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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:33 pm 
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I adopted a Bengal female, Bella, 3 years ago, she was 8 month old, was too small in size for that age, and as I learned had food allergies to almost all commercial cat foods, and also to cat litters. We worked hard to solve all the issues, and with the vet advises changed the food choices and switched to only natural types of cat litter.
The problem we have now - Bella started peeing on the couch. As I learnt through the forums, I took her to the vet to ensure she is not having any medical issue. She did have a urinary tract infection, after 2 weeks of medication the infection was treated. But unfortunately, Bella continues peeing occasionally on the same couch, and also 2 other couches in the basement, where nobody can see her. That makes me think that she is not trying to bring my attention to her to any health problem she might have. We have to tilt the pillows every day, otherwise the does this over and over again.
At this time I think it is behavioral, and I am looking for a piece of advice from the forum folks.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:46 am 
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I think you just need to clean all areas where cat has peed. Use a recommended urine stain and odor remover and do not use bleach, it may cause the cat to return to the spot.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 5:59 pm 
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Jake gave you great advice. Once the infection is cleared up, the cat should return to using the litter box. However, if the areas where she has gone have not been completely cleaned with an enzymatic cleaner made especially for cat urine, she is going to continue using those areas. Sometimes these areas need multiple treatments, too. You may not be able to smell anything, but the cat can. A cat's sense of smell is 14 times stronger than ours. And, in order to make it a whole lot less desirable for her, you'll have to create a way to prevent her from accessing those areas. They do make motion-activated air canisters (you can buy them online) that you can set up in the areas you do not want her. Shouldn't take long for her to realize she is unwelcome there. You need to give her some time, though. Habits are hard to break.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:27 pm 
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First, good for you for seeing through all those problems. That couldn't have been easy, so kudos for that.

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That makes me think that she is not trying to bring my attention to her to any health problem she might have.


I wouldn't think of it in those terms. I would think of it more in terms of: She now has a long history bad experiences of using a litterbox, and having great discomfort when she does. Litterbox means pain and discomfort, and also it's pretty natural for the humans to show frustration with a situation like that, but that also puts more pressure on her and also negatively reinforces the whole ordeal of trying to take a pee.

I think what I would do is put a fresh, new litterbox, right next to the couch(es) where she is going. Make it so she practically has to walk over the litterbox to get to the spot where she is hitting the couch. You might also try that cat-attract litter in the new boxes, and then of course just lots of praise when she does the right thing, and just being careful not to add stress to the act of taking a pee or a poo for her. Also, adding more play for her will also help reduce stress.

A blacklight and a specialized enzymatic cleaner, like others mentioned, is helpful in cleaning up pee, but pee that is soaked into pillows and sofas... I dunno. I'm not sure you'll ever be able to really clean that up sufficiently. And if course if what you're trying to make it so that your sofa doesn't smell like her litterbox to her, you have to remember how strong a sense of smell that cats have... 7x humans I believe.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:02 pm 
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LOL Brian. I believe I heard Jackson Galaxy mention the 14 times stronger on his show, but I could be wrong. Regardless, even 7 times stronger than humans is a lot! If I can smell the urine, then it has to be really strong for the kitty! LOL.

It is so true about the soaking in of the urine. It is hard to get out from any interior fabric. When they pee on the carpet, it goes through to the padding and unless you can get to the padding and underfloor, the smell continues to come back. Been there, done that.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:31 pm 
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Thanks for your reply! I did clean the pillows and the covers with Liberty Enzyme solution, the couch stayed clean for 3 weeks, and then the incident of improper peeing continued. My vet also suggested anxiety medication - Zylkene, she is still on it.


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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 4:21 pm 
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Feliway has a new product, called Feliscratch, that is supposed to help protect furniture from scratching. I've been wondering if it would help with peeing behavior as well. At any rate, the regular Feliway may help as well.


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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 6:06 pm 
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I'm just not a fan of putting a cat on medication when there is clearly a reason for the inappropriate peeing. I'd be adding litter boxes, making sure the area he is using is no longer attractive. It takes a long while to change a cat's behavior.


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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 7:00 pm 
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LadyKay wrote:
Feliway has a new product, called Feliscratch, that is supposed to help protect furniture from scratching. I've been wondering if it would help with peeing behavior as well. At any rate, the regular Feliway may help as well.


Hmm, that seems odd to me since scratching furniture and marking something with pee are such different things. The problem that Feliway tries to solve is just the case where a cat feels really territorially threatened. Kind of: "you don't need to mark things because all this already belongs to you". For scratching, that's actually a need that any fully mojo-fied cat has. So it's basically a matter of giving your cat approved things that are more attractive to him to meet his scratching needs, and if necessary, mark some furniture with smelly stuff so that the other stuff is relatively more attractive for scratching.

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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 3:42 pm 
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The Feliway that I get specifically mentions scratching and urine marking on the package. Not that it helps with the marking. At least not for Raiden.


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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 5:00 pm 
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I've been told that not every cat even registers Feliway, it's like an expensive experiment.


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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 3:36 pm 
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I agree with that last statement! I use it in our bedroom, thinking Raiden will just calm down and sleep through the night, but that doesn't happen. LOL


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