Ther is nothing worse than the stench of cat pee on your carpets or rugs.
You scold your cat out of anger, thinking it will help in setting him straight. And as a preventive measure, you place a couple more litter boxes in strategic areas around your home.
Then, a few days later, more pee on the carpet again. You try changing a few more things around the house, but he keeps on urinating on the carpet regardless.
It has become a recurring habit, and you decide to end it once and for all and Google, “why does my cat keep peeing on the floor or carpet?
Which brings us here, to this blog post. You’re reading this because you want to know why your cat keeps on urinating on your carpet – and you also want to know how to stop it.
Why Does My Cat Keep Peeing on My Carpet?
Cats are immaculate creatures that normally have no trouble urinating in their litter box. So if your cat suddenly decided to pee outside of the box, chances are that your cat’s not being an arse and he’s just dealing with either a medical problem or a behavioural issue.
You see, cats may also suffer from medical issues that will cause changes in their urinary behaviours. These include a urinary tract infection or inflammation, blockage of the urinary tract, kidney problems, metabolic diseases, arthritis, thyroid problems, and liver conditions.
Signs of urinary tract infection or inflammation include meowing while urinating, squatting for long intervals, urinating more frequently, and blood in the urine. The rest of the possible medical problems, however, are hard to spot without the help of a veterinarian.
If you want to rule out the possibility that it’s a medical problem causing your cat’s sudden peeing habit, you should take him to the vet.
Cats are sensitive animals whose mood and behaviour are often influenced by their environment. When cats have trouble adapting to new circumstances, for instance, they either get anxious, frustrated or stressed.
These emotions can cause drastic changes in a cat’s urination habits and can be triggered by the addition of a new person in the house, the presence of another cat, relocating to a new place, or a home remodelling project. Cats will eventually adapt to these new circumstances, and the urinating habit will disappear once they do so.
The location, condition and contents of their litter box are also possible reasons for your cat’s unusual urination habit.
Cats love some privacy and prefer to have their “bathroom” situated somewhere that has less noise and household traffic. If it’s located in the corner of a busy living room, move it somewhere quieter and less busy. It also helps to place a number of litter boxes around the home to give your cat plenty of options.
There’s also a possibility that your cat is discouraged from using the litter box because he doesn’t like the new litter material you’re using, so try going back to the previous brand you’re using and observe if there are any changes. If it doesn’t work, try experimenting between different litter materials until you find the one that your cat prefers.
Finally, the condition of your cat’s litter box may also because of his unusual urination behaviour. Some cats don’t like to do its business in a dirty litter box, so you need to clean it regularly for it to be an ideal place to pee.
Sometimes, no matter how many times you clean a litter box, a cat may refrain from using it due to the smells and stains that cling to the box. If you’re still using an old litter box, buy a new one. And make it a habit to replace it with a new one after a few months of using.
Medical and behavioural causes are among the possible reasons why your cat suddenly decided to urinate on your carpet. If you want to put a stop to this unusual behaviour, you should either bring him to the vet, wait for your cat to get accustomed to the new circumstances in your home, or make the necessary litter box changes.