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Q: Why does my male cat still pee on things after being fixed?

January 18, 2009 | By LINDSAY D. | 21 answers | Expired: 2039 days ago

LINDSAY D.

My cat Huey was fixed several months ago, but he still seems to pee in piles of clothes on the floor. I asked the vet why and what to do...but he was unsure. He suggested putting him on hormone replacement shots...UMMM NO! lol Since then, I have been better about not leaving the piles of clothes so the other night he decided to pee in my unmade bed. What am I to do? Cat urine has the worst smell and is very hard to get completely out.

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Marisa M.
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Jan 18, 2009

We also had a cat like this- it FORCED me to clean up piles of clothes, make my bed and not leave blankets laying around unfolded. Since I have been doing this, she has stopped. We also added a few more litter boxes. I think the rule of thumb is one per cat plus one additional. I have two cats, I have three litter boxes on the main level and three in the basement as well. They may not use them all, but at least they are an option. Good luck.

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Sharon B.
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Jan 18, 2009

Here are some captions from my local animal humane society website under "Pet behavior online library." You may need to keep your cat out of your bedroom all together.

Usually it is the un-neutered male who marks his territory, but some neutered males will also spray, as well as some females, especially unspayed females as they approach estrus (the heat period). Spaying and neutering are not guaranteed solutions for spray marking, but will take care of the problem in most cases and should be done before the spraying becomes an established habit. When a neutered animal begins to spray mark, the cause is often stress-related, such as fighting with another cat in the household, the addition of a new pet or perceived invasion of his territory by an unfamiliar cat.
Spraying by a neutered animal can be very difficult to deal with, but you need to identify and then remove (if possible) the stimulus. It can be as simple as shutting the drapes so he can't see the neighbor's cat in his yard or as complicated as trying to get animals in the household to get along better by such methods as having good things happen to them in the presence of the other animal. Short term anti-anxiety has helped some difficult cases; consult with your veterinarian.

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Wendy E.
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Jan 18, 2009

I would put out a couple more litter boxes. When we brought home our cat from the shelter she would want to pee on our couch so I put a litter box close to the living room and she stopped. I kept it there for about 6 months. She now uses the other 2 litter boxes and I haven't had any problems since. Hope it works out for you.

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