urinating on carpet

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Registered: 01-13-2010
urinating on carpet
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Tue, 11-20-2012 - 5:26pm

 I adopted a 10 week old kitten a week ago only because I stood up to my new dh who is a cat hater.  I told him if he loved me, he'd let me get one because CATS have always been a part of who I am and he was suppressing a part of me!  :)  He believes ALL cats pee on carpets and ruin homes, so I did it with the promise that if the cat started peeing on our carpet, I would surrender it back to the Humane Society.  Neither of us want that to happen as even dh is now smitten with kitty, so how can one keep a cat going ONLY in its litter box?  I caught kitty peeing in a corner of our bedroom one night when dh was out-of-town, grabbed him and put him in his litterbox.  This morning, I thought I smelled urine in our closet.  :(  Luckily, dh has no sense of smell, so wouldn't smell it anyway.  What am I doing wrong?  I don't want to give kitty back...we both already adore him, but a promise IS a promise and neither of us want our house ruined.  Why is my kitty doing this?  I've had many cats in the past who didn't do this.  I feel like I'm being deceitful to dh by not telling him, but, after only one week, I feel like its not been long enough to give kitty a chance.  

Help!

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Registered: 01-04-2002
Tue, 11-20-2012 - 7:23pm

I had the same problem with my cat . I took her to the vet. The vet said she probably had a urinary tract infection. My cat was treated for that. Sinse then she has been fine. 

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Registered: 07-02-1999
Wed, 11-21-2012 - 8:55am

Congrats on the adoption but sorry you are having problems.

First, I would check with your vet. If a cat stops using the box, the first thing to check is medical.

From there, it may be behavioral. Since the kitten is so young, I generally suggest keeping new kittens in their own room until they are adjusted to the new home. You said it has only been a week and that isn't very long for a tiny baby. You can also put out more boxes, though not sure your husband would appreciate that. :) 

With my fosters, I only let them out under supervision at that age. And they get a "time out" in the foster room every couple of hours to make sure they remember where everything is. I say kittens have baby brain....they get to playing and then suddenly remember they have to pee - so they do.

So, start with the vet and some closed spaces. There is also a litter and/or additive called Cat Attract that works well also. I have used it to litter train tiny kittens that came without a mom.

Good luck and keep us posted.

 

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Registered: 03-24-2000
Wed, 11-21-2012 - 9:56am

Congratualtions on the adoption of your new kitten. Almost all of the time when a kitten that young pees outside the litter box is because of a medical problem if he has been using the litter box until recently. Take him to the vet and have him checked out for a urinary tract infection or problem. Sometimes cats and kittens can get them from just having changes in their lives.

Be sure that you are cleaning his litter box at least once a day. Some cats don't like dirty litter boxes. It may help to add a second one for awhile too maybe in the closet where he peed. Be sure to clean up the pee with an enzyme cleaner like Nature's Miracle, Simple Solution or something like that.

Also Jeanne is right that sometimes kittens get busy and have to pee bad and can't make it to the litter box so it might be a good idea to have him in a smaller area unless you are watching him.

Good luck and let us know what the vet says when you take him in to be checked.

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Registered: 01-13-2010
Wed, 11-21-2012 - 1:33pm

  Thank you everyone for your advice.  He was just at the vet on Saturday for his first physical and shots.  He was given a clean bill of health, so probably not an infection.  We actually DO have his bedroom/bathroom set up in our half bathroom, so I'm thinking you all could be right in that, because he's so small, that he maybe just pees where he is.  We only let him roam when somebody's around, but I'll be keeping a close eye on him to make sure.  I also clean his litterbox every day after work, so it couldn't be that.  Thanks also for letting me know what to use on carpet.  I'll be sure to keep some on hand.  

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Registered: 03-24-2000
Thu, 11-22-2012 - 9:42am

It sounds like you are doing everything right so maybe he just forgets to use the litter box sometimes.  If the vet didn't test his urine there is no way that he or she could tell if your kitten has a urinary tract infection.  I would see if he does better and go from there for now.  If he continues to pee outside the litter box then have his urine tested.

Have fun with that little guy.  They grow up so fast.

 

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Registered: 03-14-2001
Fri, 11-23-2012 - 4:43pm

The other advice sounded good.  If there is still a problem, I've found that a Felaway dispenser works really well.  Unfortunately, its expensive.  They do sell it in spray form also.  Lemon or orange scented room spray also seems to work.  Spray the area where the cat urinates.   Use an enzyme product like Natures Miracle Just For Cats to clean the area.  It should eliminate odors that we as humans can't smell.  Also keep the litter box really clean.

I have 3 cats and a continuous problem with inappropriate peeing.  The only thing that really helps is the Felaway.  Unfortunately the cats do not like my dogs.  The dogs are very polite to the cats as they were brought up with cats.  THe current set of cats were adults when they came to me.  Two are my sons and one is an older cat that I adopted because he is a real love.