Every cat owner that has a cat that pees on the carpet knows the frustration of trying to put a stop to it and often only makes matters worse. If you don’t do the right things when trying to train your cat to start using the litter again, things can indeed become a serious problem. In this article, I will talk about some of these mistakes and how you can avoid them and put this horrendous problem behind you.
1. They don’t clean the carpet thoroughly enough.
One sense that humans have that is sorely lacking in comparison to cats is the sense of smell. Even when you think you’ve gotten every last drop of urine out of the carpet, to your cat it still smells. If your cat can still smell it, he’s going to pee on the same spot of carpet every time
2. They don’t use a solution appropriate for eliminating the organic compounds in cat urine.
Many people will just crack out a bottle of dish soap or some laundry detergent and go to town on the urine-soaked carpet. This is an absolute recipe for disaster. There are cleaners specially formulated to remove cat urine on the market for a reason. They are what’s called « enzymatic » cleaners and they actually break down the urine and essentially remove it from the carpet.
3. They don’t cover or isolate the area the cat has been peeing.
If the cat has access to the area and it isn’t possible to block it off, it’s important to use something like tinfoil to cover it. The cat won’t like the feeling of the tinfoil under her feet and will avoid treading on the area. It’s of utmost importance if using tinfoil to make sure there are some holes in it so that the area underneath can get air and properly dry.
My wife and I have a cat that cost us thousands of dollars in repair bills when his peeing on the carpet ended up rotting through to the floorboards and ruining both our floor AND the neighbours ceiling. We made many of these mistakes ourselves before deciding to get serious and put a stop to our cat peeing on the carpet.