If you want to avoid having to spend hundreds of dollars on new bedding and carpeting due to your cat peeing outside the litter box, this article might just contain the answers you’re looking for.
I will discuss how medical issues, chemical attraction and psychological stress are the 3 most common factors in cases of inappropriate urination in cats. By learning about these 3 factors, you’ll be able to take steps to re-training your cat to use the litter box before any more damage is done.
The very first thing that you absolutely MUST do is bring your cat in to see your veterinarian. A cat that is having medical issues such as a urinary tract infection or kidney disease is most likely to try to send you a message by peeing on your bed or carpet.
Bring your cat in and ask for a full examination and be sure to tell your vet about your cat’s inappropriate urination. It’s only when you can get medical problems treated that you can move on to try to solve behavioral issues that your cat may be having.
Your next course of action should be getting rid of any bedding or carpeting that your cat has peed on. The smell of urine is a strong attraction to your cat to re-offend in the same areas. Even if you think you’ve eliminated all traces of cat pee, your cat can still likely smell it.
If it’s not possible to completely get rid of the urine-soaked material, you can try steam cleaning the area or using a commercial product like Nature’s Miracle to eradicate the smell AND the organic compounds left behind by the urine itself.
The third factor that you need to address is stress. If your cat is stressed in any way, beyond meowing at you – they’re likely to send a message with their bladder.
If you have more than one cat, make absolutely sure to have AT LEAST one litter box per cat and ideally one more than you have cats. They need their own space and being forced together is a sure recipe for inappropriate urination.
Taking the 3 elements into account when trying to stop your cat peeing on your bed will go a long way towards getting to the bottom of the problem. My wife and I learned our lesson the hard way with our cat who peed so often in one spot on our carpet that it ended up damaging the neighbor’s ceiling below us. Needless to say, it cost us an absolute fortune so we knew that we needed to take action.