If you don’t want to end up spending hundreds of dollars on new carpeting because your cat has ruined it, then it’s imperative that you learn how to stop your cat from peeing on the carpet – and fast! In this article, we’ll discuss common reasons why your cat is peeing on the carpet, how to clean it up effectively, and what steps to take to stop it.
There are three common factors that contribute to inappropriate urination in cats: medical issues, chemical attraction, and psychological stress. That’s not to say that there couldn’t be other reasons why your cat isn’t peeing in the litterbox, but these are the three most common. By learning about these three issues, you’ll be able to get your cat to stop peeing on the carpet before any more damage can be done!
The most important thing you should consider if your cat is peeing anywhere but in the litterbox is that he might be having a medical issue. It is imperative that you take your cat to the vet as soon as possible.
I once had a cat who never peed outside of the litter box in her then 15-year lifespan. All of a sudden, she started peeing on the bathmat. I took her to the vet and found out that she had a “bladder crystal” and she had to have surgery. It was a serious medical issue, and had I ignored it, the cat would’ve eventually died from it.
A more common medical issue that causes inappropriate urination in cats is a urinary tract infection. These are painful and terribly uncomfortable, and, as with any infection, can become very serious if left untreated. The diagnoses is simple – a simple urine test – and the treatment is simple as well – inexpensive antibiotics. Your cat will thank you for it!
So definitely have your cat checked by the vet first if there’s a peeing problem. Only after a medical issue being the cause is eliminated should you move on to possible other reasons why the cat is peeing on the carpet.
The next thing you should consider is whether your cat is peeing in the place where he (or another cat) has peed before. The smell of cat urine will attract your cat to the same spot again and again. Even if you think you cleaned the spot well, your cat can probably still smell it.
Your best bet is to remove the carpet that’s been peed on. But if that’s not possible, you should try steam cleaning the area. You might also try a commercial product like Nature’s Miracle to eradicate the odor completely.
The third most common reason why cats pee on the carpet is that they are stressed. There are lots of reasons for this – you can read about them in my article, Cat Stress Relievers – 10 Things that Stress Your Cat Out. Eliminating whatever is bothering your cat could very well solve the peeing problem.
If you need more help with this or any other cat behavior issues, there’s a very thorough, effective, and affordable cat training program called, Complete Cat Training Guide from KingdomofPets.com. This is a downloadable eBook that is jam-packed with information on how to solve 25 real-life cat behavior problems. It includes the best cat training techniques and step-by-step instructions.
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