Cats’ peeing inside the house is one of the most frustrating things you’ve to deal with as a cat owner. The reasons commonly cited when cats are being thrown out of the house is somehow related to the cat’s peeing problem. Many cat owners can’t tolerate when their cats started spraying urine everywhere else in the house except in the litter box. Who would want a house that is full of cat urine smell and not to mention the daunting task of having to remove the urine odor from places where your cats urinate.
Does this problem have you at your wit’s end, and you’re considering doing something pretty drastic? Don’t make any hasty decisions just yet. You don’t have to get rid of your cat just because it is peeing all over the house. What you need to do is learn how to solve the problem, without causing too much stress, both to the cat and yourself. In fact, sometimes it is stress that causes cats to pee outside of their boxes, and it may be something for you to look into. Yes, cats can get stressed out, just like their human owners.
However, there are simple solutions to stop your cat from peeing everywhere.
THOROUGHLY CLEAN UP THE MESS
The starting point is to clean your home thoroughly. In particular, you need to clean the areas that your cat has been peeing. Don’t just use any old soap (avoid ammonia-based disinfectants because your cat will think its urine and continue peeing in that area) and water on the stains. It’s vital that you use something to break down the enzymes left from the urine. Otherwise, you’re just going to make matters worse. A cleaning spray that contains orange oil in the ingredients works very well. For instance, a home remedy to use is homemade citrus cleaner made with orange peels.
ADD ADDITIONAL LITTER BOXES
Once you’re sure that you’ve eradicated all areas that you suspect the cat to have peed, it’s time to go buy some more litter boxes. Ideally, you should have one more litter box than you’ve cats. Cats can be very picky about using a box that already contains urine or feces, mainly if the urine or feces is not their own. It gives your cat options. Try adding an uncovered box if you currently have a covered one or vice versa. See which one your cat prefers and go from there.
ADDRESS LITTER BOX LOCATION
Think about it: Would you want to run all the way downstairs to use the bathroom if you were on the second floor? Neither does your cat. When you place litter boxes at the corner of your basement, or inside cabinets, your cats may not bother to find them. Making it accessible for your cat to use the litter box will often mitigate problems.
CLEAN YOUR LITTER BOX REGULARLY
Cats are very clean creatures by nature. A dirty litter box is almost guaranteed to send a cat elsewhere to pee. At a minimum, litter boxes should be scooped out at least once every day, washed, and refilled every month.
CONSULT YOUR VETERINARIAN
If improper urination has become an issue with your cat, then it’s time to visit your veterinarian for urinalysis, physical exam and perhaps some other diagnostic tests to determine if the problem is medical rather than behavioral in origin
Don’t drive yourself crazy by your cat peeing everywhere. You can stop the problem, and enjoy owning a cat.