Dear Tabby: Calico Cat Is Peeing On The Carpet

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Dear Tabby,

I have a calico cat and her two tabby offspring (all females). They occasionally fight, but in the past months the calico mama has taken to peeing on the carpet for no particular reason. She even looked me right in the eye when she did it. I took her to the vet, and the she does not have a bladder infection or any related illness. I don’t know how to make her stop — help! If this doesn’t stop I may have to give her up!

Sincerely,

Peeing Out of Bounds Must Stop

Dear POBMS,

First, be sure and consult your vet whenever you’re concerned about your pet.

Calicos can be very particular about certain things, one of which is a clean litter box. Seeing there are three cats in the house, I imagine the box gets a lot of traffic and deposits. Your calico may be avoiding it and sending you a signal that it isn’t clean enough for her tastes. Try and clean it as often as possible — after each “visit” if possible.

Another factor that may contribute to your feline’s habit is lack of a “safe zone” — especially since she isn’t alone in her surroundings. One possible solution could be to get a cat pagoda — preferably one that’s 3’ to 5’ tall. This will give her a place to escape the other cats and look “down” on them (it’s a “superiority” thing).

Neither of these potential solutions are guaranteed to work, but they’re a great place to start. Your veterinarian may have other suggestions.

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