Pet Anxiety and Urination

Pet urine can cause major disruptions in the home. Pet urine odours can linger throughout the home and create concern for the bacteria trapped in the fibers of any carpets and upholstery. While this may be an inconvenience for most humans, it is much more traumatic for pets. Cats and dogs often urinate indoors when they are anxious or under stress.


Cats can be easily stressed and urinating is often a coping mechanism and a way of communicating that something is wrong. Rather than focusing on punishment, focus on the problem your cat may be trying to communicate with you, which could vary anywhere from fear, anger and uneasiness. Some of the reasons may include separation anxiety, traveling, moving to a new house, and major home renovations.


Research has shown that the most common long-term stressor for cats is unfriendly relationships with other cats in the home. While the introduction of a new pet may cause short-term stress during adjustment periods, an ongoing troubling relationship with another pet will lead to an unhealthy level of stress. Cats and dogs are also both tuned into their owners’ feelings, so if you are experiencing stress that is affecting your daily routine, it can also stress out your pet.


When healthy, house-trained dogs begin to urinate indoors, they may be feeling higher levels of anxiety due to feeling a loss of control. Reasons why a dog may have an accident indoors include: changes in their daily routine, moving to a new house, leaving the dog alone for longer periods than it is used to, and marking its territory when another dog enters its property.


Extra pampering, keeping litter boxes clean, and providing their own space can only do so much to help. It may be easier to identify the cause of their problems by asking:


  1. When did this unusual behaviour begin?
  2. Were there any changes in their routine such as with feeding times, moving to a new home, or a new addition in the family?
  3. Are there any behaviours accompanying the unusual urination patterns?


With both cats and dogs, it is important to take them to the vet to discuss the best treatment option.


As you stress over your pet leaving little accidents for you around the house, it is important to note that odours from previous accident areas can attract your pet to repeat their behavior in that spot. As pet urine dries in carpets, it leaves behind millions of concentrated urine crystals which make their way deep into the fibers of your carpets and can end up being absorbed in the padding underneath. As the urine dries, the smell becomes more pungent. Steam cleaning and shampooing are unable to remove the crystals and instead spread the urine around because they are a wet method of cleaning.


ChemDry, a drier method, uses its patented Pet Urine Removal Treatment (P.U.R.T.®) to destroy the urine crystals at the molecular level. Using its Hot Carbonating Extraction method (HCE), ChemDry destroys the urine crystals and removes it entirely from deep within the carpets or upholstery. P.U.R.T. is tested and proven to show excellent results by removing 99.2% of bacteria and 99.9% of odours from pet urine.

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