Being a cat owner comes with many joys. These furry little companions serve as loyal cuddle partners, constant sources of laughter, and adorable faces to gaze at throughout the day. Despite all of these benefits, there is one aspect of the cat life that can be a drag: your cat peeing on bed. Yes. That moment when you’re finally settling down after a tough day on the job and you dive into your cloud of a bed, only to feel something wet under your thigh—and it’s quite smelly, too.
It’s the worst, and we’re pretty confident you agree. That being said, here are some ways you can try to put an end to this struggle.
Schedule a Veterinarian Visit
This should always be the first step in trying to fix the problem, because your kitty could have a medical problem that’s causing the inappropriate urination. It could be a UTI, kidney issues, or something else that only a vet can accurately identify and fix.
If it is a medical issue, then you’ll need to follow the instructions given to you by the veterinarian. If not, we can move on to less expensive and less (possibly) scary things.
Clean the Spot
You better get to scrubbing as soon as you find that unpleasant spot. Why? The longer it sits there, the harder it is to clean up, and if your cat can still smell it, he or she will most likely return for seconds (which we assume you don’t want). So make sure to clean the area thoroughly to reduce the possibility of your kitty cat repeating the act.
Discipline the Cat
When you catch that little nugget in the act of peeing on your bed, you’ll want to scream your tonsils off out of a mixture of anger and shock—but don’t. It’s a natural reaction for us human beings, but all it will do is scare the cat.
Some cats respond well to the spray bottle method, where you simply spray the cat as soon as possible after catching them doing their business. The problem with this is that some cats won’t understand that it’s an attempt to discourage the behavior because of the time passed between the disciplinary act and the bad behavior.
A better idea is to remove the kitty from the situation immediately (if it hasn’t fled already), and speaking to it in a stern voice (but not a yell).
Address Big Changes
Your cat peeing on the bed could also be a result of stress or anxiety due to big change within the home. Maybe you’ve got a new man or woman in your life who’s moved in with you, and your cat’s having trouble connecting with them. In that case, be intentional about creating situations for your new lover to play with or feed your cat. Maybe there’s been a huge adjustment in your schedule and you’ve left your kitty at home longer than usual, or you’ve just moved to a whole new place.
Make sure that the time you do have at home you give your cat some attention, and ensure that while you’re away, it has plenty of outlets for fun on its own.
Change Your Comforter
It could be that your cat simply loves the texture of your comforter—maybe even more than you do. In that case, it’s time for a new one. Or if you’re really attached to your comforter, put something plastic over your bed (like a shower liner), or simply keep the door shut.
Put Toys on the Bed
Last (but not least), placing your kitty’s toys on the bed could prove very effective. Cats value cleanliness, so you better believe they won’t be urinating on their very own play things!
Cat Peeing on Bed – Wrapping Up
Cats make life better with all of the fun and laughter they bring into the home, and there’s no way around it. Don’t let your cat peeing on bed kill the delight of having one of these little fluffy cuties, and consider your lesson learned.