Post # 1
Almost a year ago, a friend of mine begged me to take in a kitten. It was the last of a litter and shed found homes for all but this one and couldn’t have another animal because she was 8 months pregnant and already had two cats and a puppy. I agreed. I’ve never been a really big cat person but FH gave me his vat when he moved and could no longer have pets. Dealing with her was a breeze after she stopped ripping down my curtains.
Anyway, ever since I’ve had this kitten, she has peed on my bed and any laundry in a basket. I thought it was just the litter box, after all, two cats were using it now, so I religiously scooped and dumped. I svooped several times a day and completely changed the litter every other day. She uses the box to poop in. The only good that did was stopping her from peeing on laundry. I looked up some stuff online and found that cats will go back to whatever spot they peed in because it smells like their pee, so I ordered a spray off the Internet that was supposed to get rid of the smell, but that didn’t help. I tried making sure my bedroom door was always shut, but the door itself has never actually closed so my dog can push it open. He’s never been crated as he was left in crates and abused, so crating was out of the question. I got a baby gate to out in front of the door to try to keep my dog from opening it, but he got around that too.
What’s killing me though, is the kitten has started doing this on any bedding. Going back to the smell thing, I bought a new mattress pad, new sheets and a new comforter to see if it would help at all, because I know the smell is in my mattress, I was just hoping it wouldn’t be as strong with new bedding. I put the new comforter on my couch to get the rest of my laundry and when I came back, the kitten had peed on the brand new comforter. It wasn’t even on the bed. So now, I have urine on my couch.
I intend to get her fixed after I move because I don’t feel comfortable with the vet in my present city. But I don’t know if that will help at all. I’ve thought about rehoming her, but I know that no one will take her knowing that she pees on everything, and I just can’t leave that out.
I’ve done everything I know to do except buying a new mattress which I don’t want to do with things being the way they are now.
Can anyone help me at all?
Post # 3
@SouthernGirl: Have you taken her to the vet?
Since she is seeking out soft things to pee on, it may mean there is pain associated with her peeing. If peeing is painful, she may see the litter box as the source of the pain and is finding softer surfaces to try and alleviate the pain. The most common thing causing pain while peeing is a UTI. I’d get her checked out by a vet ASAP to rule this out.
Also how many cats do you have and how many litter boxes?
The general rule is that you should have 1 litter box per cat (plus an extra box). So if you have 2 cats, that means 3 boxes. I know that may not be feasible, but you should at least try to have 1 box per cat if any of the cats are having issues using the box.
Post # 4
She went to the vet for a check up shortly after I got her. The vet said everything was fine. I know things can change but she was already using my bed to pee on when I took her. Vet told me it could be her getting used to a new home with other animals. I only have one litter box. I don’t have the space for anymore, I barely have space for the one I have. At my current place, it has to go in the guest bathroom. If I have guests, it has to go in the dining room. Needless to say I did not pick the place I live now with cats in mind. I only had a dog when I moved here. But, in the beginning, I did have a second litter box in my bathroom that was intended for kitten. She never used it and only used the box I already had, so I got rid of it. In the house I will be moving to, it may be more logical to have another litter box, but I won’t be able to finish moving until around 2 weeks from now.
My other cat has never had any problems like this. My mother has two cats and they share a litter box and she has never had trouble with this either, so I don’t know what to do about it.
Post # 5
@SouthernGirl: Can you close her in your bathroom with her own box, food, and water when you leave?
Re-acclimate her to using the litter box?
Maybe she’s been bullied by the other cats (or dog) while using the box so she’s now afraid to use it.
At least by closing her in the bathroom when you aren’t home, if she has an accident it’ll be easier to clean and it won’t traumatize her like when she was crated.
Getting her spayed should also be top priority.
Post # 6
Some cats can get upset if they share a litter box so I’d recommend having a seperate litter box for this kitten
Also some cats just cannot settle and she may be better off in another home with no other cats. My friend had a cat like this and since she was rehomed has never peed/pooed in a house again. Its a sign that the kitten is not happy for whatever reason
Post # 7
My cat did the same thing (and sometimes still has lapses). My vet recommended this product called Feliway. It comes as a spray and as a plug in. It releases pheramones that calms down the cat. We call it the kitty crack…and its the best thing EVER. He stopped peeing on things almost immediately!
Here’s a link
Also, take the cover off the litter box if you have one…some finicky cats don’t like them!
Post # 8
I have a similar problem with my cat…. she has actually peed on me while I was in the bed and not giving her attention. We are often terrifed to come home when we’ve been gone for a while cause you never know what you will come home to!!
She has been A LOT better sinec we got a second litter box without a lid!
But i’m really excited to try the feliway! I am so tired of having to dry clean my duvet!
Post # 9
I definitely recommend a second litter box….unfortunately you might just have to find a space for it. When I lived in 400 square feet, I found a way to have two litterboxes to keep my cats chilled out.
Also, I agree with PP that spaying her should be a top priority. And I also think a vet visit is definitely in order. Can you go to a vet in a nearby town or something since you don’t like the one near you?
Post # 10
I had an older cat and introduced a kitten last year. It is very tricky as cats are very territorial and introducing them takes time, alone with litter training!
I agree with everyone above-get her spayed, also vet checked for any health issues, and buy more litterboxes! Keep everything closed, and buy natures miracle to get out the smell. For the time being, until this stops, keep her confined to a large room with her litterbox in it and watch her! Keep taking her to the litterbox and showing her to paw and use it. Keep this separate from the others for now. Also, talk to your vet about what he would suggest…asap!
These behaviours are so hard to undo and her behaviours could be territorial as well, which could be an issue which, if not taken care of, will result in her having to be a feral or outdoor cat as she will jsut do it again in the next home and the next and the next!
Good luck with your cat!!!
Post # 11
My cat used to do this ALL.THE.TIME. It was friggin annoying!! We took her to the vet, nothing was wrong.
It was a friend of ours that suggested putting out water dishes for her. We added 3 water dishes around the house that I fill daily. One in the living room, one in our bedroom and one in the sink in the laundry room basement.
The added water dishes have gotten us from her peeing on things daily to peeing on random things every couple months. Which is still sucky but way easier to deal with.
Post # 12
I agree with the PP’s who say to get another litter box and to take her to the vet. I know you said you got a second litter box, and she didn’t use it. Cats are very picky about litter boxes, so there could be a number of things she didn’t like about it. Some cats prefer litter boxes with lids, some like them without lids. Some cats need larger boxes, so they have room to move around in it. Some cats are also picky about the type of litter used. Experiment with different things to see what she likes.
Post # 13
I am definitely getting her into a vet. I just had to do some research and ask around for a vet that came highly recommended, but luckily I found one where I’ll be moving to. I’m also going to get another litter box and try another type of litter to see if that helps any and in my new house, I’ll have the space to separate the litter boxes as well.
Hopefully all of these things on top of having her spayed will help.
Other then the peeing problem, she’s a great cat, I really don’t want to rehome her so hopefully this will get sorted out.