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Having a cat that chooses to pee on the bed rather than in the litterbox is very frustrating and baffling. This is a guide about keeping cats from peeing on a bed.
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By 1 found this helpful
December 11, 2016

I've had my cat for years now and about a year ago he has began peeing on the bed, but only where I sleep. It's not a health issue, his litter box is regularly cleaned and he uses it normally. He is spayed, healthy, and normal. But he pees wherever I sleep and I don't know how to make him stop. He pees only on the side I sleep on and if I move to the couch he'll pee there too. I've tried barricading off my bed, but that doesn't work. How do I get him to stop?

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December 11, 20160 found this helpful

Your cat may be stressed, or have a urinary tract problem. In either case you need to visit your vet. It does sound a bit like stress since he seeks out places where you have been, ie with a comforting familiar smell, to pee on. For now, I would get some newspaper and make sure it has your smell on it - wear it around for a while! - and put that down where you want him to pee. I do hope you get this sorted.

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Anonymous
December 11, 20160 found this helpful

It sounds to me like he doesn't want you to sleep and is doing this for your attention. I would put him in a small carrier while you sleep.

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December 11, 20160 found this helpful

I think he is trying to get your attention while you are sleeping. I would put him in a pet carrier when you go to bed.

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December 11, 20160 found this helpful

I agree with the pet carrier, only I would get a huge dog crate and make him a den. I would put a litter box, a bed and water in there. A few toys would be great too. I would put him in there each night. This is not a punishment, but just a way to help you pet succeed in not wetting on your sleeping quarters. I have 11 cats at present, and once I know they have learned to use the litter box, I switch out the litter to cedar shavings. I feel that litter can be rough on some cat's paws. I have one kitten or two that still have not learned to use the litter box. I will do the crate thing on them, after I have rehomed the other kittens. I will tell you that cats are very strong willed, but love is something they all need, and helping them succeed is a good strategy to help overcome the problem if it is not physical. I would also suggest switching them over to Rachel Ray cat food, if they are out of the kitten stages. Corn is not good for any animal and that is what most pet food is, is a lot of corn.

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Let us know on here how everything works out.

Sincerely,

Robyn

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Anonymous
December 12, 20160 found this helpful

Take your cat to the vet and see if they have a urinary tract infection. They are painful and sometimes this is how cats tell you something is wrong.

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December 12, 20160 found this helpful

You say you have had your cat for years now; but you are sure this is not a health problem. I think it may well be a health problem. Older cats often develop urinary tract infections, bladder stones, and some develop diabetes. Any of these would cause the symptoms you describe. Your cat may be sleeping where you do because it comforts him. Cats with UTIs or diabetes will urinate while they are asleep and be unaware of it. All of these illnesses are easily treated. If your guy has not been evaluated for these diseases, get him to your Vet. Good luck to you.

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January 11, 20170 found this helpful

My dog had a kidney problem which made him drink a lot of water. In addition he was unable to concentrate his urine so it did not have any odor. The vet said it was an autoimmune disease. It did eventually clear up and may have been caused by an infection.

I wonder if your cat is urinating in other places but because it has no odor you may not be aware of it. He may be urinating wherever he goes. Is he drinking a lot? That's a sign of illness. A number of situations can cause him to pee outside of the litter box, some quite serious like kidney disease and some rather easy to cure like an infection. Watch for blood in his urine and try to assess if his pee is of a normal quantity. If you can slip a plastic cup under him to catch some urine while he is urinating you could provide your vet with a sample. It doesn't have to be in a sterile container. Whatever you observe will help your vet make a proper diagnosis. Best of luck.

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April 13, 20150 found this helpful

I adopted a two year old cat from my local arl and he got sick with an upper respiratory infection and chlamydia. I had him stay with my sister for a few days and there was not a single accident. As soon as I brought him to my house with my 2 year old fixed female he started peeing on my bed.

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After cleaning it on five different occasions I got rid of it assuming there was still odor left behind causing him to continue to go on it. I went months without a bed and slept on the couch where he would sleep next to me. I got a new bed the other day and as soon as I got the bedding on I caught him scratching at it like he'd do to cover his stuff in the litter box. Sure enough he had peed on my new bed. I thankfully have a plastic cover for it this time around. I've washed the bedding and scrubbed the plastic cover. He and my female cat don't get along, so I'm not sure if it could possibly be stress related.

I've been giving both cats treats and catnip on my bed lately as I've read healthy cats won't pee where they eat and I'd like them to associate my bed with something positive. I've done this with only the plastic cover on and only when I am right there. They aren't currently allowed in my room without me there. I'm terrified of putting the bedding back on and letting them in there because my mother said if he goes on the bed one more time I have to get rid of him. I bought them a new extra large litter box since he's on the big size and I scoop the litter much more often. I have two litter boxes and I know I should have three, but my mother won't let me fill the third as she says it is too much. What should I do?

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April 13, 20150 found this helpful

When you adopt a pet, you also adopt the responsibility for the health and welfare of your pet. His urination problem may be something he has no control over because of a medical reason. I strongly suggest that you take your cat to your vet now to check on possible medical reasons and treatment for his behavior.

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April 16, 20150 found this helpful

Your cat should be checked by a Vet for urinary problems, but it seems to me that the problem is likely behavioral. I think you are doing all you can to help the problem. When your cat marks on your bed he is trying to mingle his scent with yours.

As the new cat on the block he is likely feeling insecure. I think time will help most of all, and continuing to build your relationship with him. Play with him a lot, and give him lots of attention. Build his confidence. Make sure he has places he can go to nap and be alone (away from other cats). My cat has a bed on my desk that is his alone.

You might put a t shirt that you have worn in his bed. Do what you can to see tension over his mistakes doesn't linger and make him feel insecure. One last thought, there are special hinges for doors that close them automatically. Might be a good idea for your door until things smooth out. You sound like a very well informed and responsible pet owner. Good luck to you both.

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June 8, 20160 found this helpful

First off, use 20 Mule Team Borax powder in the wash for all of your soft goods that are on that bed, including the mattress cover and maybe sprinkle some on the mattress, leave it on for a day or so, then vacuum it up. Borax breaks up the urine crystals, removing that tell tale odor.

Re-arrange your entire room so it looks and feels completely different. Do you have any OTHER cats? They can't use the room, but if they must, they are not allowed on that bed! ONLY Mr Pee Pants is allowed on the bed now, that's HIS place. He is marking his territory- this is a behavioral issue and he feels very insecure, even if he's "given everything" there is something or some other pet making him feel envious enough to tinkle where you can really see it. Make the bed "his". Only let him sleep up there. You'll see him punishing other pets that try to alight on the bed, don't punish him for it! It is him confirming "his" area. Let him up there, don't push him off at any time you can help it, and your p p problems should end.

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February 17, 2009

My cat pees on the sofa or the bed when he gets cross with my husband. How can I get him to stop?

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February 19, 20090 found this helpful

I have a male cat who pees on everything...especially plastic bags! So the plastic may not work. Don't spend too much on it, just in case!

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February 19, 20090 found this helpful

Tell your husband not to do anything to cross your cat! :-)

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January 19, 20110 found this helpful

Oh wow. Try erasing any sign or scent of the spot. Make sure to cover it with pillows or something (i would say food bowl but in this case he is peeing on the bed). Plus your husband or anyone should never be cross with a cat. There trust for you goes down and that's very bad considering they live with you. Be patient and or lock the bedroom door or when your husband begins to be cross with the cat be cross with him and take the cat to the litter.

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September 19, 20060 found this helpful

My sister is having trouble with a cat, the kitten is peeing on their bed, sometimes when they are in bed. She wants to get her to stop with something natural, she has tried the No Go stuff; it doesn't last, you have to re-spray and it stinks. Please help her.

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Jen from Eau Claire, WI

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Cat Peeing on My Bed

I'm sorry you are going through this with your kitties. Until someone comes up with a solution, you could put a large plastic drop sheet, plastic shower curtain or vinyl tablecloth on the bed. Then place a sheet on top for them to lay on and absorb any wet accidents from them. The sheet can be thrown in the wash as well as the plastic. (06/14/2005)

Cat Peeing on My Bed

Get the thickest clear plastic you can find at WalMart in the Sewing /Crafts/Fabric department in a Bedspread sized piece. Cover your bed with it and put old newspaper on it .

We have cats and dogs and have used these for bed covers for years . I just hang them on the line, spray them with some kind of suds and scrub and rinse them off every once in a while. Of course we clean up when mess happens too.
and when you buy the plastic don't leave it in a broiling car. The lady in the fabric department told me it will melt onto a puddle of goo. That got my attention . If a the plastic gets ripped duct tape fixes it just fine .
It costs close to $10 a bed & is worth every cent . (06/15/2005)

By Linne Dodds

Cat Peeing on My Bed

Your cats know it's your bed and may be trying to send you a message about something that's upsetting them. Perhaps they are up in age and have bladder or kidney problems? Once they get into the habit of urinating someplace, it tends to continue. Have you changed anything in the place in addition to the new dog? Like their litter or anything? A great spray to use to neutralize these accidents is hydrogen peroxide, baking soda. Only mix what you will use at one time, it doesn't keep, will leak from spray bottle. 1 quart peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 tsp liquid hand dishwashing liquid. Mix, spray and air dry. Adjust recipe according to the amount you will use. Good luck. (06/17/2005)

By kidsNclutter

Cat Peeing on My Bed

Rather than go along with this behavior, you need to take action. First, a vet visit to find out if they have any bladder or urinary problems. Then, keep them out of the bedroom. They most likely are upset with your new canine neighbor, and letting you know. If you can't keep them out of the bedroom, try laying strips of aluminum foil on the bed. They HATE it, and will likely jump off the bed right away. Where is their litter pan? Near where the dog lives? If so, you need to put it somewhere else where they feel safe. Don't allow this bad potty habit continue. (06/18/2005)

Cat Peeing on My Bed

Like some others have said...

1. Take to the vet. Cats frequently urinate in unusual places when they have a bladder infection.

2. There are certain pheromone sprays (like feliway) available from petsmart and most vets, that help calm your cats if they are doing this out of stress (like the new dog someone mentioned). Making sure they have toys, catnip, and lots of calming influences (like a good hiding place?) will also help if the problem is stress.

Since she's not elderly, and this is a new problem, I am quite sure that it will be one of these. Especially the first. Communicate with your vet, ask what else you could possibly do.

Also, buy cleaning products that are specially designed to neutralize cat urine specifically. Many cleaning products actually seal in odors. (09/29/2005)

By Amanda

Cat Peeing on My Bed

We have the problem every once and a while with these cats and what i have found makes a difference is to shut them in a room with litter and necessities for 2 to 3 days to remind them where the liter is. Sometimes it takes more than one trip to their room but eventually they get the hint to not do it on the furniture.

The others are tight to make sure no medical problem then use some drastic measures to deal with the problem.
Didn't say if changed other things in the house or different litter and she objects. Good luck and don't give up on kitty too easily. She needs someone to love her. The plastic also works. (09/29/2005)

By Sandy

Cat Peeing on My Bed

We have that problem as well and it always happens when DH forgets to clean the cat's litter box. As they grow older, they're much more finicky. Tempest, my cat, refuses to do his business in a dirty litter box, and I don't blame him -- we always flush the toilet after each use, right? So just make sure you're cleaning the litterbox regularly. We scoop it once in the morning and once at night.

As for cleaning up the mattress and loveseat, we can't afford to do that. I usually spray it with a mixture of vinegar and water and the smell cleans up well. (10/01/2005)

By Tempest's Mom

Cat Peeing on My Bed

I used to have a rescue cat like this. We tried changing foods, litters, etc. Have you had previous cats? Your current one might be smelling them and trying to mark his territory. Get a cleaning product like "Urine Gone" that totally wipes out every trace of it. If that doesn't work, maybe the cat wants more attention.

Make sure the cat knows that you love him. When cats want attention they tend to go to a bed because it has the strongest scent of their owner. Do toy visit another cat often? Your cant might smell him and become jealous. You can try changing foods or litters also. Cats like to go to the bathroom on soft things so try putting the litterbox in the bathroom and then after the cat eats put him in there and close the door. If that works then make it a usual thing after he eats. Keep the house smelling as fresh as possible at all times. (10/13/2005)

By Maura

Cat Peeing on Bed

Maybe since your cat is an infant (you said kitten), it can't get to the litter box in time. Are you sure you have it close enough to where your kitten can get to it? Also, is your bed too high for the kitten to jump down... Your kitten will naturally prefer the litter box if it is clean. Maybe it will help if you think of it like potty training a toddler. It has to be easy enough to get to... Frankly, my cats have always preferred sleeping in their own beds. They come to visit in the morning. Best of luck. (12/20/2005)

By carol

Cat Peeing on Bed

One thing that worked for us is, every time the cat was good and used the litter box instead of the sofa, we gave him a little piece of turkey or ham for a treat and praised him. He learned Fast! Now he goes into the kitchen and expects his treat after he uses the litter. It's helped a lot. (01/03/2006)

By Stacie

Cat Peeing on Bed

My husband and I had the same problem with our kitten. She pees in the sink instead of going to the cat box and she was also peeing on the bed. Because she only pees in the sink when we are home (I check the sinks after we have been gone), the vet said that it is possible the she has separation anxiety. We found her when she was only a month old and the vet said that she is so attached to us that she doesn't want to leave us. We started taking her to the litter box when we are home and that has helped a little. As far as peeing on the bed, she was doing it at night. We took her back to the vet because I thought she had an infection. The vet said he didn't see one but gave us medication anyway. We gave her the meds and she stopped peeing on the bed! (02/26/2006)

By Shea

Cat Peeing on Bed

I have the same problem with my cat peeing on my bed! I have been surfing the internet as to why she is doing this. I have two cats, and only the one does this! I will tell you what I have noticed in my many hours of searching the net- Almost everyone that has this problem, including me, has a down feather comforter!! I think this might be because of the smell of the feathers? I have gotten rid of my old smelly cat drenched down comforter and gotten a new non-down comforter, maybe all having the same problem should give this a try. Good luck. (05/15/2006)

By Sara

Cat Peeing on Bed

Hello! My cat was having the same problem, and is still peeing beside his litterbox instead of in it. Ended up, right before I was going to get rid of him, that he had a urine infection. Better have him checked out. (or, neutered, if he is a male)

Hope that helps! (06/16/2006)

By Helena

Cat Peeing on Bed

I thought I was the only one who had this problem with cats going on the bed. It's nice to know that I'm not alone. Four of my cats aren't fixed, but they live in the house and it usually happens when they come in heat. I've placed a thick plastic on the bed and if they do have an accident, it's quickly soaked up and washed off. (07/07/2006)

By Torrie

Cat Peeing on Bed

Wow! Lots of people with this problem. I, too, had a cat that stopped using the litter box. I did two things that made a BIG difference. I switched to an open litter box and began using a brand of cat litter called CAT ATTRACT. The only place that sells it in my area is PetSmart, but it is truly worth it! It works!! (07/08/2006)

By Melody

Cat Peeing on Bed

I have two cats, a male and female, both neutered, neither de-clawed, and both from a shelter, when they were about 7-8 months old. Only one cat is the problem right now, the male. For the last couple of months, the male cat occasionally (once every 2-3 weeks) will pee on my bed... and he will always pee on my wife (haha), or wife's side! The female cat is fine. I have been reading posts, on other web sites, suggesting that it is due to de-clawing. Although this may be true in some rare cases, I believe it not to be true in the majority of cases. However, I have noticed a pattern in posts as I have been researching this problem, and will post what I have found after my story.

The problem with him peeing on the bed started only a couple of months ago. The first time, was after a visit to the vet (we have been to the vet prior to this, but no change in behavior.. until now). The vet gave him all sorts of vaccines... distemper and a couple other shots I don't remember. That night/morning, our cat peed on the side of my wife in bed (through the comforter). Each and every time since then (a total of 5 issues now), the cat has ALWAYS peed on the bed when we are in or on the bed... never has he peed in the bed when we were not home or in the room.

Ok, so we thought it had something to do with the vet visit. We figured he would eventually forget the trauma of the shots, and wrote it off to him being upset and/or stressed. We dry cleaned all of the sheets and comforter, and thought we were fine. A couple weeks later, we went on a 4 day trip. Came home, and all was okay. But at night, again he peed on her. Later, we went on a honeymoon for a week, came home, all was clean.. then that night, or night after, he peed on her again! Each time, of course, we washed the sheets and/or dry cleaned the comforter.

At first, we thought maybe we were not cleaning the litter box right, or sometimes forgetting to fill up the food and water bowls at night. So, in an effort to eliminate that as a possibility, every day we made sure to clean the liter box, and made sure there was ample food and water at night. Almost two weeks pass, and no problem. Then, last night, he did it again.. on my wife! This time, he had plenty of food and water, and my wife had cleaned the liter box that night... so I think we can rule that out... as I have been doing research, I found some common threads (the last one is the one I think may be many peoples problem):

1. The cats are stressed/upset about a change in their living situation.
2. Urinary Tract Infections
3. DOWN COMFORTERS!

On many other sites, reading stories, and asking questions, I tried to find out "where" the cats were peeing. Many said the "bed"... but where on the bed I asked? Most said on or near the comforter... seems obvious, since the comforter is on top... but what kind of comforter? In most of the replies, when the cats peed on the comforter (other places where sheets or clothes), is was a DOWN COMFORTER. Funny, I thought, I have a down comforter... and a down mattress topper. I recently bought the mattress topper several months ago... could there be a coincidence here? Not sure, but seems like a possible connection... maybe something in the DOWN is causing my male cat to get territorial... so, this time, we are removing all down from the bed, and will see what happens. Wish us luck, and I hope this e-mail has helped others.. try removing your down comforter.

Prior, the mattress topper would prevent the pee from penetrating to the mattress. Now that we have removed that, we needed additional protection. In the meantime, we bought $0.97, 0.7mm painting drop cloths from Home Depot that cover our queen mattress quite nicely... a cheap investment may save our whole mattress!

Anyhow, I noticed one other poster here had suggested it being the down mattress. I really think there is something to this. HTH. (07/11/2006)

By Bryan

Cat Peeing on Bed

Someone told me today that eucalyptus oil will repel cats. She suggested putting 10 drops in a spray bottle of water and spritzing that on areas, such as the bed, where you don't want the cats to go. Has anyone heard of this or used this successfully?

I'm another cat owner at wits end with my 2 cats who in the last week have started peeing on my side of the bed while I'm in it late at night. They've also been guilty of ruining a down comforter & peeing in baskets of clean laundry. Clearly they are trying to tell me something because they continue to use & seem happy with their litter boxes which are kept clean. We have been dog sitting most of the summer without problems but maybe the cats have had enough & are telling me that it is time for the dog to hit the road. Shame because they did seem to be getting along for weeks & we had plans to adopt a dog of our own soon. (07/25/2006)

By Autumnal

Cat Peeing on Bed

Just to let you guys know. I have a 3 year old cat who wouldn't use the litter box to save her life! For 3 years, she would always poo beside it, and pee in it maybe once, then pee all over the house on clothes, rugs, etc. All this time I would just clean the poo, wash the peed on items, etc. I loved my cat and wouldn't get rid of her.

Then I found cat attract, which is a miracle. She finally uses the boxes 100%. I want to know how it works now, I don't understand how herbal scents can change her life-long habits. No complaints tho! I love it, and you should try it. Now, onto other things. I just got another kitten, a male. He's about 14 weeks now, and we've had him about 2 weeks, so he's still getting use to us. He hides a lot, but the past 2 nights we've been able to get him to sleep in the bed with us. Last night he peed on my feet (the comforter and the mattress). We don't have a down comforter. But I don't understand why he did this.

But I do remember my 3 year old cat, when she was a kitten one day in bed she peed on my chest (on top of same comforter). Is it possible he picked up the smell after all this time? Why would he do it this time, and not the night before? What to do, what to do.. I'm wondering if he was afraid to leave the bed (we have a crate with 2 big dogs at the foot of the bed at night). And decided he had to go. I'm not sure, I'm at a loss. But for people with pets going all over the house, get Cat Attract. Amazing amazing. (08/02/2006)

By LaLa

Cat Peeing on Bed

We have been having this problem too, peeing on soft surfaces that the cat does not usually pee on (she regularly uses her litterbox) seems to be directly a response to stress, and especially to times when we are away from home more than usual. (we have a very finicky cat!)

Things that have helped:

1. Tinfoil tinfoil tinfoil! Seriously, it works!

2. Keeping her out of the room in question when we're not in it to supervise and place her in her litterbox as soon as she starts scratching.

3. Cleaning with nature's miracle - we have bought the gallon jugs and after soaking up as much of the pee as possible, dousing the offending area with the stuff, even before putting it through the wash. expensive, but has saved many a comforter.

4. Placing cat treats and kibble on the bed... cats don't eliminate in the same places they eat, so this is an attempt to transform the bed into an "eating" place instead of a "peeing" place.

5. Giving your cat more attention and stability wherever reasonable. play with them lots - and remember it's not their fault, they're just trying to communicate their unhappiness however it will get your attention. as the owner of an indoor cat, i believe we have a responsibility to enrich their lives as much as possible with lots of stimulus and play and attention since they can't have adventures outside.

Good luck, and try not to get frustrated/mad... cats can sense this and just get more stressed out! (08/16/2006)

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