Help with elderly cat peeing -- a mat or covering


What would be a large, but effective and hopefully washable mat type material or mat to put under pee pads for elderly cat that will not use her litter box much? She pees so much it saturates the pads and/or she misses the pads. I have carpeting that i know I was eventually have to remove.

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  • I have the same issue with my elderly dog. I went to the vet's and they gave me medication for her that she takes twice a day. She may no longer be able to hold it. Could be worth asking the vet for some for your cat.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on May 23, 2020

    Good answer from Anita, seek out help first.

    My friend"s cat had the same issue, he eventually had to put her down, she had uti's more and more frequently.

    They have pet pee pads that are quite large, maybe arrange them in an area around her littler box-a pattern where they are overlapped and provide for a larger area of coverage.

  • I would ask your vet for a recommendation for your cat.

  • Gk Gk on May 23, 2020

    You could purchase an entry rug that has a rubber backing under the carpet part. Some are very thin and could be washed. Manards has a few that are less than 20 dollars.

  • Em Em on May 23, 2020

    They sell plastic trays at Home Depot that are meant for under a washing machine to keep water from spilling on the floor. They are about $17. Change the type of litter you use. Try a scoopable if you have been using regular litter etc. Put her box in the large tray. Use newspaper in the bottom of the box or any scrap paper if you do not get newspaper, like brown paper bags torn into strips. The newspaper works really well to absorb wetness if you can get it. Ask someone you know that still has a subscription to save for you. I tried newspaper in a cat box torn into 1/2 " strips and my three cats preferred it to litter to pee. they used the regular litter to poop but the paper was their preference for urine.

  • What about putting a vinyl chair pad under the rug...the type that's used under a rolling desk chair. They're clear and large. You layer the pads on top and it would wipe clean. Just a thought...

  • Nan W. Nan W. on May 23, 2020

    Donna: t his would be a fairly inexpensive solution!

    ...and they come in a variety of sizes!

  • Kim Kim on May 23, 2020

    Try using the adult bed protector pads instead of the one for pets. They are larger, cheaper and absorb more. Walmart brand is a good one.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on May 23, 2020

    It might be time to talk to the vet about the cat not using litter box. The cat may have serious health issues and may need treatment or euthanasia.

  • Kevin Kevin on May 23, 2020

    Our 18yo male Chihuahua, his name is Fang, we have a rubber back rug/mat from Target and another on top, that is our old dogs "wee wee pad I wash them once per week (put down newspaper while rugs are in the washing machine).

    We keep the mats in the same spot on our breezeway so that Fang knows where to go,

    When we stop at a garage sale or thrift shop we see a cheap bath mat, buy it NO need to spend any substantial money on a wee wee pad.


  • Homeroad Homeroad on May 25, 2020

    I think I would try an old towel that could be washed.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on May 27, 2020

    I had the same issues with my almost 20 yr old boy before he passed away. I took an old blanket put large trash bags I cut open under the blanket and then under the pads and I could throw them in the washer. I found when I got a storage box that was lower to the ground, my boy could get in and out of it easier.

  • Deb K Deb K on Jun 06, 2020

    Hi Donna, this will help protect your carpeting , hope it helps

    tect your carpeting

  • on Jul 11, 2020

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  • Drlucille Drlucille on Jul 13, 2020

    Check with your vet, she may have a UTI, change her food to a type that provides urinary tract care. I use Hills.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Dec 26, 2021

    Oh shame, sorry to hear that Donna. See if you can find one of those rubber "puzzle" playmats to put under the pee pads. They come in packs of 4 and should do the trick.