If your kitten is fully litter trained, there is usually a good reason as to why they would be peeing outside of the litter box – including on your bed. Whilst this can be frustrating for owners, it is important to work out why this is happening and get the fix.
Introduction to Kitten Peed On My Bed While I Was Sleeping
Kittens leave their mothers at around eight weeks old and whilst they are usually ready for this, when we compare it to a human eight week old, it isn’t difficult to see why some kittens may find this a difficult transition. As a result of this, various behaviors can present, one of which is peeing in inappropriate places. If your new kitten has developed a habit of urinating on your bed, this can be extremely irritating and may leave you wondering how to solve the problem.
Aside from feeling anxious about being taken away from mum, there are many other reasons why a kitten might pee on the bed while you are sleeping. In this post, we will be looking at how and why this happens as well as sharing some ways to eliminate this behavior.
Why Does My Kitten Pee On The Bed?
Unfortunately, many cat owners will scold their kittens for urinating in areas where they are no supposed to but this will rarely solve the problem. It is almost an impossibility that your kitten would be peeing on your bed as a malicious act – cats simply don’t behave in this way. That being said, they may sometimes act out as a way of getting attention. However, this attention-seeking behavior isn’t out of naughtiness but out of a need to communicate something with you.
For these reasons, it is important to try and help your kitten rather than telling her off – it’s likely that she will sense your anger and frustration and wonder what she has done wrong. In turn, this could cause anxiety and result in further episodes of inappropriate urination.
You may be able to determine the problem by yourself, but it is always wise to include your vet in the investigations and this is especially important to ensure that your kitten is in good health. In some cases, an underlying medical condition could be the cause of the kitten eliminating on your bedding.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons that a kitten might pee on the bed while you are sleeping.
He Is Anxious
We briefly touched on anxiety in kittens and this is a common cause for this type of behavior. Moving away from their mother and into a new home is scary, especially if you haven’t adopted a sibling too.
There is evidence to suggest that your kitten may suffer from separation anxiety, and whilst this is something that is more easily recognizable in humans, there is no denying that animals can suffer just as intensely – perhaps even more so.
It is thought that an anxious cat will pee in places that he is not supposed to when his owner leaves the house. But could this behavior extend to when you are sleeping? Absolutely! Your kitten may associate your unconscious state with your absence and this could trigger profound feelings of anxiety. It doesn’t mean that your puss is being purposefully mischievous, this is his way of letting you know that something is wrong.
The Litter Box Is Not Well Placed
It pays to think about whether your kitten is able to access her litter box during the night. Without thinking, some owners may place the litter box in a room that is shut off at night. Your kitten doesn’t have the ability to hold her pee the way that we might and when she needs to go, she needs to go.
If the litter box is somewhere accessible, there could be a problem with the light. If it is dark, your kitten may not be able to properly locate the litter tray, despite having excellent night vision.
Furthermore, your kitten may simply not like that location of the litter tray. Once again, this could relate to anxiety, especially if the litter box is placed next to a noisy object such as a dishwasher or tumble dryer.
There Aren’t Enough Litter Boxes
Sometimes, your cat may be too lazy to go to the litter box and some owners find that multiple litter trays around the home can be beneficial.
What’s more, if your kitty is having to share the home with other cats, there is a chance that they will not want to share. This may be especially true if you have an older cat who is territorial and won’t allow the kitten to use his litter box.
Marking His Territory
Cats are known to use urine as a way of marking their territory and this can start at an early age. If your kitten has been peeing on a particular spot on your bed, he could be marking his territory – again this is more common in kittens who are sharing a house.
If you have encouraged the kitten to sleep on your bed, he may wish to let other cats in the home know that this is his spot. There are several ways to discourage your kitten from marking his territory and many of these are highly successful.
One of the most urgent reasons to involve your vet with a kitten who is peeing on the bed is to rule out an underlying medical condition. In the main, inappropriate urination will occur in kittens who have bladder stones or a UTI. This can even be a sign of feline diabetes – in humans, we pee more with diabetes, especially at night, and this symptom is just as prevalent in cats.
In the case of health problems, your cat may be unable to make it to the litter tray when the urge to urinate takes him over. If your kitten is sleeping on the bed with you, there is also a high chance that he may not wake in time.
For this reason, it is vital that you seek medical advice. Your vet will be able to run tests and help you to resolve the issue.
How To Stop My Kitten From Peeing On The Bed
It can take a while to figure out the reason that your puss is peeing in strange places but once you have determined the reason, it can be a lot easier to figure out how to solve the problem. Of course, if your kitten has been diagnosed with a medical condition, your vet will advise you on how to treat this and provide any appropriate medication.
In other cases, there are several things that you can do to discourage this type of behavior and retain your fresh bed sheets.
- If your kitten struggles with anxiety, it is important to provide him with lots of love and attention when you are awake. This loving reassurance can cause your kitty to feel less stressed and therefore, much less likely to urinate outside of the litter tray.
- If you have determined that there is a problem with the litter box, the first thing you should do is to move it to a more suitable location. It pays to keep in mind that cats like their privacy when using the bathroom so placing it somewhere quiet where your kitten won’t be disturbed is preferable. Additionally, you may wish to experiment with the type of box you are using and the litter inside it. Some cats prefer a particular litter and this can make a huge difference.
- Be sure to clean the bedding thoroughly when your kitten has peed on it. Particularly with marking behaviors, your kitten will be more likely to urinate on areas that already have an odor of pee. Removing the smell will deter her from thinking that this is her toilet.
- You may consider changing the meaning of the location where the kitten is peeing. If your cat associates the place with eating or playing, she will be less likely to use that area as a toilet. In the case of your bed, spending playtime here could be a deterrent.
- In drastic cases, there are cat behavior therapists who can come into your home and work with you and your kitten to change the behaviors. Although, this should be a last resort.
Kittens are undoubtedly hard work and until they reach maturity, will require a lot of care and attention. But from time to time, your kitten may engage in certain behaviors that make caring for her a lot more challenging. One such behavior is peeing on the bed while you are sleeping.
This can be massively frustrating and difficult to stop but there are things you can do to prevent it from happening again. The most important thing to do is to figure out why the kitten is peeing on the bed, this will allow you to find a way to solve the problem.
However, it is also essential to keep in mind that your kitten may be suffering from an underlying health problem so the advice of your vet should always be obtained.