Almost every indoor cat has done this at some point in his or her life. Some do it on a regular basis, and others do it so infrequently that, when they DO, we end up lying down, right into a nice big puddle of it. What are we talking about? Something that is actually an issue with which one of our very own Cat it All peeps is dealing at the moment: kitty going pee on the bed.
Reasons Why Your Cat Pees on Your Bed
This is another one of those things that, although annoying and inconvenient, your cat does NOT do just to ruin your day (as some of us are learning now)! Cats are finicky critters, and they no more want to soil the space(s) in which they sleep (even if only sometimes, or when you’re not looking) than they do the areas in which they eat. (Seriously, who would?).
Before you hang poor Fluffy by the tail, examine this list of reasons why cats do start (or continue) to pee on your bed:
- Dirty litter box. You know how, by the time you notice the ring in your toilet, it’s often gotten so bad that you can’t believe you’ve been using it in that condition? Well, that’s sort of how our cats feel if we neglect their potty box! Plus, some cats despise getting their paws dirty (have you ever noticed how rigorous their grooming regimens are?), and they absolutely will not set foot (pun intended) in anything less than a fresh box.
- Anger. Did you forget to give that extra snack last night, or to completely refill the food bowl? Yep, that’s sometimes grounds for your baby to pee in your bed. They, too, can adopt the “piss on it” attitude when cranky, so remember those treats!
- Stress. Cats can become very stressed whenever the household routine changes. If, for instance, you always arrived home every day at 7 p.m., and you suddenly start getting home at 7:30 or 8, this is very upsetting to some felines. Of course, your cat isn’t sitting there watching the clock (we here at Cat it All speculate whether cats can tell time, but the jury’s still out!), but they pay attention to the shadows cast by the sunlight coming through the windows, the shows on T.V. (if you’re like those of us who leave it on for your cats while you’re away to help with their boredom and anxiety), etc.
- Illness or injury. If your cat isn’t feeling well, and they either haven’t succeeded in calling your attention to their ailment or they cannot move as well as they normally do, especially to get into or out of the litter box, he or she will often take to peeing on your bed. Sometimes, it’s just to let you know they aren’t well; other times, it’s because of the difficulty they’re having with their box. Either way, pay close attention to your cat’s health and keep an eye on them. If they seem to feel worse in a day or two, and it doesn’t seem to be stress related, get your baby to the vet ASAP. This can be an indication of a very serious, life threatening illness.
- Territorial. If someone, or something, new comes into your home, your cat may begin to show instinctual signs of dominance over the new person, animal or thing, including marking his or her territory. Of course, any spot where THEIR hooman pet spends any length of time is also considered theirs (in their mind), or, at the very least, not belonging to the new creature. Therefore, your cat may pee on (or spray, if you have an unneutered male) your bed to either say “Hey, this is MY spot,” or, “Hey, this is MY HOOMAN’S spot.”
How to Prevent Your Cat from Peeing All Over Your Bed
Sometimes, depending on the reason for your cat peeing on the bed, you can’t. However, we do have a few preventative measures you can take to HELP deter your baby from destroying your sleeping place(s):
- Keep their litter boxes clean. A clean box means there’s no excuse to pee anywhere else BUT the box (unless the reason is physical or medical).
- Get shorter litter boxes. If you know, or suspect, that your cat may pee on the bed for lack of ability to get into their old box, try buying one with shorter walls/rims.
- Never forget the snacks at bedtime (or whenever snack time is)! This one speaks for itself.
- Renew positive reinforcement for using the box. No matter how long it’s been since your cat has been box trained, it’s always a good idea to refresh him or her in the praise received for each time he or she used the litter box, instead of going potty anywhere else. Sometimes, all your cat needs is to feel that you aren’t neglecting or ignoring him/her!
- Lavender and chamomile incense/candles. If your cat seems to be stressed, or if that is likely the reason he or she uses your bed for, light the incense or candles a couple of hours before bedtime, or before you leave him/her alone for long periods of time, whenever possible. These fragrances help calm down animals just like they do us, and they will likely make kitty wanna spend more time sleeping in bed, rather than peeing in it.
Potty Problems of Your Own?
Do you, or someone you know, also have potty troubles with your fur babies? Do you have any reasons we didn’t list above that you found were the cause of your kitty potty squabbles? Please let us know!