One of the most common mistakes that cat parents make is punishing their pet if he pees somewhere that he shouldn’t. But the truth is that he may not be able to help it and if your cat peed on the bed right before your eyes, he likely wasn’t doing it to be naughty. It is more likely that the cat has a reason for doing this.
For the most part, your cat will happily use his litter tray, and toileting won’t be much of a problem – there are even cats who don’t use a litter tray at all and will do their business outdoors.
However, one of the little frustrations of being a cat owner is that from time to time, your beloved pet may start behaving in a challenging way. They may pee in places where they are not meant to – this could be on clothing, the carpet, and quite commonly, your bed.
But what’s worse, is that it may appear that your puss doesn’t seem to care who is watching and he might pee on your bed right in front of you. Your initial reaction might be to scold the cat, and it’s OK to be annoyed about this because, after all, you’re the one who is going to need to clean up the mess.
However, it is extremely unlikely that your cat will have done this to upset you, and if you tell him off, you will probably see in his eyes that he is sorry.
In this article, we are going to be looking at the many reasons why a cat might urinate on your bed, or anywhere else that he should, even when you are watching.
Reasons That Your Cat Peed On The Bed Right Infront Of You
As we have mentioned, there is little point in telling your cat off for her behavior – unlike humans, your cat will not understand this emotional reaction and all you will succeed in doing is frightening your pet and potentially making the situation worse.
If you are going to do anything, giving your pet, some extra love and reassurance will help her to know that you care and want to help her with this problem.
There is quite a large number of reasons that your cat might behave in this way, and if you aren’t aware of these, it can be difficult to work out what has brought on this bout of random peeing.
The Litter Box Is Not Suitable
Let’s start with a problem that is easy to fix. This is also one of the most common reasons that your cat might be looking for somewhere else to pee – he might also be trying to tell you to sort out his litter tray so that he can get back to using it as he should.
Cat’s do not like to pee or poop in a dirty litter tray; there is no getting away from this fact. However, cat owners, especially those who are inexperienced in cat care, may not realize how frequently they must empty and clean the litter box.
You must scoop the litter tray at least once a day, but if your cat has pooped, you will likely want to do this as soon as you can since this will get rid of the smell and give your cat somewhere clean to go again.
On top of daily scooping, you should also completely replace the litter at least once a week – you can do this more frequently if you want to. When you replace the litter, you should also make time to clean the tray using warm water and mild soap. Be careful not to use anything that could be dangerous for your cat such as bleach.
If you do not keep a strict litter box routine, your cat could be repulsed at the smell of the litter tray and search for somewhere else to go – like your bed.
In addition to this, if you have more than one cat in the home, it would be wise to provide each of them with their own litter tray. Cats do not like to share, and they may resort to going elsewhere if they are forced to. Furthermore, some cats may become territorial and stop their housemates from going in the litter tray so that they can have it to themselves.
Another of the most common reasons that a cat might pee on the bed in front of you is because she is suffering from a medical condition.
Several conditions could cause this type of behavior, including urinary tract infections and diabetes – both of which can be treated or managed and a trip to see your vet will likely remedy the problem.
However, there are more serious conditions that could cause inappropriate urination – one of these is kidney failure, and you must get this addressed as an emergency. It can be difficult to know if your cat is ill, but looking out for other signs could give you a clearer idea. These signs might include;
- Being in pain – your cat may meow or howl a lot.
- A change in appetite.
- Being more thirsty than usual
- Losing weight
Your cat may also develop a condition where crystals form in the urine, and this can be potentially life-threatening if it is not treated. However, with a visit to your vet, these crystals can be dissolved, and your cat will return to normal health.
Marking Their Territory
One of the things that cats are well known for is marking their territory, and this is sometimes referred to as spraying. This type of behavior is more commonly associated with male cats, and they do this to attract a mate – almost like humans would use aftershave to say ‘Hey, I’m available!’
But it is a common misconception that female cats do not spray, in fact, they do, but it is less common than their male counterparts. One of the best ways to prevent marking is to have the cat neutered, but there are other things to consider before committing to this operation.
Aside from mating, your cat may mark her territory because she wants to let other cats know that they aren’t welcome here. Households with more than one cat will likely see this type of behavior as each cat will work out which areas of the house they want to call their own; in this case, it was your bed.
Anxiety Or Stress
Many cat owners are unaware that cats can struggle with the intense emotions of anxiety and stress in a very similar way to humans. When they feel this way, it can cause physical symptoms such as peeing in places where he shouldn’t, but it is important to be compassionate and try to reduce these anxious or stressful feelings for your pet.
There are several reasons why a cat may begin to feel like this and working out what is causing it can require a little bit of detective work.
One of the most common reasons for a cat to feel stressed or anxious is because of a recent change. Things that humans might deem to be ordinary could feel like a massive upheaval to your cat. Would you believe that something as mundane as moving furniture or refitting the kitchen could freak your cat out?
Other changes that might have an impact on your pet could be a new person moving into the house, such as a new partner or a new baby, or indeed if one of the family members leaves. Furthermore, bringing a new cat or other pet into the home could trigger anxiety and cause your cat to act up.
If she is feeling anxious, this could be displayed with other behaviors such as becoming aggressive for no apparent reason, changes to her appetite, and being less playful than usual.
Look At Your Cat’s Past
This may be a less obvious reason for your cat to pee on your bed in front of you, but if you have adopted a cat from another pet owner or from an animal shelter, there could be issues in his past that are causing him to behave in this way.
If your cat was sadly mistreated in her former home, this could have left emotional scars that will cause unwanted behaviors. In much the same way that humans experience trauma and the emotional after-effects of it, cats will react in a similar way. this demonstrates how intelligent these amazing animals are, and it is devastating that anyone would want to harm them.
How Can I Improve This Type Of Behaviour?
Just because your cat hopped onto the bed and peed right before your eyes, this does not mean that you are destined to have soggy bedding for the rest of your kitty’s life. There are many ways that you can address the problem and improve your cat’s behavior.
As we mentioned earlier, it is vital that you do not scold your pet when you notice him peeing on the bed, or anywhere else that he shouldn’t be. This is either an instinctive behavior like marking or one that is out of his control, so shouting at him will not solve the problem.
How To Stop Spraying
If your cat is marking his territory there are many things that you can do to stop this – one such way is to buy a spray like Feliway which will deter him from marking. If he does spray, it is important that you clean the area thoroughly to remove all traces of his scent. If you do not and the cat senses even just a whiff of his scent, he will mark the area again.
Neutering your cat will often solve many problems with marking because the cat may lose interest in doing this. However, this is not an absolute solution, and some cats may still mark on occasion. However, cats that have been neutered won’t leave such a pungent smell due to a change in their pheromones after the operation.
How To Help With Illness
If you have determined that your cat’s behavior is a result of a medical condition, it is essential to have her seen by your vet.
Whether your pet is diagnosed with a serious medical problem or something less severe, a professional vet is the best person to offer advice and treatment.
How To Help With Stress
If your cat is suffering from stress, anxiety, or trauma from something in his past, then you might feel a little hopeless, but the good news is that there are things you can do.
You must dedicate a lot of time to spend with your cat, playing with him and giving him lots of reassurance in the form of petting and cuddles. However, you might also wish to enlist the help of a professional cat trainer who will have vast experience in helping cats who are struggling with their mental health.
Other Helpful Tips
Aside from ensuring that your cat has the correct medical treatment, lots of attention, and plenty of playtimes, you might also want to consider trying the following things.
- Be sure to keep the litter tray clean and if there is more than one cat in the home, provide each animal with their own litter tray.
- It is also crucial that you place the litter box somewhere that the cat can easily access and where he will have a good amount of privacy.
- To further stop marking, you should limit how frequently your cat sees other felines. Whilst this may be challenging, simply seeing another cat that walks past a window could initiate a natural reaction.
For the most part, your cat will use her litter tray, and you won’t have problems with toileting. However, there may be times that your cat urinates in places that she shouldn’t, and many pet parents have been surprised when their kitty pees on the bed while they watch.
This could be related to a variety of factors including medical conditions, stress, marking her territory and issues with the litter box. Each of these problems might come with other signals, so they are easy to spot when you know the signs.
Once you have determined the problem, you can then effectively help your cat and stop this unwanted behaviour.