Removing Cat Urine is a chore we all dislike, however loving cat owners know that cat urine removal comes with the territory. Here is a list of 10 reasons why your cat may be missing the litter box. and why you are recently finding yourself removing cat urine.
1) Your cat may have a medical condition.
Urinary Tract infections are a common cause of a cat peeing all over the house, causing you to have to cleanup cat urine. Often a cat will urinate in an inappropriate place because of the medical condition. If you are experiencing problems with your cat not using the litter box you should get him or her checked by a vet to rule out any medical condition. Your vet can examine your cat for lower urinary tract diseases to rule out medical problems that could be causing the urination problem. An example is a painful case of cystitis or urethral blockage causing your cat to associate the painful urination with it’s litter tray and it will then avoid it’s litter tray, and could urinate on the carpet or other place.
2) Is the litter box dirty?
Cats do not like using dirty litter boxes, so make sure you change the kitty litter daily and wash the litter box with hot soapy water every few days. Scoop out the used and soiled litter regularly to help with the smell. This is one BIG way to prevent having to the cat from going elsewhere and you having to inevitably removing cat urine. Cleaning the litter box daily helps with cat urine odor removal, which the cats also don’t like.
3) Medical conditions such as diabetes.
Diabetes in Humans can cause increased urination and it does the same thing with cats. There is a chance maybe your cat doesn’t make it to the litter tray every time.
4) Your cat may not like the brand of litter you have chosen.
Possibly you have switched brands of cat litter recently, or bought a completely different type of kitty litter? Cats are creatures of routine and habit. If you want to change the type of cat litter you are using then you should gradually introduce the new litter by mixing it in with the old. Just a small bit at a time until the new litter is accepted, and this is one way of keeping cat urine out of carpet. Many times cats don’t like the same nice smelling kitty litter that we might like, so avoid scented kitty litter.
5) The litter box is not in a location to your cats liking.
How would you like to poop in front of the visitors in your front room? Well your cat doesn’t like it either. For example don’t put the litter tray in a busy area or next to a noisy washing machine. Put the litter box in a quiet easy to access location with a bit of privacy too! Cats don’t like to use the bathroom near where they eat either. I’m not surprising… I don’t either! Move litter boxes away from areas where they feed or where their water is kept. Do not put the litter box in a room or downstairs basement where a door can be closed thereby keeping the cat from accessing it.
6) Your cat is spraying urine, not urinating.
Do you smell a cat urine odor but not seeing a puddle? The cat may be spraying and you smell the cat urine smell. When cats spray urine it is not normal urine like when they go to the litter. It is a territorial thing and can be related to stress. Luckily we’ve covered cat spraying extensively on Cat Spraying Insider.
7) Your cat may be stressed.
Just as humans suffer from stress, cats suffer from stress too. Cats being creatures of habit thrive in a consistent and familiar environment. If their “familiar environment” is disrupted it can often lead to stress which contributes to urinating outside of the box, which will me you removing cat urine again from your house somewhere.
8) Your cat might not know where the litter box is.
It is common in kittens that are busy playing to forget where the litter box is. If you have found a good location for the litter box try not to change it. Otherwise you risk the kitten urinating outside of the box and you removing cat urine again from someplace in your home.
9) Multiple cat household.
While some cats won’t mind sharing the litter box with other cats, some cats don’t like sharing their litter box with other cats at all. If your cat is one that doesn’t like sharing he or she may requires his or her own personal litter box. Multi-cat households can have numerous problems. Cats by nature are territorial and need to have their own space. In a multi-cat household it is often impossible to give each cat their own box and stress levels in the cats can raise high. One cat may pee somewhere to show that this is his territory and then along comes the next cat and pees over that spot to show it is his territory, and so it it goes on and on and you might end up with a house full of cat urine odor. Pooping can also be a problem in a household with multiple cats, and causing the cats to be defecating outside of the litter box. Unfortunately there isn’t a solution to urine and defecation problems in a situation where there are multiple cats living in a confined area. You have the choice of cleaning up and living with cat urine smell or you can reduce the number of cats. This will greatly reduce the cat urine odor.
10) Recently de-clawed cats.
If you have had your cat De-clawed then it may be too painful for him to scratch in the litter. If so then you will possibly be finding yourself cleaning cat urine out of carpet. Cat urine odor removal from carpets can be a major pain.
Don’t add more stress
If you catch your cat urinating on your carpet or floor, gently and quickly move him to the litter tray. Don’t punish him as this may increase his stress. Try to reinforce positive behavior. Punishment only causes more stress and you removing cat urine from areas of your home.
If you’re looking for a more permanent way to get your cat to stop spraying and urinating inappropriately — which I recommend most of my blog readers to do — give Cat Spray Stop a try. Created by Susan Westinghouse, a vet and cat specialist, Cat Spray Stop is an all-encompassing guide designed to help you stop cat spraying in your home in as little as 30 days using a unique method called the TTS method.
I have tried Cat Spray Stop with great results, and have also published a review of it over here. Good luck!
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