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When the World's a Kitty Toilet

By Elizabeth Wasserman

When the World\'s a Kitty Toilet

There's one member of the household you don't want to encourage to "think outside of the box" -- your resident cat.

In the wild, felines naturally do their business in soft soil or sand because they instinctually bury their waste. As cats became domestic animals, people simulated this behavior by providing pets with a litter box -- nowadays a plastic box filled with some form of cat litter. Most cats take to the litter box like a fish takes to water. But, in some households, a cat may eschew its designated toilet and instead start soiling a carpet, the couch or other area.

It's a feline behavior that most pet owners need to understand and address immediately. Stains and odors in these locations may draw the cat back again and again to the same spot.

Pet Owners Turn Pet Detectives
Dr. Katherine Miller, senior behavioral counselor of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, goes through a series of questions with pet owners to root out the cause of a litter-box problem. First, she rules out a medical condition -- such as a urinary tract infection or diabetes, the latter of which would cause the cat to drink excessively and often urinate. Then she goes down a checklist. "I ask when the problem started whether there were changes in the household, including the addition of another pet or person, the loss of a person or the change of family or school schedules," Miller says. "Then I ask where the soiling is happening. Cats that are anxious and have litter box problems use places in the household that are important to them -- their own bed or a human bed or couch. Or, if they are frightened, they may choose the back of a closet, or a corner in back of furniture."

Discourage Returns to the Scene of the Crime
No matter why the soiling is occurring, it is in your best interest to clean the area with an enzymatic cleanser that will eat up organic molecules and remove the source of the odor. Household cleaners, in general, may leave an odor that a cat can still detect and that will encourage the cat to continue soiling the area. The ASPCA points out ammonia-based cleaners are particularly poor choices, because urine contains some ammonia and that could encourage the cat to repeat his or her performance. Miller also recommends the use of sprays or diffusers that reproduce some of the properties of cat facial pheromones. One such product is Feliway Cat Pheromone Spray. When your cat feels safe, it rubs its head against furniture, legs or doorways, leaving markings. "This mimics that odor and can help reduce tension, anxiety and stress and lead to a more relaxing environment for the cat," Miller says.

Litter Box Reassessment
The litter box itself may be the turn-off. Dr. Christianne Schelling, a veterinarian in Three Rivers, Calif., who maintains a not-for-profit educational web site The Litter Box, recommends one litter box per cat in the household, plus an extra box. "Some cats prefer to urinate in one and defecate in another," Schelling says. "You have to figure out what is right for each individual cat." Schelling also recommends these steps:

  • Figure out if the box is big enough Cats like to get in and be able to turn around. If a commercial box isn't large enough, consider turning an under-the-bed sweater bin into a litter box.
  • Make sure there's enough litter Cats like to dig. Don't skimp on litter.
  • Reconsider the plastic liner While liners make the cleanup easier for you, the cat may not like the crinkling noise or the slippery feel.
  • Type of litter is key Cats may be giving a thumbs-down on pelletized or clay litter. Schelling says most cats prefer sand or clumping litter.
  • Clean the box regularly Cats by nature are finicky. If there's even one little mess in the box, they may not go back. Have a garbage pail right next to the litter box to make frequent cleanups easy.
  • The jury is still out on automatic self-cleaning boxes Some cats love boxes that clean themselves. They hear the noise and hang around to watch it scoop. But to other cats, the whirring noise of the motor "scares the living daylights out of them," Schelling says.

Kitty Litter "Boot Camp"
Some cats may need to be retrained to use the litter box. Miller suggests having the cat undergo "litter box boot camp" by confining them to one room with their litter box for a few days. The last thing any pet owner should do to a cat with a litter-box problem is to punish the cat. If you catch them in the act, pick them up and put them in the box. "If you find a mess after the fact, it's already too late to do anything," Miller says.

Elizabeth Wassermana Washington, D.C., area-based freelancer, has been writing about pets, among other topics, for more than 15 years. Her love of dogs, in particular, was handed down through the generations from her great-grandfather, Eric Knight, who wrote the book Lassie Come Home in the 1930s.


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Posted on November 1, 2009

Lois says: I have a female cat named Duchess and she has peed on garbage bags and a couple of times on a comforter. What should I do because I really dont want to get rid of her. Help

Posted on August 15, 2009

Billie says: My daughter's cat lives with us, and my daughter has been through a life threatening illness and cannot keep the cat at her home. He is neutered, 5 years old, and has been in this house for about 2-1/2 years. A few months ago, he started pooping on the bathroom rugs. He is also bad about not covering his poop in the litter box. I have been told this is normal, because he is the "alpha" cat. I do have a female who is 9 years old. I took the cover off the litter boxes--I have 1 in the laundry room and 1 in my closet. I have washed the rugs and sprayed them with the "cat" spray. He only does this once in a while and seems to do it 2 or 3 times in a row. My husband is threatening to move him to our metal barn, but I do not want to upset my daughter. Also, this cat overeats and is very overweight. He just had a checkup and bloodwork, and he is ok.

Posted on July 28, 2009

Susan says: We have a 9 year old Blue Russian who has had urinary problems in the past. He had crystals form twice and was blocked. After the third time, the vet told me about a surgery he could have, so it was done. He has been through the family as he urinates on things left on the floor. I am very careful not to leave anything on the floor to tempt him. However, he urinates on our bed while we are in it and always on my side. He has also urinated on the floor when we had a roomful of company and in the kitchen while we were in there. He is the sweetest cat in the world and is very loving, but I can't tolerate the urinating. Help! I have a feromone diffuser in the house as we have 3 other cats and was hoping it would help with the harmony, but it is not doing anything. He gets more love and attention than the other cats as he is very needy, but sweet. Any suggestions? Thanks!

Posted on June 7, 2009

Lynn says: My 15 year old Bengal male cat has been deficating outside of his litter box. He will go anywhere. I am at loss to what to do? I love him and want to change this behavior any ideas would be helpful?

Posted on February 16, 2009

Sandra says: I have a male cat, almost 7 years old, who pees on an area rug almost weekly. I clean the rug in a washer and dryer each time he pees. I have tried sprays from Feline and Petco to stop the problem, but he continues to do it. Is there an order, like vinegar and water, that I spray on the area rugs to keep him from doing this problem. If not, what do you suggest? Please advise ASAP.

Posted on February 24, 2009

Wife :-) says: This deficating crap is a common problem. I will work on this today.

Posted on February 25, 2009

bobbie l harman says: my husband got a cat about 5mths since then i cannot breath, the smell of the liter, poop, and pee makes me sick. my eyes water constantly i have been sick with headaches for 5mths i now have pneumonia,i have constant headaches do to a previous brain tumor, and since this cat has came the headaches are worse.

Posted on July 28, 2008

Rita Gammy says: I have 2 cats and there are 2 litter boxes. The oldest (male) cat stands on top of the box and sprays. He's half hitting the litter box and halp sprays outside. I noticed the other litter box has a rounded edge. Would it help if I get another box with a rounded edge. I was thinking maybe a larger litter box would help. He only does this about half the time. Any suggestions?

Posted on August 28, 2008

help says: I have a four year old cat who has always used his box. A dog and cat has moved in and now he will not use his box. What do I do? HELP

Posted on July 6, 2008

Tonya says: Please help me. My cat has always had issues with urinating on carpet, which is a problem within itself, but he urinated on my husband's pillow and now he is saying I must get rid of him. I have had him in my life for 10 years and cannot just get rid of him. Making him and outside cat isn't an option b/c he is declawed. I have had extensive bloodwork done but they say that is is strictlu behavioral issues at hand. There are medications I could give him but they highly discourage it b/c it is like a Zanex and will "drug" them and is not guaranteed to work....please help me.

Posted on July 8, 2008

Norma says: Found this article pertaining to cats pooping outside litter box and urinating in inappropriate places on the Felinecrf dot org site: click on Symptoms on the left hand side towards the bottom of the page, then scroll down to Constipation and just below that to Uninary Tract Infection. These exact bahaviors are listed as symptoms. Hope this helps. You would think the Vet could have diagnosed these causes.

Posted on July 6, 2008

Tonya says: Please help me. My cat has always had issues with urinating on carpet, which is a problem within itself, but he urinated on my husband's pillow and now he is saying I must get rid of him. I have had him in my life for 10 years and cannot just get rid of him. Making him and outside cat isn't an option b/c he is declawed. I have had extensive bloodwork done but they say that is is strictlu behavioral issues at hand. There are medications I could give him but they highly discourage it b/c it is like a Zanex and will "drug" them and is not guaranteed to work....please help me.

Posted on June 1, 2008

Patti says: My cat is 15 years old and has ALWAYS used his litter box. He has never had any accidents until recently. He will sit by the sliding doors and look outside waiting for this neighbors cat to come along. This other cat is a nuisance and will sit on my deck all night. My cat will meow and make the weirdest noises. Every now and then I will find urine right near the door on the hardwood floor. He doesn't do it in any other room or on anything else. He still uses his litter box all the time. I have a feeling he is marking his territory because of this other cat. Even though this other cat has never been in the house. Please give some suggestions.

Posted on June 3, 2008

raven says: I have three cats and have always had two large boxes.....my youngest cat likes to pee in one and poop in the other......and recently i've cut back to one box and noticed her pooping on the floor near the box.....have to go back to two boxes.....

Posted on April 15, 2008

Carol says: Our 17 yo torti bicolor is in renal failure. She had a UTI about 3 months ago, at at that time, started peeing in the bathroom on our bathmat, and on the wall-to-wall rug behind our couch in our apartment. After giving her antibiotics for the UTI, she added pooping to the peeing outside the boxes. (We have 1 other cat) We have been using 'Feline Pine' litter for about 6-7 months. The big change in her life was that a little over a year ago our 3rd cat died - and that cat had always been in our household, so she had never known us without him. She would look all over for him, and his loss seemed to age her - she lost weight after he died. Obviously, we can't bring him back. Our youngest cat is 14 & has taken to attacking the 17 year old all the time. Does anyone have any ideas how to resolve the problem? I can live with it, but we are renters, the landlord won't see it that way & may evict us!

Posted on March 3, 2008

Lewis says: I personally feel that cats (with the exception of sick ones)who defecate and urine outside appropriate areas should be given up...it is completely unsanitary for people to live in that type of condition (especially if you have children)their wastes can transfer parasites and bacteria throughout the home...furthermore it decreases quality of life...and is my quality of life as a human footing the bill/care/comfort for this feline more important than the feelings of a cat? I am sane, so yes of course it is.

Posted on February 21, 2008

Jenny says: my cat is 1 year old. she is a very loving cat to my family. when strangers come over she goes crazy. hissing, biting, growling and what ever else she feels like. she also pees in my closet. she started doing that after we temporarily move in with my parents and now shes doing it here. any suggestions so I can help her. If I can't I don't know what to do. I cant give her away to anyone. No one will take.

Posted on February 26, 2008

Jacquie says: My daughter has recently just had a baby and the cat is now pooping out side the box and then rubbing her butt on the carpet. She has taken the cat to the vet and she had a urinary track infection but his behavoir still continues. They use the Clay type liter; and dont seem to clean the box as often as I would, but can you all think of any reason this behavior goes on? HELP ....

Posted on February 13, 2008

Erica says: My kitty likes to pee on the laundry piles. If I remove a pile, she'll find another one elsewhere. I have two litter boxes downstairs in the baseement and I believe she is using thema also. How do I get her to quit doing this?

Posted on January 24, 2008

Amanda says: Hey There! I have 3 cats (ages 2, 4, and 6). Two weeks ago I came down stairs to my kitchen to find diarrhea (patty form) on my counter. Then two days later it happened again and then four days later again. I took the oldest cat to the vet and they gave her steroid shot and antibiotic medicine. She has been on it two days but then again this morning, poo on the counter (still looks the same....) So now I am wondering if it is one of the other cats. What can I do? I just don't know why all of a sudden this type of behavior would be happening. Has anyone else had this happen? My cats are not acting any differently. They are all seemingly healthy. Nothing has changed for them (Food or Litter box). I am baffled. Thanks for any advice! -Amanda

Posted on January 17, 2008

Heather Thompson says: I adopted my cat when he was about 6 months old and now he is 8 years old. Oliver never used to have a problem with using his litter box. However about 2 tears ago we got a dog and the dog has change Oliver

Posted on January 18, 2008

missy says: we have 2 6 month old female cats and their litter box is in our daughters room it seemed to be ok however our girls wanted to be able to close their door so we put a cat door on their bedroom door and they will use it but about 4 days after making them use it they peed on my bed could it be they don't like the door? I would also like to say Jeanne is exactly I to love my cats but would never compare them to my children. Give me a break

Posted on January 13, 2008

Janet says: Ok. After reading all of your posts, I thought I would add one as well. About a year ago, on the night we were moving we agreed to take this lovable stray with us. She was wonderful. Never went outside a box. Now we moved again and got another kitty. 4 all total. She statred urinating on my daughters bed last week. I spoke to the vet who thought it was a uti. She is still doing it. I will not put her down or get rid of her. I've put her in my bathroom. While she's taking meds. I'm thinking its that she doesn't want the other cat on her bed. What do u think??

Posted on December 19, 2007

libragata says: Example: she sweetly meows at my bedroom door as I'm getting ready for work this morning. She then leads me to her kitty petting chair in the front room and makes it very clear where she wants her massage and that she's totally in kitty pleasureland. Then suddenly she's growling and swishing her tail, gets up out of my lap and dissappears. Then I'm back to my room to continue getting ready for work. A few minutes later I poked my head out of the bedroom door to see if she's calmed down but she wasn't there. Her calling card was... right outside my door. She poops on our new rugs, old rugs, carpet and in the kitty litter. When she was a kitten she was puuurrrrfect in this area but now that she's older (7.5 human years) she's all over the place. We've tried different types of litter, rolling up the rugs (who's house is it anyway?) closing doors to rooms. We will try a separage litter box. Any other suggestions?

Posted on December 15, 2007

Samantha says: I adopted my 3 year old DSH Buster at a local shelter 6 months ago. Recently he started peeing on the rug next to his box. At first I thought it was just an accident. Then it continued. My husband and I work long hours everyday. We realized after getting him some new toys (a laser was Buster's favorite) that the peeing was a cry for attention and something to do. Now we keep him well-stocked with toys he can use while we're gone and make sure to give him lots of attention while we're home. I hope this helps. Good luck to all!

Posted on December 14, 2007

Colette says: I have looked at many sites for the answer to my cat's behavior. I see the info re: cats spraying, but what about pooping? My cat is 5 yrs. old, and we did recently move to a new apt. But I have had no problems until today. We have lived in this new environment for 3 months. Today i found poop on the floor. Don't know what to do to prevent it from happening again. I have a 2 yr. old and can't keep a cat that soils my home in this way. Has anyone successfully combatted this particular problem?

Posted on December 7, 2007

Larry Belmont says: Our 9 Mo. old spayed cat will occasionally chomp on whomever might be within chomping distance. Suggestions??

Posted on December 8, 2007

Julia says: I adopted a 18mo kitty from the local shelter. As she is getting accustomed to her new home, she jumps into my bed and bites my feet! When I am laying on the couch or floor, she'll claw and bite my hair! What to do?

Posted on December 9, 2007

pat says: My girlfriend's cat recently turned one. Up until a few weeks ago she had no issue with using the litter box. About 3 weeks ago she has started to urinate in open boxes, containers, behind the tv, etc. She also is having some very needy moments along with some rare but semi nasty moments. Do you have any ideas as to what might be causing this behavior? Thanks, Pat

Posted on December 3, 2007

Jen says: I find all kinds of comments here that describe the exact behavior Benny is exhibiting. He's 4 years old we have his brother a litter mate, and older female, and a younger female. He's been caught twice (otherwise we don't know if the others are too) peeing on dirty clothes, towels, even a large potholder ON THE KITCHEN COUNTER and a guests winter coat! This has to stop, but I see no solutions posted, just others who are suffering the same problem. Could a feliway plug in put an end to it. Does everybody need a trip the vet? Could it be the stress of a room being renovated in our home? I adore Benny - Mikey, Marci and Mollie too for that matter - I can't part with them - but my kids & I cannot live like this. Help - can somebody post some solutions?

Posted on December 3, 2007

Keef says: I got my two female cats to the final stage of toilet training (yep, toilet) - they couldn't get past the need to dig and playing with water was far too much fun. One thing I've noticed is one of my cats will inappropriately urinate right in front of me as a last resort to shout out "Hey, I've got something wrong - pay attention please" - every time I've taken her to the vet when I've noticed the behavior, she's had either a UTI, bladder infection, or most recently both of those plus a ton of crystals - the vet told me that to her it was like peeing razor blades. I must stress that this last time it wasn't inappropriate urination, just going from a normal stream to nearly nothing literally overnight. I spoke w/the vet & got some tips so I'm sharing. 1. Open top litter box 2. Scoopable soft litter (as close to dust free as you can find per vet) 3. To attract the cat to the new open litter box take some catnip and rub it between your palms to release the scent and put it onto the litter in the box 4. Play helicopter and hover for a little bit - if s/he starts to get ready to go somewhere else, gently redirect to the new litter box Hey, it worked for my girls. Oh - the bit about the hooded -vs- open litter box is especially important if you have more than one cat as one cat may trap the other inside the hooded box. Hope it helps! Oh, and no accidents so far.

Posted on December 3, 2007

Marciea says: So I just had a new roommate move into my apartment, and we are having nothing but problems. Her neutered male cat is about a year old and my female spayed year old cat are not getting along very well. We know it takes a little bit for them to get aquainted, her cat is spraying on EVERYTHING. He is a strange cat by nature, he is very aggressive towards people. He bites and scratches hard and constantly. My cat is often cornered in rooms and stalked as she is in the litter box I have tried to give her her own space and she has always had her own litter box but they share the boxes anyway. Just in the past two weeks my bed has been urinated on four times and I am at my wits end because neither of us know what to do. Both cast have been taken to the vet and don't have any medical problems. please help

Posted on December 2, 2007

Chip says: Male, 11 year-old neutered; used to use his box but for the last 3-1/2 years refuses to defecate in the box. It started out about once a week, but got progressively worse and now is a constant occurrence. We did move 3 years ago from a smaller house, but the problem started at least 6 months before the move. I've seen a lot of comments posted here, but does anyone have any solutions? Thanks in advance.

Posted on December 2, 2007

Lisa says: I'm sure some of you have already heard many solutions but when I had a problem with my cat a couple years ago it turned out that she just needed attention. I started setting aside time each day to pet her and play with her and all the problems stopped. Also, some cats are allergic to clay in litters so try a natural one like worlds best cat litter. It's amazing and you can flush it down the toilet!

Posted on December 2, 2007

Pam says: I have a siamese mix, about 20 lbs and he started not squatting in the litterbox when he pees and it had a very strong smell. I took him to the vet and he was given antibotics because he had urine crystals and I had to put him on uniary food. He got better and the urine no longers smells. this has been 9 months ago but he still will not squatt when he goes. I have put the box in a corner of the room with a painters drop cloth under it and doggie piddle pads on the walls around it. He use to hit and miss in and out of the box but now it looks like he just goes in the box, turns around and pees straight out because he doesn't even hit the box anymore it just hits the wall outside. thank goodness for piddle pads and drop cloths. Any thoughts as to why or what I can do. The vet says he is fine physically and the only thing now is to try an enclosed box but he is so big and long. Not sure if I can find one to fit him but I am going to try that next.

Posted on November 26, 2007

cindy bass says: My sweet 11 yr. old companion has been recently diagnosed with megacolon. I would love to speak with anyone who has elected to have surgery to try and correct this serious problem. Please email me and pass along any information you might have on this subject. Thank you! Cindy

Posted on November 29, 2007

Pam says: We' re divorcing, I've moved into an apartment and the cats are all marking everywhere - the carpet, my bed. I've tried a lot of things and keep their boxes clean. I don't punish and am affectionate with them - our lives are more peaceful now. I am at my wits end - I work full time and have a 2 year old. I hate having the house be constantly soiled despite my best efforts. What on earth can I do? My cats are spayed/neutered, and 15/13, respectively. I love them, but have put up with these behavioral issues daily for over six months. The bottom line is that I don't think I can change what they want to have changed - I can't move back into our house. I have run out of ideas... I am responsible for and love these guys, but my daughter and I deserve a clean, healthy environment too.

Posted on December 1, 2007

Lois Keenan says: I have read all the comments from other people and was wondering if anyone found a solution. Where are the individual responses?

Posted on November 21, 2007

Linda says: Have a calico cat 4 yrs old, helped friend who had to get rid of her. She is litter trained. But she has been marking on carpet and just recently on couch. Only had her a week. Keep litter box in bedroom she hasn't marked on carpet in my room. How, why, and what is best product to get rid of odor?

Posted on November 26, 2007

Christy says: I have two tabbies who are both neutered and both females. I have had the oldest one for 7 years and the youngest one for 4 years. The oldest one is the one who is urinating on the couch. I love her dearly and I know it's a behavioral problem. My partner is ready to give her away and I hate for this to happen but I can't live with cat urine for the rest of her life.

Posted on November 26, 2007

Upset says: My cat is a 11yr male. He is loving and really good with my boys. My problem is that sometimes my boys allow him in there beds and I don't want him there so I take him out and them wake up to a mess on my living room rug. What to do?

Posted on November 21, 2007

Rachel says: I came here looking for some answers for a cat pooping problem. Before that my other cat kept peeing on the carpet. We tried a new litter box and making sure the litter was fresh. We finally realized he didn't like peeing in the laundry room, the washer get's off balance and scares him. So we moved the box and no more peeing problems.

Posted on November 21, 2007

kari says: this is to kari about her 19 year old cat going outside the litter box. i too have a 19 year old that drinks excessively and by the time she gets into her cat box room the urgency is so bad, she misses. i believe her time her is limited due to age but also due to her health. i think she has diabetes but i wont stress her out and take her to the vet, she really bugs out when she goes. so i just clean it up and hope her passing will be painless when the time comes

Posted on November 19, 2007

Lynda says: I have had my cat since he was 4 mos old. He's now 11. He is neutered and has 2 housemates (1 Male and 1 female) all about the same age. He has only recently (last 3 weeks) started spraying in 3 different areas in the house away from the box. I have 2 boxes for them and clean them 2 to 3 times a day. I am to the point of considering putting him down. I love him and it makes me sad that I even have to consider this but I can't live in a house that smells of cat urine. Help!!

Posted on November 21, 2007

Linda B says: Hi. Adopted a 4 yr old calico cat from friends family, (divorce needed to give away) was told she was potted trained, which she is, but I had her for less than week and she started peeing in from of me on carpet, then she moved on to my couch. I live in small apt, and she was an indoor outdoor cat. Litter bx in my bedroom and she doesn't pee on carpet in there. I have already put an ad in the paper. She is so pretty. But darn it, she has been fixed and has been declawed. How perfect she would have been for me, I live alone. But now this. What can I do? And what can I use to get smell out?

Posted on November 16, 2007

holly robinson says: Please Help... My 16yr old cat (Jaz)is having a problem. I had a Stroke back in July and I have't gone back to work since....what is causing him to do this? He just relieved himself in my bedroom I've had enough of this. What can be done about these problems? Thank You

Posted on November 19, 2007

Jeanie Velez says: Can you tell me why suddenly my cat has decided to sleep on me, I mean literly sleep on me, this is new behavior, she always slept next to me but now she sleeps on top of me when I am sleeping.

Posted on November 11, 2007

Jena Ewins says: My cat who is about 5yrs old has suddenly started using the throw rug by the door next to his cat box. he has always been very good about the cat box use. I have 2 other cats and they don't seem to have a problem with the cat boxes. I have 2 cat boxes now and have always just had 1, but this problem still exsist with the 2 cat boxes. he urinates in the cat box but does not want to poop in them any suggestions for this problem???

Posted on November 12, 2007

kari says: I have a 19 year old cat whose missing the box has gotten progresively worse. I think it's a mixture of - new cat in house + age and physical problems as well as her original occasional problem with cat boxes. My solutions so far have been - clean the carpet with enzyme killer to remove stain and order, put down a doggie training pad to protect from future peeing, and finally, since she chose the same sppot - place cat box right over where she was going to force her to eather move where she went or use the box. She's now chosen a new spost and I'll at least put the pads there. I also may when I'm out of the house lock her in the bathroom (with a small light on) with all the amenities. this will protect her from the younger cats and prevent her from using the carpet.

Posted on November 11, 2007

Cheryl says: I'm very symapthetic with you all--I'm dealing with the same thing. It isn't just a "pick up your clothes issue" for most of us. I can't pick up the carpeting. How DO you retrain a cat to the box??

Posted on October 30, 2007

John says: Does anyone have any idea why a our male cat urinates on my wife's head at night when she is sleeping? It has happened three times now. They really like each other and don't know of any problem except the cat runs across the room sometimes then stops and looks around like oh-well. My wife thinks it has dementia? It is around 12-13 years old. We don't know what to do about it.

Posted on November 6, 2007

Carolyn says: We've had our cat for about 12 years and when he is upset he poops somewhere he shouldn't. They can't talk or control much in their enviroment so they complaim in the only way they know how. I sometimes know why and other times I'm clueless (like now). Change what they don't like and the behavior will stop.

Posted on October 27, 2007

Becky Hughes says: My youngest cat 6 years old started peeing on any clothing item that was left on the floor. Later I also thought she looked skinnier and she wasn't trying to get outside (which she had always done). I also noticed her drinking excessively out of our dog's bowl. I took her to the vet and they did extensive blood work and said she was in kidney failure and that she had already started into aneomia and there really isn't anything that can be done at that point. We now close all doors and make sure no clothing is left on the floor.

Posted on October 18, 2007

Rebekah says: I have a 3 1/2 yr old female cat who had never had an accident until my husband moved in. I definately think it was a territorial thing because it was only on his side of the bed. We got a kitty door and the new freedom changed everything. I know not all cats are outdoor, but if it is an option, it is a surefire way to get the messes to stop.

Posted on October 21, 2007

Cindy says: hello, my cats used to pee in laundry baskets full of clothes and in their own cat beds. they are very in-tune to emotions of the people around them. they also were upset when their litter box wasn't cleaned regularly. recently, they have started peeing outside of their litter box - I have no idea why. I have put them both on antibiotics, in case of a urinary tract infection - to no avail. I have been back and forth to CT for family reasons for extended times, so I think that's the reason. does anyone know what works for cleaning up after pee to get the smell out 100%?

Posted on October 11, 2007

Donny says: I absolutely agree, there are plenty of options other than killing them. And I think you definitely can make the comparison of them being living, breathing, feeling, loving beings, that trust and love us unconditionally. They deserve better. And I too have had more than my share of behavior and other problems with my cats, and assure you there are options. Good luck.

Posted on October 12, 2007

bridget says: my cat of 7 years has been not using the litter box.but there are several strays cats in the neighborhood that we have been feeding.do you think that us feeding these stray cats has caused her to be jealous?

Posted on October 13, 2007

patricia young says: I have a kitten I just received from my cousin. The kitten first went in its litter box but now it poops all over the basement floor. The litter box is clean What can I do?

Posted on October 14, 2007

Kelly Ann says: I have a 5 year old cat and a 6 month old cat. The 6 mo. nuetered male who has some siemese, has taken to pooping in bags on occasion. The trouble the bags usually have something in them and it is distroyed. He has loose stools all the time, and he is a messy pooper in his auto box. We have two boxes. Help!

Posted on October 8, 2007

amanda says: i have 2 cats about 6 months old they were found living in a car and now that we have them at our house they are constantly pooping all over my floor even when the litter box is completely clean i was wondering if anyone knew how to put and end to this. i dont want to get rid of them i just want it to stop.

Posted on October 10, 2007

sherry says: Hi, we have 2 6 mo old calicos. Some people have told us that calicos have weird behavior (which we are seeing!)They jump on curtains and spaz out regularly. Anyone know if this behavior is typical of this particular kind of cat? Thanks.

Posted on October 10, 2007

sue says: My 14 year old indoor neutered Angora has had his share of anxiety/ocd issues throughout the years, unravels toilet paper, eats the phone cords, pulls out his hair... all managable but now we have 2 baby kitties and he is freaked out. We have read all of the books and 3 months later it is worse and we are frazzled. We now have 4 cats living in 2 seperate parts of the house. Two weeks ago he started peeing outside his litter box. tonight he went right in front of me! Yikes, are we all writing similar things here, where do we get REAL HELP FAST.

Posted on October 6, 2007

Dawn says: i'd give up my husband before i'd give up my kitty family- no matter how much they misbehave! If ya keep your things picked up and put away, they won't get peed on! We cover our couch with a plastic tarp at night.

Posted on October 5, 2007

JEANNE says: In response to Kelly. I think only one of us were considering putting our cat to sleep (Ellie). I love my cats to the point of obsession but cats are not children, not humans, and should not be compared to them. When it comes to a person's quality of life, no one should settle for living in feces and urine. All of us would choose to fix the problem rather than resort to anything else.

Posted on October 6, 2007

Kim says: Urinating on towels, clothes, etc. seems to be a very common problem. We've rescued cats for many years. I would never "just get rid of it" because of this problem. I keep old towels & put one on the floor in the bathroom where a couple of them like to pee, & we don't make a big deal about it. I've had success with a product called "Stink Free" top get rid of odors in the couch & carpet. Who knows why cats do what they do?! That's one of the things that intrigues me about them. But if someone ever figures them out, that person will be a millionaire!

Posted on October 5, 2007

Fran says: I don't have this particular problem with my cat, but it seems like a good idea to disuss with the vet. Has anyone found any SOLUTIONS they can share?

Posted on October 4, 2007

Anne Rogers says: My cat has been urinating on the bed.for a few weeks he did it before and we got a kitten and he stopped. For a few months i have not been sleeping there,and he started up again. my husband caught him peeing when he was sleeping during the day. what do i need to do to have him stop?

Posted on October 5, 2007

Kelly says: Are you people actually considering putting your pets to sleep because they're peeing on your stuff? That's sick. One of my cats pees on my bed sometimes, but I'd never consider KILLING her because of it... I mean it sucks to have to wash clothes all the time, but I'd rather do some extra laundry than put an animal that is trusting you to take care of it to sleep... that's just not right. There are so many solutions out there... why resort to murder? Your pet trusts you to take care of him or her... would you put a child up for adoption or, god forbid, hurt it because it has behavioral issues? Think about it.

Posted on October 2, 2007

JEANNE says: I have a male cat that is exactly like the cat in the first comment. Bathroom rugs, clothes on the floor, even a couple times near the coffee pot on the kitchen counter! It's been awhile since he's been naughty but it will come again.

Posted on October 3, 2007

Ellie says: I can relate to all these posts~My cat tiger is 6 years old, he is neutered and has pooped and urinated outside the box for the past 3 years! Plus he pulls out all his fur and eats constantly to the point of throwing up all thru the house..he paces endlessly thru the house and crys.. I have tried it all..I took him to the vet and it is def a behavioral problem plus extreme anxiety. He has been on every medication there is and nothing has worked. Since Tiger is not adoptable and (I have other cats) we have to put him to sleep. I feel terriable but there is nothing left too do.

Posted on September 29, 2007

e. willilams says: My cat is a healthy, 12 year old male. He's fixed and uses a pet door to go in and out to the backyard. He has never used a litter box and is completely housebroken. Nothing in our lives has changed. For some reason, about two weeks ago, he started defecating in the unused extra bedroom. What should we do?

Posted on October 1, 2007

barbara vance says: My cat is a Bengal.. HE IS MARKING ON MY WALL AND CARPET. HE STARTED THIS ABOUT 1 1/2 YRS AGO. HE DID NOT DO THIS HIS FIRST 1 1/2 YRS. I AM LOOKING AT GETTING RID OF HIM. I LOVE HIM AND DO NOT WANT TO DO THIS. HELP!!!!!!

Posted on September 28, 2007

BETTY REEVES says: My cat is a 12 yrs. old tabby and I started noticing that sometimes I see where she's urinated on the mat and sometimes I see #2. It's not all the time. But my granddaughter chases her too. I'm not sure what to do. I have no other place to put the litter box, unless I keep her in the basement for 2 days, to watch her.

Posted on September 27, 2007

MJ says: This is something very familiar to me. Definitely a behavioral problem, my cat seems to be very selective as to where on the bed she decides to go - right on the side where I sleep. Rather than taking any chances with this bed-wetting, I now place a clear shower curtain right over my made bed. While it might look a bit odd, it sure beats realizing I need to do laundry just as I'm ready to crawl into bed.

Posted on September 25, 2007

Donna says: We have had this male cat for 4 years and he has always used the litter box. He has recently started urinating on my husbands things at night. He only does it if my husband throws his pants, pillow, etc. on the floor at night. The cat doesn't do it any other time. I am not sure what to do and why he is doing it. My husband is at the point where he wants to get rid of the cat. I need help! I love the cat too much to get rid of him, but can't let this continue.

Posted on September 24, 2007

Kelly says: We've had our cat for 11 years, we believe she was a year old when we got her. We've always had problems with her "going" outside the box. It started with bathroom rugs, then she moved to piles of clothes on the floor, now she's urinating on our bed. If I take all sheets and blankets off in the morning, she won't do it. I don't want to have to continue unmaking my bed every morning. She knows what she's doing wrong, because she runs away when I first notice the spot. I've tried changing litter brands, but it's definitely a behavioral problem. If I lock her in the room with the litter, she'll find somewhere to go on the floor. I think she does use a fresh litter box occasionally, but even after just changing the litter, she'll still go somewhere else. Help!!

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