WHY MY CAT… PEES ON MY BED?
There may be various reasons your cat urinates on your bed.
When a cat urinates anywhere other than in his litterbox, the first step the owner should take is to have a veterinarian do a physical exam and relevant diagnostic tests, including urinalysis to be sure he does not have an underlying medical problem (REALLY IMPORTANT!!!). In such a case, your cat may associate pain or discomfort with the litterbox, and then choose another location. If everything’s ok from a medical point of view, then we need to determine why the cat is choosing the owner’s bed (or any other place in the house).
Most often an anxiety-related issue can be identified. The stressors have to be identified. Is there an issue related to the litterbox? The location of the box? The type of litter used? Are we dealing with a social issue (tension in the relationship with the owner, or with another cat, family member or pet in the household? Or can we talk about a mirroring context Communication with the cat Isaho?
First, we need to assess the conditions of the litterbox. How often is the litterbox cleaned? A litterbox should be cleaned at least once daily. (Think about how you feel when you go into the bathroom and someone did not flush after using the toilet).
Make sure you are providing the most ideal litter, box type and location for your cat’s toileting area. Previous studies have indicated that the majority of cats prefer finely ground substrate, such as clumping clay litter. Although manufacturers may make scented litter to appeal to humans, some cats may prefer unscented litter.
Look at the size of the litterbox: are you providing a large enough box? The general recommendation is one and a half times the length of the cat’s body (not including the tail).
Many cats prefer a litterbox that does not have a cover. Covers are often designed to appeal to an owner’s preference to keep the contents of the litterbox out of sight and contained. If the owner is concerned with the cat throwing litter out over the edges, he/she can purchase uncovered litterboxes with tall sides (unless she owns an older, arthritic cat that may have more difficulty climbing over tall sides). Some cats may have a preference for covered boxes (keep in mind that, in the wild, cats do not choose to eliminate in caves!)
Where is the litterbox located? Is it in an area of high foot traffic, where the cat may be disturbed while eliminating? Is it located quite a distance from where he spends the majority of his time? If the box offers very little privacy or is too far away and the cat needs to make a big effort to get there, he may choose an alternate location for elimination. The rule is one litterbox per cat plus one, especially if your house is large or has multiple floors.
A cat can urinate on his/her owners’ bed. It is a cat’s way of communicating how unhappy or stressed he/she has been over the owner absence. Sometimes a cat may urinate on the side of the bed of the person with whom the cat has a conflict. For instance, if an owner brings home a new partner or new housemate, the cat may not immediately accept the new person in his life. Sometimes a move may be a catalyst for urinating on the bed. These various scenarios may be stressful for the cat, and the cat may want to intermingle his own scent with the owner’s scent on the bed.
It’s important not to shout at the cat, because if this happens, it is simply that the intermingling of these odors may prove comforting to the cat. Because it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what’s causing the cat’s anxiety, it’s important to work with a veterinarian or veterinary behaviorist to identify the cause and determine the correct steps to help remedy the situation.
One more strategy: the owner initiates a special play or treat time on the bed in the location where the cat has urinated. The goal here is to change the association for the cat from a potential latrine or marking area to a place of fun and/or eating (because most cats typically don’t urinate where they eat).
Another idea is to try putting a litterbox in the bedroom. For sure it’s not really “sexy” to imagine a litterbox in the bedroom, but it can be a good way to see if the behavior continues even if a litterbox is nearby.
Previously, we talked about medical or behavioral causes.
Your cat may also try to give you a message by peeing in your bed. Getting in touch with an animal communicator can be a good solution. Through his/her connexion, he/she’ll be able to clearly understand what happens in the cat’s mind and provide you with various solutions.
Sometimes, this problem can be easily resolved by providing the appropriate or preferred toileting conditions to the cat to encourage him to use the litterbox again, or by removing whatever the attractive bedding material is from the bed. Other times, however, the problem may be more “complicated” and need further assessment from a trained behavioral consultant or an animal communicator.
The important thing to keep in mind as you deal with the situation is that your cat is simply trying to tell you something. It’s up to you, with appropriate help, to try to figure out what that is.
(Written with source: www.vetstreet.com)