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Have you ever walked into your room and noticed a foul smell? Or perhaps have you ever jumped on your bed only to feel it soaking wet? You take a quick sniff and instantly know which one of your furry family members to blame. It’s cat pee. Why cat peed on my bed, and what does it mean, you ask?
Well, there are various reasons for why cats urinate on their human’s bed.
In this post:
- Why Cat Peed On My Bed?
- Causes that Initiate Cats to Pee on Beds
- Solutions to Prevent Your Cat from Further Peeing on Your Bed
- How to Clean Cat Pee from Your Bed
- Discouraging Urination On The Bed
Why Cat Peed On My Bed?
If you are wondering why the cat peed on my bed? Well, felines urinate on their human’s bed for a variety of reasons.
But first things first, if you do find that your cat is peeing outside of the litter box, it’s very important to take a trip to the veterinarian.
They can do a urinalysis and a physical examination to see if your cat has a possible bladder infection or other underlying medical issues. It’s often due to health or behavioral problem, which makes cats pee on their owner’s bed.
If your cat passes all the tests by your local veterinarian, then there are other in-home factors that you can identify as potential causes for your cat’s urination outside of the litter box.
Let’s look at this in closer detail below.
Causes for Why Cats Urinate on Beds
Here are several factors that can cause cats to pee on your bed. Pay close attention to your cat’s behavior and try to identify the source of the problem.
Medical issues could be one of the reasons why your feline is peeing away from the litter box. Your kitty might be suffering from feline bladder infections and stones which might be causing her to urinate frequently. The best way to treat this condition is to schedule an appointment with your vet and get this checked.
The Litter Box
The first thing you should do is assess the condition of the litter box itself. What does this mean? This means you need to ask yourself the following questions:
- Is the litter box cleaned daily?
You must clean the cat’s litter box at least once a day or every two days.
If the litter box is too full (or stinky), then it’s not a surprise that your cat is finding other places to go potty.
Tip: To help fight lingering odors, we replace completely the litter in Yoda’s box about once every week to two weeks.
We then soak the box in soapy water (we use lemon-scented dish detergent) and we scrub the tub with a sponge. This helps to remove the remaining urine/poo odors that can linger on the plastic, even if the litter is clean.
- Is the litter scented?
Make sure you are using litter that your cats prefer, not a litter that you prefer. (After all, it’s not you who has to use it!)
Manufacturers will often provide two types of brand litter: scented and unscented. While humans may prefer the scented litter to cover up cat doo-doo odors, the scent of the offspring may be too overwhelming for your cat.
We use a completely natural litter for Yoda (wood pellets). He loves it; we love it. The environment loves it!
- Is the size and location of the litter box appealing to your cat?
If your cat’s litter box is too small, then s/he may feel the need to eliminate elsewhere. Somewhere like on a beautiful big bed.
Also, if the location of the litter box is not appealing to your cat, this could a major cause for why your cat is peeing on your bed.
Offer your cat a more quiet space, not too far away from where s/he spends the majority of their time, and where there is not loads of foot traffic or activity going on as this may make them anxious or uncomfortable, resulting in your cat peeing in your bedroom while you are gone.
Tip: From years of testing out litter boxes, my cats always have preferred litter boxes with no covers.
Having a cover over the litter box actually will keep the odors stored inside, so when your cat enters it’s like concentrated urine and poop smells that suffocate him immediately. Let it air out naturally. If you clean regularly, the urine and poop odors will not infiltrate your home anyway.
Anxiety, Stress, or Tension: Common Reason Behind Why Is My Cat Peeing on My Bed
Technically, the litter box can also fall under the anxiety-related issue.
But there are more prominent anxiety-related factors that could cause your cat to pee on your bed. Do any of the following circumstances apply to your home?
- You recently introduced a new pet.
If your cat was the lone-wolf of the house for several years and then all of a sudden you introduced a new adorable companion, your cat may be going through anxiety. A new pet can cause your cat to eliminate outside of the designated potty area.
- You have a new bed companion or housemate.
If you’ve recently just moved in with someone, or if your companion has just started frequently sleeping over at nights, your cat may be peeing on your bed because there is social tension.
S/he may not “approve” just yet of your new partner, who is prompting them to show their discontent by peeing on your bed. It can even be specific – peeing on the side of the bed where that person sleeps (1).
- You work long hours or travel often.
Sometimes your cat will urinate on your bed to display his discontent and unhappiness due to your prolonged absence.
Paradoxically, in this case, it might just be a good idea to adopt another companion to keep your cat company while you are gone.
However, if you cannot take care of more pets, then think about asking a neighbor or friend to visit your cat once or twice throughout the day to prevent them from being too isolated and alone.
Solutions to Prevent Your Cat From Peeing on Your Bed
The solutions will vary depending on what caused the unusual behavior in the first place, so you first have to assess the information above before you can solve it.
Here are a few things to try.
Solutions for Medical Condition
The best way to treat medical conditions is to take your kitty to the vet and get her examined for behavior and medical issues. This will determine why your cat is peeing on the bed instead of the litter box.
Solutions for the Litter Box
Keep it clean daily. If you usually don’t clean it out daily, then try this for one week to see if your cat’s behavior changes.
Is the litter box in a high foot traffic area? Place the litter box somewhere out of the way where your cat will have privacy but can still easily access it.
If you’ve used the same litter box for your cat since s/he was a kitten, maybe the cat has just outgrown it. Plastic litter boxes aren’t costly, so try a more significant size litter box. Also, if there is a lid, remove it and see what happens.
Do you have more than two cats sharing the same litter box? We recommend getting at least two litter boxes for the house for multiple cats.
Lastly, make sure the litter itself is not where the problem lies. If you think the litter is the problem, try using alternatives to clumping clay litter such as natural or biodegradable cat litter.
Solutions for Anxiety, Stress, or Tension
It’s not easy to identify the exact source which is causing your cat stress or anxiety. That is why it is essential to see a veterinarian before the problem worsens. It is not worth trying to be a detective if your cat is under stress.
Other than speaking with a vet or a cat behaviorist, you can try to close your bedroom door/keep your cat out of the bedroom while your gone.
Another option is to cover your comforter with a plastic tarp, which will be less tempting for your cat to pee on, and if the accident continues to occur, at least your comforter will not be soaked with cat urine afterward.
Hopefully, you will be able to target the source of the problem soon, however, until then, here is a great way to remove cat urine odor/stains out of your comforter, sheets, or mattress.
How to Clean Cat Pee & Remove Odors/Stains From Your Bed
If the accident is recent, soak up as much of the pee as possible with clean washcloths or paper towels.
Try and soak up as much of it as you can, applying pressure either by standing on the area or by pressing firmly with your hand. Repeat until there is hardly any urine being absorbed by the paper towels or cloth or sponge.
If the cat pee has already been sitting a while, it’s no use to try and blot up the excess urine as it’s most likely already soaked into the comforter and mattress.
In this case, here’s what you should do. Spray about 50 ml of a 50% water and 50% vinegar mixture. Let sit for 1 minute before soaking up with more paper towels and new clean cloths or sponges (you can also use a dry/wet vacuum).
Applying vinegar will help tremendously with the odor and will prevent the urine from staining.
Soak up excess water/vinegar/urine mixture by pouring baking soda onto the affected area.
Remove the baking soda once it has become wet. Repeat until baking soda is dry, and then proceed to step 4.
Dribble a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide (stain removing products containing some sort of ‘Oxy’ in it will also work just as good), and a teaspoon of dish detergent together over the baking soda/urine area.
Rub it into the comforter or mattress. Let the rubbed-in solution work for about 15 minutes or so. Blot again with paper towels/etc., but keep the baking soda sitting on the area.
Now, let the mattress/comforter air dry completely. To aid the drying process, you can use the sun, a hairdryer, etc.
The sitting baking soda will soak up any remaining cat pee. Once it’s completely dry, you can now vacuum up the dry baking soda.
Discouraging Urination On The Bed
Here are some tips you can follow to discourage your cat urinating on the bed.
Block Bed Access
Make your cat pee on the litter box by not allowing her in your bedroom. It’s a good step to discourage her from peeing on the bed.
Spray Odor Neutralizer
Felines leave a scent of them in the area where they urinate. This makes the place familiar to them. So one strategy to avoid your cat urinating on the bed could be spraying odor neutralizer on your bed. It will remove the cat’s scent from the bed and make it an undesirable place to pee.
Sprinkle Cat Pheromone
Cats release pheromones in the environment to mark their territory and avoid other cats to enter that area. Therefore by sprinkling cat pheromone on the bed, we can bluff the kitty to assume that the bed is a territory of another feline.
Final Thoughts: My Cat Peed on My Bed
We are happy you are here, and we hope you were able to find the answers to your question: Why cat peed on my bed? We would also love to hear from you and your thoughts on this article or our cat blog.
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Thursday 5th of December 2019
Hi, I have 2 sister, 8 month old cats. Everything has been awesome, up until about a few days ago when one of them started peeing on my bed (in tiny amounts-dribbles). This behaviour started right after I stopped leaving an open bowl of dry food around for them to eat whenever they wanted. I realized my cats were overweight, and I want them to be fit. I live alone and have two litter boxes (cleaned everyday), and have had no issues with their bathroom habits. I also just recently put two snake plants on top of my fridge, because they started to dig and spill dirt everywhere....this behaviour restarted around the same time as the food changes. The behaviour of the one cat all seems to stem from the food changes and then the plants being taken away. My cats are treated very well, with plenty of love and exercise.
Please help me if you can. Will she eventually just get used to the changes?
The Fluffy Kitty
Thursday 5th of December 2019
Hi Rod, thanks for reaching out. So, first it's odd that your cat is dribbling pee - it sounds that they may have trouble using the bathroom and if that's the case, they could be developing a painful UTI causing them to go potty elsewhere, have trouble urinating, and so on. If an underlying medical issue isn't what's happening (your vet can rule that out), then it would be due to the environmental changes like you said and they're not liking something! Maybe instead of taking away all free food at once, leave smaller amounts of food out across the day. Give them the same quantity but in several portions. That way they won't be left hungry from morning til evening for their second portion. Doing so also helps cats lose healthy weight without going hungry and protesting with bad behavior! :) As for the plants, try substituting with cat grass or some other edible plant for cats so that they're not too disturbed with the change.
Saturday 30th of November 2019
I have a 3 month old Maine coon and i've had some problems with him peeing on our beds. We already changed the type of litter one and he seems to like it and usually uses the litter box well. we also clean it every day. But for some reason he sometimes out of nowhere pees or even poops on our bed. We've had him for about 1 month and a half and so far he had 5 accidents. He doesn't appear to be stressed out either. One moment he'll play in my room and suddenly he jumps onto my bed(also when I'm in it) and he'll pee or poop. How can i make him stop?
The Fluffy Kitty
Thursday 5th of December 2019
Hi Amy! What was the litter type you were using before? Did he pee/poop on the bed before the switch?
Friday 26th of July 2019
I have 3 cats and 2 dogs, and one of the cats are really jealous when it comes to me. She has peeing on my bed for years and now she is hissing at everyone. I am getting very frustrated and at my wits end. I am considering getting rid of her, but it will break my heart. Please help
Brittany, Paul, & Yoda =^^=
Sunday 28th of July 2019
Hey Lorie, thanks for reaching out. Sorry to hear about that :( It's hard to give advice without a little more detail. You said she's been peeing on the bed for years? Have you ever changed litter boxes during that time, added or removed, received new pets or family members, did you completely change bed, prevent her from going in the room.. does she have her own space she can retreat to? a high cat tree? there are many factors that could cause her aggressive behavior. it's really hard to identify but if you can think about all the changes you've made in the home or even to her personal routine, her diet, litter uses, etc., these all can contribute.
Tuesday 25th of June 2019
We are looking for help with our cat called Nexus (age: 6 months roughly), he keeps peeing on the bed after getting treats, we also have another cat Nebula (she is almost 1 years old, they get along great) do you have any ideas why he pees on the bed after treats? We have stopped giving him treats on the bed for now!
Thank you in advance.
Brittany, Paul, & Yoda =^^=
Thursday 27th of June 2019
Hi there, thanks for reaching out! That is indeed a weird behavior. I know that, similarly, whenever Yoda eats, he goes straight to the bathroom to pee - sometimes mid-meal! How did you isolate the behavior to when Nexus received treats? And if you stop giving treats, the peeing on the bed stops as well?
Monday 27th of May 2019
Hi! I have a cat who was peeing on furniture and then stopped when I moved, I put an anxiety collar on him. I replaced the collar but all the sudden in the past few days he’s peed on my bed, clothes, my daughter’s crib and even on her. I have another cat that he gets along with great and he loves my kids. I’m going crazy because it would break my heart if I had to get rid of him but I don’t know what to do anymore
Brittany, Paul, & Yoda =^^=
Wednesday 29th of May 2019
Hi Maya, is your cat neutered? And what is the anxiety collar you used? Have you replaced/dry-cleaned/thoroughly washed everywhere he peed? The lingering scent can bring cats back to their old habits. First, look for any physical changes, you said you moved, could that have stressed him out? Is the litter scented, does he not like using it? Is it convenient, reachable, and clean? It's really hard to figure out the "why" especially when they seem to be doing okay otherwise. Usually, it's a behavioral problem, due to stress or something in life that makes them uncomfortable. If not, it might be an underlying health issue and he is finding it easier to relieve himself elsewhere, like on the bed. But targeting specific places and objects, or even people like your daughter, seems like a behavioral issue. It takes lots of observation and patience to find out what's going wrong. You can also try natural alternatives like CBD oil which helps calm anxious cats. I recommend you speak to your vet if you have any doubts or questions! Best of luck xo