Q: why does my cat keep peeing all over the house
I have 2 male tabby cats that are brothers. They are about 4 years old and have been fixed. One of them has a goes to the bathroom in different spots around the house. He goes by the back door, and by some of the windows in the house and even on my bed. Tonight he went in the bedroom and backed up to the curtains right in front of us and went to the bathroom. it almost seems like he does it on purpose. I don't know how to get him to stop.
Nov 29, 2012
He's not doing it on purpose. He's trying to tell you something. It's up to you to figure out what's wrong and fix it. The urinating on vertical surfaces with little or no squatting and little tail quivers, that is marking behavior. Cats spray to mark territory. It can also be stress related. Has something changed in your household? It may be nothing to you, but it could be stressful for your cat. A pet, baby, or other person moving into the house? Rearranging furniture, changed the layout of the house, or recently limited access to any part of the house? A stray animal or neighborhood cat coming into the yard that he smells, sees, or hears? Sometimes outdoor animals spray outside and even though we can't smell it inside, our pets can and react to it. Is the other cat or any other pet in the house bullying him, stalking him, or in any way bothering him? Have you changed the brand or type of litter you've been using? Are there enough litter boxes - at least one per cat, and preferably one more than the number of cats in the house? Do you scoop the litter boxes regularly, meaning at least twice a day, and do you completely clean and sanitize them at least twice a month? Cats sense of smell is very acute and what smells clean to us may smell like an outhouse to them. Has he been checked out by a vet to rule out illness? This should be the first thing you do when a cat's behavior suddenly changes. These are just some of the things your cat could be trying to tell you. Once you find the root cause and fix it, then you have to clean all areas where he has sprayed with an enzymatic cleaner. This is the only way to eliminate the odors that will draw him back to those spots. You can find all the spots by using a blacklight. Urine spots will glow bright green. Use the pheromone diffusers like Feliway to help calm him. They're about 90% or above effective so the odds that they'll work are good. But for them to be effective, you have to play detective and find out what's causing his behavior in the first place.
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Dec 05, 2012
it is possible there is a stone or urinary tract infection. they associate the pain with the litterbox and will avoid it. they may also be covering something they find offensive on the surfaces they are marking and be trying to replace with their scent. have there been any changes in the household such as new additions, someone leaving, new carpet, moved furniture, etc? changed litter or boxes or even moved the boxes recently? a cat does not urinate out of spite, it is always a message. your mission is to decode the message
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Dec 05, 2012
I have also heard of a man who spent 10K trying to figure out why his male cat kept spraying. he even built a 10 x 10 foot litterbox for him! finally, a vet realized that his testosterone level was high, and that the vet who neutered him inadvertantly left one testicle inside (hadn't descended). once it was removed, the cat was fine
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