Understanding the root causes of why cats pee on furniture is essential if you’re ever going to get your cat to stop piddling on your sofa, armchairs, ottomans, beds, computer desk, coffee tables and just about everything else. First of all, cats may exhibit a change in urination behavior due to a health problem, so you’ll need to take your cat in for a check up as soon as possible. For example, peeing on the bed is often a sign of a urinary tract infection in cats. Prompt care is vital because some urinary tract conditions can turn fatal quickly.
Stress and Behavior Problems
If your cat is spraying, rather than just urinating, on the furniture, it’s a sure sign of stress over a perceived threat. That said, even ordinary urinating can be a way of marking territory and warding off a threat or securing the area. What humans see as harmless, a cat may regard as threatening, so you’ll want to consider all the factors that can cause stress in cats.
Loneliness and separation anxiety also come into play here. Furniture–especially absorbent, frequently used furniture like sofas, beds and armchairs–carry the scent of the people who use them. The cat may urinate on these items in order to blend her smell with that of someone she misses, so that she feels closer to that person. If someone has recently left the household or if you’ve recently changed schedules so your cat no longer knows when you’ll be home, this could be the source of the furniture wetting.
Marking Unfamiliar Furniture
The furniture itself may also be the cause of your cat’s stress. Any new furniture (brand new or second-hand “new”) can stress a cat because it carries an unfamiliar smell. An if you’ve brought in some furniture from a friend who has a cat or dog, look out! Your cat will probably feel the need to mark that furniture as her own.
Fortunately, there are simple ways to help the cat mark the furniture so she doesn’t resort to peeing on it. The easiest is by applying the cat’s own scent oils to the furniture. Rub a soft cloth on the top of the cat’s head and her back at the base of her tail, then rub that cloth on the furniture to transfer the scent. These scent oils wear off fast, so do this several times a daily. For really nervous cats, a feline pheromone diffuser is another option. These emit natural chemicals (odorless to humans) that mark and area “cat safe” in your kitty’s mind.
The Risk of Ineffective Cleaning Methods
Your furniture may look and smell perfectly clean to you, but if your cat–or any cat–has urinated on it in the past, you’ll need to use a cleaning method that completely neutralizes the odor or you cat will continue to pee there. Cats are drawn by instinct to pee in any area that smells even faintly of cat urine. To them, that smell signals an acceptable litter box area. Most household cleaners aren’t able to break down the crystals in cat urine, some odor remains. There are homemade and store-bought cat urine removers that can break down cat pee, but you’ll need to choose the right formula.
Cats may pee on furniture for a variety of reasons, but all the problems that cause this annoying habit have practical solutions. You can solve your cat’s urination problems and get your home completely free of cat urine odors, but the solutions may not always be obvious. Instead of wasting time learning by trial and error, check out Cat Urine Problems Eliminated to discover proven-effective ways to retrain your cat and regain your home.
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