Closing the door is step 1. My cat was doing this on a stair landing
(she's diabetic and has some control problems) and besides cleaning
with the enzymatic cleaners mentioned here, I covered the landing with
a ScatMat which delivers a low-voltage (9v) shock when stepped on.
It doesn't hurt but sure kept her off of the steps.
In addition, some retraining might be in order. I carried her to the
litter box after each meal and now she goes immediately after eating
and pees right away.
You can find the Scat Mats on eBay.
The cat is returning to the SCENT .. Close the door.. eliminate the
scent it left. That will probably cost you a rug and anything else
fabric that it hit. But if it smells to the cat like its "spot" it'll
be back.. Consider a door closer..
Not exactly. A cat doesn't return to to scent unless it knows there are
others around, that are competitive. A cat, indoors without scenting by
others (esp. female) will NOT perform this behaviour.
If it's an indoor cat, keep others away, using humane methods.
I suspect a "powerplay", though - and this is a popular cat-tactic, when
they feel like they are powerless. Try some empowering of the cat without
diminishing yours. There are many web-resources available for this.
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