If you are reading this review it is more than likely you are struggling with your beloved cat wetting inappropriately. I am so, so sorry. This is an extremely complicated issue with nearly endless contributing factors that can exhaust you physically, emotionally, and financially. As others have posted, before you do ANYTHING else, have a discussion with your vet who will do an extensive examination, including lab work. If you do not do this, you are simply wasting your time. I repeat: if you do not first have a professional evaluate your cat you are wasting your time. If there are biological/physical issues causing this problem, all the tricks in the book are not going to work. The bright side is, if it physical, most likely it can be more simply treated. For us the cause was not physical, but rather psychological or behavioral.
We had four charming shelter kitties who interacted well with one another. We adopted a fifth and the gates of hell opened! We followed expert advice on introducing her to the others — including a long physical separation and gradual supervised exposure. The segregation lasted for months, and still Pipa, our new kitty, was not pleased with her new feline family. After six months (yes, six months!) she was able to be within proximity of the others without duress. Then we started noticing urine on their favorite scratching mats and blankets. We returned to square one, moving Pipa back into her own room (husband’s office) for several months, and began the slow integration one more time. It’s been nearly one year, and she is doing well. She sleeps in her own room, and comes out when we are home. She has stopped urinating on their stuff. However, she continues to urinate around her own litter box (in her room).
We tried various size boxes and specialty litters, and the urinating did not stop. Eventually we placed a small tarp under her box. This seemed to work for while, then we noticed that she was urinating on the edge of the tarp, causing some of the carpet underneath to be soiled. We placed a larger tarp under her box, and then a larger piece of heavy plastic underneath. She would still pee on the edge. Over time it was clear to our olfactory senses that something wasn’t right. Urine was getting trapped between the tarp and plastic, causing a significant odor. Up until this point we had been using a DIY vinegar/water/essential oils spray fairly effectively. It was clear our homemade cleaner was not equal to this task.
That’s when we tried Nature’s Miracle.
They claim that it permanently eliminates stains and odors. I would have to agree. Even in older spots that we overlooked, it seems to hide the cat smell. Using Nature’s Miracle, we were able to reduce the size tarp, which was taking up a considerable amount of room. No longer does husband’s home office stink. Did it prevent her from peeing in the same spot? No. It certainly did not brake her habit of peeing outside her box, we believe only months — and possibly years — of intense psychotherapy would do that.
What causes a cat to pee elsewhere? If not a physical issue, than it’s a psychological one that can have many attributing components: Did kitty suffer a loss? Has there been a new addition to the home? Is there turmoil in the home among humans? Is there conflict among the animal population? Is the littler box in a noisy, scary, or dark location? Is the litter not being changed enough? Is the box too small? too large? too short? too tall? Did kitty have a traumatic event occur while peeing and is experiencing a trigger a la PTSD? Yes, it’s that complicated. Thinking a $25 jug of cleaner is going to fix all that might be a little too far reaching. If it works for you great! To the rest of us, good luck! May God grant us patience and wisdom as we attempt to deal with this nerve wracking problem.
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