Cats are wonderful pets, giving you tons of fun entertainment and affection. When your cat has a peeing problem, it can be very frustrating to know what to do or how to solve the problem. It helps to understand why your cat is peeing to help you realize it is not that he wants to be bad. You can go here to understand reasons why your cat is peeing.

Step 1: Veterinarian Visit

Solving the peeing problem must first be done at the vets office. Take your cat in to make sure there are not any physiological reasons why he is peeing. Urinary tract infections and kidney problems need to be ruled out so that you don’t spend a lot of time trying to solve a different problem than wht you have. Symptoms for a UTI include pink or bloody urine, peeing frequently in or outside of the cat box, and squatting as if your cat wants to pee but little comes out. If your cat squats to pee but nothing ever comes out, take him to the vet as soon as possible as this could be blockage of the urethra and is a very serious condition that can result in death in a short period of time.

Step 2: Cleaning Supplies and Cat Box Assessment

This step requires a trip to your local pet store or shopping at our Cat Products Store to get a few things. You will need a Stink Finder, Natures Miracle enzymatic cleaner, Febreze (grocery store), and at least two large-sized cat boxes. The Stink Finder is a black light that will illuminate cat pee spots so you can easliy find them around your house. Nature’s Miracle is an enzymatic cleaner that breaks down the enzymes in the cat urine, making the smell disappear for you and for your cat. You need at least one large cat box, two are better, to make it comfortable for your cat to do his bathroom business and also to encourage him to go. If you have more than one cat, at least two cat boxes are required. Do not use a covered cat box, as cats find these too small and uncomfortable. The covered aspect is for the people who own the cats, not the cat. Your cat might not like a covered box, it’s like using an airplane bathroom, so make it comfortable and pleasant for him. Clay litter is recommended above the new crystal-type cat litter, as my cats have had the Dickens scared out of them from the noise the crystal cat litter makes when they step on it. And we don’t want them to be afraid of the cat box, do we!

Step 3: Cleaning!
First, replace all litter boxes and litter with clean supplies. You should be cleaning the cat box at least every other day of solid material with a scooper. The actual litter should be changed weekly. If you are using the clumping litter, scoop out the solid stuff daily, and after one week replace the remaining litter and start with clean litter again.

Next, using your Stink Finder, you want to go to every room and search for glowing yellow spots. When you find one, clean it using the Nature’s Miracle enzymatic cleaner. Follow the directions on the bottle, but remember, when they say saturate, they really mean it. If you don’t use enough, the smell will not be erased and your cat may want to pee there again. If at all possible, try to block the area without covering it up so it can dry and your cat can get to it. After it is thoroughly dried you can allow your cat access to that spot. While the area is wet, it will smell worse than it did before. Don’t worry, it will go away. Spray liberally with Febreze. It works really great!

Step 4: Watch and Praise
At this point, you should watch your cat(s) diligently. Show him all the boxes, and put him in it every few hours. If he uses the box, give him praise. Cats respond to positive praise just like dogs. If you worry about what he will do when you aren’t home, then you can keep him in a small room with his cat box, toys and food. He should not be isolated at all times, only when you are not home. When you are home, he should be brought to the cat box every 2 hours. For kittens, it’s a good idea to have a room for them when you are not home so they won’t get into trouble and possibly get hurt. It will help them learn to use the cat box a bit easier, especially if your kitten has had some “mistakes”.

Again, the room is only for when you are not home. If your cat continues to pee around the house, use the Stink Finder and Nature’s Miracle again, and definitely keep him isolated during the times you cannot watch him. You should have to do this anywhere from 1-4 weeks. You will have to play it by ear as all cats are different. If you continue to have problems, Willa’s Ark might still be able to help. Contact us through Cat Chat.