Urinating Here and There

Stop inappropriate elimination by confining the new cat with diffuser and litterbox, then reintroducing to the resident cat.

By J. Veronika Kiklevich, DVM

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Q. Our new, formerly stray cat is about 9 months old. He recently started attacking our other cat. Also about a week ago, my brother was playing with our other cat, and the new cat obviously did not approve. He found a convenient corner behind my brother and urinated. Then, the other day he went behind our Christmas tree and urinated. Please explain the peeing issue and the aggression toward my other cat. 

A. Neutering your new cat may help his unwanted behavior. Confine the kitten in an area with a feline pheromone diffuser and a litterbox. Also, begin a slow reintroduction of your new cat to your home and current feline resident.

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ROBERT    MARBLE HILL, MO

2/9/2014 10:00:04 AM

Sorry I screwed up what I was trying to say they are peeing in small spots in the living room looking for something to kill the smell.And FELIWAY isn' working@!!HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!

ROBERT    MARBLE HILL, MO

2/9/2014 9:55:00 AM

We have three cats and FELIWAY isn't working they are may because it to cold for them on the sunporch I'm looking for something to clean the carpet with that will kill the urine smell looking for suggestions!!!

Shelly    Santa Fe, NM

12/10/2013 6:04:42 AM

I have an 18 year old (Monkey), a 6 year old(Marlee), they have been getting along fine, just over a year ago someone dumped a kitten so now I have a 1 1/2 year old Mandy) Marlee has begun to pee on the bed and I don't know how to stop her, I've moved the boxes into the spare bathroom and shut them out of my bedroom but every time I leave the door open she pees on the bed. Anyone have any suggestions?

CatChannel Editor    Irvine, CA

4/2/2013 12:40:03 PM

Tina -- The introduction of a new pet family member can be stressful. You mention that the litterboxes are in isolated places. This might cause your cat some anxiety when she tries to use it. Cats like to have a clear view of their surroundings when they are in a vulnerable position, especially when there is a potential antagonist nearby.

You must also be diligent about cleaning the elimination spots around the house, as the smell will attract your cat to mark it again. Ask your vet for a recommendation for enzymatic cleaners. Good luck

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