Why Does My Cat Pee On My Stuff?
We love our fur babies but why are they peeing on our stuff? It's quite common for cats to pee outside of their litterboxes. Frustration, stress, or anxiety can sometimes lead your cat to urinate places other than their litterbox. Any change in their routine, such as a new person in the household or moving to a new house, can cause this. They may also “mark” spots in the house with their urine as a means of marking their territory.
Years ago when my daughter was a toddler, we got this kitten. It was so cute and had an abundance of energy, as most kittens do! Unfortunately, he kept peeing in my daughter's drawers and on her clothes. He would also pee on her car seat! Now those are a pain to take apart to wash! After making sure that he didn't have a bladder infection (UTI-Urinary Tract Infection) I needed to find a solution to stop him from peeing on my child's clothes and car seat!
Photo by Max Siegel
Eventually, I found a simple Cat Pee Repellent Mixture (2 cups water, 1 cup vinegar, and 10 drops of lavender essential oil) in a spray bottle and spray the area that he would pee. This did the trick! At least my daughter had a fresh-smelling car seat and clothes, haha. I sprayed my daughter's drawers, the carpet in her room just for safe measure, every couple days for a month or two and he didn't do it again after, thank goodness.
A few ideas of why your cat is peeing where he/she isn't supposed to and things to try to solve the issue are listed below. We always recommend taking your cat to the vet to make sure that they are healthy and the peeing isn't a result of a health issue such as a urinary tract infection, kidney disease, or diabetes.
Clean That Litterbox!
A litterbox that isn't clean is one of the major reasons why cats go to the bathroom elsewhere. They are very clean animals and as such need to have a clean area to do their business! Keep in mind that your cat's sense of smell is much stronger than ours, so a box that seems “clean enough” to you might still smell disgusting to your cat. Completely change the litter and wash the litter box every week or two will help encourage your cat to use the area they're supposed to.
Litter boxes that are next to machines that make loud noises or odd vibrations—such as the spin cycle of the washing machine—can be a “no go zone” for cats.
Try placing the box in a nearby hallway, bathroom, or office with easy access to a garbage can. The proper litter box set up will offer your cat privacy and peace and quiet, but still, be easy for your cat to find.
Cats to Litterbox Ratio
If you have more than one cat or more than one level in your house, consider adding more litterboxes. You may also want to avoid covered litter boxes if you have multiple cats. Covered boxes may make some cats uneasy because they can’t see if another cat is coming in. It's an easy solution too.
Stress and Anxiety
They might pee elsewhere as a way to relieve their anxiety. It is sometimes because the smell of her own urine makes them feel safer. If you notice that your cat is peeing near the door, it could be because there are outdoor cats lingering in your yard or around your house. Cats use a special type of urinary behavior (spraying) to mark their territories, which they will do more when they feel stressed.
What Scents Will Keep Cats From Peeing?
In my story earlier about our cat that kept peeing on my daughter's clothes and car seat, I mentioned the DIY Cat Pee Repellent Spray. There are many types of essential oils you can use including:
- Tea Tree Oil,
- Lemon, or
Cat's have such a strong sense of smell that you only need between 10 and 20 drops in a spray bottle with water and vinegar. You can adjust the strength accordingly if your cat is still peeing on your stuff. Plus, your house will smell great!
Written By Jan,
Blog Writer/Social Media Manager at Cattoyz.com