Cats' inability to communicate with humans is a source of endless frustration to both. When something is bothering your cat, he may begin using the rug as a toilet as a way to let you know. Discouraging the behaviour is only half of the solution. Finding out how to make your cat happy again is also important to stop the behaviour.
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Things you need
- Pet carpet cleaner
- Spray deterrent
- Carpet runner
- Litter box
- Anxiety medicine
Take your cat to the vet. If your cat has suddenly started peeing or pooping on the carpet, it could indicate a urinary tract infection or other medical problem.
Thoroughly clean any spot on the carpet where the cat has done his business with a pet cleaner and odour remover.
Spray the areas of rug your cat has used as a toilet with a strongly scented cat spray deterrent. Alternately, you can close off the room and deny your cat access to it.
Add further deterrents if your cat keeps using the rug as a toilet. One option is to place a carpet runner with the pointy side up on your rug to make it unpleasant for the cat to walk there.
Replace the litter box if your cat is going just outside of it. If your cat outgrows his litter box, he may be standing where he's supposed to stand but aiming over the edge of it.
Evaluate any recent stresses your cat has been going through. If you have recently moved to a new house, had a baby or even moved his litter box, you may have upset your cat's normal routine and stressed him out. This can cause cats to use your rug as a toilet.
If possible, correct those stresses. For example, if your cat feels neglected because of a new child, spend quality time with the cat every day, petting him and making him feel loved.
Take the cat back to the vet if he keeps using the rug as a toilet. Your vet may prescribe anxiety medication to help your cat cope with whatever is stressing him.
Tips and warnings
- Keep your cat's litter box clean. Some cats will avoid a litter box if it gets too dirty.
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