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Cat Peed On My Laptop Bag (What Now?)

If you have noticed that your cat has peed on your laptop bag, chances are you are outraged, looking for reasons why, and more importantly, looking for ways to stop it…

Why Did My Cat Pee On My Laptop Bag?

Your cat likely chose your laptop bag to pee on because it’s a warm area, or it just so happened to be in a space that looked suitable to do their business. It’s more likely that your cat peed on your laptop bag for a reason that has nothing to do with your laptop being in the bag.

Cats often go to the bathroom outside of the litter box because they’re unhappy with the conditions of their box, they’re adapting to a change in the home, or they are experiencing a health issue. Sometimes, cats will just occasionally have accidents, especially as they get older.

Should I Discipline My Cat For Peeing On My Laptop Bag?

Hand holding a black backpack.

Hand holding a black backpack.

You don’t want to encourage this behavior, but punishing your cat by yelling at them or being mean is not the right approach. This could make the situation worse as your cat might start eliminating outside of the litter box out of defiance.

Try to find the underlying issue and take care of it, while also ensuring that none of your valuables are left in that area again. You also need to try and clean the urine smell out of the bag as soon as possible, as your cat might return to the scene of the crime to pee there again should there still be remnants of the smell.

How Can I Clean The Cat Pee Off My Laptop Bag?

You’ll want to try to clean your laptop bag as soon as possible to remove the urine and as much of the smell as possible. You can soak the bag in warm, soapy water, and use either non-chlorine bleach or laundry detergent. There are also special products you can buy to remove cat urine from fabric.

If your cat only peed on a small part of the bag, you can try washing that area with some water, then spot treating the bag with vinegar. Be sure that you thoroughly rinse the bag and allow it to thoroughly air dry.

How Can I Get Rid Of The Cat Pee Smell Off My Laptop Bag?

Eliminating the smell of cat urine can be difficult, but not impossible. Because of the ammonia in cat urine, the smell can linger and take a lot of effort to clean. There are enzyme products you can soak your laptop in according to the instructions that can help lift the smell out of the material.

You may have to wash your bag a couple of times using your cleaning method of choice to remove the smell. If the urine has had a chance to sit and stew on the laptop bag, you may never be able to get the smell out completely.

Did My Cat Pee On My Bag Out Of Spite?

An open black notebook bag.

An open black notebook bag.

Cats can sometimes develop unsavory bathroom habits due to unhappiness, but it’s likely not out of spite. For example, if their litter box isn’t clean, the litter needs to be replaced, or it’s time for a new box, your cat might relieve themselves elsewhere until you fix this.

Changes to a cat’s environment can also cause them to act out temporarily, which can include having accidents. This might include a move, new people being around, excess noise, or another pet being introduced into the household.

Could My Laptop Get Damaged From The Cat Pee?

It’s very possible your laptop can get damaged from cat pee depending on the material of the bag. If it’s not liquid-proof, the urine could seep through the bag and get into the nooks and crannies of your laptop and you’ll likely not be able to clean it out.

Cat urine is very dangerous for electronics, often causing irreversible damage. The nutrients can cause internal damage, and the smell is unpleasant as well and can linger if you don’t try to clean it right away.

How Can I Prevent My Cat From Peeing On My Laptop Bag?

It’s fairly easy to prevent your cat from peeing on your laptop bag. Cats are very smart, however, so you have to make sure that you keep anything expensive or delicate off the floor so your cat can’t soil it.

Close The Room Door

If you have a special setup for your laptop, be sure you close the door to the room when you’re not in the room. This will not only keep your cat away from your laptop and laptop bag but any cords and other technology that could be destroyed from pee.

Lock The Bag In A Cabinet

If you have a particularly mischievous cat, you might want to find a secure place to lock away your laptop and its bag. Since cats can’t pick locks, you won’t have to worry about your cat knocking down the bag and using it as a litter box.

Store The Bag On A High Storage Shelf

You can also lift your laptop bag way up high and store it on a high shelf. Make sure there isn’t anything around that your cat can use to jump on so they can reach the high shelf.

Could My Cat Be Peeing On My Laptop Bag Because Of A Health Issue?

There is potential that your cat is peeing on your laptop bag due to an uncomfortable health issue. Consider whether or not their behavior has changed in other ways.

For instance, you might notice your cat drinking more than usual, which might make them have to pee more often. They might use your laptop bag or another surface for the sheer fact that their litter box gets full faster, or because they can’t help it.

It’s worth taking your cat to the vet to rule out any underlying health issues, such as a urinary tract infection, as this won’t go away until you treat the condition. Their issue with peeing outside of the litter box could end up going away for good once the health issue is taken care of.

Lindsey Browlingdon