Stop Your Cat from Peeing on the Carpet
Edited by VC, Richelle, Eng, Doug Collins and 2 others
When cats gotta go, they gotta go -- but when they go on the carpet, it means that there is probably a problem somewhere that needs to be solved. Cats rarely pee on the carpet simply because they can't make it to the litter box on time; instead, they choose to urinate on the carpet for one of many reasons, from stress to a dislike of the litter box to a potential medical issue that needs treatment.
Follow these steps to solve the problem and stop your cat from peeing on the carpet.
- 1Fully clean any soiled carpet areas - If your cat has already peed on the carpet, you need to clean that area of the carpet thoroughly. Leaving traces of cat urine in your carpet not only creates an uncomfortable living environment, it also sends a message to your cat. Specifically, the message "this area of the carpet is yours, and you can pee there whenever you like."Advertisement
- 3Take your cat to the vet -
- 4Make sure the litter box is scooped regularly -
- 5Change the litter box every few months - Sometimes you can scoop the litter all you want and your cat still won't use the litter box. In that case, try buying a brand-new one. Urine and fecal stains and smells cling to litter boxes even after cleaning, and your cat may eventually find the litter box too odorous to enter. Cats have very sensitive senses of smell, after all. Buying a fresh litter box every few months is a great way to keep a cat happy. Don't invest in one of those super-high-tech ones; just grab an inexpensive one so you can replace it three or four times a year.
- 7Give your cat more attention and love - Cats pick up on stress, and they easily get stressed out themselves. If you are currently going through a stressful time at work or at home, expect your cat to experience similar stress -- and act on that stress by peeing on the carpet. Sometimes cats pee on the carpet out of nervousness, and other times they literally do it as a cry for attention. This often happens when you become too busy to play with your cat or give it the attention it needs.
- So make sure you take time every day to play with your cat, pet your cat, groom your cat, and show your cat how much you care.
- Don't force your cat to pee on the carpet just so you will notice. You and your cat are each other's companions, so take the time to play with your cat and let your cat know that it is an important, beloved part of your life.
Categories : Cats
Recent edits by: Jen M, Doug Collins, Eng