Why Do Cats Pee In The House?
peeing outside the litter box can be a very frustration experience
to the cat owner. The smell of cat urine can be the most penetrating
smell in a home. In fact, regular smell of urine can drive a cat owner
to terminate his cat peeing behavior problems by sending his cat
directly to the animal shelter where most likely the cat will be put to
any other cat behavior problem, there is a reason as to why the
cat pees outside of the litter box. You should investigate the root of
the problem because it could be more than just a behavior related issue.
why do cat pee in the house?
spraying is part of a normal and natural behavior. It is a way to convey
territorial and sexual messages to other cats. Not only tomcats spray,
queens in heat will spray too, to let other cats know they are ready to
In neutered cats, the most common reasons for cat peeing in the house
is competition and territorial disputes between cats in multi-cat
households, moving to a new house, arrival of a new baby or another pet
and situations where the cat feels unsafe and insecure so it may feel
the need to 'reinforce' its 'territory'.
does one stop a cat peeing outside of the litter box?
peeing in entire cats is largely hormonally induced, neutering will
eliminate this behavior in most cases. However, don't expect your cat
will stop peeing right away - it may take up to two months.
Clean urine spots thoroughly. You can buy special cleaners and odor
neutralizers at your local pet store or mix equal parts of white vinegar
and water. Avoid using products containing ammonia - it could stimulate
the marking behavior as urine also contains ammonia.
If you own more than one cat, you will need to provide each cat with one
litter box plus one extra for the house. Keep boxes clean!
Try to identify the reason why your cat pees outside of the litter
box. If for example a new person has moved into the house, have him
or her feed your cat to establish a bond between them.
Play with your cat in areas where your cat tends to pee.
If your cat pees in only one room, prevent access to this room. If
peeing occurs in one or two places and you cannot keep the cat out of
this location, put a litter box or feeding bowls there. Most cats will
not pee around their food.
If there is conflict between your cats, isolate them, or at least the cat
Spray Feliway (a synthetic equivalent of feline facial pheromones) in
all areas where your cat marks. Feliway induces a feeling of well being
and calmness in cats.
Never punish the cat by dragging it to its litter box or sticking its
nose in excrements and never hit it or kick it! In fact, you can make
the matters much worse. Your cat will then associate punishment with you
and may become timid and distrusting towards you. You will make it feel
unsafe in the house and this will consequently lead to even more cat
If nothing works then ask your vet for advice. In severe cases where all
cat behavior training and modification techniques fail your vet
can prescribe medication (usually anti-anxiety drugs).
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