We’ve had a cat for almost 5 years now and he has so far had no disciplinary problems especially when it comes to peeing outside of his litter box. He has been so good about that until recently. About a year ago, he has taken to peeing on the bed where I slept or the sofa where I went when he went on my side of the bed and I’d have to sleep there until it was dry after being cleaned up. I received helpful information from our Vet and from our readers on keeping cats from peeing on the bed.
First of all, it’s important to let you know that we recently moved into a new house and we got a puppy.
A new place with new decorations surrounded with the clutter and mess that comes with a move and then life with a new puppy- mess like one has never known before.
And then voila we have a problem Houston.
Our precious loved like crazy never has done anything wrong cat, Oreo, pees on the bed right where I sleep.
As my husband and I were ripping the sheets off the bed and employing every kind of cleaner known to man trying to clean the spot on the mattress we’re wondering,
how can inappropriate cat behavior be solved and prevented? I got online and found The Dodo.
Here I found two interesting tidbits. One, Sadly, the reason many cats are surrendered to shelters is because of problems like inappropriate litter box use, and these very often solvable problems are a real threat to some cats’ homes. And two, where an expert suggested keeping three key ideas in mind.
“Cats have three essential needs: safety, security, and stimulation,” K.C. Theisen, director of pet care issues for the Humane Society of the United States, told The Dodo.
“Safety is that they are not threatened or harassed, and have easy access to fresh food, clean water, and shelter.”
“Security means they can get away from people or things they don’t like, can get to elevated hiding places and have a routine they can count on in the home.”
“Stimulation reflects a cat’s need to be a predator, and chase and ‘hunt’ toys in the home. A cat who cannot express their natural behaviors or is bored may act out inappropriately.”
“The good news,” Thiesen said, “is once you attend to these needs, unwanted behaviors often go away.”
There are things you can do to stop your cat from peeing outside the box.
- Make sure the litter box is clean, so the cat is inclined to go in there. Scoop it twice a day and give it a big clean every 10 days or so.
- If your cat is peeing on the bed or couch, cover it with something plastic, like a shower curtain, until the behavior is resolved.
- Figure out the kind of litter your cat prefers. Generally, cats like clumping litter that’s unscented.
- If your cat is peeing consistently in one area, put his toys and food there to discourage it. He doesn’t want to soil his own treasured stuff.
- If anxiety is the issue driving the misbehavior, follow Thiesen’s advice: Give your peeing-freely cat a lot of extra attention to make him feel safe, while also making sure he has some space of his own. Even in our clutter and all the kid’s stuff, Oreo found the top of the kitchen cabinets to help him get away from it all.
- If your cat and a new canine roommate are getting used to one another, try feeding them treats and letting them play together – yet separately with their own toys like an interactive feather cat toy and a Kong dog toy full of peanut butter or some other yummy treat are great – so that they can have positive experiences, side-by-side.
For more help understanding – and solving – your cat’s peeing problems, click here. And if peeing outside the box is a recurring problem, it could be a medical issue, so definitely book an appointment and see a vet.
And read about other cat behavioral mysteries here and as always read a great cat mystery series here.
If you’re ready to add a loving and furry family member to your home – and believe me, it really is worth it, pee and all – check out Adopt-a-Pet.
If you’re having any behavior problems or recently adopted a furry feline friend I would love to hear all about it in my comments section.
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