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6 Reasons Your Cat is Peeing On the Carpet & How to Stop It

If your typically pristine and proper cat is ignoring his litter box and peeing all over your carpet, it can become a frustrating (and smelly) problem for cat parents. The strong odor and constant carpet cleaning can definitely take a toll.

But why is your cat peeing on the carpet and not in his litterbox? The reasons behind his need to pee on your carpet could be behavioral or medical.

Here are six reasons your cat is urinating on your carpet and how to stop it.

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1. Health Concerns

A peeing problem could be caused by health problems, including kidney disease, a urinary tract infection, or diabetes. Additional medical issues may cause your cat discomfort when using the litterbox. For example, older cats who suffer from arthritis may not be able to get into a box that has a cover or high sides.

If you think the peeing issue is linked to a possible medical reason, make an appointment with your vet right away. They can then properly diagnose and treat the problem.


2. A Dirty Litterbox

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Cats are extremely particular when it comes to their toilets. If the litterbox isn’t perfectly pristine, your feline may feel uncomfortable using it.

To keep your litterbox clean, be sure to scoop the litter at least once a day. You may need to scoop it more if you live in a multi-cat household. Bear in mind that your cat’s sense of smell is a lot more sensitive than yours is. Even if the litterbox looks clean, it may still smell like a hot mess to your cat.


3. Stress

Your furry friend may be trying to tell you something by peeing on the carpet. He could be unhappy with another pet in the house and marking his territory to safeguard it from the other animal. He may even think it’s too dangerous to use the litterbox in the presence of the other pet.

Always ensure that your kitty has a quiet and peaceful place that he can call all his own. This is especially true if you own dogs. All other animals and humans should respect his space.


4. The Litterbox is Tough to Reach

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The urinary problem may be caused by something as simple as the placement of the litterbox. If your cat is old, he may have a problem accessing the litterbox, especially if it’s kept in the basement or on the second floor of your home.

The litterbox should always be kept in an easy-to-reach and active area of the household. Despite your desire to keep the litterbox hidden, removing it from social areas may make it unappealing to your feline friend. Moreover, if the litterbox is near the machine that produces loud noises or vibrates, like a fridge or washing machine, your cat may not use it.

Try keeping the litterbox near a hallway, in a bathroom, or in an office that has easy access to a garbage can. While it’s still easy for your cat to find, these areas will also offer him peace and privacy.


5. Many Animals in the House

Peeing on the carpet will generally happen more often in a multi-cat household. This is particularly true for homes where one cat bullies another one. Always have multiple litterboxes located in different areas of your home.


6. Litter Type

While there are a variety of litters to choose from, not every type of litter is perfect for every cat. Corncob litters, clay litters, and even litters made from recycled paper may not feel purr-fect for your cat to pee on.

Try using a few different type of litters to see which one works best for your pet.

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The Bottom Line on Litterboxes

Your cat may be forgoing his litterbox and using the carpet as a toilet for a number of reasons. If you think the culprit behind the problem is medical, take your cat to a vet right away. If it’s a behavioral issue, you need to be patient when it comes to fixing it.

With time, your cat will start using the litterbox once again. However, you still may want to replace that peed on carpet.


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