In-Depth Mojo: Moose & Kimba – marking and high energy!

In-Depth Mojo 407 Moose Kimba

Moose was a cat who was marking so much, his guardians found little patches of pee around the house – up to 40 times a day!

Kimba was nicknamed “The White Tornado” for his crazy-making behavior – literally ricocheting off the walls and making life crazy for his fellow house cat and his guardians.

Read below for extensive commentary from Jackson on this episode of My Cat From Hell.

Also, Jackson shares the holistic remedies he uses for cases like these in this companion post.

Moose: one of Jackson's "Top 3 Pee-ers"

Moose: one of Jackson’s “Top 3 Pee-ers”

Moose – just protecting his turf

Moose was in the Top 3 of the Biggest Pee-ers I have ever seen.  As a matter of fact, Laurie and Pat said 40 times a day, they were finding little squirts somewhere.

If you take a look at the opening package of the episode where my camera person caught Moose going from the bed – peeing across the room in sort of a urine rainbow against the opposite wall – this kind of thing was happening every day!

There were a number of different facets in addressing Moose, but the most important thing was definitely [that] time was not on my side.  Pat was fed up, Laurie was exhausted.

This was the classic case of threats from within and threats from without.  So you know, we have neighborhood animals.  These guys live in the foothills.  Everything from bobcats to coyotes, to other cats wandering around.  Yes, there were outdoor neighborhood cats in these foothills…which is suicide.  But, be that as it may… um…

There were a couple of traumatic events with Moose but he was also just very reactive, very sensitive.  Moose was also one of those cases where chemically, he was really unbalanced.  I did have him put on fluoxetine, and that did help a lot.  Now, it also needed to happen where we eliminated the threat from without in the form of sealing up areas like the garage door, where he was smelling other cats coming into the garage.  Or, as I was backlighting the outside wall, we found immense amounts of pee on the retaining wall which Pat insisted didn’t exist.

Here’s a nifty bit of inside mojo: I was insisting that Moose was peeing on the toaster, coffee maker, above the dishwasher because there was something going on outside that wall.  That’s why we built the catio out there to help expand his confidence.  In the meantime, we found out two very important things.  One is that when they did a kitchen remodel a few years ago, they never sealed up this big hole in the wall that went under the dishwasher, and from there, mice and rats were coming in and out on a regular basis.  So that was a big deal.  It’s one of the reasons Moose was peeing in that area.

The other thing they found after I left for my last visit was a bobcat sitting on that retaining wall where I found the pee.  Yes, a bobcat.  So, knowing that that was the size of the predator outside that wall, that tells you why the response was as extreme as it was.

Black lighting outside the house is a really great idea if your cat is peeing under windows, by doors, marking that territory, saying “This is my castle, this is my moat.”  The best thing that you can do is to black light outside your house.  We did that with Tony the cat as well.  It didn’t make it to air [into the episode] either but this tells us who’s out there, who’s doing what, and you can clean up outside as well [and] also, put out things like Scarecrow to keep those animals away.  That was a big component.

The other thing, you gotta remember with a reactive cat like Moose was that when he had that lizard in Kristien’s bedroom, it wound him up, it got him overstimulated, like starting to play with a cat using a laser pointer and then dropping the ball in terms of play, [when] he is completely overstimulated.  She [Kristen] goes to grab him, hold him, he says, “Hey, I’m stimulated.”  And claws her in the face.  All the parents see is blood on their child’s face.  What we’re not seeing is the true mojo, the fact that Moose was saying “Hey, I’m overstimulated.”  We just see the traumatic results of that overstimulation.

It also points out how important it is to take a step back away from the cat, and realize that nothing that Moose did was random.  Heightened?  Reactive?  Sure, but not random.

Kimba: tearing through the house like a "White Tornado"

Kimba: tearing through the house like a “White Tornado”

Kimba –  talk about the energy of youth!

Really a pretty straightforward case, and there’s not much in-depth about this, except that it does tell you that when you’re dealing with a one-year old cat who is just really high energy like Kimba is, he’s telling you loudly and clearly that you’re not giving him enough.

If you take…

  • Remy, a 16-year old cat, not the perfect playmate, getting beat up
  • the fact that he’s fallen off the balcony before
  • that Michael is always finding a way to have to climb up to the roof to save Kimba who has gone to the top of their building…
  • the fact that he goes around the quote racetrack destroying everything
  • the blinds
  • Michael’s belongings on his desk
  • and at the end of the day there’s also scratches and bites

Kimba is letting you know loudly and clearly that he’s not satisfied.  He’s saying, y’know, “Let this energy out of my system!”  He’s not trying to irritate you, he’s trying to send you a message.  Once that message was received by Liz and Michael, things got better in a hurry.

We reclaimed the racetrack.  The racetrack was a source of destruction and it was a term that Liz and Michael used to sorta make fun of the situation.  I wanted to reclaim that and use the concept of racetrack as a positive.  And that’s why we created “rest stops” and “pit stops.”  Places where Kimba could alternately play and crash out when he was tired.

But we had to really get him moving on that racetrack.  Both Liz and Michael worked really hard on that.

Also what played a prominent role in the show was the concept of the boil and the simmer.  Watching someone make pasta was the inspiration behind that.  How you bring the water to a boil, put the pasta in, and you immediately turn it down and let it simmer.  And maybe you’ll bring it back up again right before you serve it.  The concept is that you don’t want a cat to hit that peak of exercise and stay there.  Remember, cats are built for speed, not distance.  So keeping them running around for 15 minutes is not what you want.

You can get them panting for 3 seconds, 5 seconds?  That’s plenty.  Now you can bring them down a little bit.  And then bring them back up.  And down.  And the concept is that as soon as they get a little tired, you let them pant it off, then get back in the game.  It also shows you that you’re going to hit the land of diminishing returns.  When you first start to bring up the cat, play-wise, to a boil, the cat will then come down and they’ll be right back up again.  And then, you’ll maybe have 5 minutes, then the next time you boil and simmer you got 3 minutes, then one.  Then your cat’s exhausted.  And that’s exactly what you wanted to do.

We saw a lot of good come out of the situation with Kimba.  Both by doing the boil/simmer, and secondly by affecting the environment itself by putting up toys like the Fling-ama-string in the racetrack.  The third was affecting the environment of the outside by taking the fact that we had a balcony and just enclosing it, fencing it in.  And of course, getting the buy-in from Liz and Michael was really important.  This is what made Kimba a pretty big success.

  1. Janice   July 5, 2013 at 4:25 am  

    needing help to stop my male cat 3years old very happy peeing on rugs, have had no rugs for a while, no problem, (no comfort) just got front door mat, and lounge rug not twenty four hours old and he’s peed on both about five times not binned need some advise PLEASE

    1. Amy   September 5, 2013 at 6:03 am  

      Hey Janice,
      I don’t know if it will work or not – I haven’t tried it yet – but I read that if you rub a towel (or maybe the rug itself?) on the kitty to get his scent and then rub it on the spot they are marking it will stop. If it smells like them rather than something new, they don’t feel the need to mark it. Like I said, it’s just something I read so I have no idea if it works, but it makes sense. Let me know if you try it!

    2. patricia   September 23, 2013 at 5:44 am  

      Spraying – my outdoor rescue cat was brought into a multi-cat household and began spraying near windows and doors. He seemed to be especially upset with the male cat who was formerly alpha. The very best advice I have is to get Feliway pump spray from your pet store at once. It is a miracle worker for cat aggression, spraying and territorial issues. Spray it near the cat’s target areas and also wherever your cat seems to stop and smell other cats. A little goes a long way. Re-apply every 24 hours. I would spot spray Feliway before buying the more expensive diffuser, see if the spray alone will work. Also, separate the sprayer from the antagonistic situation if possible and give each cat a separate space and litter pan as their domain. All these steps kept me from having to take my spraying cat to the shelter. There is remarkable peace in the house because of Feliway. I am not a paid endorser just a 30 veteran of rescuing and homing cats.I

      1. Elaine   June 21, 2015 at 10:13 pm  

        Hi Patricia
        Unfortunately I have a spraying cat and Feliway didn’t do anything for her.

  2. Tamina   July 6, 2013 at 8:33 pm  

    My cat pees only on MY stuff…in my purses, on my clothes… She does not pee on anyone else’s things. She does not do it every day, or even every week, but she does do it regularly and has done it for all 6 or so years we have had her. She does not pee on either of my boys things, or even my husband’s–unless they are mixed with mine. I don’t wear perfume and I don’t use a different laundry detergent from the rest of the family. We live in a high rise on the top floor and there are no other cats around. She sleeps on my side of the bed with me and sits on my lap. She even comes when I call. So it’s not a matter of us not getting along. She seems to like us all. Any thoughts to address this? Thanks!

    1. Amy   July 26, 2013 at 9:01 am  

      Hey Tamina,
      Believe it or not, she’s marking your stuff to say YOU belong to HER! It’s actually a sign of affection, even if it doesn’t feel like it. Maybe try giving her some extra time and attention so she feels more secure about her position in your life. 🙂

  3. Bill W.   July 30, 2013 at 5:24 pm  

    We’ve had our male cat, Smokey, for about four years. He was neutered at about 6 months old. He’s been part of a 2 cat house for 2 of those 4 years and we have never had a problem with him (or the other cat) spraying/marking.

    However, about a month ago, Smokey started spraying on a dresser/in drawers in my son’s room, on my wife’s clothing and on a curtain at the front of the house. We really have no idea what triggered the behavior. The dresser seems to be the place that attracts his spraying interest more than others (as we’ve seen it happen multiple times there, while only happening to my wife’s clothes and the curtains one time each).

    Any ideas? We’re thinking of taking him to the vet to check for urinary tract issues, but I really doubt it’s a physical/health problem… ?


    1. Lynn P   August 18, 2013 at 2:09 am  

      Bill, our male cat Spike (Bengal) purchases as a kitten, neutered @ 6 months did not begin spraying/peeing until he was about 2, say 2 miserable years ago! 1st we eliminated medical issues, but put him on Prozac, it almost appeared to be working, (placebo effect in my mind?) when it began again. The vet added a new med in addition but no luck. We turned to Jackson & appeared we might be cast, however, my husband suffers from Parkinson’s w/ dementia & would not be a good filming candidate, nor PD patients have NO sense of smell so has no clue as to why I can no longer invite guests into my home! I’ve also in desperation to see if Jackson would do a private consultation (almost despite the cost) but there seems to be no way to get thru, so I attempted thru the casting app w/ an extremely long explanation of all issues & our attempts to be met w/ an auto-response that I had not filled out the form so not to expect a response, ans I was simply groveling for help!

      So besides the meds we’ve tried the Thundershirt in case it was a stress issue, purchased a great product “got pee?” Which will eradicate the stink. He gets along w/ his “siblings” so doubt” it’s that & no other environmental changes. What drew me to your post is his initial pee began only on my husband’s clothes, then we discovered throw rugs (btw we have 3 litter boxes for 3 cats & changed out litter to un scented fresh step as most articles called it out as being the best) . Then we began seeing him back up to walls (not just the inside perimeter) & let loose. Last straw was when I opened my dresser drawer a few days ago & all my clothes had been peed on!

      Two things yet to yet to try (did I say I play w/ the brat b/4 he eats ea nite?) are Jackson’s spirit essences and the scarecrow for the yard since I’m fairly sure there are “varmints” of some sort that may be antagonizing him. Bought & rcvd from Amazon a month ago, yet husband has yet to hook up. Let me know if u have any ideas & I’ll do the same!

      1. Hami   December 23, 2013 at 3:21 am  

        I don’t know if you believe in people being able to communicate with animals. There is a pet psychic on Blog Talk Radio, email her. She is doing free readings now. I don’t know her. I just listen to Blog Talk Radio a lot. I don’t want to put the web address here because people might think I am advertising for her.

        If you are interested, write to me and I’ll give you the web address.

      2. Marion   March 19, 2014 at 2:55 pm  

        Why don’t you consult another cat behaviorist? I may hope that Jackson is not the only one in the country. The problems you’re having with your cat are very common.

  4. Lexy   September 3, 2013 at 11:28 pm  

    I inherited my daughters 3 cats when she had her first baby 2 years ago. I cant even one or more were peeing by the back door so I insulated the door more and called Service Master to use some enzyme spray they have. Im not sure which one or more cats are also peeing near the floor air condition vent in the kitchen. Up 6 steps from the back door area. 2 other cat litter boxes are on the ground floor in the back room. Service Master sprayed the air condition area also didnt do anything to stop them. I put doggy pads down now. They peeing on them however Im at the end of my rope. I even put a night light and moved one of the cat litter boxes to the kitchen. One day I left a blue skirt on the floor in the den. When I came home from work they pissed on it. I cant have people over and Im tired of the pee. Getting tired of the cats honestly. I have tried every spray I could find spraying, odor control, etc.

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  5. Tesia   October 9, 2013 at 9:17 pm  

    My cat is not active. I would love tips on how to help my fat, blind cat get some more activities in. He’s also blind so this poses some difficulties with getting him to want to play at 14 years. I have noise making toys and he enjoys them, but i want to help him get more healthy so I can enjoy my wonderful cat maybe a few years more.

  6. Nikki H.   October 30, 2013 at 10:24 am  

    I have a few questions – I was NOT a cat person EVER until I met Char – short for Charcoal (because of her color). She’s a stray kitten, abandoned by her mother, that found her way to my basement apartment door and though I tried to shoo her away, she wouldn’t budge so I ended up feeding her and she hasn’t left. I’ve done some research so I am able to better care for her since I know nothing about caring for animals. I contacted some shelters and was told that they couldn’t take her and I didn’t want to take her on a long drive and drop her off in the middle of nowhere because she’s just a baby. Unfortunately, I can’t bring her inside even with it being cold out because 1) My landlord won’t allow it and 2) My apartment is entirely too small for her to be able to freely roam. SO outside she stays. I’d like to get her a cat house but my 1st question is, will this cause other cats or other animals to think it’s cool to take shelter in it? I have raccoons, squirrels, opposums and other stray cats in my neighborhood and I don’t want the cat house to be their safe haven. My 2nd question is, would it be crazy for me to leave kitty litter outdoors because I don’t like the area where she goes to the bathroom? It smells to high heaven and it’s right outside my apartment window!

    1. Hami   December 23, 2013 at 3:42 am  

      Ask Moses’ family (they rescue cats). Here is there facebook page,

  7. Diana   November 13, 2013 at 2:50 am  

    I have five cats. Four of them are male (the other one is still a kitten). Well, my two male cats fight whenever they meet. My tuxedo cat whose name is Tom is very agressive towards Jojo, who is actually older and is faint-hearted. Tom sprays alot. However, I never found that Jojo does. I’m so confused when it comes to their fights. Jojo will not move even an inch and just growl. At that point, Tom feels that he is invicible! Needless to say, Jojo will always run away and never fight Tom back. He feels discouraged to eat together with my other cats and will lead me to a lonely place so that he can eat without being disturbed by other cats. I’m still struggling to find a way to stop my cats’ fights – because they used to be brothers! can anyone help me?

    1. patricia   November 15, 2013 at 9:08 am  

      I have been working with integrating a 5 cat household for 6 months now. The first priority is safety. Are you able to separate the warring cats for substantial periods of time and then supervise the times when they are together? Separating gives each cat their own domain where they are not dealing with marking by the other. Each should have their own litter pan, food and water bowl in that separate space.

      I have also found 3 things that appear to help. (1) Feliway spray on entry points to rooms and areas where they have to pass each other narrowly, such as hallways. Also Feliway spray near areas where there has been marking. Use sparingly as a little goes a long way and never apply on the cats themselves. (2) One drop of Bach’s Rescue Remedy (genuine, available at GNC) in their water bowl, replaced daily. Rescue Remedy should cost less than $12 bottle. (3) Nature’s Miracle Advanced Stain & Odor Remover (red bottle) applied to sprayed areas NOT ONCE BUT TWICE to not only remove the odor but also replace it with a scent that deters cats from re-marking (read label). I have found that all 3 of these measures seem to be reducing the marking and aggression. Last resort: get a water spray bottle and use it to stop fights, then isolate the perpetrator for at least an hour. It does take time. Right now, 4 of the 5 are existing peacefully; but we do separate the cats as needed at night into their own safe domains. I hope these ideas are helpful.

    2. Amy   November 15, 2013 at 9:54 am  

      Hi Diana,
      Are they neutered? Have you tried feeding them with a barrier in between to start with? Email me and we’ll work on it. 🙂 I run a sanctuary and we have quite the group that lives together so we’ve had our share of “disagreements”.

    3. Hami   December 23, 2013 at 3:27 am  

      try to reintroduce them.

  8. Jen   November 26, 2013 at 5:23 am  

    I have 3 cats 2’females 18 and 11 yrs and one male 19yrs. My 18 female keeps peeing on the basement floor in the same two spots no matter how much we clean it one spot is just a few feet from one of the litter boxes we know it’s her because when she’s outside there’s no messes. The other female keeps peeing and pooping in the shower. And our male is peeing next to the toilet in one of our bathrooms, on the couches, and chairs. My parents have had it and are planning to get rid of all 3 of them unless it stops.


    1. patricia   November 27, 2013 at 6:50 pm  

      For heavens sake, Jen, get all three cats to the vet immediately. There needs to be a “rule out” of bladder infections and anything else they might have independently or together. Get advice and help from the vet asap. It sounds like something is dramatically wrong and there’s no way to tell without somebody looking at the home and seeing the behaviors. Where is Jackson Galaxy when you need him?? :)) Possibilities: prior pet odors in the same area; stress in the house ie. people who don’t like them; something objectionable about the litter you are using, the litter pans, how often they are cleaned, and/or where they are located (I would look at the litter/pan issues first). Have these cats always been together and if so, did something change that started this? Since you have an outdoor cat, there is a possibility of worms, which can be picked up by the other cats. Worms may not be causing the peeing etc. but you should have the vet check that. I wonder if it is a pan location problem, a territorial problem b/c of other pets, or stress related b/c of things going on in the house. Good luck but please get to a good vet at once. It sounds like your cat’s lives may depend on it.

      1. Jen   December 1, 2013 at 6:12 am  

        They’ve all been to the vet they don’t have anything wrong with them we clean the boxes everyday and they’ve always been together and the litter boxes have always been in the same places never was an issue before this started

  9. April   December 16, 2013 at 6:37 am  

    Almost three years ago we adopted our third cat, an orphaned kitten. He was neutered very young. He’s super affectionate with his humans, but he almost relentlessly harasses our other two cats, one female, one male. After he turned a year old, the peeing began. Over the last two years we’ve tried: more litter boxes, now up to four, multiple locations,different litter (Cat Attract – expensive!), Feliway spray and diffusers(wow! that shit’s expensive!), pheromone/calming collars(also expensive), many varieties of enzyme sprays(not cheap), aluminum foil, more playtime. Still found pee every day in multiple locations. We started letting the little female go outside again, which helped a little, at least as far as she was concerned. Finally put him on fluoxetine (prozac)(cheap!), which seemed like a miracle breakthrough, as after two days the peeing pretty much stopped! At our vets direction, after 30 days of daily dosing, we reduced to dosing three times a week. The peeing resumed. So we went back to daily dosing. Then he started to seriously pick on the other male cat. Cat A (pisser) would harass cat B, then cat A would go pee on something. Sometimes cat B would get so upset when harassed he would poop. So we reduced cat A to prozac every other day and got some Spirit Essences – the Ultimate Peacemaker kit. I put it in their wet food and gave 4 times daily. They ate it no prob. After 3 – 4 weeks didn’t really see any results, I’m sorry to say. Also tried the Stress Stopper Spirit Essences. I must admit that seeing that the ingredients include reiki energy and full spectrum light (practically voodoo!), I was skeptical, but desperate times….
    I read about Fizzion pet stain and odor remover on Jackson’s website, and decided to give it a try. I must say, that of all the sprays we’ve tried, this seems to work the best at removing the pee stink. I can’t say it prevents the cat from re-marking a spot, since I think that depends on why they’re marking to begin with, but it definitely helps, and is much much cheaper than any of the enzyme sprays we’ve used. I also started using a product from Pet Naturals of Vermont – Cat Calming Chews(not cheap). After reading some good reviews of it on amazon, and still being desperate, I went to my local petstore to get some to try. They like the taste, and even though I have to break it into 3 pieces for cat B, that’s easy to do. After a week of giving them each one chew 3 – 4 times daily, I noticed a DEFINITE reduction in the growling, hissing, chasing AND pissing. Oh, there’s still some, but it’s much much much better than it was. That was almost 3 weeks ago that I started the calming chews. I’ve ordered a bunch from amazon (cheaper), and I really hope the good results continue. I figure these things, like the flower essences, meds, calming chews, are like meds for humans. What works for some folks may not work for others. After two years of struggle, the best mix for us so far has been: more play (for cat A especially), Fizzion to remove odor, prozac for cat A, and the calming chews for everybody (3 – 4 times daily). Reading about other folks’ struggles with their kitties helps us to feel not so alone and crazy. We’ve got a big house, with catification throughout, and we’ve spent a fortune on trying to resolve the issue.

  10. Sara   December 31, 2013 at 9:39 pm  

    @April and everyone else here that’s posted with cats issues. I’ve been browsing through the various blogs and reading comments, and I must say that I admire how committed so many of you are to solving the issues with your cats! My three are quite amicable – I foster a lot and mine have grown up with strange felines coming and going and are (thankfully) usually quite good about it. When I do have a problem, its generally only short term and goes away once the foster cat is rehomed. I have great admiration for all of you, for sticking with your fur babies through the tough times! If more people did so, I wouldn’t have so many foster kids 🙂



  11. Nancy   January 1, 2014 at 9:02 am  

    Wow, just reading through all these posts in regards to cat spraying, and aggressive behavior sounds familiar and I appreciate the suggestions that some have left! I have a household of 10 cats, and a very big 4 bedroom apartment and I live overseas. Of all of the cats, one is a sprayer and one is a bully piecing on two other cats. I think one of the best things that I have done was catify the place. I have shelves that are high up with stepping up shelves (from the back of my sofa and also from my dinning room table). So the cats have access to run the circuit of the living/dinning room up high with each corner of the room having a square shelf with a border so they can sleep. But they lay on any of the shelves and love looking down on myself or the other cats. I also have 7 ‘cat trees’ and they are all used by the cats…and this helps provide ‘space’ for the cats away from each other. The peeing/spraying by one of my adult 4 yr. cat seems to have slowed down a bit when I give him a lot of attention. I did have him checked by the vet..he has been spayed correctly and no urinary tract infection. I have loads of litter boxes around my place, different types of litter in several boxes (so they have a choice!). None of the order removers I have used seem to make any difference and I have used the Feliway plug in and that did not seem to help…as I do have a huge area to cover (which may be why it did not work). So as for the ‘sprayer’ I have found that giving him as much attention as I possibly can (which means carrying him around on my shoulders, cuddling him while I am watching TV etc) has made the biggest difference in cutting back on his spraying. I think the addition of the extra litter boxes has helped a bit too. He still sprays about once every other day, and I just have to deal with it. So far it is only on the walls, or on plastic boxes etc. I have learned to keep stuff off the floor, but he seems to hit my kitchen cabinets the most. I also have the ‘feather’ cat toy that Jackson uses and all the cats love that…I just have to use it with a couple of them at a time!!! I also have the ‘automatic/battery operated’ laser and a couple of the cats LOVE this! The ‘bully’…I still can’t get her under control. She seems to be in the attack mode and after watching several ‘My Cat from Hell’ episodes, it seems to be a slow process to separate the cats, and slowly try to reintroduce the cat that she goes after the most. I remember from one of Jackson’s followers post about a year ago…one person put her two fighters into separate cat carriers and gradually moved the carriers closer and closer until the two carriers were next to each other and they eventually calmed down (perhaps getting used to their smell?). Also from Jackson’s show, trying to feed the two fighters far apart and gradually move their food dishes closer and closer to each other. I have not tried that yet, as I have to keep the two fighters separated, but I will try some of the ideas I see on the TV show as I really want them all to get along…but with so many cats, it will be really hard work! (I don’t consider myself a cat hoarder…yet, I do have a few geriatric cats I have had for over 20 years!). So to sum it up….give your ‘difficult’ cat a lot of love, attention, play time and catify your apartment/house as much as you possible can. Make sure you have a cat litter box….one per cat at least, and put them around your house where the ‘spraying’ takes place (and use the ‘open’ litter boxes not the closed one as some cats don’t like those), get cat scratchers and leave them throughout your place. And if you do have other critters that come around your house outdoors, you need to rectify that so your own fur balls do not get upset and spray because of that. I am not sure we all can get 100% ‘compliance’ from our fur balls as they are not ‘humans’ (although sometimes they do act like they are!! lol), but we need to help them as much as we can to try to change their behavior/habits. It is a lot of hard work, but our pets are worth it!

  12. Jessica   February 15, 2014 at 10:19 am  

    My husband and I want to take in a stray from our neighborhood but are fearful he isn’t litterbox trained and will NOT tolerate him peeing in our house. We have a baby and won’t make her crawl around on a dirty floor. We want to get him neutered but are fearful he will pee in the house. Any tips?

    1. patricia   February 20, 2014 at 8:38 pm  

      Are you fearful that he isn’t litter box trained or that he may not be able to be litter box trained? Every cat I’ve ever had has adapted easily to a litter box even if they started as outdoor cats. It’s important to place the litter box in a secluded area, quiet, where the baby won’t be getting into it. Keep the litter box very, very clean for the cat’s sake as well as your baby’s. Yes, you have to get him neutered; if you have no other cats in the house and if there’s no cat smell in the house within the last few months, your cat shouldn’t have a reason to pee in the house so long as he is neutered and doesn’t have a bladder infection or similar problem. You sound very unsure. Why not talk to a vet or vet tech about your concerns before you decide? If you take him in, keep him in a quiet room by himself for several days, visit often and let him get used to the house noises/routine before letting him around the house or around your baby.

  13. Ellie   March 12, 2014 at 12:32 pm  

    What do I do when the cat is so finicky with everything? I have all kinds of toys and 3 Neko Flies. She gets bored of one thing very quickly.

  14. Jessica   March 18, 2014 at 9:09 pm  

    My friend has 8 (yes 8!) cats, three of which pee on the counters and the stove. They also spray the computers, the desks, the monitors, the tv, the walls. They have plastic sheets they put over their electronics when they’re not using them, it’s so bad. We’ve helped them repair or replace probably 5 computers in the last 3 years, due to cats spraying.
    They will be moving at the end of the month. It’s a 22 hour trip by car to get to the new house, going from SoCal to Texas. They have been exclusively indoor cats, due to obnoxious neighbors and coyotes making it too dangerous to go outside. They will have a protected outdoor area a short time after the move is complete, but is there anything else they can do to stop the spraying and peeing?

  15. Patricia   March 20, 2014 at 11:40 am  

    Eight cats is the problem, I think. Re-home at least half of them or there may be no end to the territorial spraying. Sorry. i think that’s the most likely reason.

  16. Beth   March 22, 2014 at 3:19 pm  

    All 4 of my cats are rescues ~ Shadow is 12, female, gray, short-hair, front declaw & spayed; Adella is female, 2.5, short-hair, calico & spayed; Boo is 1.5, female, black, long-hair, spayed, & was severely underweight & build ?due to living conditions; Angel is my “little man”, orange, long-hair, 1.5 (Boo’s brother) & NOT neutered due to being underweight for the surgery (he & Boo had to be 5# as they were 6 months & 2#s! ~ that’s why we took them in). When Boo gets upset, he “yowls” through the house, especially in the backroom as it echoes! For a long time, he only sprayed in one room but the past 2 weeks he’s done that in weird places. I also wonder if his eyesight is OK, thought the Vet hasn’t ever suggested otherwise & can’t find anything. However, he can’t jump on the window ledge unless the curtains are open slightly ~ if they’re closed, he jumps but can’t get a grip & falls (which means I have them open or I lift him up). He’s only lived here & the home we rescued them from, no changes in the home of any kind. Why is Angel doing this & what can we do? When he yowls, I talk to him & he stops. LOL ~ Sorry for all this, but I really want help & advice. Thank you!

  17. Rhys   March 29, 2014 at 5:01 pm  

    How about a cat who pee’s into water bowls?


    1. pg   March 31, 2014 at 11:25 am  


  18. pg   March 31, 2014 at 11:26 am  

    Maybe he was originally trained to use a toilet. Or he is ready to!

  19. kayla   April 11, 2014 at 12:21 pm  

    I have a cat that’s almost a year old he just started to spray. I was wondering if anyone knows of a products. To get rid of the smell. We are taking him in a week to get fixed. Please help

    1. Patricia   April 14, 2014 at 3:48 pm  

      Hands down, the best product is Nature’s Miracle ADVANCED FORMULA. Use it first before you use any other product, or it may not work. It contains protein digesting enzymes as well as cat pheromones to deter future marking at the site. Follow the directions carefully and repeat if necessary. After you’ve given it a good chance, you can follow up on the dry carpet with 50/50 white vinegar/water spray on both sides if it’s a rug (do a test patch first to make sure the solution doesn’t mess up the color). Once dry, you should vacuum. Then, I sprinkled baking soda on both sides and let that sit overnight, then vacuum. Worked well and they haven’t been back to spray.

    2. pg   April 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm  

      Kayla, keep him sequestered so he won’t do any more damage until he is fixed.

  20. Jessica   May 6, 2014 at 10:25 am  

    My cat, Kipper, developed a spraying problem a few months ago and I don’t know what to do. He and his sister are 7 years old and I have another pair of siblings who are about 9 months old. The older cats and kittens never liked each other, but there were no spraying problems until a few months after the kittens’ arrival when Kipper had a urinary tract infection. He has idiopathic cystitis and we go through these infections every now and then, but he’s never sprayed around the house until this time.

    When the infection cleared up, Kipper continued peeing on everything. I added extra litter boxes (I have 5 boxes), got a water fountain, sprayed Feliway, and attempted to give him anti-anxiety medicine my vet prescribed. He refuses to take the medicine and nothing else seems to be helping. He’s had a thorough checkup, so I know he’s healthy. Besides the peeing, his behavior is the same as it has always been.

    I’ve blocked off certain rooms in the house because he pees everywhere he wants. He pees in corners, on walls, on furniture, on the kitchen counters, all over the basement, on the washing machine, even on ME. I clean his messes with Nature’s Miracle, which has become my nightly routine. What else can I try? Thank you for any suggestions or advice!

  21. Barbara Previdi   May 26, 2014 at 9:07 am  

    I need help. I have 4 cats total in my house. As of Nov 2013 ,I rescue two 6 month old kittens
    both males which are brothers. Got them neuted and kept them in my basement for 5 months then decided to let them join the other two cats in my house. Its been two months now , They keep on peeing on floor leather furniture, and now my bed. Don’t know what to do . Please help . Why are they doing that and how can I stop them. I am going to have to get rid of them and don’t want to. Going out of my mind.

  22. Chris   June 14, 2014 at 7:44 am  

    We are the loving owners of three cats now, used to be four but we lost one recently but that has little I think to do with our problem. The cat that was our third rescued a female orange tabby about 2 years old now, is marking all over the house, it is has become so annoying to seek out the source of odors when we walk into a room. Her favorite place to mark seems to be the kitchen table and also in our bedroom on pillow, the headboard but I cannot say she has one favorite spot as we are finding places all over. We took her to a cat therapist, spent $350 and she did not help at all. We have more than enough litter boxes, four all over the house. She does use the box. This all seemed to start when we adopted another female kitten, not when she first arrived by after about 6 or 8 months. We started finding the pee around the house so we took all of our cats into the vet and found nothing physical or medical causing this behavior. We know it is the orange tabby because she has marked us and she has no trouble marking right in front of us. I don’t know if we should be spraying her with water if we have enough time to get to the bottle to stop this behavior. We recently purchased one of your products for stress relief but have not started yet. There is definitely tension between two of the cats, the orange tabby and our last adopted cat. But not all the time….. this behavior is driving us nuts and we it is a constant battle trying to keep the house from reeking of urine odor. HELP HELP Any suggestions.

  23. john   June 14, 2014 at 8:44 am  

    Hey y’all.

    I have a new kitten named Adeline. She is about 9 weeks old and have had her for about 2 weeks. After 2 or 3 days of living with me and my two other cats, she started peeing on my bed. And I know its not because she’s not litter trained because she urinates and defecates in her box. I noticed that 9 times out of 10 when she would urinate on the bed, it’s when either myself or my girlfriend are laying in it. She does not really do this on any other furniture. Just our bed when we are laying on it.
    I have tried a spray from petsmart called Whisker City no Spray for a few days but to no avail. And if and when I do catch her in the act I quickly place her in the litter box right away.

    I really do not want to get rid of her because she has already bonded really well with one of my other cats, Sophie a 1 year old rag doll. Anyone out there have any idea as to what I should try next?
    thanks much,
    – John

  24. Emily   July 1, 2014 at 5:05 am  

    I’ve had enough with one of our cats who’s spraying everywhere. It started almost 3 years ago now (have had him for 5) we have 2 other cats before him got a dog in February and around September of that year he staryed spraying. We moved and it continued if not got worse. We are going to have a baby in less than 2 months and moving in a month and I can’t deal with his problem anymore. We have done everything to prevent it, from using different liter (we have 6 boxes) to the plug ins to prescription medication and nothing has worked, I hate the idea of getting rid of him (you Dont get rid of a child because of bad behavior) but I can’t deal with it anymore and he’s my husbands cat and he really refuses to get rid of him (same reason as me but more stubborn) PLEASE HELP!!!!

  25. melissa   July 15, 2014 at 5:12 pm  

    Everyday is a constant struggle, my 2 yr old male cat Cheeto, sprays my door, dressers, nightstand, bed, clothes, curtains, fridge, desks, pantry, I mean basically everything in the house everyday. I’d say he does this maybe about 30-40 times in a single day. I’m feed up the house smells like pee, and I just don’t know what to do about it. I’ve tried all kinds of cleaners, and they just aren’t working. But that is besides the point, I love my cat and I want him to get better, I want him to stop. I would never consider putting him up for adoption, but there are many times that I just can’t help to get upset. I gave him a home when he was a stray, I buy him expensive food, toys, everything, and I don’t mind but, I just don’t understand why he does this. I work from home so I’m here basically all day, I play with him often, I take him out for walks, twice a day, I clean his litter box about 2-3 hours after he has done his business. Overall he seems like a happy cat. But I just don’t understand why he sprays. Am I doing something wrong? I don’t know. Another thing I should mention are his night habits. He walks around in a sort of circle, starting from his bed, to mine (walking over me rather than around me), to my dressers, to my door, and then to his perch. He stays there for about five minutes and starts his circle again. This goes on, from 3 am – to about 6 am and while he’s walking around he meows loudly on occasion and sprays at almost every stop (including on me). I’m exhausted because this happens every night. This also happens when I leave the house, which I found out after I put up a camera to observe him when I leave (after I received complaints of his loud meows). I’m afraid to leave my home now because I don’t like upsetting my cat. And whenever I take him outside with me (including on his walks), he doesn’t act like a normal cat would, he has to smell everything, sort of like a dog, and he has the urge to spray outside as well. I hope someone here can help me, because I don’t know what to do anymore.

  26. kari   September 19, 2014 at 7:26 pm  

    Did anyone else notice that the pic of moose as a kitten does not match the cat on the show? Face and nose colors are different. Switcharoo?

  27. Christina.v.   January 3, 2015 at 8:18 am  

    i need help my mom is at her limit with my cat. i have a longhair 1 1/2 year old black cat Dante. i rescued him as a baby. hes been my baby ever since. i have to move about a year ago and i couldn’t take him with me so my mom kept him for me. i moved out of her house. by the time i was able to take him it was about seven months after i originally moved. i moved in with a friend of mine and he got a puppy right after i moved in with my cat. a young not trained puppy. he also had a really older blind male that kept to himself in the rest of the house. Dante was kept in one room. he did have to deal with other ppl. so kids. he never dealt with kids before. when i was living there he wasn’t anything like himself. always hiding and acting afraid. i moved back and he started peeing everywhere even on me when i was asleep, on my sister on anything new fresh from the store clean laundry. boxes, cat beds, the Christmas tree and skirt.counters sinks bath tub, corners. i cant even name half the things hes peed on. i even keep him in a pen at night. he is not fixed do to me not working right now. my mom has a bird that she has had for over two years. and my sister has a four year old cat that we have had since he was born. jack. jack will chase Dante around the house and attack him. iv tried viniger water along the walls in and out. iv tried bleaching the walls and anything that wont get ruined. but he pees and pees. im at a loss and if he don’t stop ill be forced to take him to a shelter. and where i live that’s like a death sentence for a black cat. hes my baby i need help anything to get him to stop. he will begetting fixed in a week or two once i have money for it. but the percentage of the possibility of him stopping peeing is very low once he is fixed. hes my baby i really need help i don’t want to have to give him up.

  28. Elizabeth   January 5, 2015 at 6:28 am  

    Can I join the request for help??? My 8 month old kitten is very close to being removed from my house. She pees on ME while I’m sleeping. First we thought it was just the mattress, because she usually just peed on that while I was in it asleep. So I cleaned the heck out of it- mattress, sheets, comforter, all of it. Well it stopped for a while. Last night my boyfriend was snoring so I slept on the couch. Well i woke up wet. She peed on ME while I slept on the dang couch. She is about to go. I am beyond sick of being urinated on. So the questions you will all ask:

    She is spayed
    Not sick-already checked
    There is one other cat in the house, she is about 5, and was here first. She is not aggressive to the kitten. If anything the kitten is aggressive to her.
    I’ve noticed this only happens when I leave the house for a while- I was at my mom’s for two days, but my boyfriend was home.
    There are two litterboxes, and she uses both. Never pees in the floor or near the box. Only on ME.

  29. Natalie   April 13, 2015 at 2:11 pm  

    I have a 5 year old female cat who was spade when she was younger. I have only 1 cat and recently got a puppy. She started spraying since I’ve had her. She sprays everywhere, I can’t keep anything on the floor she will spray it. I have to put things up high or on foot stools. I recently had gallbladder surgery and I slept in a different bed and she came and laid next to me and peed. I plan on moving into my own home and I’m very concern she will spray all over the new house. I don’t know what her issue is. Can anyone help?

  30. Jenny   September 22, 2015 at 6:41 am  

    PLEASE HELP! I have two Siamese cats who are 11 year old siblings (male and female). I got them as kittens and had them spayed/neutered at 6 months. These two cats love each other, they’re super affectionate and demand attention from their human! I’ve never had any issues until very recently. In May of 2015 (4 months ago), I purchased a new (expensive) sofa. The sofa is in my main living room floor which we rarely use as we have a finished basement and spend most of our time there. When the sofa came in, we consistently removed the cats from the sofa with a stern “NO!” For months I’ve been astonished that they never even attempt to go on it. I thought to myself “wow, they’re such smart kitties!” On Saturday, I sat on the sofa and noticed a horrible smell of cat pee. Put my hand down on the sofa and it was saturated. When I removed the cushion upholstery, I could see there was A LOT of urine! It was not visible as a stain on the couch due to some sort of fabric protector applied but it was deep within. The urine has spread deep within the sofa cushions and I’m not sure what to do.
    1.) Why is my 11 year old cat peeing on the sofa suddenly?
    2.) How can I stop this behavior?
    3.) How do you deep clean the inside of a sofa that is ridden with cat urine?

    My cats have NEVER done this. Is one of them angry that I don’t allow them on the couch? Please help if you can. I have tried to clean the sofa with Nature’s Miracle but have not had success.

  31. Kaleigh   January 29, 2016 at 9:08 am  

    My 11 month male cat is neutered and all of a sudden he started spraying on the wires of my computer. We cleaned that up and made sure he couldn’t get into that room anymore and he stopped for a couple weeks. He was just caught spraying on the dogs bed. I am not sure what to do to make him stop. He has been playing a little more dominant with the female cat in the house (does not have a dominant personality). Any help would be appreciated.


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