How I Stopped My Cat from Peeing on the Furniture

Furniture is not cheap and can be quickly ruined when your cat decides to pee on your sofa. Depending on what type of furniture you have, damages could range in the thousands or be wholly destroyed. You do not want this to happen again. The more your cat sprays on your furniture, the harder it will be clean or stamp out the smell.

Health Issues

Pets are valued members of our families. The first step we need to take is to make sure nothing is wrong with your cat, that means going to the vet and giving your pet a checkup.  Cats can get diabetes, urinary tract infections, and kidney issues, causing them to seek out softer material to relieve their pain during urination.

Territory Marking

If your cat is not neutered this may cause him to mark his territory. This can also happen with neutered males and spayed females. New or second-hand furniture can attract your cat to spray since new and used furniture has different smells.

Stress

Cats can be sensitive to new things in the house. For example, a new pet or new baby. Your cat may be lashing out by peeing on the furniture as a sign of stress or aggression. Cats can be sensitive to new changes in their routine or added household members.

 

Solutions

First, rule out any health issues by taking your cat to your veterinarian.  If your cat checks out healthy, then there may be a very simple problem with a very simple solution. More than likely she is trying to tell you something.

 

It’s important to keep the litter box clean. Cats are fussy creatures and prefer a clean litter box.  Make sure her litter box is not near her food source. Check that her litter box is near a suitable private location with no high traffic. Her litter box may need to be washed once a week, preferably without any harsh chemicals.

If cleaning the litter box is not stopping your cat from peeing on your furniture, you can try using a FELIWAY CLASSIC Diffuser. It is easy to use, just plug it in and leave it. The Diffuser helps to calm your cat. You can also try using Comfort Zone Feliway Spray on your furniture after you have thoroughly cleaned it. It may help your cat be less attracted to your furniture for urination by helping them associate that area with calm vibes.

In the end, if none of these products helped in stopping your cat from peeing on your sofa or bed, the solution that worked for us was an electronic Scat Mat.  This unique pet deterrent provides a three-second safe static shock to your pet, once her paws land on the mat. See the video of how we implemented this solution. So far our cat has not tried to get past our scat mat barrier to the upstairs furniture and she’s been using her litter box exclusively ever since we removed her access to her favorite alternate litter box. Hope some of these kitty tips and solutions work for you.

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  • Hello ,

    I saw your tweet about animals and thought I will check your website. I like it!

    I love pets. I have two beautiful thai cats called Tammy(female) and Yommo(male). Yommo is 1 year older than Tommy. He acts like a bigger brother for her. 🙂
    I have even created an Instagram account for them ( https://www.instagram.com/tayo_home/ ) and probably soon they will have more followers than me (kinda funny).

    I have subscribed to your newsletter. 🙂

    Keep up the good work on your blog.

    Regards
    Wiki

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