If it isn’t a revenge, then what is it? Let’s, for a second, assume that your cat is healthy. Peeing on your belongings could be described as a cat trying to add his scent to your stuff. Although it is an analogy, it is like when our relatives give us vases and photo-frames, so we remember them every time we see their presents. Needless to say, it rarely works. So can you stop it? Check your cat for medical problems and other reasons for avoiding the litter box.
First, you need to know your cat is fine. Urinating outside of the box is among the most common cat behavior problems caused by medical reasons. Often it is associated with painful urination, urine incontinence, or over production. Every cat who experiences litter box problems must be examined by a veterinarian, especially if the problem has appeared suddenly. You should also check your cat’s box to see if there isn’t something undesirable about it. Other common causes of litter box avoidance are an untidy litter box, an inappropriate location for the box, or wrong litter box type. It sure can be hard to control your frustration as you step inside a wet slipper early in the morning, or worse, discover wet sheets as you drag yourself into the bed after a tiresome day.
As stated above, much of the behavior problem is caused by stress, and punishment, physical or verbal, isn’t going to help reduce it. It only adds more stress. Instead you should try the opposite and implement strategies that reduce stress. It does not mean you must praise or cuddle your cat for the mishap. Ignore what happened, clean everything up without giving any hints, positive or negative, to your cat. Simultaneously try to find out what stresses your cat so much and if there is a way to relieve it.
Check how your cat feels from day to day and at what moments he seems out of balance. Does this happen because of your relationship? Try to improve your relationship with your cat as much as you can by playing, petting, or just talking to your cat more. Limit negative interactions and punishments. It does not mean you have to allow your cat everything. It is okay to discipline, but think about ways to do this less dramatically.
For example, to disrupt an undesired behavior one can pick a cat up and place it somewhere else instead of yelling at it. Common stressors include changes in the environment or schedule, an owner’s absence, boredom, a tight living space, and its relationships with other pets, including ones that can be seen through a window. However, the most common reason cats pee on their owner’s beds, shoes, and other stuff is because of their own relationship. As stated above, they might be doing it in order to improve their bond with you, which often fails miserably as owners do not find the act warm and welcoming. You don’t need to, but, if you work on other areas, maybe your cat won’t need to pee on your shoes to appeal to you. How to know if your cat has trouble finding the litter box, or is he marking territory?
There are two of us behind this website: Maris, who is a biologist and cat behaviorist, and Signe, who is a veterinarian and pet groomer. Why does placebo work on dogs and cats? Please forward this error screen to 67. How to Remove the Smell of Cat or Dog Urine from Upholstery. Having pets can be a rewarding experience for people of all ages and walks of life, but caring and cleaning up after them can cause many concerns and questions to arise. As the most common house pets, dogs and cats can have the unfortunate habit of urinating on sofas, recliners and whatever upholstered furniture you may have.
This is a more common occurrence when animals are younger and have not been fully trained to go outside or use the litter box. However, if your pet is suddenly urinating or eliminating in inappropriate areas, it may be a sign of illness or disease, and a visit to the vet would be needed. In the mean time, it’s important pet urine and its smell is cleaned and eliminated to prevent future accidents from reoccurring. Find the soiled spot as quickly as possible. It can become extremely tricky to remove urine if your pet’s urine soaks deep into the upholstery and even into the wood frame. In most cases, you can spot the urine spot right away. Pet urine has a very distinct smell and often smells like ammonia. Because of its chemical properties, pet urine shows up under a blacklight, specifically its scent-creating chemicals even when the stain has been dried or are days old. Outline these area in chalk or mark then with a sticky note to help you clean then when you turn on the lights.