(Closed) SO MAD! Bad DOG! (Or cats?)

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
2651 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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
2250 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
917 posts
Busy bee

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
4355 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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 # 8
1963 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

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
2490 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

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
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

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 # 12
1052 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

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!


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