Aug 12
cat in litter

My cat just started to pee on the furniture, how do i stop this?

Cat’s peeing in “the wrong places” i.e. anywhere but the litter tray or outside is quite a common problem that we see our clients encounter.

This change in behaviour can be understandably very frustrating and cause a disconnect between you and your beloved cat.

We need to understand why your fur baby is doing this so that we can address the problem – the causes are varied from not wanting to go in a dirty tray (yep- they need to be cleaned daily and straight after a poop), to being stressed with something new in the environment to actually having a medical problem requiring treatment.

If your cat is happy and pain free when passing pee, first steps are:

• Regularly clean the litter tray
• thoroughly clean the area that is being pee’d on- the scent must be eliminated or your little angel will continue to return to the same spot. Their sense of smell is far more sensitive than ours and regular cleaning products wont do- try a product such as Urine-Off.
• Relocate your fur baby to an area they are yet to christen.
• Identify any changes at home that may be a source of stress (home perfume, litter type, house guests etc) and remove or address if possible.

If this doesn’t work a stress reducing device such as Feliway which plugs into an outlet can be effective, however extreme cases may require medications.

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