My female cat is 4 1/2 and has been "fixed." We just recently moved her into our new apartment about 3 weeks ago. She did awesome for the first week. Then, she began to randomly urinate in the corner of our dining room. She's done it 4 times in 2 weeks. Because we just recently moved, different things have been placed in that corner temporarily and she hasn't urinated in the corner when something is in the corner; only when it's empty. She still using her litter box regularly and we keep it clean. I don't want to move her litter box into the dining room b/c that's just gross. When I catch her doing it, she gets this look on her face like she can't help what she's doing and runs away, then comes back to me 10-15 mins. later like she's trying to apologize. I don't understand why she's chosen this corner and I don't know what I can do to stop her. Please help!
As gross as it is, you may have to put a litterbox in that corner until she gets over this lovely new habit. She sounds like she is acting out because of the move. She's trying to tell you something. Maybe she doesn't really feel comfortable with the place you picked for her litterbox to belong? Pee on the carpet or floor is worse than a litterbox in the dining room. Then once she adjusts to your new home for a while, you can gradually move it to where you want her to go. You may have to find something to put in that corner permanently to keep her away. I had to have a litterbox in my living room for a while because my Bailey just didn't feel like making the trek upstairs to where the litterbox was. She was just a baby but she knew how to go in the right place, she just decided she didn't feel like it and then her older sister decided to pee there too. So I used a littebox there temporarily. Now I keep a small stool in that corner just to make sure they never decide to start that habit again. Some Nature's Miracle will help take out the smell too so. Even if you clean well enough that you can't smell it, this helps take out the smell that cats but you can't. There is also a chance that there is already a smell in that corner from a previous resident that she is noticing and feeling compelled to "mark" with her own scent. So a good cleanup to remove the scent may be all that you need.
Thanks guys! I put something in the corner, but I caught her trying to pee again. I yelled her name and she stopped and ran to her litter box and hasn't tried again. However, it's only been a day. I'm pregnant and due in 2 1/2 weeks. If this is how she's going to react to us moving, I can't wait to see how she'll react to the new baby! FYI- I know the dangers of having a cat and a baby and that I can't change the litter. Sorry, but I get a lecture every time someone finds out I have a cat.
CatClyde-there is nothing wrong with having a cat around the baby. What she is refering to is changing/scooping litter while she is pregnant. Between that remark, and your remark about cats going extinct if people get them neutered makes me wonder about your intelligence? (or lack of...) Sorry to seem so rude, but it just REALLY annoys me when people who don't know anything about cats come on here and give advise.
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
I would think the behavior is most likely from a previous tenants pet using that corner and she is marking it with her scent as was already mentioned. This is instinctive and a little harder to correct than simple misbehaving. Since your cat looks guilty when you catch her in the act she is aware she is doing something wrong but is compelled to do it anyway. Believe me, if a cat is just being naughty they will either only do it when you aren't looking or they will practice the innocent act ("Who ME?? I had nothing to do with it. I was just walking by") they are so known for. Putting a litter box there is a good idea if you can't deodorize the area enough to stop your cat from using it. For anyone wondering, a pregnant woman is not supposed to clean a litter box because of the danger of contracting toxoplasmosis from cat feces and passing it on to the developing baby. Toxoplasmosis can cause severe birth defects and even stillbirth-that is why the op is getting bombarded with lectures whenever people hear there is a cat in the home. A good, thorough hand washing after handling the cat and wearing rubber gloves to clean the litter box if someone else is not available will go a long way toward preventing it. So this doesn't turn into a lecture, this is some good information about it http://www.babycenter.com/0_toxoplasmosis-during-pregnancy_1461.bc
Your cat may not like the new surrondings, so she taking it out in the corner to show how she feels. It also might be something wrong in her belly, you might want to have a vet come and check on that. Well if you need any more info, then just email me and I'llget back to you as soon as I can. Good Luck with your lil' baby and cat.