Post # 1
When we first got her she used the litter box with minimal problems. Now I come home to a pissy couch every single day! She still poops in the litter box, but only pees on the couch. I don’t freaking get it!
I’ve been using the product called “Urine Gone” that works wonders for the smell and supposedly eliminates it enough so even the cat can’t smell it, but still…. ewwwwww! And I don’t want to replace anything until I can be sure that the problem is solved and she won’t just turn around and pee on that.
I don’t know what to do. I was thinking of getting some big plastic tarps to put on the furniture every morning. Luckily we don’t have carpeting!
Post # 3
cats will do that for many reasons
Have you changed the litter recently?
Do you clean the box frequently?
The most common is a UTI.. for whatever reason cats prefer to go somewhere softer
Have you moved the box?
Think of anything you’ve done different.. cats usually are trying to tell you something when they do this.
Post # 4
My cat used to do this. The solution is two boxes. She will use one for poops and the other for pee. Sounds strange, but it works. Even if she eventually ends up only using one box, don’t take away the second or the random peeing will start again. She is just fastidious and wants to have the choice.
Post # 5
One of my cats was doing this too and after taking her to the vet and clearing medical issues, we discovered she likes her box extra clean. So now we scoop 2-3 times a week and she is happy.
Make sure kitty doesnt have any medical reasons that could be causing this, then its a process of finding out her litter box prefernces.
Post # 6
I did change the type of litter the first time, from clay to flushable corn. She protested by peeing AND pooping in the laundry. So we put a layer of the clay on top of the corn stuff and she started using the box again. We have been doing the same thing ever since. It’s only in the last week that she’s been peeing on the couch, yet she continues to poop in the box.
I like the flushable corn litter because I can scoop up her stinky poops and flush them immediately (she usually follows me into the bathroom in the morning and poops while I’m in there getting ready for work). I thought maybe my obsessive cleaning up after her was making her think she was doing something wrong, so I didn’t scoop it for a few days but she’s still only peeing on the couch. It always seems to happen right before I get home from work too!
Post # 7
Did you try cat attract litter? solved our little pooper’s problems (he would pee in the box, but poo right next to it)
Post # 8
Because she’s a kitten, try Cat Attract litter. It should work immediately. And be sure the cleaner is an enzymatic cleaner, but it sounds like it is.
Post # 9
My ex’s cats would poop on the floor if you didn’t scoop the box twice a day. Jerks.
UTI is common, too. It hurts to pee, so they associate the box with owies, and try to go somewhere “better.”
Post # 10
I guess I’ll try the cat attract stuff first. I would get another box, but our apartment is tiny. I have no idea where I would put it.
How common are UTIs in kittens?
Post # 11
@lampshade: I second gsp2B – My cat used to get chronic UTIs and pee on a rug when he would get one. It might be an good idea to take her to the vet to see if it’s a medical problem. Then, if she’s fine, you will just have to figure out how to fix her behavioral problem.
I actually have a kitty that misses when she poops. No medical condition – she’s very active but, can’t really see a behavioral issue. Thought it was the litter so, changed it a bunch of times. But then, one day I saw it! She digs the hole to poop but, doesn’t turn her butt around to it…… LOL. I’ve just dealt with it by buying a litter box with high sides. Sometimes there are still accidents but, they are our pets so we gotta love them, even when they go outside the box. 🙂
Best of Luck to you!!
Post # 12
We went out and got Kitten Attract litter last night and heaped some of it on top of her other litter (we now have 3 different bags of expensive litter in the closet, sheesh) and she ignored the box all night. She kept going over to the couch and meowing so we would redirect her to the box. I felt her bladder and it was full so I know she was holding out for the couch! But then my boyfriend said he saw her peeing in the box this morning!!!! We gave her a treat right after that.
My biggest priority right now is getting her spayed and shots done because she is a talented escape artist and has been outside a number of times (luckily we haven’t ever lost sight of her out there yet).
I’m dropping her off at the discount neutering van tomorrow to get spayed and then I’ll make an appointment for her to see the vet that my dog goes to so they can check her for a UTI. I’m not getting my hopes up too much, but maybe this will be the end of the problem.
Post # 13
@lampshade: That’s a good start! Cat’s are really funny creatures. We have two cats we clean the literbox daily… often times cats dont like those fancy litters that are convenient for humans lol. and the UTI’s are actually really easy to get.. especially with litter if it isnt cleaned enough! kittens can also have worms which could cause some problems with behavior sometimes… when you bring her to the vet make sure she has been dewormed.