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 definitely not a very pleasing sight.
If this keeps on happening over and over again, then it’s a problem that needs to be dealt with.
Why Does My Cat Pee On My Bed?
There could be several reasons 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 it as soon as possible is definitely important. You don’t want to change covers every day of your life, right? That would get tedious and expensive!
1. Medical Conditions
When a baby is having mysterious issues, the first thing a parent does is to have him or her checked, right? It’s the same thing with cats. Since you can’t really expect them to answer you when you ask what’s wrong, bringing them to a veterinarian is always the best idea.
The most common medical condition for frequent urination is feline cystitis, an inflammation of the bladder wall. This is sometimes caused by an infection, colloquially known as a UTI (urinary tract infection), however frequently no infection can be found. The constellation of signs, individually or together, is known as FLUTD (feline lower urinary tract disorder). It often is associated with stress, and such cats may also be discovered to have highly concentrated urine, a thin bladder lining, crystals in the urine, or urethral (mucoid) plugs that block urination.
You vet will feel the bladder to see if it is full and 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 from happening again.
Another possible issue is kidney problems. While kidneys can get acute 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. Your 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, increased hunger, a goiter (a lump in the neck) and an oily unkempt coat. This is all due to thyroid hormones causing the body’s metabolism to speed up. A blood test can rule this out.
2. Litter Box Problems
Do you always clean your cat’s 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 hasn’t been cleaned for days, right? Cats are like us! They are also sensitive to smell.
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 in the home, the cat will 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 they’ll go off in search of 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 more comfy. Finer grains on the box can be one solution to this issue.
Where 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 has multiple floors, make sure to place one on each floor of your house. If there’s no litter box on the 2nd floor, a bed will really be a nice place for them to pee rather than going all the way back down to the ground floor to do it. Having one litter box per level will help 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 around them.
Have you changed your routine lately? Or have you left home for a while? Your cat missing your attention could also be another reason why this is happening. Since your bed is where your scent lingers the most, this is where they’ll opt to hang out, and then peeing on your sheets can happen easily.
If there’s going to be changes to your schedule or you’re planning to leave the house for a longer period of time than usual, you’ll have to gradually prepare them for this. Also, if they feel you have not given them as much attention as usual, they may pee on the bed.
Eliminating on the bed is a classic sign of feline separation anxiety. This isn’t to get more attention. Instead, sharing their own personal scent with urine (or sometimes feces) acts as a feline stress-buster and reduces the anxiety. Cats do NOT pee to get attention or out of spite. They simply choose your bed because it smells safe, like you.
Cats, like humans, experience stress and depression too. There can 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 the attention that they usually get can result in your cat changing his toilet habits for the worse.
Moving to a new place is another stressor as well. The 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 the box in 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 need your attention!
- You might have to deny bedroom 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 urinate in areas where they eat.
- If all else fails, consult your veterinarian. He or she may need to refer you to a veterinary behaviorist, a specialist focused on behavior issues.
Punishing or shouting at them will not solve the problem and probably will make it worse because that increases the stress. Do not ever think that they are taking revenge on you or that they are doing this out of spite.
Don’t give up on them 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.