Pee pads are approximately 2ft by 2ft and a thin pad that pet owners can place on the floor. They have a plastic bottom and a cotton top. Some of them even say that there is a scent on them that intakes the pets to pee on them. Some of our clients use them and they usually start off as training methods and more times than not end up being a permanent fixture in the home. We have seen it all. From almost 20 of them lining the house and furniture (for the pets that lift their legs), to a fee strategically placed around the house, to them lining a crate. Here are our thoughts on them:
For those who have pets that actually go on the pads, they can protect your floors, carpet or furniture from being ruined from pet urine and poop. Aside from this purpose, we really don’t see any other pro’s. If you have some, sound off on the comments below and we would be happy to add them.
Maybe it is because we go into numerous homes but we see these things all the time when pee pads are involved:
- The pets think that every carpet in the house is a pee pad.
- The pets learn that it is ok to pee in the house.
- No matter how many pee pads are put down, there always seems to be some liquid that runs off it, spilling out to the floor.
- Often times it makes the house smell. Interestingly enough our noses become used to things when they are a part of our normal environment. It isn’t until later when a person might go on a vacation and then come home their senses clear up and they realize the smell. Unfortunately, as pet sitters, we smell this smell on occasion.
- Leaving pee pads in crates only teach pets two things. One, they can tear it us and eat it (which could give you another problem) and two, that is it ok to pee in their crate.
- They usually do not prevent the spillage overflow onto the floor basically eliminating the original reason to have pee pads.
- They are not a training tool. All they do is teach pets that it is ok to pee indoors and on a pad (or sometimes a area rug which seems to be the same thing to them)
In our experience, pets are not knowledgable enough to know that pee pads mean they can only pee on them when they are in the house. Overall it sends the message that peeing in the house is ok. It hardly ever solves the problems that pet parents start out to do which is to give them pets and opportunity to pee in the house only on the pad and to train them.
If a pet parent is trying to get their pets to stop peeing indoors, the best thing to do is crate training combined with frequent opportunities for your pet to go potty. Creating a potty schedule (just like you would a baby’s sleeping schedule) is highly recommended along with a lot of positive reinforcement and reward based training for when they potty outside. Sticking their nose in accidents and reprimanding them is not recommended or effective.
What Are Your Thoughts?
Do you agree or disagree? Have you had pee pads before for your pets? How did it work? Feel free to sound off below. We want to hear your opinions!!!