Pee Problems: You’re Fired!


I’m supposed to know what I’m talking about when cat owners ask me for help dealing with issues like “inappropiate elimination.” I’m a Tidy Cats insider and have spent hours in seminars by behaviorists and veterinarians covering everything you need to know to ensure that your cat uses the litter box. But the demon kitten we recently adopted had me stumped.

When he wasn’t rolling in the fireplace and tracking ashes across the white carpet, pulling the drain plug from an upstairs sink and hiding it or playing in the toilet, he was peeing on our bed. He hit a couple of other spots as well, including a file box with all of my mom’s tax docs, on a box of acrylic paints, and a few other spots known only to the Black Light gods.

He was housebroken when we adopted him and it was several weeks before he started peeing outside the box. We go above and beyond in the litter box hygiene department: we have six litter boxes for three cats, spaced throughout our home’s periphery (standard formula is one for each cat, plus one), and clean all the boxes whenever there is a deposit. Each week we clean ’em out and freshen the litter. He wasn’t averse to the litter; he used the boxes most of the time. But not even a plastic shower curtain barrier deterred him from peeing on our bed.

Because he knew how to use the litter box, I was concerned he might have a UTI, and that’s something that can be fatal within a day or two if it’s serious and not treated. A trip to the stabby place revealed he did have a minor UTI, and he was sent home with antibiotics. In addition, we made the appointment to have his boy bits removed when he went back in for a followup. I was confident that between curing the UTI and neutering him the problem would be resolved.

It wasn’t.

I was out of town when hubby informed me that the little demon had resumed his peeing activity, and in addition to nailing our bed, he scored puddles atop a featherbed upstairs and a sleeping bag in one of the closets. The featherbed (and our bed’s duvet) were fatalities that now reside in landfill; the sleeping bag was okay after a pricey dry cleaning.

Were we stuck with a lifelong pee problem cat?

From my hotel room, I opened my Amazon PrimeNow app and placed an order for Dr Elsey’s Cat Attract. It comes as either a litter or a litter additive, so you can simply sprinkle it atop your existing litter if you don’t want to switch litter brands midstream. Within 2 hours it was on the doorstep at home, and hubby poured it into our litter boxes.

That was it. Problem solved. Seriously.

Cat Attract contains magic sprinkles that are irresistible to a cat getting ready to pee. So rather than trying to deter him from peeing on our bed, we were switching tactics, making the litter box the only place in the house he’d want to go. I don’t know why it worked. Don’t care, just as long as I no longer have to sleep with a plastic shower curtain on top of the bed.

The litter attractant additive will last a while and at the low low price of $9, it’s a deal too good to pass up. The 40-lb bag of Cat Attract litter is about $24. Check out the customer reviews on Amazon to see why it’s rated just a whisker under 5 stars.

This is not a sponsored post and the product was purchased from my very own milk money.




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Mousebreath Magazine is an award-winning online magazine that celebrates cats and the cat-centric lifestyle. Editor Karen Nichols is a popular conference speaker and writer, whose current project is The Cat Scout Handbook. She is also the denmaster at

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    The human wishes she had that for the first two cats who came before. Still, the one with the UTI turned into a great earthquake predictor.

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    I am glad that you found a solution.

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    Dr. Elsey’s is very popular here in Maryland with cat rescue groups! If it works, GO FOR IT! Hope Reno has been snipped and will start living up to his adorable good looks!!

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    This is what we use in our house and have for years but still have some behavioral pee problems which drive the humans to distraction. So happy it is working at your house.

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      There are a few cats who won’t be deterred, no matter what. I was panicking with the thought that Demon Cat might be one of them.

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