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Old 01-18-2012, 01:13 PM   #1
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I don't know if this counts as a "family matter" exactly, but our cat is part of our family. Unfortunately, he seems to have claimed one of our couches as his own and pees on anything that's not the actual couch including throw pillow, pile of laundry and my son's backpack (which we threw away...he forgot to take his flash drive out first and therefor lost all of his file...but I digress). The first incident was when we were dog-sitting and we thought that the cat was reacting to that. The subsequent times have just been at random times.

Other than removing everything from the couch and spraying it liberally with de-scent spray, what can we do?
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Old 01-19-2012, 11:47 AM   #2
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I'd have the cat checked at a vet for either a urinary tract infection or those crystals that form [ can't remember the name ] or for stress. Until then maybe cover the couch with a plastic sheet and spray around it with the de-scent.
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I second what Nancy said--bring the cat to the vet along with a urine sample if you can (otherwise, they can extract one there). You need to rule out a medical issue first.

When you say de-scent spray, are you referring to an enzymatic cleaner? You will need to apply this liberally on the couch and any other item that was peed on. Just spraying a little on won't work; the item(s) need to be saturated for the product to remove the odor completely.

Can you limit the cat's access to the room until you fix the problem? Also, do not leave anything that's attractive to him lying around, like laundry, rugs, etc.

Please let us know how things are going and I can offer more suggestions based on what the vet says.
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Old 01-19-2012, 02:01 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies! I doubt it's a medical issue because this has taken place over 2+ months and it's always the same couch, not all over the house.

Yes, enzymatic cleaner. I ran out of Nature's Miracle and we're snowed in until tomorrow, so I used Pure Ayre. Good idea to really saturate it. Unfortunately we can't limit his access to that room unless we lock him in the basement, which would have other ramifications. I put a little bowl of food on the couch based on the concept that he won't pee where he eats.

I have a couple moody teenagers, so the moody cat is fitting right in. Calgon, take me away!
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At the very least, I would bring in a urine sample to the vet to be tested. There are a number of medical conditions this would rule out.

How many litter boxes do you have and where are they located? Have you tried (temporarily) putting a box near the couch to see what happens?

Has anything changed in your household lately to cause stress (new job hours, someone new or leaving the household)?
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Bring the litter box for the cat. Keep changing the location of litter box quite often. My cat used to pee on our sisal area rugs which we had to throw later as it smelled very badly. Also you get some sprays in the vet store to spray on the rugs or couch to prevent the cat from peeing on it.

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I had a male, fixed cat that started peeing on my bed...he was older and had never not used the litter box before. He turned out to have "behavioral issues" and had to take Paxil for a few months. He straightened up after that. But, I also agree that you might want to rule out crystals and/or urinary tract infection. Both are very common in male cats.
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