Post # 1
We have a 1 year old kitten/cat. She has been the best cat ever till now. We finally got new furniture and a week after she friggin’ pees on it! She has neverrrrr peed on the furniture. Like never. So I chalk it up to maybe we closed the door to her “room”. A week later we come home and…theres poop and pee on the furniture! I rub her nose in it and go to her room and the door is wide open. So I thought okay maybe she doesn’t like her litter in her box. We changed it. 3 days ago we got home and she peed and pooped on my DD’s toys. Today Darling Husband called me and told me she peed again!! I just want to cry. I don’t know what her deal is. Cat pee is THE WORST to get rid of. A couple things to that may have changed her?
1. She’s not fixed. (My uncle is a vet and lives a while away. We are going to see him memorial weekend so he can declaw her and fix her. That’s why we haven’t yet.)
2. I’m pregnant. Is she jealous?
3. Is the new furniture smell drawing her to pee and poop?
Any advice please!
Post # 3
She needs to be fixed. I wouldn’t wait until Memorial day. I won’t comment on the declawing.
Post # 4
It might be that the furniture doesn’t smell like her house. Maybe throw a couple blankets that smell like her/you guys on them? Leave some of your clothes on the furniture for a day or so? I definitely know how horrible cat pee is.
I don’t think she’s jealous of your pregnancy. I’d find it hard to believe that cats would have the ability to process thought on that level. Maybe once the baby is born you’ll see some jealousy or standoffishness, but I doubt the cat knows you’re pregnant.
You can take my advice here with a grain of salt: Please do not declaw your cat. It’s like cutting off your fingers at the first knuckle. If she ever gets outside, she will have zero defenses. If you’re worried about your new furniture, buy a cat scratcher and encourage her to use it.
Post # 5
@figgnewton: I have no advice. I just cringed at those two words. Cat pee is the worst. My old roommate had a cat who liked to go in my bedroom and pee on my WHITE duvet. Ugh I hated that
ETA: please don’t declaw her!!!! So inhumane.
Post # 6
they usually do this because either they don’t like the location of their litter box, they need to be spayed, or something else is stressing them out.
i don’t think you should have rubbed your cat’s nose in it- they aren’t like dogs. they just start hiding it more.
my cat had similar issues after i moved. i bought an additional litter box and put it in a different room than her other box, and that totally solved the problem.
they do sell sprays (Comfort Zone is the one i bought) that you can spray on your furniture to help deter the cat from peeing on it. it seems like she is either marking her territory on it or doesn’t like how it smells.
Post # 7
@Hyperventilate: The declawing part; it was because part of our furniture is leather and she claws the crap out of it. We got her the big scratching post and gym thingy and nothing worked. I thought that was our last option. We are still deciding on it. Thank you for your imput(: I will try to get the smell of our house onto our couch. That’s a good idea!!
Post # 8
The cat pissed on the new furniture because it smelled foreign. Remmeber, cats are territorial. If you change the enviornment or bring in new stuff, they will try to make it their own.
When we get new furniture, I throw old blankets and comforters over the new furniture for a week or so — that way it will start to smell like home. (This doesn’t help you now…but to fix cat issues, you have to think like a cat.) After cleaning the spot as best as you can, use one of those urine-neutralizing cleaners (sold at PetSmart or PetCo or even Amazon.)
It could be related to her not being spayed– but if she’s ONLY peeing on the new furniture, chances are she just is unsure of the new stuff right now.
As far as the declawing goes– I’ve heard that some people have good and bad results with that– some cats recover fine– some cats get mean after declawing and some cats start pissing all over the house after getting declawed.
My boys don’t have their nuts but do have their claws. They have a lot of scratching posts, loungers and toys throughout the house. They are trained to scratch THEIR stuff, but not mine.
****I hope this didn’t come off as preachy….just sharing my own eperience….best of luck to you.
Post # 9
@sleepyhead22: We have talked about moving her kitty litter box! We will try that also!! I told Darling Husband it is new furniture and is probably marking her territory.
Post # 10
Get her fixed but I wouldn’t wait. This is what happend with my girl cat too. Not the boy… just the girl!
Post # 11
Animals can tell when you are pregnant, yes, and can react to that. If they have had more time by themselves than usual, that is also a factor. Cats act out when their routines get messed up.
Cats like the texture of leather between their claws. Chopping appendages off your cat’s paws because you made a poor furniture choice is very, very cruel. I’m surprised your uncle is even ok with performing it – most vets will not do that anymore because it is considered cruel. It is even outlawed in most developed countries.
Post # 12
@JaneyDcat: Not preachy! Thanks for the advice(: I’m glad to hear from your experience! I didn’t know cats were that territorial. Learn stuff everyday(: I will put some of our blankets over the couch! It’s funny because DH’s new recliner didn’t smell like anything but the couch had that “new” smell to it and she only pisses on the couch. Thanks for the advice(:
Post # 13
Take her to the vet to make sure she doesnt have a bladder infection. Get her fixed immediately–you are punishing her for something she cant control. Dont rub her nose in it–she is a cat and unless you repremand immediatley (like less than 1 second after it happens, they dont understand). Make sure you have removed the pee smell, or she will continue to pee in the same spot–see link below.
Post # 14
@figgnewton: she will be claiming this new piece of furniture that doesn’t smell like the rest of ‘home’. blankets and cushions and other things to make it smell like everything else should help.
please don’t declaw her. as much as you may love your new sofa, it isn’t more important than this little life
Post # 15
@Miss Jackrabbit: We aren’t going to declaw her. After reading some of the responses she wouldn’t be able to defend herself outside. She doesn’t scratch Dirty Delete so that’s the most important thing(:
Post # 16
Number one, she needs to be checked for medical problems.
Number two, she needs to be spayed.
Number three, she needs a minimum of two litter boxes, preferably with unscented litter.
Number four – the furniture smelled strange and she was marking her territory. I agree with the suggestions to put blankets or towels in the furniture.
I have NINE cats in my home – no peeing problems what-so-ever. I just got a new couch, recliner, and living room chair and I immediately put blankets on all if them. No problems.
By The Way, rubbing cats’ noses in it does NOT work. It just breeds resentment.
And I will say it, in most countries, declawing is considered animal abuse. I believe it is illegal to do so in either the state of California or parts of it. It should be illegal throughout the entire US. We have hardwood floors and antique furniture. My cats have vertical and horizontal cat scratchers that they use.