Cats can urinate on items and in places that are not their litter box in order to get their owner’s attention. They might be trying to get their owner’s attention because they are lonely, they are feeling stressed, or they are feeling unwell.
Frustration, stress, or anxiety can sometimes cause a cat to change their urinating habits. Any change in their routine, such as a new person in the household or moving house, can lead to changes in urination. They may also “mark” spots in the house with their urine as a means of marking their territory.
“Cats like their smell and our smell to be melded. They want to be on the same plane when it comes to scent interaction.” It’s their version of having everyone wear the same sweater for the annual Christmas photo (though that indignation is probably worse than getting peed on).
First, determine whether your cat is spraying or urinating. Cats urinate by squatting onto a horizontal surface; spraying occurs standing up.
The explanation for a cat peeing on clothes will have a medical or behavioral origin. Cats often mark their territory with urine to claim it. Marking behavior is common when a cat shares territory with other cats. A cat that pees on clothing could be seeking attention from its owner because it’s jealous of another pet.
They may be reacting to stress, which is often the result of change in the home, like the addition of a new baby, new furniture or a move to a new home. They may even have a health problem that requires medical attention. If it’s not a health problem, there are a few things you can do to discourage the behavior.
Like a male cat, a female cat may spray urine for a variety of reasons but these reasons can typically be classified as either a response to an environmental stressor or a territorial behavior. Intact females may also spray urine while they are in heat to attract male cats.
Cat urine contains uric acid, which can last in carpets, fabrics and wood for years! Although baking soda, vinegar, soap, and hydrogen peroxide may neutralize the odors temporarily, a humid day can cause the uric acid to recrystallize, and the infamous “cat odor” will return.
Pheromone Sprays: For cats that keep peeing in the same spot, pheromone sprays will suffice. Simply spray the product on your cat’s chosen peeing spot. Next time they go to urinate, they’ll smell the pheromone and stop what they’re doing. These do need to be reapplied frequently to be effective, so bear this in mind.
This usually happens if the cat is not fixed, or if they’ve had a significant change to their surroundings (new cat, dog, move, etc.) most often a cat has a strong, instinctual desire to go inside a litter box and “cover up.” If your female cat is not spayed, this could be the reason.
Spraying is when a cat backs up to a vertical surface with their tail erect and squirts urine. Their tail often quivers while they’re spray- ing. Regular urinating is when they squat to pee on the furniture, the floor, things lying on the floor or any other horizontal surface.
Whether they’re happy or sad, in pain, or particularly when they’re a little ticked off, they want you, their favorite human, to know it. Your cat may make angry cat noises, seemingly purposefully knock something over, or pee on your new bedspread. Instead of instantly reacting, play detective, says Kavanaugh.
A male cat who deliberately urinates on the furniture may be marking its territory. This behavior is also called spraying, and it is most common among male cats that have not be neutered. Neutering late in life may not stop this behavior because it can become a habit.
Spraying is usually caused because your cat feels threatened or stressed. Marking their territory makes them feel more secure.
Eatroff, cats usually pee on a bed due to an issue that is rooted in anxiety and stress, which can affect several hormonal and chemical balances in the body. This is commonly referred to as idiopathic cystitis; that is, inflammation of the bladder with an unknown cause.
Urine spraying is more common with intact (not neutered or fixed) male cats, but female and neutered male cats can do it as well. Intact male cats spray to attract mates or communicate with female cats in the vicinity.
Spraying your cat with water can have long-term negative effects. On top of the physical discomfort, spraying your cat with water doesn’t actually teach your cat better behaviors and could end up seriously confusing her.
A cat with an aversion to her litter box will usually eliminate on a variety of surfaces. You may find puddles of urine or feces on soft surfaces like carpets, beds, or clothing, or on hard surfaces like tile floors or bathtubs.
Cat Marking Their Territory
This is somewhat common in houses with multiple cats, but this behavior can happen with or without other cats in the household. Your clothes smell like you, so if you have a jealous kitty, it may pee on your clothes to let the other cats in the house know that you are theirs.
Castration or neutering will change the odor, and may reduce the cat’s motivation for spraying, but approximately 10% of neutered males and 5% of spayed females will continue to spray. While cats in multiple cat households are often involved in spraying behaviors, cats that are housed singly may spray as well.
Some female cats will urinate more frequently or may even spray urine on vertical objects (marking) when they are in heat. The urine contains both pheromones and hormones, both of which act as signals of her reproductive status to other cats. This is the reason that queens in heat attract Tomcats (intact male cats).