Did stress make my cat pee on the couch?

Just because you cleaned the urine spot does not mean your troubles are over.

Unless this was completely a one-time incident, it is likely that this will happen again.

You must figure out what has caused your cat pee on the couch in the first place.

If you want to safely neutralize cat urine smell, we recommend:


Is the litter box very clean?

Scrub out the litter box once a month

  • Scooping used litter is chore that no one enjoys. But a dirty box is a very common reason as to why cats will pee in places that they shouldn’t.
  • Used litter should be scooped out at least twice a day and fresh litter put in its place.
  • The entire box should be cleaned out – emptied completely, soaked in warm and soapy water with a few drops of bleach, drained, scrubbed with an enzyme cleaner, dried completely and refilled with fresh, clean litter – once a month
  • If the box is smelly or dirty enough that you wouldn’t want to put your face 6 inches from it, chance are your cat doesn’t want to either


Consider adding a second (or third) litter box.

One box per cat, then one extra

  • A good rule of thumb for cat parents is “one box per cat, then one extra”.
  • Even if you only have one cat, your cat will be happier if they have 2 boxes (wouldn’t you prefer a second bathroom too?).
  • If you have more than one cat, this is even more important.
  • Cats generally do not like sharing litter boxes.


Is your cat under stress?

  • Cat stress is different from human str
    Stress makes cats sick

    Vet checking cat for urine problems


  • Cats are stressed by conflicts with other pets in the house, loud noises and changes to the look/smell/sounds of the house.
  • They may get stressed if you have visitors (especially if the visitors have pets, which your cat will be able to smell).
  • They can get stressed if you are sick, and of course, if they are sick.
  • Being certain that your cat does not have a medical problem is important when dealing with peeing issues.
  • Your veterinarian can do a check-up and blood test (possibly a urine test as well) to be sure that your cat does not have a medical issue that is causing them to pee in areas that they shouldn’t.