How to prevent a cat from urinating everywhere?

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How to prevent a cat from urinating everywhere?

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Does your cat urinate all over your house? Not sure how to solve this problem?

In this case, reassure yourself that you are in the right place! We are very familiar with this common problem among cats. We will explain everything in this article so that you will be able to solve this problem easily.

We are going to explain you the reason for this phenomenon and all the best applicable solutions.

Let's get started without further delay!


1- Why does my cat urinate everywhere?

Feline urological disorders (urinating in the wrong place) is a common problem for cat owners. It is often addressed when a cat urinates out of its litter box, in an inappropriate place (bedroom, living room, terrace) or on an inappropriate object (desk, couch, sheets). The causes are usually medical or behavioural. 🐈

A- the medical causes 🩺

Diseases of the urinary tract can cause this kind of inappropriate disorder. There are many conditions, including bladder stones, bacterial infections and other inflammatory diseases that can cause pain and increased urgency to urinate for the cat. Kidney and liver diseases can also cause cats to drink more and therefore urinate more frequently. Urinating more frequently therefore means that the cat may not reach the litter box in time or may get dirty more quickly, which may discourage him from using it again until the litter box is changed. 👝

Age-related decline in brain function and hormonal disorders such as diabetes can also cause changes in urination patterns. An animal's mobility and sensory function can also affect its urination habits. Medical conditions affecting nerves, muscles or joints can cause discomfort, stiffness or weakness, so a cat may not be able to reach or enter the litter box easily. 💦

B- behavioural causes 😼

There are many behavioral reasons why cats may start urinating inappropriately. Frustration, stress or anxiety can sometimes cause a cat to change its urination habits. Any change in their routine, such as a new person in the family or a move, can lead to changes in their urination habits. They can also "mark" their territory by placing small drops of urine around the house. 🏡

Territorial "marking" can be considered part of normal behaviour and can be triggered by the presence or smell of another cat. However, some cats will also mark their environment in response to stress or anxiety. 😿

Since cats are known to be relatively temperamental animals, they can also change their urination habits if they have problems with their litter box. They may not like the type of litter box, the grains or simply the location of the litter box. 🧫


2- How to detect cat urine?

Cats can pee in the most unlikely places. If you can still smell cat urine after cleaning the litter box, it is likely that your cat has peed somewhere else. But sometimes finding out where your cat has peed is as easy and obvious as smelling it. 🌬️Essayez so first identify the room where the smell comes from and check the most likely places first:

Plants are a favorite place for cats because of the soil. 🌾
A cat can also urinate in corners, on carpets, on a couch or on bed sheets. 🛌
However, it is more difficult to find places where a cat leaves only a few sprays, as it may be a small amount on vertical surfaces such as walls and the backs of furniture. If you can find the exact odor coming from a carpet or sofa cushion, this should be enough to tell you exactly what it is. Don't forget to check behind and under furniture and on walls. Urine puddles are also obvious signs that a cat is peeing in a certain area, and there may also be older stains. 🧽

3) How to neutralize the smell of cat urine?

Now once we have been able to identify the source of the unpleasant odors and the cause of these, we must succeed in removing the smell of cat urine now that it is impregnated on a support. Luckily for us, there are a ton of ways to neutralize it, we could talk about it for hours but that's not the point, so let's look at some of the most effective methods 🧼

Vinegar and water: Vinegar is acidic and will neutralize the bacteria present in the urine. Mix white vinegar with water to dilute it (1 and a half cups of hot water for ½ cup of vinegar) and spray it on the area. Let stand for 3 to 5 minutes. Then use a paper towel or an old towel to dab the area. Repeat until the area is dry.
Baking Soda: Effective for deodorizing the smell of cat pee. Baking soda is a magical ingredient that absorbs unpleasant odours. Start by sprinkling some once you have cleaned the area attacked by urine. Make sure the area is dry before spraying. Leave the baking soda on the area for about half an hour and vacuum.
Hydrogen peroxide: You can use hydrogen peroxide after using the vinegar and water mixture to completely rid your home of the smell of cat urine. The best way to use hydrogen peroxide is to pour it directly on the surface of the odour and leave it to soak for about five minutes.
However, you should not use just any type of product on just any place or material. Now let's see which products to use more precisely for different types of surfaces! 🧽

4- How to clean the smell of cat urine?

It's never fun to come home and discover that your pet has left you a little "surprise" in the middle of the room. So here are the best ways to clean the cat urine smell from all these surfaces:

A- how to clean cat urine from the tile?

Clean the urine with your usual tile cleaner. If the tile is glazed, it's too late! If the tile is unglazed or if the liquid has spilled into the recesses, use a special tile cleaner for the recesses.

B- how do I clean cat urine from a carpet?

Absorb the urine on the carpet with paper towels by letting them soak up the liquid (do not rub!). Mix 1 cup of water and 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid and blot with a cloth, going towards the center. To remove the soap, mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar in 1 cup of water, dab and blot with paper towels. You can also use a little hydrogen peroxide. Although it is best for hardwood floors, it also works on carpets.

C- how to clean cat urine on a couch? 

On the sofa, if the covers are washable, remove them and wash or dry clean them. If the cat's urine has leaked into the couch cushion, try an enzyme-based pet odour control product that can be poured over the cushion. Let it work, then soak and blot. If that doesn't help, find a dry cleaner that deals with fire or smoke damage and uses an ozone machine - it can work wonders on the smelly cushion. If nothing else works, consider replacing the cushion - it's cheaper than buying a new couch! 💸 

5- How to remove the smell of cat urine?

After cleaning the cat's urine traces, there can however remain some non visible residues and a rather disturbing odor despite meticulous cleaning, let's see now how to remove this odor :

A- how to remove the smell of cat urine from the tile?

To eliminate the smell of cat urine on the tile, make a thick paste of water and baking soda, rub, let it set until the tile is dry and wipe off. With this mixture, no more cat urine smell should be felt on your tile, it will be like new! ✨

B- how to remove the smell of cat urine from a carpet?

Clean the carpet with a wet vacuum, but avoid steam cleaners. Intense heat can cause odours to penetrate more deeply into the fibres of carpets and upholstered furniture. Vacuum carpet cleaners expel clean water from carpets or fabrics and then re-vacuum the dirty water back into the tank. This can be a great way to rinse the area several times, especially if it's carpets. 🛋

However, make sure to use fresh, clean water in the wet vacuum, otherwise the smell of cat urine will persist and it will probably repeat the operation. 😼

C- how to remove the smell of cat urine on a couch?

If the smell persists despite our cleaning tips on the sofa above, repeat the use of an enzyme-based pet odorant. Enzymatic cleaners release microorganisms that literally eat the urine, leaving surfaces hygienic and odorless when dry. 🦠

Many protein-based carpet and fabric deodorizers alone will not be able to withstand the strong and pervasive smell of cat urine. Cats have a more developed sense of smell than humans, so even if you cannot smell the remains of urine, your cat might, which would increase the likelihood that it will re-soil the area. 🐱👤

6- How to prevent a cat from urinating on the couch?

The best way to prevent tedious cleaning will obviously be to prevent and limit the risks well before the feline takes action. To prevent a cat from urinating on the couch, a frequent problem, we must first determine if the cause does not come from a desire to mark its territory or any other medical cause stated in part 1 of our article. This is often observed in unspayed male cats, but unspayed female cats can also exhibit this behavior, so it is important to have your cats spayed and neutered. ✂

To avoid cat urine, we also advise you to test the discreet movement of your cat's litter box. If your cat has started to go to the bathroom on a carpet or sofa, place a litter box there to encourage him to use the box instead. Once the cat has used the box for a month, move it a few inches a day until it is back in the desired location! 🚽

7- Why does my cat urinate on my comforter?

Finding out that you are lying on pee-soaked sheets can be much more annoying than if your cat had urinated on a plant. But, alas, cat urine on your mattress is one of those dilemmas that some animal parents have to face. As mentioned above, consult your veterinarian to make sure your cat doesn't suffer from a bladder or urinary tract infection. If your cat is healthy and still urinates on the bed, here are some possible reasons why your cat may be using your bed as a litter box:

The litter box is not well located: for our cats who think they are kings, it is still important to put the box in plain sight and accessible, in order to avoid the "I didn't see it!" trail.

There are not enough litter boxes: if you have several cats in your home, it is preferable to multiply the boxes so that each one can mark its territory.

The litter box is not suitable: it may be time to give your cat facilities a new look. Not all cats like closed or too high litter boxes, and the odours trapped inside can also discourage them from urinating, so don't hesitate to try other models!

Your cat doesn't like the litter box: between the granules and the gravel, it's all about cushion comfort for your dear, sweet fur ball. Don't hesitate to test another litter material to see if your cat is more receptive.

A change has taken place in your home: a baby has just arrived? another cat has taken up residence in your home? or even a dog? Beware, because changes, even those that seem minor and insignificant to us, can trigger fouling behavior in the house and your cat will make you understand it very quickly!

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8- How to make a cat stop urinating everywhere?

If after having implemented some practical solutions in your home, your cat continues to urinate inappropriately, we strongly recommend that you make an appointment for your cat at your local veterinary clinic for a physical examination and a thorough evaluation as it is important to rule out any medical cause of inappropriate urination before treating any behavioral cause. Here are a few guidelines afterwards:

Providing multiple litter boxes in different areas of the house and trying different brands of cat litter can help (especially if a new cat has been introduced into the house recently). Litter boxes placed in areas that are unattractive to your cat will tend to discourage your cat from using the box. Cats also prefer to urinate in private (as we don't?) so placing the litter box in a quiet area away from domestic traffic and noise can also be a good solution. 👍

The height of the tray can also be a concern. An older cat suffering from arthritis may have difficulty climbing in a litter box with high edges. An open uncovered litter box or one with low sides would be much easier for an older cat to access. 🐱

For some cats, it is also necessary to keep the litter box scrupulously clean, daily or a few times a day. Cats may be reluctant to use the litter box if it has recently been deodorized or if the cat does not like the smell of the cleaners, so it is recommended to rinse the litter box thoroughly with water after cleaning. 🧼

Cats may also develop a preference for certain substrates on which to urinate, such as a wood floor or carpet. Restricting access to the area or object involved can help break this cycle. 😿

Another technique to discourage a cat from urinating in an inappropriate area is to alter the function of the area by turning it into a feeding, playing, sleeping or scratching area, which may reduce the cat's desire to urinate there. 🐱💻

Your veterinarian will be able to give you further advice. They can discuss, for example, feline pheromone sprays/dispensers that can help cats that are stressed or anxious. 🙀

9- How to keep cats away from urinating?

Cats are close to their wild roots. They feel an instinctive urge to assert their claim by leaving their scent. While most territory marking is done by innocent rubbing or scratching, urine spray problems can also occur outside your home and even irritate your own cats, on your terrace in your garden for example! You must therefore try to dissuade these outside cats who want to either seduce yours or make him understand that he is obviously not the only alpha male to claim this area. 🐈

Simple chemical deterrents such as citrus peels or coffee grounds spread in the area where the cat urinates can prevent it from moving around your home. You can also buy sprays at pet supply stores, which usually contain fragrances that cats don't like. 💣

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10- What to say to a master whose cat urinates everywhere?

Hygiene is a delicate subject, all the more so if you wish to discuss this subject with a relative who has this concern but who is ultimately unaware of it. When it concerns animals, it is also rather thorny because very often, the masters do not realize the odor that could release their living room because they stay there much more often than you. 🦨

In order to serenely state this problem which can be disturbing for you and for himself, do not hesitate to ask him a few harmless questions on the subject in order to awaken his consciousness. Indeed, if you want to avoid the conflict it is better to avoid to clearly state to him that his home smells like foxes, isn't it ? So ask him, in the form of advice, how often he washes his racks, his animals, if they are more likely to live indoors or outdoors, etc... 🏡

Dialogue is the key, and there's no point in getting stupidly offended at the risk of not being able to visit this relative if he comes to believe that you are threatening him and his animals involuntarily! 👍

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