How to Stop Your Cat from Peeing on the Carpet

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.

stop cat peeing in carpetWhy is My Cat Peeing on the Carpet?

There are three common reasons why cats pee on the carpet: 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!

how to stop your cat from peeing on the carpetMedical Issues

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 urinary tract infection is a more common medical issue that causes inappropriate urination in cats.  These are painful and terribly uncomfortable, and, as with any infection, can become very serious if left untreated. This can be diagnosed with a simple urine test and usually treated with antibiotics.  Your cat will thank you for getting this treated!

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.

how to stop your cat from peeing on the carpetChemical Attraction

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.

how to stop your cat from peeing on the carpet

Psychological Stress

The third most common reason why cats pee on the carpet is because they are stressed.  There are lots of reasons for cat stress.  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.

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2 thoughts on “How to Stop Your Cat from Peeing on the Carpet”

  1. my mother had a cat when I was a young and it used to pee behind the sofa every day.

    we didn’t realise at first because it was hidden but the smell becomes horrendous.

    The internet wasn’t around then so was hard to find info so wish come across this site back then as my mum had to re-home her.

    Thank you for this article as I now know what to do if it happens again.

    1. I hope the cat ended up in a good home. I agree – I don’t know what I ever did without the internet! Thank you for the comment. 🙂

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