I am trying to potty train my new kitten and she keeps peeing on my bed! I am not home during the day so I keep her in my room with her food and the litter box. She doesn't pee on the bed then. She only does this when I am in the bed with her! Help.
Stacey from Dorchester, MA
Your bed is the area your scent is strongest. It's possible your cat is mixing its own scent in order to reassure itself.
Ensure you clean the area thoroughly with something that removes the ammonia smell that urine contains(I'm in the UK, but Natures Miracle is a popular choice in the US)and if you catch your cat in the act, make loud noises, for instance clapping to scare them away from the area they favour. Eventually they'll relate the area with the unpleasantness of the noise and hopefully go where they're supposed to. (10/16/2006)
I think the attraction for potty mishaps lies much in the absorbency factor. If there is one thing any animal hates, is splash-back, so they pick the most absorbent place to ensure that it doesn't happen... cushions, carpets, beds seem to be a favourite, bathmats.
I have a horse that won't pee in his stall, no matter how bad he has to go, he waits for his hay, then pees on it, doesn't matter if the ground is soft or frozen... everytime. Then he promptly moves to his neighbours pile and trades them! LOL!
I have a cat that was abandoned and dumped on my doorstep. She was definitely an indoor cat. It didn't take me long to realize why she was dumped. I do put her in a room with food, litter, and another kitty for company and leave her overnight to digest. She always uses the litter in that room. When she's out, she has established a few places. I find that these accidents happen when she's careening around the house in play. She gets caught short and doesn't make it to the litter box. So, I'm thinking of putting another box upstairs and call it her "just in case" box and hopes she uses it.
I'm glad to hear about the vinegar and water, that's what I've been using from instinct. But I honestly feel that drainage and the built in sanitation instinct that animals have, have a lot to do with it.
I think I would throw the plastic on the bed and no newspaper. I have feeling that one time of standing in their own doo, will stop it. I'd hope so anyways. And the litter/treat training is a wonderful idea too! Nothing like a little training to use for a training problem! (10/25/2006)
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