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Butterfly4uButterfly4u Registered User regular
edited October 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
My cat has picked up this habit of pissing on my clean clothes that are in my laundry basket. She only urinates on the baskets of clean clothes and only when they are in the living room. To give you some background she's 5 years old, an only cat, and we recently found out she has fleas. She started urinating on my clothes after I treat her for her fleas which has been twice so far. The first time she did it I watch her urinate then she promptly ran off to the litter box to go poop. The litter box is clean so it's not that. The second time she urinated on my clothes when I wasn't home. She's been spending a lot of time hiding inside the couch sleeping when she normally sleeps out in the open. Adding to the stress of fleas is the fact that my boyfriend is slowly moving his stuff in. We've also had maintenance coming and going as they try to fix a leak in the bedroom. I'm sure Tigger also loves the fan that is airing out the carpet in the bedroom. So I know she's stressed, but how do I get her to quit urinating on my clothes? At $2 a wash I really hate to be rewashing my clothes twice a week.

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    FFFF Once Upon a Time In OaklandRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    First thing I'd check for would be some sort of urinary tract infection. (Though it sounds like stress is a major factor as well) My cat pissed on my clean clothes (with a perfectly clean litter box). Turned out he had a slight infection. Gave him antibiotics for a week or 2 and it cleared right up.

    Barring that, she could just be needing a whole ton of attention, with all the changes.

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    kathoskathos Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    My cat pissed into a backpack of mine. I threw him in the backpack for a full 30 minutes so he could smell his mess (he also pissed into my university books, worth around $200+, I had to buy brand new ones).

    He never did it again.

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    locomotivemanlocomotiveman Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I've seen cats do weird stuff when it comes to this sort of thing, including ruining a DDR pad back in the day and shitting on my bed while i was still in it.

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    CrumbBumCrumbBum Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    If you can catch her in the act and immediately place her under some water from a faucet she will think twice before doing it again as well. I have a feeling her actions are probably because she is unhappy with her current living conditions, and will most likely stop once everything is settled down. Has she been friendly with this boyfriend? Hopefully it is just the maintenance guys and fan bothering her.

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    TrowizillaTrowizilla Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    All the advice saying to punish the cat...cats don't really have the mental sophistication needed to associate a punishment for what they just did. You'll just get a cat that thinks letting you see it do its business = something bad happening, so it'll just get sneaky.

    It really, really sounds like your kitty's stressed out about all the changes. First and most practically, don't leave the laundry where she can get at it. Next, you might want to shut her into the bathroom with her food, water, litter box, a few toys, and something soft to sleep on while you're gone and people are coming in and out. Having a more controlled environment should calm her down, and if she messes in the bathroom, it's all tile anyway. Finally, make sure you give her lots of attention, and have your boyfriend start paying attention to her as well. Hopefully, once you stop giving her the opportunity to pee on things and the stressful changes stop, she should calm down.

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    corky842corky842 Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Trowizilla wrote: »
    cats don't really have the mental sophistication needed to associate a punishment for what they just did.

    My mom just brought our cat home. The cat jumps on the kitchen counter. My dad throws the cat off the counter. The cat never jumps on the counter again.

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    MedopineMedopine __BANNED USERS regular
    edited October 2007
    Trowizilla's got it right. Leave the laundry somewhere where she can't get at it, and give her a more controlled evironment so her stress level is lower.

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    FallingmanFallingman Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    corky842 wrote: »
    Trowizilla wrote: »
    cats don't really have the mental sophistication needed to associate a punishment for what they just did.

    My mom just brought our cat home. The cat jumps on the kitchen counter. My dad throws the cat off the counter. The cat never jumps on the counter again.

    The trick is that the consequence needs to be directly after the act. Its no good bringing the cat back an hour or two later and expecting it to understand while you sit there saying "you see that? thats bad!" You need to catch them in the act.

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    BlochWaveBlochWave Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Also the cat probably jumps on the counter when you're not around or at home

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    TrowizillaTrowizilla Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    BlochWave wrote: »
    Also the cat probably jumps on the counter when you're not around or at home

    Yeah, what the cat learned is not to let people SEE the cat jumping on the counter. To actually keep it off there, you have to come up with a way for the cat to not want to jump on the counter. (I've heard putting double-sided tape up there for a week or so works wonders, by the way.)

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    Butterfly4uButterfly4u Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Thanks for all of the advice! I removed the clothes so she can't potty on them. After a couple of days of her pottying on the floor she's stopped. I'm still taking her to the vet tomorrow to get her all checked out. My boyfriend and I have been giving her more attention. I think we might of gotten the fleas under control as well. I learned don't use generic flea stuff, because it just doesn't work. After paying $30 for flea stuff I found out Dawn dish soap kills fleas better. She's starting eating and drinking more also since I treated her with the Dawn dish soap. So hopefully she'll just need to get her shots and some Frontline tomorrow.

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    Butterfly4uButterfly4u Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Well my cat is fine. The vet said it was the fleas making her act weird because we were severly infested.

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    ManonvonSuperockManonvonSuperock Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Sucks, cats can do some crazy shit. And, now that your problem's cleared up, I'll use the thread to approach my similar one:

    I have a cat that for it's entire life has been a litterbox cat. A few months ago, I attempt to swap him over to the pine litter, which was a horrible idea, as the pine counteracted the ammonia of the urine perfectly, but did absolutely nothing at all for the shit. The pine chunks were large, like really big pills, so my cat didn't actively bury anything, just left it on top. He only had that litter for a couple of weeks and i moved back on to is regular stuff.

    The Problem: he won't bury his shit. he poops, right on top of the litter, scratches the fucking wall next to it, like he's covering it up with wall flakes or some shit, i don't know. But, when i go in there, i see his poopers just laying on top of the litter. It is ridiculously frustrating, as uncovered, his poo reeks the entire apt.

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    TrowizillaTrowizilla Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Hmm. He probably just got out of the habit of burying his poops when he was on the pine litter. Now he's trying to bury it, but is aiming all wrong (and scratching at the wall), and since his poops didn't get buried with the pine litter, he's not realizing that stinky poops = unburied ones.

    First off, if you can catch him pooping, wait until he's done and trying to scratch at the wall and then take his paws and redirect them to the litter. Sort of guide him to cover his own poop, you know? Keep doing that as often as possible until he starts burying on his own. Getting a bigger litter box might help, too, 'cause he'll have a bigger target to scratch in. To deal with the stink, flush any unburied poops that you weren't around to help him bury. Hope he gets the idea soon!

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    ManonvonSuperockManonvonSuperock Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    sounds good, putting him in his litter box repeatedly didn't help. i'll try catching him scratching and aiming his paws for him some. now, i just play kitty-butler and go bury it for him...like the bitch that i am.

    ha!

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    FalxFalx Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Well my cat is fine. The vet said it was the fleas making her act weird because we were severly infested.

    That sucks, you should probably buy some bug bombs for the house. Do the whole once every two weeks for a month or two. It's gonna suck but it should kill all the fleas and their newly hatched spawn. Otherwise the cat, and eventually you, will be peeing on the laundry again ;)

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    Butterfly4uButterfly4u Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I treated the whole house with an insecticide spray that protects the house for nine months, and Tigger (I didn't name her) is now on Frontline. So the fleas aren't going to come back strong.

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    DeusfauxDeusfaux Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Punishing the cat is bad advice. The thing with a water gun or whatever is that you're supposed to do it so they cannot understand where the water comes from. And learn to associate getting sprayed with the bad action.

    otherwise as already said, they will only associate you with "being punished (period!)" , should you choose to directly punish. the bad deed wont factor into their thinking at all

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