How to Stop a Cat from Going to the Bathroom on the Floor

Protect your floors by training your cat to use the litter box.
Protect your floors by training your cat to use the litter box. (Image: Floor image by Einar Bog from

If your feline pet is leaving "presents" and urinating on the floor, it may be caused by improper maintenance of the litter box or failure to cover odors. Since a cat is an instinctively clean animal, eliminating litter box problems is usually the first step. However, if the behavior continues, it may be a medical issue and you will have to take your cat to the veterinarian.

Things You'll Need

  • Cat Litter
  • White Vinegar & Water Solution

Train your cat to use the litter box. Place the litter box in a quiet, secluded location and put your cat inside the litter box to let her recognize the scent as her bathroom. Cats who feel threatened or watched while using the bathroom may use other places.

Clean up the accident area immediately. If your cat goes on the floor, mask the odor by mixing a solution consisting of equal parts white vinegar and water. This will eliminate the odor so that your cat does not associate the floor as his bathroom.

Keep the litter box clean. Scoop out waste on a daily basis and replace the dirty litter with fresh weekly. Cats are naturally clean creatures and will find other places to relieve themselves if their litter is unsanitary. Sprinkling baking soda on the litter can help capture and absorb odors.

If your cat has used its litter box on a regular basis in the past and has recently begun relieving itself on the floor, it can be caused by health issues. Take your cat to the veterinarian and have it checked for medical problems.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid covering odors with fragrances, candles and potpourri. Artificial fragrances produce strong smells for your cat's sensitive nose.

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