Q: Peeing On A Rug?

December 6, 2012 | By Ches21 | 2 answers | Expired: 639 days ago


Shorty is better but he is still having a problem nothing has changed at all but Shorty has decided that if I put my rug down in my room he needs to pee on it and in the bedroom that leads to the backyard he thinks he has to pee in there on blankets but otherwise if the rug is not down and he can't get into the other room he will go in the litter box he does know he gets in trouble for it if he gets caught and he hates people being mad at him if you tell him no he hides for a long time he also doesn't like it when I give him a time out but I would like to put the rug back down and leave that one bedroom door open so that bedroom can be warm but I also don't like putting Shorty in time out although I know it has to be done when he does something wrong so I was wondering why he would do this?

Readers' Answers (2)

Dec 06, 2012

It probably has his scent on it. Try washing it with laundry detergent and a cup of vinegar. Vinegar dissolves uric acid and eliminates odors.

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Dec 09, 2012

Definitely try the vinegar first. It's cheaper than the other products and usually effective, esp. if it's a fresh spot. Cat urine contains other elements that aren't always affected b y vinegar tho, so you may have to go with an enzymatic cleaner to really kill the odor so Shorty doesn't smell it, esp. if it's been there a while. Don't take any shortcuts - follow the directions to a tee. I don't know what kind of rug you have, but some rugs have a rubberized backing on them that trigger a cat to urinate on them. Something about the smell being similar to another cat marking. No amount of cleaning is going to change that because the scent is in the backing so you need to switch to a rug without rubber backing on it if that's what you have. FYI, the best way to make sure you have cleaned all areas where Shorty has gone outside the box is to use a black light. Cat urine will glow under a black light.

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