Cat pee anywhere in the house can make your entire home smell like a litter box. Cats’ urine contains strong-smelling proteins they use to mark their territory, a scent that is nearly impossible to eliminate. Cleaning it can often wet the crystallized proteins and reactivate the odor. It can be upsetting and very stressful.
The best way to get rid of the smell in your home is to prevent the cat to pee there in the first place. Ignoring the problem or yelling at your cat will not make the problem go away. To prevent the inappropriate urination, the reason for your cat’s misbehavior must first be addressed.
Because cats are fastidious about their own cleanliness, they also want their litter boxes to be kept clean. Some cat owners don’t empty the litter boxes often enough to suit their pets that don’t want to do their business in the equivalent of an unflushed toilet. Can you blame them? Regularly changing the box to provide fresh litter at least once a day, more frequently if necessary and thoroughly washing the litter box weekly will ensure that your cat always has a clean place to go.
Always have at least one more litter box than the number of cats. Even a single cat should have two boxes; that way if you’re delayed getting home from work or are too tired to change the litter, the cat will still have a clean place to go.
Cat Peeing in the House: Possible Reasons
A cat that pees in the house may do so because of a medical or behavioral reason, or maybe it’s something else. Use these lists to trouble-shoot.
Medical reasons are the most common cause of incontinence in cats. Your cat should be checked by your vet to exclude these conditions:
-Bladder stones or blockage. If your cat goes to the litter box often or exhibits any signs of pain or distress (mewing or crying, for example), or if its abdomen seems to be tender to the touch, then you have reason to suspect an obstruction of some kind. If the urine has traces of blood, then it is likely that your cat is experiencing serious blockage and must be taken to the vet immediately.
-Urinary tract infection (UTI). If your cat pees small amounts quite often, it may have a urinary tract infection.
-Feline interstitial cystitis. This inflammation of the bladder can cause a cat to need to pee so suddenly it doesn’t have time to make it to the litter box.
If your cat’s problem is behavioral, you’ll need to find out why.
-If you have recently moved to a new house, have any new people in the household, or have gotten a new pet, your cat may feel threatened. Any change in the cat’s environment or schedule may have a negative effect on its training.
-If your cat has gotten used to peeing in a certain spot, she’ll keep returning to that spot because it smells like the right place and because she’s gotten into the habit of going there. If she can smell the scent of her urine there, that’s her cue to relieve herself there again.
-Is your cat peeing or spraying? It’s important to know the difference. Cats mark their territory, especially when they feel threatened. Although neutered and spayed cats are less likely to spray, some still do. Is there any reason your cat would feel the need to claim or reclaim its territory?
-Cats also spray when they are stressed. If this is the case, there are many ways you can help to reduce your cat’s anxiety levels.
Cat Pee in the House: Removing the Scent Will Prevent Its Return
There are several ways to stop your cat from peeing in the house.
First, you must remove the odor from your home. Your cat will keep returning to that area if he can pick up the scent. Clean up the urine as soon as possible. Wipe up the mess with a paper towel and then use a disinfectant and odor neutralizer. Avoid ammonia-based disinfectants because your cat will think its urine and continue peeing in that area. A cleaning spray that lists orange oil in the ingredients works well. Cats dislike and will avoid the smell of citrus. A home remedy I use is homemade citrus cleaner made with orange peels. You can also use a good old-fashioned warm water and vinegar solution. Both are inexpensive and “green” alternatives to toxic chemical cleaning products.
Even if you can’t smell it, your cat can.
To make sure you got all the urine off the floor, use a black light. A black light will show everything, even in spots you didn’t know about.
You can also try moving your cat’s food and water dish since a cat won’t pee where it eats.
Aluminum foil is another option. Cover the spot where your cat has peed with foil. Cats don’t like the sound or texture and will avoid it.