My cats keep peeing on this one area of carpet no matter how thoroughly I clean/steamclean it. What should I do?
Type of Animal: Cat
Hi there,Welcome to Pearl!I am a licensed veterinarian and specialist.We must first rule out medical causes.Typically in these cases, aside from a good examination, a urine sample (Urinalysis) is considered.With that said, being that this is just in 1 spot - this is often behavioral - and as a result, there is not always 1 answer to solve the problem for every cat.Here are some options that you can try at home:You can consider adding a litterbox in the house (in general when there are issues such as this, the recommendation is to have 1 more litterbox than the number of cats in the house) An example is 2 cats = 3 litterboxes. You can also add “Cat Attract” to the litterboxes to attract them to urinate in the right places.You can also place the carpet runner you use for desk chairs upside down so the little plastic spikes are facing up - in the area that they urinate - cats do not like to walk on this and will then avoid this area - hoping to use the litterbox.Removing the covers of litterboxes so they are more open, especially with bigger cats.I have even had owners that have purchased storage containers, such as Rubbermaid containers, not made for litter but are MUCH larger than cat litterboxes to give them a large area.Placing the litterboxes in areas of less traffic in the house to give them more of a private area to urinate (and defecate)There is also a product, Feliway which emits a hormone/phermone to reduce stress to help in behavioral situations just like this - or a calming collar which emits phermones/hormones that are supposed to decrease stress or anxiety in cats.I hope this information helps!If you have any follow-up questions - please do not hesitate to ask!Otherwise - please remember to click ACCEPTFind me any time if needed: http://www.justanswer.com/veterinary/expert-criticalcarevetYou can always request me through my profile, bookmark my page for future help, or beginning your question with “For CriticalCareVet”____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Please click the "GREEN ACCEPT" button if the information I have provided has been of help so I receive credit for helping you. Bonuses are always welcome and appreciated.This is necessary so that I can get credit for assisting you and compensated for my time.Once you click accept, your question will not close, and you will still have the opportunity to follow-up if needed.Also remember, sometimes the medical information and recommendation may not be what you want to hear, but it is being made in the best interest of your pet - please be courteous in your response, even if this is not exactly what you wanted to hear - we are only making the best and safest possible recommendations for you and your loved ones.Please keep in mind that if you do not list all the important information above (medical history, current medications, previous illness, etc) it is harder for me to give you the most complete information.With this communication - we are here to guide you in making the best decision for your pet. This is for informational purposes only. We are not allowed to diagnose and prescribe medications - rather provide a course of action to speak to your veterinarian about - and any medical therapy and treatment should only be performed after an in-person examination with your veterinarian as a professional-client relationship has not been established on the site. While information may be discussed, this is not intended as an encouragement for you to self treat your pet, rather information online, and any treatment provided should only be performed after consulting your veterinarian.
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