I have two cats, both females, one just over 1 year old and the other one 5 months old.
They are very good friends, wash each other, sleep together, play together, etc.
They share a litter box in the bathroom, and I usually have a bathroom rug there, but as soon as it arrives, one of them pees on it (have not had time to see which of them it is).
I wash it, put it back and the same thing happens again.
Have also stopped having it there for 2-3 weeks, but when I put it back there again, one of them marks it almost immediately.
I clean the box often.
None of them pee in any other place than the box, except when the carpet arrives.
I also have carpet in the hall but nobody has touched that.
Is there something wrong with the cat or is it the carpet that is perceived as a “toilet”?
Any help would be much appreciated!
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Since you have two cats, you should have at least two litter boxes.
The most common reason why cats urinate outside the box is that they are not happy with the box itself (placement, sand, cleanliness, etc.).
If they perceive the box as less suitable, they can choose to pee on something they think is better (eg a rug).
If it’s just that rug, I would skip having a rug in the bathroom and try to get another drawer.
Read our article about cats peeing outside the box here!