How to Stop Cat From Peeing on Bed
As much as we love our feline friends, many of their habits can seem a little strange to us. Whether it’s proudly bringing home mice, clawing the furniture, or climbing up to some unexpected places, cats’ behavior might often leave you perplexed.
One of the most unpleasant things that cats can do is pee in odd places. As any owner knows, cats will sometimes stray from the litter box, and relieve themselves on your bed or sofa. This isn’t just a nuisance – non-typical urination habits can be an early warning sign that something is wrong, whether physically or psychologically.
To help you get to the bottom of your cat’s unusual toilet habits, we’ve put together this brief guide. Below we run through why your cat might be peeing on the bed, and what you can do to stop it.
Why Is My Cat Peeing On My Bed?
It might sound unusual, but for cats, peeing on the bed is a surprisingly common issue. As with many behavioral problems, there’s no one-size-fits-all explanation as to why your kitty is doing this.
Below are the most common reasons why cats pee on their owners’ beds:
- Bladder infection
If your cat doesn’t usually pee outside the litter box, the issue might be medical. Like us humans, cats can suffer from urinary tract infections (UTIs), including bladder infections, that make urination painful and more frequent. If your cat is suffering from a UTI, they might not be able to make it to the litter box sometimes, or might have begun to associate the litter box itself with the pain of their infection.
Along with peeing in unusual places, symptoms of a UTI in cats include blood in the urine, and vocalization while urinating.
- Litter box issues
There are many reasons why your cat might not be happy with their litter box. Like their owners, cats value comfort and privacy when they do their business. Perhaps your litter box is positioned in a busy part of the house, or a long way from where your cat likes to be. Using a kitty litter your cat dislikes can also cause urination issues.
We all know anxiety can make our pets behave in strange ways, one of which is expressing unusual urination habits. A number of different things can tripper anxiety in your cat, such as a noisy environment, separation from their owner, other pets, or a big change in lifestyle such as moving house, having a child, or moving in with someone new. Whatever the root cause, anxiety can trigger territory-marking behaviors in your cat to help them feel secure – peeing around the house is a classic example.
How Do You Stop A Cat From Peeing On The Bed?
Now we know the main reasons why cats relieve themselves in strange places, you’re probably wondering what you can do to stop a cat from peeing on beds.
Luckily, there are some basic steps you can take to prevent your feline friend from exhibiting this behavior:
- See your vet
Before you try adjusting anything at home, it’s important that you seek some professional advice on your cat’s behavior. Your vet will be able to tell you whether your cat is suffering from an infection, or other health issue that can trigger urination outside the litter box.
Locating the litter box well
With both real estate and litter box placement, it’s all about location, location, location, Cats prefer to use the bathroom in a secluded spot that’s easy to reach, and it’s important to bear this in mind when it comes to placing their litter box. If your home doesn’t have a lot of room for feline privacy, consider choosing a box with a hood to give your cat the alone time they need to relieve themselves.
- Preventing overcrowding
If you have more than one cat, an overcrowded litter box can also trigger problematic peeing. Luckily, this issue is fairly simple to resolve: purchase another litter tray, and try not to place it too close to the first. Some cats won’t use the same litter box as other animals, so providing at least two can be a simple way to prevent them from peeing on your bed.
- Using the best substrate for your cat
We all know that cats can be fussy with their food, but did you know they can also be fussy with their kitty litter? If your cat seems reluctant to use their litter box, they might simply not like their litter.
- Providing a calm environment
Keeping a safe, calm household is a surefire way to reduce feline anxiety. You can do this by providing your cat with a warm and quiet place to rest, giving them plenty of attention when they need it, and sticking to a regular routine as far as possible. Since cats are natural climbers, offering a comfy spot up high can also reduce their anxiety.
- Helping your cat adapt to change
Big changes can also trigger anxiety in your cat, and make them more likely to pee in unexpected places. To help them deal with a big change, try to keep the rest of their routine as consistent as possible, and ensure they have access to comforting items such as their favorite toy or blanket they regularly use.
- Dealing with separation anxiety
If your cat is left alone for most of the day, then separation anxiety could be behind any unusual urination. To help alleviate this, try designating time to play with your cat each day, leaving them with toys and puzzles, or leaving the radio on quietly when you go out. Your vet will be able to recommend other solutions to this fairly common issue.
- Trying a cat calming spray
Sometimes, cats need a little help to relieve their anxiety, and that’s where a cat calming spray comes in. These products can be bought as a spray or diffuser, and work by gradually releasing either calming essential oils, or an imitation of cat pheromones that animals use to signal safety. Many owners find these products extremely helpful for treating an anxious cat.