So, if you have two cats, three litter boxes is ideal. Do not place the boxes right next to each other. Two boxes that are together is the same as just one box in the cat’s mind!

• Make sure you scoop the litter box daily, and with multiple cats, scoop twice daily. Cats often refuse to use dirty boxes. Most of us avoid toilets that are full of pee and poop. Cats are even more fastidious than us humans and certainly have more delicate senses of smell, so of course they do not want to step in a box full of old feces and urine! A clean rug is much more attractive than a dirty box!

• If your litter boxes are 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 another cat or dog 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 and animals in the house. You can set up the box in the corner of a room, then surround the box with nice house plants. It will be attractive and open enough for the cat to feel safe!

• 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 she can smell the old urine she will think that place is a good place to potty. 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 she likes to urinate....most cats don't like to walk on the "spikes" so they will avoid the covered spots.

• Put something real smelly where she likes to urinate...most cats hate the smell of citrus, so try
putting citrus scented air freshener or orange peels or citrus potpourri where she urinates.

• According to Cat Behaviorist Amy Shojai- if your cat is peeing on personal items the cat is probably stressed out over something. Urinating on some object that holds your scent is calming to him. If you can eliminate the stressor, chances are good that the potty problem will end.

• If your cat is standing inside the litter box and aiming outside the box, you simply need a larger box! Try a Rubbermaid under-bed storage container as a litter box instead of the typical small box.
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks again everyone for all the advice. She has been OK for now but if she continues to pee outside the box I will take her to the vet but I dont think thats the problem right now. Like I said this has happened three times in the last four weeks. I bought some citrus airfreshener spray and I sprayed the rug with that after I washed it. So we shall see. I told hubby if she goes again Im taking her to the vet and then we will proceed from there.
We do have two boxed but they are in the basement.......not one on each floor. Its not really pratical to do that here, but if we have to we can change some things around to have one on the top floor and the basement. I think the other thing is cleaning them out more often.
Thanks again!!
post #8 of 8
Hmm. The rug might feel more comfortable to little kitty feet than the litter. You might want to try a softer litter.
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