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Help: Area rug stealing kitty?

My male cat just recovered from a urinary tract infection. He urinated on my beautiful fairly new woven rug for the very first time (he ALWAYS goes in his litter box); that's how we knew he had an infection. Ever since that one little offense, he decided that the rug is his and he drags it around my house. I sprayed and cleaned his tinkle off of it immediately right after the offense, why is he doing this? I put the rug back but over and over he drags it to other rooms. How can I claim my rug back?

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It is his rug now. But it is possible that all the scent is not gone, although that is not the reason I would think he is taking it. If there was scent present, I would expect him to urinate there again, just to mark the spot again. Washing the rug in a regular cycle with a cup of white vinegar, followed by a regular wash will remove all scent. Looks like you may have to get another area rug, and let him have what he now considers his.
Aug 23, 2017
Wow - I've never heard of a rug-stealing kitty. You should video tape it and put it on u-tube. But that aside, I'm not sure what to tell you to try. The only thing that may work is to spray the rug with some Bitter Apple spray and that should stop him from chewing on it and picking it up.
Aug 23, 2017
Agree with Lindsey. However take the rug to be thoroughly cleaned to get rid of the odour then reclaim as already suggested.
Aug 23, 2017
he is doing it because he marked his territory on it (yes cats do it too A BIT) and he now thinks he owns it cause he can still smell the distinct odor in the rug. Hope that helped (maybe next time he does it spray him with water)
Aug 23, 2017

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