How To Stop A Cat From Peeing On Clothes

Having a feline companion in your life is a wonderful thing. They bring so much joy to the home, and they are such affectionate creatures. However – there are some unwanted behaviors that cat owners have to contend with when it comes to having a cat around the house. One of the most frustrating ones that cat parents might face is the issue of cats peeing on your clothes.

Why do cats pee on stuff?

It is in a cat’s natural behavior to urinate on areas around them – this behavior is called ‘spraying’. It usually begins when cats reach sexual maturity, and is usually more prevalent in male cats.

It takes about six months (and up to a year) for kittens to sexually mature, and this is when the spraying behavior tends to show up. For male cats in the wild, urinating on areas is how they mark their territory around them, so that other prowling cats know that an area is already occupied. Female cats spray as well, but this behavior is not as prevalent as is found in males.

Apart from marking their territory, cats may also spray due to stress and anxiety. If your home is an unsafe place for your cat, or if your cat has faced some trauma recently, spraying might be a way for them to get relief from a panic attack.

Why do cats choose clothes?

Ultimately, it is the easiest way that cats can establish authority, especially if you have a multi-cat household. By peeing on your clothes, your cat can show the other cats around them that they’re the boss, and that you, the human, belong only to them. Generally, male cats tend to do this more than female cats.

Reasons why your cat is peeing on your clothes

There are several reasons why your cat may start peeing on your clothes. The first and simple way to explain this is basically the fact that your clothes contain your smell, and by putting their scent onto the clothes that you wear on a daily basis, they can establish their authority in the household by being the second in command of the house. This is mainly a behavioral issue, and is a trait of dominance in cats who wish to be the boss of the territory.


There are also a few medical reasons why your cat may start peeing on your clothes. Let’s check out a few of the common ones below:

1. Kidney related diseases

 Kidney diseases are fairly common in senior cats, but can also be found in supposedly healthy younger cats as well. One of the main symptoms of kidney disease or kidney failure is that your cat may be urinating outside the litter box all the time. If this behavior is found in combination with a general worsening of health and weight loss, and the inability to consume food or drink water, you should make an appointment with the vet as soon as possible.


 Chronic diabetes is an affliction that happens to up to 2% of the entire cat population. Diabetes leads to an increased amount of urination, often to the point where it becomes almost impossible for your cat to control their bladder. This is why peeing outside the litter box happens, and if your clothes are in easy reach, it becomes a convenient alternative to relieve themselves on.

 3. UTIs

 UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections) are one of the most common medical conditions that happens to cats, and the symptoms can occur in both male and female cats, at any age. In a UTI, the otherwise sterile urine is infected with bacteria which travels up the urethra and reproduces in the bladder. This means that urinating is a very painful process for your cat, and they may hold their pee in until they can’t anymore – and by this point they are nowhere near their litter box, so the pee in your clothes or around the house.

UTIs can lead to complications such as bladder stones, so it is best to seek out professional medical opinion when you see these symptoms present in your cat.

 4. Depression & anxiety

Stressed out cats who suffer from depression or anxiety may exhibit behaviors that are not normal. This includes urinating in places outside of the litter box, and on areas of the home like corners, furniture, the carpet or on clothes around the house.

Check your litter box

A litter box is there for your cat to use, and it should always be kept clean and as comfortable as possible. Cats don’t like using litter boxes that are dirty, even if the litter box is theirs. If you don’t regularly check the litter box and clean up any poo or pee from recently, chances are your cat will find another place to do their business. And one of the most common alternatives are soft fabrics such as carpets, blankets and – you guessed it – clothes in a laundry basket.

How to stop a cat from peeing on clothes

Firstly, you will need to specify if your cat peeing problem is due to an underlying medical or health condition. By doing so, you can rule out any medical afflictions that may be causing this behavior in your cat. Make an appointment with your vet as soon as possible in order to determine how you should proceed.

Always check your litter box and notice if your cat enjoys going to the toilet in the litter box. If you can see that your cat is uncomfortable with the litter box, experiment with new litter, or overhaul the litter box altogether. Sometimes, cats prefer bigger boxes, or uncovered ones – it all depends on their personal preference. Also remember to always keep the litter box clean as regularly as you can.

A permanent solution is to neuter your cat, if you own a male cat. This will stop them from indulging in their wild territorial behavior and reduce their propensity for peeing on clothes or around the house to mark their territory.



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