Tuesday

cattrouble

Anyone know ho to deal with a well behaved adult cat who suddenly starts peeing on things? Like, say, ALL THE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS UNDER THE TREE?

Yes, he's neutered. Yes, we keep his litterbox clean. Yes, he's healthy.

I am becoming very irritated

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

My adult male cat started peeing next to his litterbox and turns out he had a urinary tract infection. Seems he wasn't feeling well and wanted to get my attention. You might want to get your kitty checked out. You could also try Feliway plug-ins. Could be he's feeling stressed out about something.

Suzette said...

Our adult cat will pee on any rug we put in the bathroom where her litter box is located. Doesn't matter what we do to it, spray etc she still does it. But only the rugs in that room...weird?

Dawn said...

My cat did this whenever her environment changed or a new person or animal entered it. After Brett moved in with me she peed on his pillow. If we had people come to stay with us, she'd pee on their luggage. Nothing ever really helped with it so I have no advice.

Anonymous said...

once they start peeing on your stuff they dont stop. unless it is a strictly physical problem. but if they are just expressing their anger through pee, the best thing to do, unless you really dont mind living with cat pee on your stuff (and everyone else you live with doesnt care)is to give kitty the big sniff. this is why I no longer have a cat. They are fine in other peoples homes. but they ALWAYS do shit to your house. peeing on stuff. pooping on stuff. scratching stuff. knocking stuff over and breaking it. unlike dogs you cant just contain them in one area. every person I know who has a cat, unless it is mostly an outdoor cat (in which case it probably wont live long), winds up confessing at some point about the cat pee or you see the destroyed furniture. etc etc etc.
to quote Weird Al Yankovic (to the tune of cats in the cradle)
"theres a cat in the kettle
at the peking moon"...

I bet you can find some good recipes for kitty chow mein...

Anonymous said...

your cat peed on your friends luggage eh? If I stayed at someones house and their cat repeatedly pissed on my stuff I dont think I would return. and if they found kitty to be more important than the fact that my luggage permanently reeked of cat piss (the smell of which NEVER disappears) I think I'd be crossing them off my friend list.
I cant believe how many people not only put up with this but expect everyone they know to just brush it off if the cat pisses on their belongings. I had a roommate once who had a couple of cats. one of them pissed on my brand new leather gloves. imagine my roommates ire at me that I threw kitty out of my room and didnt let it back in. no offer to replace said gloves either.


"Cat, the other white meat"

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with the first anonymous--take him to the vet. Most likely it is something physical. I have also heard good things about the Feliway plug-ins.

Since this is a new behavior, I really think you will be able to straighten it out. Peeing on the Christmas presents is a strange place, though.

karrie said...

If by healthy , you mean you have ruled out a UTI as a pp suggested, then it might be the way the tree smells. Perhaps another animal peed on the tree when it was in the wild, and your kitty can smell it? Or if the previous onwers had a cat, perhaps they had a box near the area where you have set up your tree?

I have a 2 yo neutered male kitty who will pee on damp bathmats if they are left down. Another neutered cat I had did the same thing, but neither cat had some severe emotional issue that meant they peed all over the place constantly like your anonymous visitor is suggesting.

DnB said...

If you figure it out, let us know. We have three evil cats and three cat pee wars. grrrrrrrrrr.

djuggler said...

We had an indoor cat that didn't take to a liter box and quickly became an outdoor cat. We still have an indoor cat that is well behaved even when I am neglecting the liter box and for that I am thankful!

There is a spray out there that is designed to ward off animals. I forget the name but it came in a blue spray can. When the babies were born we didn't want the cat getting into the basinette but the cat really wanted in. So we took this spray and not wanting the spray to possibly stain the basinette or bother the sensitive skin of the baby that would soon occupy it, we spray a towel and laid the towel in the basinette. The spray was very effective at training the cat that this was not somewhere she wanted to be.

You could do the same with the Christmas tree and presents. Obviously you do not want to spray the presents. Perhaps spraying the carpet and flooring would be fine directly but spray towels with this product and lay the towels over the presents for several days.

Or put the cat outside. (Unless it is declawed)

Oh, PetSuppliesPlus has a great product called Pet Oder Away (or something like that). It is NOT nature's miracle. A gallon is concentrated 10 times and is about $20. It works great!

dancediva said...

My cat and my boyfriend's cat both became outdoor cats due to this kind of behavior. They're both declawed, but do not be deceived; they can still take care of themselves, the birds, mice, and lizards in the yard, and have had no trouble with neighborhood cats either. In fact, last week we looked out the window to see his cat on the roof of the poolhouse, I guess by way of the fence.

Declawed does not equal helpless.

:)

Anonymous said...

I cannot BELIEVE the number of people who are willing to live like this just for the sake of having a cat around. I am with the people who put the thing outside and wont tolerate something disgusting like cat pee on everything. However since every outdoor cat I have ever had has met an untimely end...I would probably get rid of the cat instead of waiting for it to get hit by a car. Like I said, this is why I dont have cats any more even though I like them just fine in other peoples homes. I am not willing to put up with my house smelling like cat pee.

Anonymous said...

I've had cats all of my adult life and only had one who went outside of the litterbox, and that's because she's almost 19-years old and can hardly get around (has arthritis in back legs). Would you put a 19-year-old cat who's been great all of her life outside because of that? Maybe some of you heartless people would. I've had far more dogs and children piss and shit and tear up the house than cats. Guess what? Life can be messy.

jag said...

Barring any medical problems, try Feliway - you can order it here, or your vet may carry it.

It's cat pheremone, basically, and calms them and keeps them from deviant behavior. We used the diffuser when we moved into the new house, and our vet recommended the spray on furniture, rugs, etc.

It works VERY well. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

if its a real tree, the cat probably smelled another cat's pee or some other critter smell. We have had that problem with our cats ONLY when a real tree is brought into the house---at Christmas time!!!

Anonymous said...

well, other anonymous, you are fortunate. most people I know with cats when you get to talking to them the amount of cat piss they are willing to put up with in thier homes comes out. To be honest (yeah, go ahead and call me heartless, I am sure you will) with a cat that old if it was peeing outside the box on a regular basis I'd say its time to say goodbye kitty. (sort of like hello kitty but well, you know).