Cat peeing on the side of my house

@shaggin (36845)
United States
March 7, 2011 9:07am CST
Oh my gosh I am so annoyed now. We had a cat that was an indoor cat for years. It was my exes cat and it would rip the furniture apart. One day I got sick and tired of it and put the cat outside to live. It had always used a cat litter box so now it kind of doesnt know what to do with itself now that there is about 2 feet of snow on the ground. I went out today to shovel and throw out a bag of garbage and smelled urine so strong. I looked and noticed it was running down the side of my house. So when I saw my black cat shadow on top of the garbage can yesterday now I realize what he was doing. He was standing on there where the snow hadent gotten on it and peeing down the side of the house. Hopefully pouring vinegar on it will help with the smell.
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17 responses
• United States
8 Mar 11
I have outside cats, tom cats, only one was neutered and I've noticed the smell at our patio door. I've read theses post but I am confused if this is a male or female and if its fixed. I Love cats, but like you, if they are going to misbehave they are not going to be in the house. One reason why they are outside! We live in the country and have a barn they can get in and I feed them everyday. You have made a home for it on your porch, my daughter did the same as you, fixing up the pet carrier with blankets for them to sleep in and then covered the carrier so they would be protected. What I have noticed about cats, especially outside cats, they will go anywhere, right now with snow its just whereever, once spring gets here then they will go in the dirt. But for now they can't get to it. I think your cat will be fine. You have and are providing for it.
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@shaggin (36845)
• United States
8 Mar 11
The one cat that I originally put outside after years of cleaning up urine all over the house was a male. He was fixed as a kitten. He got a blockage and after that continued to pee on everything. The other cat that just peed on the side of my house is a girl who was also neutered when she was a kitten. She never peed around the house this was just an issue because of the snow. I thank you for being kind and understanding instead of telling me what a horrible person I am like most of the others.
• United States
8 Mar 11
I had the most beautiful purebred white hymnalian cat? but under no circumstances would he use a litter box! He became an outdoor cat. We do live in the country and cats outside are just fine. I have 2 in the house (3 because I have my granddaughters kitten that she found as a stray but its going out soon!) but they are well behaved cats. Guess you know where they will be if they weren't! I really can't believe how cruel everyone has been to you on here! You have a home outside for the cats and its fine and your making sure they are fed. The peeing in the house is a serious health issue too. Not only in breathing in the fumes, but in having the kids play with their toys! I think you have done the right thing. I have a gorgeous stray that I had fixed but he decided he didn't want to be a good house cat and I put him out this fall but when I found him someone had dropped him off at my daughters and he had his nails trimmed very short, we thought he was declawed at first! He was starving. That is animal abuse to abandon that way. What you have done is not. My best friends neighbor called me a couple weeks ago, she had found 2 stray cats and wanted to know if I would take them. She brought them over. They are in the barn, ones friendly, and I feed them 2x's a day. Best of luck to you. I think you have done the right thing.
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@shaggin (36845)
• United States
9 Mar 11
My grandmother had two hymalian cats. They were the sweetest cats. They wound up with tumors and had to be put down it was a sad day for everyone. She was a huge cat lover. I love the cats but when it comes down to it they are cats and my kids are more important. Having the cats pee on my daughters tent that she liked to sleep in and peeing on her clothes and toys and blankets. I just couldnt deal with it anymore. I had put up with it for years. The cat is fine living outside. I wish it didnt have a peeing problem because then it could have continued to live inside. In the summer it was always sneaking outside it wanted to be out there.
@LaDeBoheme (1988)
• United States
7 Mar 11
When a cat sprays, it it also a way of marking their territory. Plus you have to keep in mind that here is a cat that's lived indoors for years, now he's out in the snow. I guess he is a little confused. That white stuff doesn't look like anything in his litterbox. And it's cold stuff too! I do have to agree with taking the cat to the SPCA. Not the same as the pound. The SPCA does not euthanize animals.
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@shaggin (36845)
• United States
7 Mar 11
Once the snow goes away I'm sure she will stop peeing on the side of my house. Actually just her ability to do that is pretty amazing because the lid isnt on so she has to balance very carefully on the thin edge of the garbage can. Its almost like walking on a stiff tightrope. We dont an SPCA around here only the pound. The pound also makes you pay $50 to drop off a cat and then they put it to sleep if its not like the perfect animal. Neither of my cats would be adopted out.
• United States
8 Mar 11
Oops, I kept calling her a 'he'. That's too bad about no SPCA. We have a pound nearby too, but I always think of pounds as doggy/kitty jails. That's where they go when animal control rounds them up, not where people willingly take them. I actually adopted my cats from the SPCA. It is amazing how acrobatic cats can get. I have a cat who bops right to the litterbox and gets in and does her thing, but sometimes, and I don't know how she aims, but she shoots her poop right over the edge of the box to the outside! AND she will proceed to paw the side of the box like she's going to bury it! If I didn't have to clean it up, I'd probably think it was funny.
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@shaggin (36845)
• United States
8 Mar 11
Well we have three cats. One is a female that lives inside then there is a male and female that lives outside. The litter box that we have for the inside cat is kind of like a cat house. It has a big lid to it so they cant poop outside the litter box. The main reason we bought it though was because when the cats would bury their poop they would kick the cat litter all over the floor.
@yoyo1198 (3644)
• United States
7 Mar 11
I have to agree that if you don't want to take care of the cat and meet its needs, it should be taken to a shelter. You are obviously not an animal person. House cats are just that; house cats. Throwing it outside is not the answer. Please take it to where it will at least have a chance to be adopted by someone who will give it a loving home. There are people who know how to get the best from their pets.
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@shaggin (36845)
• United States
7 Mar 11
The one cat that has a urine problem is such a nice cat but no one wants a cat that will pee all over its house. Its been fixed since it was a kitten it started peeing after a blockage it had. I put up with it for years I had had it with cleaning up after the cat. It was destroying my house. I had to rip out our dining room carpet because it smelled. Now I have a ugly floor from the 40s that I cant afford to fix up. The other cat isnt mine its my exes and he wont take it or take it to the pound. I dont feel responsible for that cat I never wanted it and he refused to take it when he moved out. As far as I'm concerned at least I put out food for it and made a place for it to sleep on our porch. If anyone wants it they are welcome to it I couldnt care less.
@yoyo1198 (3644)
• United States
7 Mar 11
You have negated every suggestion that has been offered here. Why in the world did you start the discussion in the first place?
@shaggin (36845)
• United States
7 Mar 11
It was a discussion. Everyone here has said that I should keep the cat or find a home for it. Finding a home for it isnt going to work and keeping the cat in the house I am not going to deal with unless my ex takes it and has it declawed. I've begged him to take his cat but he wont. I didnt write the discussion asking for advice. I'm sure plenty of people dislike me after reading my discussion but oh well. Someone did come up with a good idea though to put cat litter in a spot for the cat to use since its used to going in a litter box it probably has no idea where to go to the bathroom in 2 feet of snow. I cleared off the sidewalk so it can at least walk down the sidewalk and driveway now instead of being stuck on the porch. Sometime perhaps someone will come along and understand what I'm going through with the cat and write about their experience. Thats what I was hoping for. But so far I've had the opposite and thats ok as well. It just doesnt mean that I have to agree to do as they have said and it doesnt make either of our opinions wrong.
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
7 Mar 11
This is all so sad to me. I love animals. My cats have destroyed my furniture too, it's what they do.. but I love the cats too much to get rid of them or send them outside. Instead I bought them a scratching post in hopes they'll stop scratching my furniture and so far it has worked. Maybe we will soon be able to get new furniture.
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@shaggin (36845)
• United States
7 Mar 11
The new couch was $700 and the cat already clawed a bunch of spots on it. That is what cats do I know I felt horrible but after years of putting up with this and having the house destroyed and not having enough money to fix it up now I was fed up with the cat that I never wanted in the first place. My ex I kicked out and he wouldnt take his cat. I have had various different cat scratching posts and my cats never used it. I still have one and its never touched it just gathers dust.
• United States
7 Mar 11
Then you should have found it a good home with owners who would take good care of it. I've had cats that scratched and cats that sprayed and I loved the cats too much to do much about it aside from buying scratching posts and urine smell remover spray, which worked a little bit. Neutering a male cat does not always stop the spraying, because mine had been fixed but still sprayed. It's part of owning a cat. You cannot get mad at the cat for being who it is, it doesn't know any better. My cats are like my children. They might make messes and destroy things.. but they're a part of this family and I just have to deal with it sometimes. I wouldn't throw my kids outside for drawing on the walls or ripping the sofa, so I wouldn't do that to my cats either.
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@shaggin (36845)
• United States
7 Mar 11
I tried. I offered the cat to many people no one wanted it. Years back I wrote a thing on mylot about how the one cat kept peeing all over the house. Everyone told me to love it and keep it and I continued to let it live in the house for another year or two but after it peeing on my childrens toys and everything else I was sick and tired ot it. I know there are far better pet owners out there such as yourself. To me its just a pet not a family member. I did used to view the animals as you did which is why I kept it for so many years and dealt with issues but I just couldnt do it anymore. The male cat never sprayed until after the blockage. Before that it was the perfect cat.
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@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
11 Mar 11
Cat pee is a horrible smell. Our cats (or one of them at least) decided that the corners of our lounge room would make a good toilet. They spend most of the day outside and inside have a nice tray to go in, but they kept going back to the corners and peeing, then digging it up! The carpet is now ruined. I am not at all fond of my cats anymore!
@shaggin (36845)
• United States
12 Mar 11
Oh man that would be awful. My dining room carpet got like that to and I had to tear the whole thing out this past summer because it smelled and was gross. It was a lot of work to tear that old carpet out by myself. The floor underneath is covered in this hideous old worn out linoelum. It looks so bad but at least it does not smell. I cant afford to do anything with it so I have to put up with my house looking awful.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
12 Mar 11
The holes that they have dug go right through to the concrete slab underneath. We are getting quotes at the moment to replace the carpet, but we do not want to spend too much as we are selling our house anyway.
• United States
8 Mar 11
From the sounds of it I would think it would be best to give the cat to someone who would love it. Animals are not something to just have around and then complain about the things they do. If your ex did not want to animal there are shelters and maybe a friend or family member that could give it the home it deserves. Making an inside cat go out in two feet of snow to use the restroom is not a good thing.
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• Philippines
8 Mar 11
your right, definitely there maybe someone would appreciate this cat than letting it outside in the snow. they also deserve to be loved & take care
@shaggin (36845)
• United States
8 Mar 11
It was just a one time thing. We had a huge snow storm and when I woke up the snow was as tall as the porch. I dont blame the cat for peeing there. I asked friends and family to take it. I offered it to everyone no one wanted it. There arent any no kill shelters around here so it living outside was what I chose. Today it pooped on the side of my driveway oh well when its gotta go its gotta go lol.
• Romania
11 Mar 11
If your cat is a male feels the need to mark their territory. In this respect you can not do much. My advice is to catch one and give it to someone who can keep it in house or take her to a shelter where animals can be adopted by someone. I once had a cat girl who broke all the curtains in my house. was three months old. I gave it to someone who could hold a yard. when I lived in an apartment.
@shaggin (36845)
• United States
11 Mar 11
Well the male cat that lives outside actually isnt the one peeing on the house which is what you would think. It is actually my female cat. They were both fixed as kittens. My cat just didnt want to go out in two feet of snow so she stood on the edge of the garbage can to pee on the house lol. You would tihnk she would have just peed somewhere on the porch. If anyone wanted either of these cats they would be more then welcome to take them but no one wants them.
@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
8 Mar 11
You say in one of your replies to a poster here that your cat never sprayed 'til "after the blockage." Well there's your answer! Your cat is trying to avoid the excruciating pain of peeing by avoiding the places he used to go, because he associates them with the pain! He's looking for other sites, hoping to find one where it doesn't hurt any more! His urinary tract has what feels--to HIM--like little shards of glass in it! For crying out loud, take this poor cat to the vet! Human kindness demands it! There are often shelters that take in cats & don't kill them My town, Austin, originally "euthanized" pets, but has finally, like Williamson county next to us did long ago, become a no-kill shelter. Get on-line & locate the nearest one to you, & let the poor cat go to another home. Maggiepie "I see too much order in the universe to believe this could have been accidental." Albert Einstein's reply when asked how he could believe in a Creator.
@junrapmian (2170)
• Philippines
8 Mar 11
I also have 2 cats at home and their urine really stinks and if you don't clean it immediately, the smell roams around the house. What I always do it to mop the place where he urinated with soap and water and pour on some chlorine bleach and rinse or in some cases, I sprinkle some baking soda so the smell goes awat.
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• Philippines
8 Mar 11
thanks junrapmian, its good to know like you who have their life with cats even when its sometimes really stinks but the good things they bought in our lives sometimes it is worth the effort in cleaning their pees.
@Suzieqmom (2763)
• United States
8 Mar 11
I understand your frustration--we have a diabetic cat that will sometimes pee in whatever room he happens to be in. But cats urinate where they aren't supposed to for a variety of reasons, including frustration and anger. For sure that's what your cat is doing--he is telling you that is is very unhappy being outside! I am not trying to pass judgment here, but I am wondering why YOU didn't just get him declawed yourself so he could stay inside? Declawing is not an ideal solution, but it is better than throwing an indoor cat outdoors--especially in the winter. Or, if you really couldn't find a suitable animal shelter, why not reach out to your vet? They are always looking to place animals, and I sure he or she could have found someone to adopt the cat. If none of these solutions appeal to you, then you must deal with the consequences of your actions--you threw the cat outdoors, after all--it didn't run away or get out unexpectedly.
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@shaggin (36845)
• United States
8 Mar 11
I cant afford to spend any more money on the animals then I have to. When my ex was here we had more money. For the last year my kids and I lived off $400 a month cash. We got our food paid for and help with the bills but still my bills alone are close to $300 a month so that leaves little left over if the van needs repairs or my kids need clothes etc. Its more important for me to use the money on my kids then the cats. I feed them thats all I can afford to do getting them declawyed is more then I can afford to spend. I begged my ex to take the cat but he wont. I asked him again today to take his cat but he wont because it will claw his apartment up. I'm not mad the cat peed out there. I dont want it to because lol it stinks but oh well I doused it with some vinegar and I'm sure once the snow goes away she will find some grass somewhere to go the bathroom in. In this case the cat just didnt want to be in snow over her head to go to the bathroom I dont blame her I'd be scared and wouldnt do it either. The cats been living out there since summer. The cats used to run outside if we left it open for a second so in the summer they always wanted to go out now obviously they want to come back in and I wont let them.
@rowantree (1190)
• United States
7 Mar 11
Cats are domesticated animals that are supposed to be kept indoors for their own safety and comfort. A lot of towns/cities have leash laws that include cats. If your cats are wandering off your property, a neighbor might get upset and call the police or animal control on you. Since you are obviously not willing to care for an animal, why don't you try finding some good homes for the cats instead?
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@shaggin (36845)
• United States
7 Mar 11
Because no one wants a cat that will claw up their furniture and scratch their kids. We have tons of stray cats in the neighborhood. I feed the cats thats all that I care to do. Taking them to the pound they will just put the cats to sleep at least outside they have a chance to live. The other cat pees on everything. It was fixed long before the problems started. It got a blockage and started peeing on things. After spending around $500 to have it unblocked it continued to pee on everything. It would pee on our clothes it would pee on the tub and shower curtain. It would pee on the floors and kids toys. I'd had enough of it and put it outside so it can live out there. If I took it to the pound it would be put to sleep or brought right back as soon as it started peeing all over someones house. I put up with this for about 5 years. I was done. The cat likes being outside in the summer. In the winter I feel bad for it so I have a little house out there for it with blankets. Its on my porch facing the house so the wind wont go into it.
@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
7 Mar 11
hello shaggin, Oh,that would be so bad then. That's what i don't like with cats (smelly urine) Good thing is our cats do not pee around the house. It always pee on sands and would cover it until he can not smell his own urine. I never knew that vinegar can take off smell of cat's urine. Thanks for this info
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@send2noel (140)
• Saudi Arabia
8 Mar 11
this is the reason why i hate cats, the smell of their dirt and urine sucks...
@shaggin (36845)
• United States
8 Mar 11
LOL well the way their urine smells isnt any reason to hate them just like I dont hate cows just because of how they smell but everyone likes and dislikes differnet things so I'm not going to give you a hard time about it. Their urine really is awful smelling though.
• Saudi Arabia
9 Mar 11
saying i hate cats is just an expression lol... my sis in law feed about 30 stary cats and i go nuts seeing her clean the backyards. she spends quite a lot of time to do that, but no complain.
@shaggin (36845)
• United States
9 Mar 11
Oh my gosh lol I can only imagine how much work it would be to clean up the mess that 30 cats would make. I'm sure they each choose a different spot to go to the bathroom. I couldnt allow my kids to play in the yard if there was that much cat poop around ick. Eww can you imagine the smell lol. I wonder what she does with all the poop if she has to bag it up and throw it in a garbage. The poor garbage men lol.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
7 Mar 11
Their poop are way worse than their urine
@shaggin (36845)
• United States
8 Mar 11
I dont know about that honestly lol. The cats urine smells so bad when on things. As soon as I stepped outside I noticed it. My sister came over and said the same thing how bad my porch smelled like cat pee. I told her why. Right after that I went out with some vinegar and dumped it on the side of the house. Hopefully the cat will find somewhere better to pee from now on lol.
• India
8 Mar 11
He was standing on there
@snuggs (11)
• India
8 Mar 11
will help with the smell
@ctabirao (70)
• Philippines
8 Mar 11
i agree the cats is less lovable when it comes with its pee smeels, however that makes as a human were we have the ability to adjust with the adjustable creatures :)