Cat peeing in house at night

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How to Stop Cats from Peeing on the Front Porch. Nobody wants to come home to the smell of cat pee in their front porch. However, cats are not just using your front entrance as a cat toilet. They are more likely marking the space as high value territory. To stop the problem, it helps to know which cat is urinating and to understand the reasons behind this behavior.

Preventing the problem requires making the porch less attractive to sprayers, helping your cat feel secure, and getting neighborhood strays neutered. Remove food, water and other things that could be highly prized by visiting cats. This reduces the «value» of the porch and makes it less worth it to stake a territorial claim. Use a motion-operated compressed air canister. An ideal deterrent is a canister of compressed air that is activated by a motion sensor. These canisters sense motion on the ground.

Once triggered, they deliver a squirt of compressed air, which cats hate. If the visiting cat perceives your porch as risky or hostile, the cat will not want to visit anymore. This tactic is one that the cat won’t associate with you. If the cat thinks you’re causing the hostility, this might not solve the problem. For example, if you shout at the cat each time he is around, he will learn to wait until you are not around, and then he will come to pee on your porch. He associates the punishment with you instead of the porch. Therefore, the cat will avoid you but will visit when you’re not around.

Encourage your neighbors to neuter their cats. No amount of deterrents is going to bring the problem under control until the neighborhood cats are neutered. Both male and female cats often urinate on your porch to advertise that they are sexually available to other cats. Talk with your neighbors to see if they will agree to neutering their cats. You should positively identify your neighbor’s cat before talking to your neighbor. Watch for the offending cat by either watching through the window or setting up a security camera.

Rule out your cat by trying fluorescein dye. Fluorescein is a harmless orange dye that, when ingested, turns urine bright green, and it fluoresces when illuminated with an ultraviolet light. Get fluorescein dye from your vet and add some of the dye to your cat’s food. After a day or two, inspect the areas on your porch where there is urine. Try this at night and shine a black light on the porch. If you see something fluorescent, your cat is the likely culprit, instead of your neighbor’s cat. Contact an organization to have stray cats neutered.

If you have a population of strays in the neighborhood, chances are they won’t be neutered. There are numerous charitable organizations which are geared towards trapping and neutering stray cat populations. Search the internet for an organization near you. You can also contact your local veterinarian. Chances are the clinic undertakes neutering at a discounted rate for any nearby charities. The vet can usually give you contact details for a local charity coordinator. Remove food from the porch.

Neighborhood cats be attracted to your porch by food left out for wildlife or your own pet. Other cats will grow accustomed to finding food here, and they may mark the area with urine. Remove the food so there is no longer a benefit to claiming your porch. Remove potted plants from the porch. Some cats are attracted to certain substrates, such as soil. These can be tempting to use as a toilet. Remove any plant pots from the porch so that cats don’t have this option for where they urinate. Eliminate spaces that are cozy and inviting for cats to visit. These might include a chair with a cushion on it, or a objects such as boxes and crates that a cat could shelter in. Don’t bother covering surfaces with tin foil or plastic.