We all know how much cats love their carrier…until it’s time to actually get in it. Then, it’s like the carrier is some kind of torture device. So, why do cats hate their carriers so much? And what can you do about it?
If your pet cat is not used to being in ita carrier, especially if you are moving it around in the carrier to a new place, transport anxiety and fear are very common.
This will often cause your cat to pee in its carrier, sometimes more tank once in a very short space of time.
As we often see people reaching out and asking about why their cat peed in its carrier, we wanted to publish this article going over a number of points that we would like to try and make our readers having this problem more aware of.
Is It Normal For A Cat To Pee In Their Carrier?
When it comes to a cat’s natural behavior, no, it is not normal for them to urinate in their carrier.
Cats are clean animals and they will avoid going to the toilet in places where they eat and sleep.
However, when we put them into a carrier – which is often an unnatural environment for them – this can lead to all sorts of stress and anxiety, which can then cause them to wee in their carrier as a way of dealing with that stress.
So, if your cat has peed in its carrier, don’t worry – it’s not uncommon, and there are things that you can do about it (which we will get into later on).
Why Do Cats Pee In Their Carrier?
Cats will often pee in their carrier because of stress and anxiety.
As we mentioned before, the carrier is often an unnatural environment for them, and being moved around in it can be quite stressful.
This is especially true if they are not used to being in the carrier, or if they are being transported to a new place in the carrier.
The stress and anxiety of the situation can cause your cat to wee in its carrier as a way of dealing with that stress.
As we covered in our article on cats peeing when scared, this is totally normal and natural for some cats but the age of your cat can also come into play.
Older cats and kittens tend to be more prone to peeing when they get scared, especially if they are not used to the environment they are in with this being common when taking your cat to a vets office in its carrier or something like that.
How To Stop Your Cat Peeing In Its Carrier?
If you are struggling with your cat urinating in its carrier, there are a number of things that you can do to try and stop it from happening.
The first, and most important, thing is to try and make sure that your cat is as comfortable as possible in its carrier.
This means getting them used to being in it regularly – even if it’s just for short periods of time – so that they are not so stressed when it comes to actually using it.
You can also try adding some bedding or a toy to the carrier to make it more comfortable and familiar for your cat.
Another thing that you can do is to put a towel over the carrier – this will help to muffle any noise from outside and make your cat feel more secure.
Finally, if you are transporting your cat in the carrier, try to do it as calmly and smoothly as possible.
Avoid any sudden movements or loud noises, and try to keep the carrier in a stable position.
Hopefully, these tips will help to stop your cat from urinating in its carrier.
If you have any other questions or concerns about your cat’s health, please feel free to reach out to us any time.
How Can I Stop My Cat Peeing In The Carrier In The Future?
Here are some useful tips that you can follow to try and stop your cat from urinating in its carrier in the future:
- Get your cat used to being in the carrier regularly, even if it’s just for short periods of time. This will help to reduce stress and anxiety.
- Add some bedding or a toy to the carrier to make it more comfortable and familiar for your cat.
- Put a towel over the carrier to help muffle any noise from outside and make your cat feel more secure.
- When transporting your cat in the carrier, try to do it as calmly and smoothly as possible. Avoid any sudden movements or loud noises.
How To Clean Cat Pee Out Of Its Carrier!
If your cat has already peed in its carrier, don’t worry – there are a few things that you can do to clean it up.
The first thing that you need to do is to remove any solid waste from the carrier. This can be done with a paper towel or a pet waste scoop.
Once the solid waste has been removed, you need to soak up as much of the urine as possible. This can be done with a paper towel, a cloth, or even a sponge.
Once you have soaked up as much of the urine as possible, you need to clean the carrier with a pet-safe cleaner. You can either use a commercial cleaner or make your own by mixing water and white vinegar in a 1:1 ratio.
Once the carrier is clean, you need to dry it off completely. You can either air-dry it or use a towel to dry it off.
You should also consider investing in a carrier cover to help protect your carrier from future accidents.
We hope that these tips will help you to clean up your cat’s carrier and stop your cat from urinating in it in the future.