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5 Reasons Your Cat is Peeing on the Bed

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Your Cat Needs to Feel Safe

 

Ultimately, your cat needs to feel safe. The good news is that that's a problem you can fix, Dr. Eatroff says.

 

"The psychological stress of competing for resources like food, water, empty litter boxes, and the cat owner's attention is something we can easily modify by making sure that there are ample resources, like food and water bowls, toys, and litter boxes available for all of our feline friends," he says. "And don't forget that quality time with your cat is a relaxing stress reducer for both of you."

 

How to Stop the Cat from Peeing on the Bed

 

Getting a cat to stop urinating on a bed, furniture, or anywhere else does take patience, cautions Garber. She recommends a five pronged approach to solving your cat urination problem, assuming that you have already been to your vet and know this isn't a medical problem.

 

1. Make the litter box the most attractive place for the cat to do his or her business.

 

Garber recommends fine grained, unscented, clumping litter, and to avoid plastic litter box liners.

 

"Cats’ claws get caught in the plastic, preventing effective digging and burying of urine and feces. Also, urine can splash off the liner back onto the cat—an unpleasant experience that can make the cat avoid the litter box," she says.

 

2. Thoroughly clean the previously soiled areas.

 

Probably nobody needs to tell you this twice. Cats, she says, will return to pee if the area smells like pee.

 

3. Make the previously soiled area unattractive to the pet.

 

It doesn't have to be forever, but when you aren't sleeping in the bed, Garber says you could cover it with something like a shower curtain to make it a non-absorbent place the cat isn't going to be interested in.

 

4. Change the meaning of the place your cat has turned into a "bathroom."

 

So your cat urinates on your bed or sofa? Start playing with your cat on the bed or sofa and give out treats there. "She will eventually learn to associate the bed or piece of furniture with food instead of a toilet," Garber says.

 

5. Be patient.

 

Tough to do if you've just opened your eyes and discovered you're unfortunately awake and not dreaming that you're lying in a swimming pool of urine.

 

Remember that punishing your cat won't get you anywhere and will only make your him fearful and anxious, Garber says. She suggests spending at least a month trying to retrain your cat, and if the problems persist, well, you could always hire a certified cat behavior specialist.