When cats start peeing outside the litter box, some cats seem to develop an attachment to one spot and will return to it over and over. Here are my best tips on how to get your cat to stop peeing in a certain place.
If you have any tips of your own — feel free to leave a comment below!
- Find the spot if you don’t know where it is, use a black light to find it. Get the spot as clean as possible. The more a particular spot smells like a litter box, the greater the chance it will be used again. There are many of ways to get rid of the smell of cat urine, both commercial and homemade. Try all of them.
- Make sure your existing litter box is clean, has the correct amount of litter in it, and is in the right place (somewhere private, but where the cat can easily get to it). The more reasons a cat has to object to the litter box, the more chance the cat will go elsewhere.
- After you’ve gotten the spot clean, put the cat’s food, toys or favorite blanket over it. Cats like to keep their toilet functions away from their other activities, and having favorite things in that spot will discourage him from urinating there. This is an underrated tip I haven’t seen published on nay other blogs.
- Cover the spot. If you can cover the spot with a piece of furniture, great. If they can’t get to the spot they can’t pee on it. If you can’t make the spot inaccessible, try covering it with something that cats dislike, such as taped-down aluminum foil or sticky tape.
- Make the spot uninviting. If you’re thinking there’s nothing on earth that could make a spot more uninviting than the lingering aroma of cat pee, you’re thinking like a human. From a cat perspective, the smell of citronella, lemon, orange peel, vinegar, or mothballs is much worse.
- If you can catch the cat approaching the spot, a quick shot with a water pistol or a spray bottle can be a deterrent. It’s important to realize that this is NOT a matter of punishing the cat – it’s trying to get the cat to associate the cat with something they don’t like (being wet).
If you’re looking for a more permanent way to get your cat to stop spraying — 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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