After a long and stressful day at work, being reunited with your fluffy kitty buddy can indeed make a lot of difference. For some reason, they can just instantly brighten up your day!
However, walking into the room and seeing your cat urinating on the bed right in front of you is a totally different story and surely not a very pleasing sight.
If this keeps on happening over and over again, then it is something you should not just set aside.
Why Does My Cat Pee On My Bed?
There could be several factors as to why your pet keeps doing this and no, they are not being rebellious. It could be a sign of a more serious problem so resolving them as soon as possible is definitely important. You don’t really want to change covers every day of your life, correct? That would be tedious plus not economical!
1. Medical Conditions
When your babies are behaving badly, the first thing that a parent would do is to have him or her checked, right? It is the same thing with cats. Since you can’t really expect them to answer you properly once you asked what’s wrong, bringing them to a veterinarian is always the best idea.
The most common medical condition for frequent urination is feline cystitis. This is sometimes an infection, colloquially known as a UTI (urinary tract infection), however frequently it is sterile. The sterile form is known as FLUTD (feline lower urinary tract disorder). It can come about due to many reasons such as stress, highly concentrated urine, a thin bladder lining or crystals in the urine. You vet will feel the bladder to see if it is uncomfortable, and probably express some urine to look at it under the microscope and put a dipstick in it. This will check for crystals, inflammation (protein and blood), glucose and white blood cells (infection). Your vet may treat it with antibiotics and anti-inflammatories, however, looking into deeper causes such as stress or not drinking enough water should be the main treatment. This will prevent it happening again.
Another possible issue is kidney problems. Whilst kidneys can get acute problems, such as infections, chronic kidney disease (CKD) is extremely common in older cats. Kidney disease causes the cat to produce copious amounts of dilute urine, which in turn will make him want to urinate everywhere. Other symptoms you might see are increased thirst, weight loss, and vomiting. It is very important that your cat is examined by a vet if you suspect kidney disease as the longer it is left, the worse the prognosis. You vet will test your cat’s kidneys with a blood test and a urine test.
Diabetes might also make your cat feel the need to urinate more. Diabetes is when the pancreas is no longer working effectively, and therefore insulin is not produced. This causes a high glucose level in the blood. It will make your cat feel thirsty and as a consequence of all the water intake, they will urinate excessively. Your vet can easily test this by looking for glucose in the urine, and confirming with a glucose blood test. The blood test is very easy and non-invasive. It just requires a small prick of the skin to get a drop of blood for the machine.
Finally, an overactive thyroid, known as hyperthyroidism, can cause increased thirst and urination. Your cat may also exhibit weight loss, an increased heart-rate, an increased hunger, a goitre (a lump in the neck) and an oily unkept coat. It is due to the thyroid hormones causing the body’s metabolism to speed up. A blood test can rule this in or out.
2. Litter Box Problems
Do you always clean their litter box? If not, then this could be the reason! Cats are very conscious of cleanliness. As a person, you don’t want to go to a toilet that is uncleaned for days, right? Cats are like us too! They are also sensitive to smell so you might want to check that out.
Are there enough litter boxes at home? If you have multiple cats, then be sure that each one has their own plus another one for everyone. Usually, if the box has been used by other pets at home, the other cat would opt to pee somewhere else.
The size of the litter box also matters. Is your litter box too small for your pet? Then it might be time to change it! They might be having a hard time fitting themselves inside so the tendency is, they will look into a larger area (your bed perfectly fits the criteria!).
Another reason could be the condition of the box. It could be that they are not comfortable with it and they prefer your bed since it’s a lot softer and comfy. Finer grains on the box can be one solution to this issue.
The location wherein you place it is also another thing to consider. Make sure to avoid busy areas or anywhere near their foods and drinks. If they are used to eating in that particular area and the litter box is also located there, they will never use it.
If your house also has multiple floors, make sure to place one on each floor of your house. Being on the 2nd floor, a bed will really be a nice place for them to pee rather than going back to the ground floor. Having a litter box per level will help to prevent them from peeing literally anywhere.
It is also advisable to buy a new box every 6 months. A covered litter box is also not advisable as they feel safer and ready for any threats if they can clearly see the area through an open box.
Have you changed your routine lately? Or have you left home for a while? Your cat missing your attention is also another reason why this is happening. Since your bed is where your scent lingers the most, this is where they would opt to stay more, and then peeing on your sheets can happen easily.
If there would be changes to your schedule or you will leave the house for a period of time, you have to gradually prepare them first for this change. Also, if they feel you have not given them as much attention as usual, behaving badly is one way to get your attention.
Cats like humans are experiencing stress or depression too and there could be multiple reasons for this.
Welcoming a new pet, a new baby or even a new partner at home is stressful for them. A competitor for your attention that they usually get before can result for your cat to change his toilet habits.
Moving to a new place is another thing as well. A loss of a family member could be a reason too.
Cats are extremely sensitive, and something which you think is completely benign might upset them. Try to think if you have had builders in recently, a friend come over for a visit, or has a neighbour recently purchased a new cat?
Ways to Prevent Cats on Peeing On Your Bed
It is indeed frustrating if your beloved kitty keeps peeing on the bed. Here are some ways to stop them from ruining your sheets.
- Make sure to always clean their litter box.
- Look for a more comfortable box for them. Covered ones should be avoided as much as possible.
- Place box on a quiet and accessible area.
- For multiple cat owners, provide one litter box for each cat plus one.
- Make time to cuddle and play with your kitty, they are looking for your attention!
- You might need to deny room access to them for some time while training them in proper toilet habits.
- If you don’t feel like stopping them from entering your room, then you can try giving them treats on the bed. As mentioned above, cats don’t urine in areas where they eat.
- If all else fails, it is always best to consult your veterinarian.
Punishing or shouting at them will not solve the problem; it may even lead to a worst-case scenario. Do not ever think that they are taking revenge on you or they are doing this because of spite.
Don’t give them up that soon. It may require a lot of patience or money but it will be worth it. In due time, you and your fluffy baby will be in a happy relationship again.