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Keeping Cats from Peeing on a Bed

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.

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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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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.

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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.
Let us know on here how everything works out.

Sincerely,
Robyn

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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.

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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.

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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 15, 2018

I have had this cat for about a year now. He will be 2 years old next month. He is spayed. I have never had a problem with him peeing anywhere, but his litter pan. About 2 weeks ago, I came home from work and felt my bed and it was wet. He had peed on my bed while I was at work. He will not pee on my bed while I am here, but only when I am gone.

I have tried to stop him from doing this, but nothing is working. I don't want to get a new bed cause I am scared that he will do the same thing to that one. What is going on? Why is he only doing this while I am gone? Please help me.

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You need to have him checked out by a Vet to eliminate a bladder infection. Then consider the usual list of things that can cause this behavior. When your cat is looking outside can he see other cats? It may make him feel territorial and/or anxious and set off marking behavior. If you see a cat that is setting him off block the view where that cat hangs out. Be sure and keep your litter box clean. Try and keep things peaceful at home. Cats will behave badly if something is making them anxious.

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Lastly try shutting the bedroom door while you are gone. Most cats who potty on the bed are worried and trying to mingle their scent with yours. Hopefully it wont happen again. However if your cat appears to be in pain and is not urinating, know that it is a life threatening emergency and get him to a Vet asap. His bladder may be blocked and can rupture in less than 24 hours. This condition can be fatal.

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April 13, 2015

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.

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.

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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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