One thing we know for sure about our Love4Cats community is that we all love our feline friends.
Cats are fascinating, intelligent, and adorable creatures, which is why so many of us across the world choose to share our lives and homes with them.
With that being said, there’s one thing some cats have a tendency to do that drives even the most tolerant cat owners to distraction: peeing on clothes.
If your cat pees on your clothes, whether it’s frequently or just on occasion, you’re probably desperate for a way to make the mess and the smell stop.
There are a few different reasons why your cat might be peeing on your clothes, and while some of them are actually pretty understandable and have easy fixes, others might point to a serious problem.
Keep reading to find out why your cat is peeing on your clothes and what you can do to stop it.
Reasons Why Cats Pee on Clothes (And What to Do)
If Fluffy has peed on your favorite sweater (again!) you might be feeling frustrated and confused.
However, we can assure you that they’re most likely not doing it to spite you.
Here are the main reasons why a cat might pee on your clothes instead of in the litter box:
1. Unsuitable Litter Box
One of the most common reasons for a cat to choose to pee on a pile of clothes is simply that they don’t like something about their litter box.
It could be that the levels of cat litter in the box have dropped too low and they don’t feel comfortable using it. In this case, simply topping up the box with more litter might help.
If you have recently changed the type of litter you use, this could also be the cause of the inappropriate urination.
A very common situation is that cat owners will switch to a scented cat litter to cover up unpleasant odors, but the scent is off putting to the cat, so they choose to go elsewhere.
A change in the texture of your cat’s litter could also drive them to find somewhere more comfortable to pee.
If you have changed the litter you buy for your cat, try switching back to the old cat litter and see if their bathroom habits return to normal.
With that being said, if your cat has always been fine with their litter box and you haven’t changed anything, but your pet has suddenly started urinating on your clothes, the litter box is probably not the cause.
2. Emotional and Biological Causes
Cats, particularly male cats, like to mark their territory with urine.
If you have recently introduced a new pet to the home, or if there are other animals roaming around outside (other cats or even dogs), your cat might respond to a perceived threat to their territory by peeing in places they shouldn’t.
Inappropriate urination in cats may also be a symptom of anxiety, which can stem from territorial issues, negative interactions with other animals or people, or even something scary in the home (vacuum cleaners and washing machines are common culprits).
If your cat has been fighting with other pets in the household, try separating them and see if this has an impact on their urination.
If they seem disturbed by an animal outside the home, you could try providing your cat with more elevated places to sit.
This way, they will feel more confident because they have the high ground and may not feel as threatened or anxious.
Try to keep noise in your home to a minimum and watch your cat’s responses to certain stimuli when you’re around.
If they run and hide when you’re vacuuming and you later find cat pee on your clothes, for example, there might be a connection there.
3. Medical Conditions
Unfortunately, if your cat starts peeing on your clothes seemingly out of nowhere, it could be caused by a medical condition.
If you haven’t changed anything in the litter tray and anxiety doesn’t seem to be a factor, you should take your cat to the vet for an examination.
Inappropriate urination in cats can be caused by a variety of conditions, some of which are more serious than others.
A common medical cause of inappropriate urination in cats is a urinary infection.
This might lead a cat to pee on clothes because they are looking for a softer place to relieve some of the discomfort.
Luckily, this is an issue that can often be treated inexpensively with antibiotics if it’s caught early, but a urinary infection can spread to the bladder and kidneys or turn into a life-threatening blockage if left untreated.
Other medical reasons behind your cat peeing on clothes include bladder stones, kidney disease, diabetes, or hypothyroidism.
In some cases, it may even be caused by stress-related inflammation.
Unfortunately, without veterinary knowledge, it’s quite difficult to tell what specific issue might be causing the problem, which is why we recommend making an appointment with your local vet at the earliest opportunity.
It’s best not to assume that your cat’s urinary issues are stress-related or caused by something minor since this symptom is associated with numerous life-threatening conditions.
A check-up is the best way to put your mind at rest and get the most effective treatment for your cat’s problem, whether it’s anxiety or an infection.
There are many reasons why your cat might be peeing on your clothes, ranging from litter box changes, anxiety and stress-related inflammation to serious problems such as kidney disease or a urinary blockage.
Some causes of inappropriate urination can be life-threatening, so it’s important to take this symptom seriously and not write it off as stress or anxiety straight away.
If your cat has started peeing on clothes and you can’t identify a clear external cause, please see your vet at the earliest opportunity.
This is the best way to ensure the health of your furry friend and keep your clothes pee-free in the future.
At Love4Cats, our practice involves consistent collaboration with licensed veterinarians and reputable industry experts. However, it's important to note that the content provided on Excited Cats is not intended as veterinary advice. While we strive to enhance your understanding of feline care, the information presented on this blog should not replace professional veterinary guidance.