my cat keeps urinating and pooping on the couch and it drains through to the hard wood floor which is being ruined
on Jun 22nd 2009
in Urine Marking & House Soiling
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If your cat was previously using the litterbox, then there are usually 2 reasons why they stop. One is a health issue. It could be a bladder infection which requires a trip to the vet for a sample check and antibiotics. The other reason is stress. Even the slightest change that might not affect you or anyone else in the household will cause them to show their displeasure, by not using the box. Changes can include new box/litter/box location, new pet, death of another pet or human, workmen in the home, you took a vacation. bad weather(thunder/lightning/wind), a stray cat outside, etc. Cats "mark" with feces and urine to show their displeasure (if they have no health concerns, that is). Where they mark needs to be cleaned with an enzymatic cleaner (Nature's Miracle). There is only one way to "fix" the floor and that is refinishing that spot. You can put a litter box in that room also. You can also put a food bowl near the sofa as cats won't "go" where they eat. Check with your vet first.
Izadore (Izzie) answered on Jun 23rd.
Like humans, cats like their routines and daily habits. When something changes in their home, one way their anxiety may manifest itself is by urinating outside the cat litter box. With a little bit of work and patience, your kitty can be calmed down and get back to her good litter box habits.
I have found an interesting article on CAT ANXIETY AND LITTER BOX PROBLEMS at askables.com - it was helpful when I had a similar problem with one of my kitty's