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Inappropriate urinating

Discussion in 'Cat Training and Behaviour' started by Rrrjones, Jul 17, 2020.

  1. Rrrjones

    Rrrjones PetForums Newbie

    Jan 9, 2020
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    Hi there, I’m wondering if someone can help.

    around 5 years ago, I took in 2 cats (male and female, brother and sister). When we brought them home, we noticed after a few months that the female would urinate or spray on our bed, even if we were in it. We restricted her access to our room and our bed but slowly but surely she would find other places. She does it on other people’s beds in the house, fluffy/furry blankets if they are left out etc. But the main issue we are having at the moment is we have a rather old couch that’s leather and non removable cushions that she has started urinating on. We have tried EVERYTHING to clean out the couch but it seems to be stuck in now and the smell is unbearable.

    we have also taken every measure possible to find out the root of the issue - we’ve spoken to our vet, we’ve added more litter boxes, they are both neutered, we’ve tried Feliway diffusers and had a strict regime for a while of cleaning out the litter boxes multiple times a day.
    She continues to urinate on specific areas and if we remove the areas or limit her access to the area, she will just find another place.

    does anyone have any suggestions on what we could do at this point? With the cleaning aspect of the couch AND how to fix the issue with our cat?
  2. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

    Nov 22, 2010
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    I think as this problem has been going on for so long it would be best to employ the services of a professional cat behaviourist who would come to your home and make an assessment of the situation and advise you. If you have pet insurance you will be covered for the fees as long as a vet makes the referral. But you can choose your own behaviourist.

    If you have no pet insurance, expect to pay around £200 for an assessment.

    It's possible at present you may only be offered remote consultation.

    These are organisations I can recommend as being reputable and helpful.




    With regard to the leather couch, the urine has probably soaked into the inside of the couch. This is what can happen if a sofa and bed are repeatedly soaked with cat urine. I don't think there is anything you can do other than get it taken apart and reupholstered with new materials. Otherwise it would mean throwing the couch away.

    If you want to have another go at cleaning it I recommend Bio Tex stain remover. Or use a heavy duty cleaner of the type used by professional taxi drivers to clean the inside of their cabs.



    The problem is if you can't get rid of the smell your cat will keep going back to the sofa and using it again and again as a toilet.

    Does your cat go outdoors? If she does do you have a microchipped cat flap to ensure no strange cats can get in? Does she have outdoor access 24/7?

    If she does not go out, then would it be safe to let her out? Or if not, have your garden cat-proofed? Sometimes being allowed outdoors is the solution to stopping indoor soiling.

    There are probably specific triggers to her soiling. Have you observed what these may be?

    Have you tried a calming supplement such as Zylkene? I have found this helps stop cats soiling or spraying indoors. Give a course for a month. Open the capsule and add the powder to her food. Can take up to 2 weeks to start being effective. It is non-addictive.

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