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How To Stop A Cat From Peeing And Pooping On The Carpet

Every cat parent must know how to stop a cat from peeing and pooping on the carpet or else their house will turn into a huge, giant mess. Cats must be trained properly when it comes to where they eliminate to keep the stress of cleaning the house everyday and to prevent disputes with the neighbors as well. But there are times when your cat just can’t stop peeing or pooping on the carpet, and you can’t help but ask why.

If your cat is in such situation, here are the following possible reasons.

1. Health Issues
Bone or joint problems can cause your cat to have difficulty entering or leaving the litterbox. If your cat has arthritis, for example, she will struggle getting in and out of her bathroom due to the pain and therefore might choose to eliminate elsewhere. The carpet is enticing for the cat due to its absorbency and its texture, which is appealing for them.

If your cat has a disability or amputated legs, she might find the carpet an easier option than the litter box, due to the discomfort the latter causes. Same thing happens when your cat has poor posture, she could eliminate on the carpet instead.

Kidney or bladder problems could cause cats to relieve anywhere because they can’t control how often and how much they urinate. If they urinate too often, they might not make it to the litter box in time.

Likewise, bowel problems could cause your cat to frequently poop. This will definitely lead to a more soiled litter box, which would turn your cat off, and would lead her to do her thing somewhere else. Diabetes, parasites, and gut health problems could also cause frequent elimination.

Cognitive decline and memory loss could cause cats to have difficulty navigating their way just to locate their litter box, and might therefore poop on your carpet.

2. Environmental Issues
Your environment, primarily your home, is also a possible reason behind your feline friend’s erratic behavior. Changes like below could turn your hone into one giant, soiled bathroom.

A new cat or a new human in the house bring so much stress in your cat’s life. Cats don’t adjust easily to sudden changes. That stress, if unmanaged, could cause your cat to act up. The distress and so much agitation could result to some unwanted behavior you certainly don’t want to see from your feline friend.

Have you recently moved? Changes in your environment will bring your cat not only so much stress and confusion. Imagine waking up one day only to find yourself in a different place you’re unfamiliar with. For an animal that relies heavily on memory and routine, your cat will struggle using her litter box again and would need re-training for a new routine.

If you live in a multi-household, some cats pee in some areas of a home to mark their territory as their own.

Even if you haven’t moved, a house renovation could lead to some unwanted behavior from your cat. As mentioned, cats don’t respond well to changes. If your house is undergoing some major overhaul, your cat might be under stress especially if there are some people working in your house. The litter box could be moved, too, and its new location is a huge no-no for your cat.

Lastly, if you have a new working schedule, your cat’s mealtimes could also change. Your cat’s new eating habits could cause her so much stress and confusion, and she might take it out on her new carpet.

3. Behavioural Issues
A lot of your cat’s unwanted pooping and peeing behavior stems from her litter box. Cats are not only known for their impeccable hygiene, they are also very particular with their things, including their own litter box. The location of where they eliminate could be a problem since not every cat can access it with ease. The location could be far away, and she has health problems making it worse.

The location could also be a burden. Maybe you place it somewhere crowded, dark or noisy, something that is not ideal for your cat when needs to eliminate. For more ideas on the best places where you should be putting your cat’s litter box, read this post: Where To Put Cat Litter Boxes At Home

Just remember, place the litter box that is quiet, has less people, is less crowded, is well-illuminated and is easy for them to reach, so she could do her thing peacefully.

The size of the litter box matters, too. If the litter box is way too small for her, she will have difficulty getting in and out of it, causing her so much discomfort. If the litter box fits her body, it will make her uncomfortable as well. Make sure it has lots of space so she could move around freely, shuffle and kick the litter with her paws and urinate or defecate however she likes.

The number of litter box should not be overlooked. If you own cats, remember to buy a litter box for each one, plus one. So if you have three cats, buy four litter boxes because the extra serves as an emergency should something happen. Your cats must never share litter boxes or they might eliminate elsewhere because they’re too soiled.

The cleanliness of your cat’s litter box must be a top priority. Needless to say, if a litter box is not tidy, your cat will look somewhere else to do her thing. That’s why it’s important that clean up the litter box everyday and replace the old, dirty litter with fresh ones.

Look into the type of litter you use. If the litter is scented, your cat will find it too offensive because cats do have a super sharp sense of smell. Make sure your cat is not allergic to the litter you buy for her. If your cat is often wheezing or have a runny nose, chances are your cat is allergic to the litter.

Lastly, check to see if a covered litter box causes your cat distress. Some cats are terrified of using a closed litter box because they feel trapped inside, and they won’t find it easy getting in and out of the litter box. If that were the case, it’s time that you choose an open litter box for her.

How To Stop A Cat From Peeing And Pooping On The Carpet

Fortunately, there are many ways for your cat to use the litter box again if you follow these tips.

1. Take your cat to the veterinarian.
If your cat is suffering from health problems, you should bring your cat to the veterinarian. She’ll be the one who will determine what her health problem is, and of course the best treatment for your cat. This will help ease the symptoms of whatever your cat is experiencing so she would not pee or poop on the carpet again.

2. If your cat is experiencing distress due to a new car or person, remember it will take time before she gets to know the new being.
So give her some time to adjust by giving her a new room or a private space that serves as her retreat. Introduce the new cat or baby to the cat and let them get to know each other and spend time together. As time goes on, she will come in good terms with the new cat or human and they will be good friends.

3. If you have recently moved, mask the odor of the new home.
You can do this by using cat pheromones to curb her anxiety. The new home could have the scent of other cats in it. The pheromones will help eliminate those scents and will calm your cat down as she no longer feels threatened or attacked.

4. In a multi-cat household, there might be this one cat that feels withdrawn and isolated while the others don’t mind playing along. If you have such cat, you should spend more time with her, by playing with her, and by giving her toys when you’re not around. It will help if you give your cat her own space so she won’t feel intimidated by other cats. Separate her resources as well, such as litter boxes, toys, food and water bowls and introduce the new cat slowly to the rest of the pack.

5. If your house is undergoing a house renovation, follow tip #4. Also, retrain her on how to use the litter box.

6. If you have a new working schedule, re-train her with her new eating habits. Get her used to her new mealtimes. Bring her to her litter box 15 minutes after she ate. She will eventually get used to her new routine after weeks of training.

7. To deal with the soiled carpet, wash it and spray with an enzymatic cleanser that breaks down and completely eliminates it. Cover the carpet with double sided tape or aluminum foil, both of which act as deterrent that will prevent them from pooping or peeing on the same spot. Make sure you keep it concealed for weeks to give the cleanser time to work.

8. For a bored and agitated cat, give her more toys for her to play with so she has something to do even when you’re not around. Buy interactive toys to stimulate her physically and mentally. Add cat shelves and cat trees to your household so she could have more playtime.

9. Remember, never place your cat’s litter box next to her food and water bowls.

10. If your cat has issues with her litter box, change it up.
Maybe her litter is scented. It would be better if you switch her up to an unscented type so she wouldn’t feel overwhelmed due to the strong scent. If the concern lies in the size of the litter box, buy a bigger one with lots of room, so she could move around and not feel restricted. Of course, make sure the litter box is always tidy so she won’t feel discouraged from using it over and over. If you determined that your cat is allergic to the litter she’s using, buy another type of litter. Read Best Litter For Cats to learn which type of litter is best suited for your cat. Lastly, test multiple litter boxes to determine which litter box your cat likes using the most – the covered one or the open one.

Important Notes

1. Before you bring your baby or new cat home, plan ahead. Plan on how you’re going to introduce your feline friend to the new member of the family and prepare for any possible problems that may arise when they begin to co-exist (not getting along, bullying, withdrawal, isolation, etc). It will take time before they adjust with each other o don’t force the relationship. Gradually, have them together and let cat know the new feline or baby and eventually, she will get around.

2. If you’re going to have a house renovation, plan ahead on how you’re going to make things for your cat.
If there would be people around, put her toys and her belongings in one room and make sure she’s at easy by spending more time with her. Put all her toys and her food and water bowl in that room. If you’ve just moved, don’t let your cat out of your new home for awhile. Not only is there a possibility that will get lost, she might even be intimidated by other cats in the new neighborhood.

3. In case of an amputated or paralyzed cat, add more adjustments to her litter box to make it easier for her to use it.
A bigger entryway or a ramp to the entrance are just some of the adjustments you can make. Or better yet, use washable puppy training pads and a puppy training holder to make it easier for her to eliminate.

4. If your cat is having anxiety issues, never forget her anti-anxiety medications. Also, consider keeping the tv on when you’re away, provide her with interactive toys and play soothing music you can find on Youtube. A good example would be this:

5. If your cat has stopped using the same litter box she’s been using for years even though she has no health problems, and there are no changes in your environment, it’s time to as a cat behaviorist or expert for any possible issue you might have overlooked.

6. If the brand of litter you’ve been buying for a long time suddenly is no longer available, you have to buy similar litter types and test which one your feline friend will prefer.

7. If your cat’s litter box is inside a room, install a cat door so your cat can go in and out of the room anytime she wants. That way, you don’t have to remind everyone at home to always keep the door open for your cat. Having a cat door is so convenient because your cat can access her litter box every time she has to do her thing.

8. Don’t put your cat’s litter box in dark, far away places such as the attic, the basement, and even the garage. If there are no other areas where you can put the litter box due to the size of your apartment, a cat litter box furniture might be a good idea.

9. For first time cat parents, realize that it will take multiple litter brands even litter boxes before you see which your cat really likes, so be prepared with the hefty expenses.