There may be various factors your cat urinates on your bed. When a feline urinates anywhere aside from in his litterbox, the primary step the owner should take is to have a vet do a physical examination and appropriate diagnostic tests, consisting of urinalysis to be sure he does not have a hidden medical problem. When he has a bladder infection, for instance, your feline may associate pain or discomfort with the litterbox. The cat may then pick another area. If the examination, urinalysis and other diagnostic tests are normal, then we have to identify why the cat is selecting the owner’s bed.
Why Is My Cat Peeing on My Bed and How to Stop It?
Stress and anxiety Is Often the Culprit
Frequently when a customer seeks advice from me concerning her cat’s inappropriate urination on her bed, I can generally identify an anxiety-related issue. We aim to identify the stressors that are adding to the feline’s inappropriate habits. Is there an issue associated to the litterbox, area of the box or substrate (type of litter) that is triggering the feline to stray far from the designated toileting area? Or are we dealing with a social concern– either stress in the relationship with the owner or with another feline, relative or animal in the home?
First, we need to evaluate the conditions of the litterbox. How typically is the litterbox cleaned up? A litterbox ought to be cleaned a minimum of once daily. (Think about how you feel when you go into the bathroom and somebody did not flush after utilizing the toilet.) Make certain you are providing the most ideal litter, box type and place for your cat’s toileting area. While the ideal litter may vary inning accordance with a feline’s individual preferences, previous research studies have actually indicated that the majority of cats choose carefully ground substrate, such as clumping clay litter. Although makers may make scented litter to interest human beings, some felines might choose odorless litter.
Look at the size of the litterbox– are you offering a big enough box? The basic recommendation is one and a half times the length of the cat’s body (not consisting of the tail). I constantly choose the bigger the better and often have my cat owners use plastic storage boxes instead of standard litterboxes. (Just eliminate the lid and cut a small opening on the side.) Many cats choose a litterbox that does not have a cover. Covers are typically designed to appeal to an owner’s choice to keep the contents of the litterbox out of sight and contained. If the owner is worried about the feline tossing litter out over the edges, she can buy exposed litterboxes with tall sides (unless she owns an older, arthritic cat that might have more difficulty climbing over tall sides). Though some felines might prefer covered boxes, remember that, in the wild, cats do pass by to remove in caves.
When I carry out a consultation for an improper urination issue, I typically advise using two litterboxes placed side by side then altering one aspect, such as eliminating the cover or altering to a different type of litter in the second box. That way, we can figure out the cat’s true choice. Normally, when a cat has actually seemed OKAY with a litterbox however then suddenly discovers it excruciating, he was not genuinely happy with the previous plan in the first place.
Where is the litterbox found? Is it in an area of high foot traffic, where the feline may be interrupted while getting rid of? Is it located rather a range from where he invests most of his time? If package uses hardly any personal privacy or is too far away and the cat needs to make a big effort to get there, he may select an alternate location for elimination. The rule is one litterbox per cat plus one, specifically if your house is large or has multiple floors.
Discovering Comfort on Your Comforter
Some felines urinate on their owners’ beds if the owners work long hours or travel. Often the inappropriate episodes take place either when an owner runs out your house or from town, or the cat might wait till the owner returns home. It is a cat’s way of interacting how dissatisfied or stressed he has been over your absence. Often a cat may urinate on the side of the bed of the person with whom the feline has a dispute. I have seen this take place when an owner brings home a new partner or a housemate moves in and the feline is not immediately accepting of the new person in his life. Often a relocation may be a driver for urinating on the bed. These different circumstances might be difficult for the cat, and the feline may wish to intermingle his own scent with the owner’s aroma on the bed. It is necessary to keep in mind that the feline is not being ‘spiteful’ if this happens– it is simply that the intermingling of these smells may prove reassuring to the feline. Since it can be challenging to pinpoint precisely what’s causing the cat’s anxiety, it’s important to work with a veterinarian or veterinary behaviorist to identify the cause and figure out the appropriate actions to help remedy the circumstance.
Another technique I sometimes utilize is to have the owner initiate an unique play or treat time on the bed in the location where the cat has urinated. The goal here is to change the association for the cat from a potential latrine or marking area to a location of fun and/or consuming, since many felines usually do not urinate where they eat.
While you are arranging the concern out, you can limit access to the bed by keeping the bedroom door closed, or try putting a litterbox in the bedroom– although typically the behavior will continue even if a litterbox neighbors. Often, this issue can be easily resolved by providing the appropriate or favored toileting conditions to the feline to encourage him to use the litterbox once again, or by removing whatever the attractive bed linen material is from the bed. Other times, nevertheless, the problem may be more complicated and require more evaluation from a qualified behavioral specialist. The essential thing to keep in mind as you deal with the situation is that your feline is merely aiming to tell you something, and it’s up to you, with proper help, to attempt to determine what that is.