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 did my cat pee 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 Your Cat Peed on Your 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
Why Does My Cat Pee on My Bed?
Cats will 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 in order to see if your cat has a possible bladder infection or other underlying medical issues. It’s often due to a health or behavioral problem which make 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.
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?
It is very important that you 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 their brand litter: scented and unscented. While humans may prefer scented litter to cover up cat doo doo odors, the scent of the litter 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 nice big bed.
Also, if the location of the litter box is not appealing to your cat, this could also 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 your 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
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, it’s quite possible that your cat is 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, it is possible that your cat is peeing on your bed because there is social tension.
S/he may not “approve” just yet of your new partner which 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 in order 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 obviously 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 the Litter Box
Keep it clean daily. If you normally don’t clean it out daily then try this for 1 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, so to speak. Plastic litter boxes aren’t very expensive, so try a bigger 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.
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 important to see a veterinarian before the problem worsens. It is not worth trying to be a detective if your cat really 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/or 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/or 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.
Final Thoughts: My Cat Peed on My Bed
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