How To Stop A Cat From Peeing In The House?


A cat peeing inside your house can be quite an annoying and smelly issue. Nature has bestowed these feline creatures with strong smelling compounds in their urine in order to help them demarcate their territory. So, the presence of a urinating cat can render your entire house smelling like a litter box. Furthermore, cleaning it reactivates the crystallized compounds, and thus triggers back the odor, leaving you stressed out and upset. Therefore, the excellent way to keep this smell away is to prevent your cat from peeing inside your home. This article provides comprehensive information on how to stop a cat from peeing in the house.

Why Do Cats Pee In Inappropriate Locations?


In order to prevent urination at inappropriate locations, it is important to address the reason for this misbehavior of your cat. Cats pee on beds, shelves, furniture, etc to convey you a message. This message may be that he is sick, frightened, or uncomfortable with his litter box. Identifying the actual cause can be quite a time- and effort- consuming task, but once you pinpoint it, you can find out a solution soon. There may be a behavioral or medical reason behind a cat peeing in house. Here are the possible causes and their solutions to help your cat get back to normalcy.

1. Medical reasons

The most common reason for a cat’s misbehavior is a medical cause. So, once you find him peeing at inappropriate locations, take him to a vet for an examination. Your vet will examine him to find out if he is suffering from bladder blockage or bladder stones, UTI (Urinary Tract Infection), or feline interstitial cystitis.

  • The symptoms of bladder blockage or stones include signs of distress or pain (crying or mewing), and tender abdomen.
  • Urinary tract infection in cats can be suspected if your cat pees too little quantity.
  • Feline interstitial cystitis is the inflammation of his urinary bladder. This can make your cat pee at inappropriate locations, as he or she doesn’t get enough time to get to his litter box.

2. Behavioral Reasons

If the urinating issue with your cat is behavioral, you should find out the reason.

  • In case you have moved into a new house, or if you have new people or a new pet in your house, your cat may pee at inappropriate locations as a display of his fear. Any such change in his environment will produce such a negative impact on his training.
  • In case your cat has pees at a particular spot often, he will keep returning to that spot for peeing. This is because that particular place smells like the right place for urinating as he has fallen into such a habit. If your cat smells urine’s odor at a particular spot, he takes it as a hint to relieve himself or herself there again.
  • It is important to know whether your cat is spraying or peeing. When cats feel threatened, they spray their urine to mark their territory. So, you need to identify the reason why your cat finds it necessary to claim or reclaim his territory. Mostly, spayed or neutered cats do not display such a behavior, but at times, they may.

3. Other reasons

Here is a list of reasons other than medical and behavioral that may cause your cat to pee inside your house.

  • Your cat is declawed. A declawed cat has special needs on littering grounds. Therefore, if you have recently declawed your cat, provide him with a paper litter box so that it is soft on his claws.
  • Your cat may be unhappy with his litter box that he stops using it. Since cats are quiet clean creatures, they are extremely choosy about how their litter box should be. Take the following into consideration:
  • If you have recently moved his litter box
  • If it is dirty
  • If there are only a few litter boxes for many cats
  • If he is unable to access the litter box
  • If the box is placed in a blocked spot (your cat may think that he may get trapped there)
  • If it is placed in a area that lacks privacy
  • If it has a hood or sides that are high
  • If your cat is interrupted or upset while using it
  • If he has some negative associations with it
  • If he expresses his preference for peeing on particular surfaces like dirt, fabric or carpet
  • Your cat’s litter box is posing some problem to the cat. So, it should be examined, and any inconvenience should be rectified in order to get him back to his normal urinary practices.

How To Stop A Cat From Peeing In The House Due To Behavioral Issues?

Upon identifying the reason why your cat is peeing inside your home, you can change his behavior. However, this is a time-taking process.

  • In case your cat is regularly peeing at inappropriate locations, you have to eliminate the entire odor, or completely block off the region. For eliminating his urinary odor from a spot, you need to use an enzymatic cleaner, cover up the area with a plastic sheet or foil, and prevent your cat’s access to it for some weeks so that the neutralizer gets enough time to work.
  • If you usher in a new cat pet into your home, give him a separate litter box and a different territory. Let it be so until they get comfortable with each other.
  • If you have moved into a new home, it is big alteration in his life. Therefore, he is exhibiting behavioral issues to claim that it is his territory and to adjust to it. Furthermore, he may also be reacting weirdly to the scent of the pet who resided in his territory earlier. For helping him deal with this issue, you should reassure him that the territory is his now and that he need not take efforts to demarcate it.
  • Shower loads of attention on your pet. Treat him affectionately, and praise him profusely.

Do not do the following to your cat in order to disciple him

Patient dealing with your cat is necessary to get him to use his litter box for urination. Punishing him is not the solution. Here are certain things that you have to bear in mind while disciplining him.

  • Do not rub his nose in his feces or urine.
  • Do not yell at him or literally drag him to his litter box.
  • Do not place his litter box near the area where he drinks or eats.

How To Remove The Scent Of His Urination From Your House?

Your cat picks up the scent of his urine, and urinates at that same place repeatedly. Eliminating the scent of your cat’s pee from the inappropriate locations will prevent him from urinating there again. So, here are valuable tips on how to remove cat pee odor from your home.

  • Clean up his urine as soon as you discover it.
  • Wipe it using a paper towel at first. Then apply a disinfectant and then an odor neutralizer.
  • Do not used disinfectants that are ammonia based as these will make your cat think that it is his urine. This may make him to come back to the same spot for urinating.
  • Cleaning sprays that comprise orange oil as one of their ingredients work well in dispelling the urine smell. Besides, cats do not prefer citrus smell.
  • You can also prepare homemade cleaner using orange peels. This is not only economic, but also eco-friendly.
  • The age-old home remedy of using a solution of warm water and vinegar is also quite effective. This cleaner is also economic and Eco-friendly.
  • In order to ensure that all the urine is cleaned off your floor, you can use a black light. This will show you urinated patches even those areas you were ignorant of its presence.
  • Use Aluminum foil to cover the area where he has peed. Since he hates the sound and texture of these foils, he will keep away from it. This can be a good solution for a cat peeing on bed.

Homemade Cleaning Products That Can Prevent Cat Peeing In Your House

Homemade cleaning products are not only economic and Eco-friendly, but they even suit homes where people have breathing problems. Harsh chemical cleaners can worsen the health condition of such people, so it is better to go for the homemade ones. After cleaning up the urine using a paper towel or something disposable, use any one or both of the following homemade cleaners to clean the urinated area.

1. Vinegar Based Cleaner And Repellent

This homemade cleaner works excellently in removing the smell of cat urine. It uses just three ingredients viz., baking soda, vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide. Besides, it is quite inexpensive too! The entire cost will not be even 5 dollars! Here is how to stop a cat from peeing in the house using this homemade remedy:

  • Mix three parts of water and one part of vinegar in a squirt bottle.
  • Spray the urinated location with this spray. Let it remain there for a few minutes. This can be applied effectively on a variety of surfaces such as hardwood, carpet, and tiles.
  • Using paper towels blot out the vinegar solution.
  • Let the floor dry completely. If necessary, you can turn on a fan over that area to quicken the drying process.
  • After the floor is dried, sprinkle baking soda on the region.
  • Pour some hydrogen peroxide and dish washing soap over the sprinkled baking soda over the floor.
  • Using a scrub, rub the floor. This action will take care of the remaining bacteria in that area.
  • After scrubbing thoroughly, clean up with paper towels and let it dry completely.

2. Homemade Citrus Cat Repellent

As discussed earlier, cats find the smell of citrus quite disgusting. This can be taken advantage of, and a citrus cat repellent can be made at home. Here is how you do it.

  • In a pan, put two cups of tap water to boil.
  • Take one cup of peels of citrus fruits such as orange, tangerine or lemon.
  • Let it stay simmered for approximately 20 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from heat, and let it cool.
  • Strain and pour the cooled solution into a spray bottle. Mix in tow teaspoons of lemon juice and a bit of dishwashing soap (scented with lemon).
  • Shake them up to mix well.
  • Spray this cat repellent on furniture, floor, walls, etc to keep your cat away from these locations.
  • Bear in mind that this spray will only keep your cat away. It will not work to remove the odor of your cat pee.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar Cat Repellent

Yet another fantastic homemade, economic and Eco-friendly cat repellent is the apple cider vinegar and water mixture. Here is how you do it.

  • In a spray bottle, add one part of apple cider vinegar and one part of water. Shake well to mix them up.
  • You can also substitute vinegar for an essential oil like lavender, citronella, lemongrass or peppermint. This has to be mixed in the ratio of 1:3. That is, one part essential oil and three parts water.
  • Spray either of the above-mentioned solutions on inappropriate areas of your home where your cat likes to pee. This will neutralize these locations, and your cat will no more be interested in getting back to these locations.
  • Before you apply any one of the above-mentioned combinations, try it on a piece of cloth to ensure that it doesn’t stain the surfaces where it is sprayed.

4. Simply Water Cat Repellent

This is one of easiest and cheapest home remedies out there to keep cats from peeing in a particular area of your home. Since cats dislike getting wet, spray water in those inappropriate areas of your home where your cat keeps on coming back for peeing. Keep on spraying water in these locations for a few days until your cat no more gets back to this place. Though this is not a sure fire method to keep away cats from specific locations, this can aid a lot in the training of the cat.