One of a cat owner’s nightmares is having their lovely carpet ruined by the cat’s litter. Cats are said to be among the best learners of all animals when it comes to potty training.
Not only do they adapt to the new changes that are demanded from them in terms of potty training but they are highly likable animals for making it to their litter boxes on time.
However, if your cat begins to act strangely and poop outside of its litter box, especially your cat poop on the carpet, there is likely a serious problem that you should evaluate as soon as possible by having them examined by a certified veterinarian.
Why Do Cats Start Pooping on Carpets?
Following are some of the main reasons why your litter-trained cat pooping on the carpet.
1. Stressful Surroundings
This could be one of the reasons why your cat is peeing or pooping outside of its litter box.
Your cat may be stressed due to a sudden change in its environment, such as moving into a new house, the addition of a new family member or even another pet, or you not giving them the attention they deserve.
2. Litter Box Placement
Your cat may dislike the location where you’ve placed its litter box.
Perhaps you’ve placed it somewhere where it’s too noisy thus distractful for them or the other way around.
If their litter box isn’t in their preferred location, it’s not clean enough, or the size or shape of the litter box doesn’t tempt them enough, many cats will poop anywhere but in it.
3. A Dietary Change
If you have been feeding your cat a certain cat food for quite some time and then suddenly switch to another one, this may upset your cat’s bowel habits making it poop in different places in your house.
4. Health Condition
A certain health condition such as diarrhoea or chronic constipation may upset your cat’s usual bowel patterns, making them give you a carpet disaster every now and then.
In any such case, make sure you have them examined by a veterinarian to sort things out on time.
How to Get Cat Poop out of Carpet?
No matter how much you dread your favorite carpet being ruined by cat’s poop, stuff like that happens.
But don’t worry, here are some instant tips that you can follow to get the poop out of the carpet.
1. Safety Precautions
First and foremost, purchase a pair of latex rubber gloves because coming into direct contact with a cat’s faeces can be hazardous to your health, especially if your cat is sick.
Also, make sure you’re dressed in some old clothing (that you may discard afterward) and not your home or work clothes when attending to the cleaning business.
2. Don’t Delay
Once you spot a cat’s poop stain on your carpet, get into action immediately and don’t take long as it will allow the stain to sit permanently making it difficult for you to get rid of it.
Try using a moist cloth or even a baby wipe and pick the Poop out of the carpet’s fibers before it gets dried up.
3. Make A Cleaning Solution
Once done with the initial requirements, now prepare yourself to make a DIY cleaning solution, which is, two cups of lukewarm water, basic dishwashing soap and one tablespoon of white vinegar.
However, test it on a tiny area before applying it to your carpet to ensure that it does not discolor your carpet.
4. Spray And Blot The Stain
Now spray the DIY solution onto the stain and let it sit for about 5 minutes to moisten the dried faeces, if any.
Now, blot the area thoroughly and make sure you don’t rub it since it may damage your carpet.
Repeat the process until the stain is faded or completely removed.
5. Remove The Solution
Now, it’s time to remove the DIY solution off the carpet by spraying or pouring some cold water on the affected area.
Once done, blot the specific area with a paper towel and let it dry.
6. Baking Soda
And finally, sprinkle some baking soda onto the carpet and let it sink in for about an hour before vacuuming your carpet and Voila, you’re done.
How to Get Cat Poop Smell out of Carpet?
Being someone with a strong sense of smell, cats tend to get back to that certain spot where they had pooped previously.
That’s why you need to get rid of that lingering smell of Poop from your carpet as soon as possible by following the below-mentioned steps.
- In a small dish, mix 5 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide and 2 tablespoons dish soap.
- Apply the mixture onto the stained area gently.
- To prevent the peroxide from discoloring the carpet, blot the spot promptly.
- And finally, to prevent the color from transferring from your cloth to your carpet, use white cloths or paper towels.
How to Stop Cats from Pooping on Carpets?
Once your cat’s Pooping habits are disturbed or changed then it might take you more time potty training them again than it had taken you for the first time.
However, you can make the experience better by incorporating the following tips into your cat’s potty training session.
1. Give Time To Your Cat
Your cat may be upset because of a change in your schedule or furious at you for not spending enough time with her, so she will poop somewhere other than the litter box to get your attention.
If this is the case, consider spending as much time as possible with your cat and creating a loving environment around her to allow her differences with you to sink in and to make her comfortable enough with you to follow your ‘Poop in the Box’ instructions.
2. Maintain Enough Space
If your cat’s food bowl and litter box are close to each other, he or she may not want to poop in the designated area.
As a result, attempt to leave enough space between the two things for your cat to poop in its specified place.
3. Make Some Changes
Cats prefer litter boxes that are larger and more expansive when it comes to the act of discretion.
This allows them to have their comfort zone in which they may relax and enjoy themselves.
If your cat’s litter box is small, consider replacing it with a large litter box that does not require covers.
It may seem difficult to get your cat back to poop in its designated area, but consistency is the key.
Don’t give up on them; keep training them till they learn.
If, despite your best efforts, they don’t seem to be improving, have them inspected by a qualified veterinarian to determine the true cause of their inappropriate behavior.