When a cat is upset about the state of his litter box, it may compel him to go elsewhere to relieve himself, from your lap to the floral painting in your den. Many different factors can contribute to a cat\’s dissatisfaction with his litter tray situation. Perhaps you don\’t thoroughly clean the box out enough and your pet just doesn\’t feel comfortable going in there. Maybe the sides of the box are too tall and it isn\’t easy for him to maneuver his way in and out. Consider the exact location of the box — maybe it isn\’t discreet enough for your privacy-loving kitty. Not to mention, the actual litter may be bothering your cat.
The fragrance may be too harsh or the texture may not be fine enough, for example. Also remember that a lot of felines simply don\’t react well to sharing a litter box with another cat. You should have one prepared litter box for each cat, plus one. Some cats have \”surface preferences\” when it comes to urinating. If your cat suddenly seems to enjoy going No. 1 in your lap, perhaps it simply feels better to him than the litter box. If you think this is the case, perhaps invest in a finer-grained litter for your kitty or experiment with elimination options beyond traditional litter.
Getting a cat to stop urinating on a bed, furniture, or anywhere else does take patience, cautions Garber.
She recommends a five pronged approach to solving your cat urination problem, assuming that you have already been to your vet and know there is no underlying medical problem. 1. Make the litter box the most attractive place for the cat to do his or her business. Garber recommends fine grained, unscented, clumping litter, and to avoid plastic litter box liners. Cats claws get caught in the plastic, preventing effective digging and burying of urine and feces. Also, urine can splash off the liner back onto the cat an unpleasant experience that can make the cat avoid the litter box, she says. 2.
Thoroughly clean the previously soiled areas. Probably nobody needs to tell you this twice. Cats, she says, will return to pee if the area smells like pee. 3. Make the previously soiled area unattractive to the pet. It doesn t have to be forever, but when you aren t sleeping in the bed, Garber says you could cover it with something like a shower curtain to make it a non-absorbent place the cat isn t going to be interested in. 4. Change the meaning of the place your cat has turned into a bathroom. So your cat urinates on your bed or sofa?
Start playing with your cat on the bed or sofa and give out treats there. She will eventually learn to associate the bed or piece of furniture with food instead of a toilet, Garber says. 5. Be patient. Tough to do if you ve just opened your eyes and discovered you re unfortunately awake and not dreaming that you re lying in a swimming pool of urine. Remember that punishing your cat won t get you anywhere and will only make your him fearful and anxious, Garber says. She suggests spending at least a month trying to retrain your cat, and if the problems persist, well, you could always hire a.