I have 2 adult male cats that aren't neutered and one of them pees in or around shoes that are by our front door. Any suggestions?

I'm on a fixed income and haven't been able to afford neutering them yet.

Asked by Mandy

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If you’re sure that it’s only one cat that’s peeing on the shoes, then the first thing with any behavioral problem is to make sure there’s no physical cause. This means taking a urine sample and having him checked by your vet. It won’t be easy to get a sample from one specific cat; you may need to lock him in a separate room with his own litter box. There is a special type of litter that doesn’t absorb urine so you can collect a sample that way.

Other suggestions that may help include a Feliway diffuser (a pheromone that reduces anxiety in cats) and providing a number of litter boxes with different types of litter so that he has a choice of toileting conditions. It may be worth putting a box at the front door near the shoes; I have read of a solution that involved putting a litter box in that spot and putting a “sacrificial shoe” in it so the cat could pee where he wanted and on a shoe but it didn’t affect the floor or other footwear. I have no feedback on whether that worked or not! Don’t forget to clean the soiled area thoroughly with an appropriate cleaner to remove all evidence of urine. It would certainly be a good idea to have the cats neutered when it’s possible for you.
| 07.29.16 @ 11:46
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