Post # 1
ugh!! We recently inherited a beautiful antique couch from my grandma. The upholstery is white watered silk and it’s kind of a victorian style. It lives in our formal living room now and while we plan to reupholster it, right now it’s staying the way it is because we’re upholstering two wingback chairs that also go in that room and it is price–ey!
So today my husband discovered about a dozen little pee spots all over the cushions. We’re suspecting it’s our little yorkie girl. While we have two cats, they’re both neutered and in the eight years I’ve had them, they have never ever gone to the bathroom outside of the litter box.
My grandma never had pets–ever. She’s not an animal person. I can’t figure out why our totally housebroken, 5-year-old dog would decide the silk couch is the perfect secret potty. My husband and I both work from home and the dog gets taken out multiple times a day. She also gets a mile long walk every day. We’ve had her for two years. In the past, she’s very rarely pooped–mostly when we stayed at my parent’s house with another dog and on a bathroom rug when we first got her. I don’t think she’s peed in the house, at least not since the first week we got her.
We’re calling upholstery cleaners tomorrow cause we’ve got a party on Saturday, but I don’t know how to keep it clean since if the dog is doing it, she does it at night when she’s supposed to be in her bed. We tried crate training the first week we got her and it was a sleepless miserable disaster. Crate training a 3-year-old dog just didn’t work. Until this incident, she’s happily slept in her bed next to ours through the night.
Any idea of how to prevent the spotifying of the couch? Should we be pointing fingers at the cats instead? SO mad!!
Post # 3
I know they are icky and kinda dated, but what about those plastic sofa covers. My aunt did this. she kept them on for every day use, and took them off for company.
Post # 4
Is there no way of closing that room off? Or moving the couch somewhere that your pets can’t access?
You really can’t blame the dog or the cats unless you catch them in the act, and trying to punish them is useless, again, unless you catch them as they are doing it. Not a fun situation though, I feel your frustration!
Post # 5
Go to a pet shop and ask for a “no more marking” spray (if they’re a good store, they’ll have it) and spray the couch or around it at least and this should stop both the cats or dog from doing it.
Post # 6
Close the door of your bedroom at night so she can sneak off and do her business. If she’s doing it at night then your problem is solved because she probably isn’t out of your sight during the day too much.
Post # 7
@imalittlebirdie haha! That’s excatly what I told my husband!
Closing off from that room at night could work. Our house is open floor plan, but we can shut doors to limit to just the utility room(litterbox, water) and the bedroom. She’s with us nonstop during the day, so just at night is the problem.
Could also try the no marking spray. I would be hesitant to spray it on the couch’s upholstery, but maybe all around it woud work!
Post # 8
Honestly it’s probably not the cats. Not sure if you have had your cats pee anywhere they aren’t supposed to, but cat pee is unmistakable as it smells strongly of amonia. I would try the no marking spray as others have suggested. If you are planning to re-upholster anyways and already have stains I’m not sure what the harm would be if it didn’t work well with the upholstry?
Post # 9
My guess is that it’s the dog.
I have a yorkie too and she’s bad for this… she’s 7 years old and she will still pee in the house if she can get away with it. I’ve taken her to numerous vets and trainers and they all say that sometimes it’s just a breed thing and other than watching her all the time or confining her, there’s not much we can do.
Post # 10
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Cat pee is pretty pungent so I vote it’s the dog marking up your couch. It smells like someone else’s house so he’s trying to mark it. Any time we introduce new things to our dog we rub it all over us and try to get our smells on it so he knows it’s ours and therefore he doesn’t need to “help” us by marking it himself.
Now that he has marked it and not gotten caught it’s a secret pee spot. I vote for cleaning the spots and then covering the couch with a blanket or sheet from your house so he knows it’s yours and doesn’t need to be marked. After a few weeks or months it should start smelling like your home and you should be able to take the blanket or sheet off without any more incidents. Introduce him to the couch by sitting on it and having him jump up and sit on it like you do with your normal couch so he knows it’s just another couch for sitting (and not peeing.)
Post # 11
Update!! caught one of the neutered cats IN THE ACT peeing on the couch. We just got the two formal chairs back from very expensive reupholstery today. Real worried!
We had a upholstery cleaner come to the house and he said the couch would be extremely difficult and expensive to clean, and to keep clean. He recommended getting it reupholstered since we are going to have kids soon. that’s what we’ll do eventually… But it’s $$$.
any advice on keeping cats from peeing? It wasn’t just marking. It was a full on pee. And the letterbox was nearly clean.
Post # 12
Was the cat pee the same as the previous pee spots? I’ve seen cats pee where they shouldn’t when a dog peed there first and left the scent signaling that this is a place to pee.
If it was the same kind of spot as the others and you know it’s 100% him, I’d have him checked for a UTI first and then probably go for something like the couch covers. All of the things that would get rid of the cat pee and thus the hey, come pee over here smell would ruin the upholstery :/
ETA: One of my cats decided she didn’t want to use her potty box about a month or so ago. She had NEVER gone out of her box or had a single accident before, so it was very unusual. She was pooping about 3 feet away from her box, so after making sure she didn’t have any health problems, we switched her to a cat attract litter. I had previously used only non-clay litter since I don’t like them breathing in clay dust, but this stuff seems to have done the trick. http://www.preciouscat.com/product/cat-attract/
They sell it at petsmart and petco, all the big places, and she hasn’t had a single accident since we switched the litter in her box. Usually if a cat is peeing outside the box it’s either marking or a UTI, so if he’s healthy, it might be worth giving the cat attract litter a shot.
ETA again: I forgot to mention, she also peed in the center of our bed twice. THAT was a definite first and we could not figure out why she would pee where she sleeps!