Cat Peeing on the Rug? Try These Tips

June 27, 2012

When I come across a treasure trove of great information about litter box avoidance, I get VERY excited!

One of my favorite blogging vets is Dr. Arnold Plotnick of Manhattan Cat Specialists. I enjoy his blog, Cat Man Do, and love his dedication to cats. He recently posted a reader question about litter box issues. It was the same story we all hear – multi cat household, one cat decides she prefers to pee on the rug and bam! We’ve got litter box issues.

Dr. Plotnick invited one of his esteemed colleagues, behaviorist Alice Moon-Fanelli, from Brooklyn Vet Hospital, to tackle this one and she did an excellent job. I urge you to go read the entire article but here are just nuggets of great info:

*Cats prefer litter boxes 1 1/2 times the length of their torso (there are a lot of dinky litter boxes on the market so consider this when choosing one!)

*Alice recommends Zero Odorto remove the smell from carpets. These guys have been getting a lot of snaps lately and I just received a sample to try so I will let you know what I think!

*Alice suggests 4 inches of litter in the litter box

*To deter the cat from peeing on the rug, Alice recommends that you try a citrus spray (cats don’t like the smell!) or Boundary Spray on the rug.

*If you don’t want to spray deterrent directly on the rug, spray it on a towel and place on the rug (this is a new one I’d never heard!)

Check out the rest of the article for even more fantastic ideas and insight including where to move the box, what NOT to do, and more!

Let me know if any of these suggestions help your litter box scene!