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Cats urinating where they should not be urinating

GlaealGlaeal Registered User regular
edited August 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
So one of my cats keeps urinating in the bathroom sink, two feet to the right of her catbox. I originally suspected that she was doing it when the cat box was too dirty, but I caught her in the act just a few minutes after changing the litter.

Are there any ways to stop cats from doing this? My wife said she'd heard of a home remedy involving vinegar, but we can't really find anything.

Ideas?

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  • SarcastroSarcastro Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Teach her to use the toilet? Seriously, you might just have one of those kinda cats.

    There might might be some sort of tiger pee you can get to keep cats away, wolf scenting works for dogs.

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  • BlochWaveBlochWave Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    In the sink? That's kinda cool!

    She sees liquids going down it allllll the time and must've figured it's ok to contribute her own. Remember, cats like to keep their living areas clean, and in some way actual total disposal of urine down the drain must seem better to her than the litterbox. Since the bathroom probably has the smell of excrement to it(at least to a cat's nose)she might even start thinking the whole room is fair game. Try moving the litterbox, keeping her out of the bathroom, and making sure she still knows to go in the box in general, then you know she's just finding the sink preferable, and you have to find some way to teach her it's not

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  • blincolnblincoln Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Is she spayed?

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  • AtaxrxesAtaxrxes Hellnation Cursed EarthRegistered User regular
    edited August 2007
    I would much rather my cat(s) used the sink to pee in. All you have to do is turn the faucet on for a second, and you don't have all that urine to scoop out of the litterbox. It would conserve litter too.

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  • GlaealGlaeal Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    blincoln wrote: »
    Is she spayed?
    Yes.
    Ataxrxes wrote: »
    I would much rather my cat(s) used the sink to pee in. All you have to do is turn the faucet on for a second, and you don't have all that urine to scoop out of the litterbox. It would conserve litter too.
    It's not as nice as you would think. The biggest problem is that she does it and no one notices for a few hours. Now the bathroom reeks of cat urine, and it's dried around the drain. Running hot water doesn't get all of it out, and the urine is starting to seep into the sealant around drain. The sink smells like urine all the time, and it's getting to the point where we can't wash it out.

    And she still poos in the litter box, so we have to change it anyway. Plus we have another cat who doesn't pee in the sink.

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    edited August 2007
    First, the best product I've found for removing the smell of cat urine from anything is called Urine-Off.

    Second, she may perceive the litter box as the other cat's territory and be avoiding it. Try buying her her own litter box. Place it immediately next to the bathroom sink if you can.

    Third, take double-sided sticky tape and place it on the sink before you leave for work/school. Cats hate the texture - she'll jump on it once and really wish she hadn't. After a few days of this, she'll learn that the sink is really uncomfortable on her paws and stop jumping on it.

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  • ViolentChemistryViolentChemistry __BANNED USERS regular
    edited August 2007
    What's wrong with peeing in the sink?
    Mostly joking.

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  • FristleFristle Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Haha, our cat has done the same thing.

    #1 Try "Feli-way" (it seems to work)
    #2 Try leaving water in the sink
    #3 The cat might have a health problem such as a UTI or FLUTD. Watch her to see if she is having trouble urinating or seems to be in any pain. Get special litter to see if her urine pH is really off, if so, this is the reason for her "loss of litterbox behavior" (what they usually call it)

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