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How to stop a cat from peeing on the bed

By Dawn Parrish Content Writer

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Are you dealing with the problem of inappropriate urination by your pet? If so, just how do you stop a cat from this terrible behaviour when she is peeing on the bed or the sofa?

No-one expects their pet to pee on the upholstery or worse still, on your bed. Surely cats are supposed to pee in their litter trays. First of all, you need to understand that although this is certainly unwelcome behaviour from your kitty, it’s not done on purpose.

There has to be a legitimate reason that makes her behave in this way. She may have a medical problem such as a bladder infection, is doing it as a way to mark her territory or she is anxious about a new baby in the house. One thing is for sure, you need to try and discover the root of the cat behaviour problem and then take steps to stop the cat when she urinates on your bed.

Read on for reasons why a cat pees on the upholstery and how you can prevent this from happening in the future. Anxiety issues can be the problem

Certainly, if your pet has any reason to feel stressed or anxious, this can contribute to her cat pee behaviour issues. Have you recently moved home, live in a busy area or brought a new pet into the household? Likewise, fear and nervousness relating to any health conditions might make her urinate inside the house, rather than in her litter tray or outside.

A number of cats don’t like peeing in a dirty litter tray and prefer to urinate in a clean cat litter. Check that it is cleaned and emptied frequently. Is she a cat in a multiple litter of kittens? This can often result in inappropriate urination problems.

Does your cat have medical issues

A bladder infection in the urinary tract may cause inappropriate urination. Diagnostic tests are a good idea if the cat urination is a medical issue. Get to the bottom of the medical problem and put an end to this inappropriate urination.

Using your bed as a comfort blanket

If you often work away from home or are off the premises during the day, your cat is probably communicating her displeasure. In some cases, a kitty might just pee on one side of the bed, showing she is unhappy with the person who sleeps there. This strange behaviour isn’t the cat being naughty. If she urinates on your bed, more than likely, it is her need to feel safe and for comfort from your scent on the bedcovers.

Cat peeing from a higher elevated place

Every cat has a natural-born instinct to survive. By climbing onto a higher surface, be it the bed or back of a sofa, she will be higher than her predators. She can pee here in safety and see all around her checking for any predators.

She doesn’t like peeing in the litter box

Just as we like to position our furniture and belongings in the home, so that things feel to be in the right place, so do our cats. Your cat might be peeing on the bed because she doesn’t like going to the toilet in the confined tray in a corner space. Likewise, a feline doesn’t usually enjoy going to the toilet if another cat has urinated there previously.

Ensure that there are sufficient litter boxes around the home. Strangely, too, although humans enjoy perfumed aromas, our cats don’t. It may be the type of litter causing the problem.

A good idea is to try her with some unperfumed litter and the cat urination problem may just resolve. In most cases, cats prefer to urinate in their litter tray in private, when they feel safe.

Relationship issues with another pet

A cat peeing on the bed may be due to territory threats from other pets. Two cats together can fight over food or dominance in the house, while canines can also cause stress problems too. To solve these problems, you will need to separate your cat from the dilemma. Felines love nothing more than to climb to high places as a refuge. A tall piece of furniture or a cat tree is just where they need to be, to feel safe.

So just how do you stop a cat from peeing on the bed? There are many reasons why your pet is sending you this message that she isn’t happy. Although it’s a very serious problem and often frustrating, first of all, you need to identify the cause. It can certainly be caused by a medical issue or just cat behaviour issues. Once you realise the trigger behind the cat’s troublesome behaviour, only then can you take steps to resolve the predicament.

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