Your first step should be to take your cat to the vet. Honestly, this could be serious and it’s imperative you seek medical attention immediately. Your vet will likely do a urinalysis to see if your cat has a urinary tract infection. This is extremely common in cats, and it’s often why they won’t pee in the litter box. I had a cat who suddenly, after 14 years, started peeing on the bath mat instead of in her litter box. It turned out she had “bladder crystals” and she needed surgery! My vet said the reason she stopped peeing in the litter box was because it hurt to pee (because of the bladder crystals), and she thought it had something to do with the litter box! So she was peeing other places, hoping to find a place to pee where it didn’t hurt. Their little kitty brains are very simple! The bottom line is, you have to first determine whether there’s a medical issue that’s causing this. If your cat does, in fact, have a medical condition, then addressing that condition and getting your cat feeling better should get them back to appropriate urination behaviors.
If your cat doesn’t have a medical condition that’s causing the problem, then your next step is to treat it as a behavioral issue. The first thing to do is to get rid of any blankets, sheets, etc. that your can has peed on. I know this sounds drastic, but they are replaceable, and it’s best to just get rid of them. Eliminating the pee stains and their odor is very important – it’s triggering your cat to keep peeing on the bed!
Clean Your Mattress
Best Urine Stain Remover. If you can get rid of your mattress, or if you needed a new one anyway, then obviously it’s best to get rid of the mattress your cat peed on. But if that’s not possible for you, then I suggest cleaning the mattress with a product called, Nature’s Miracle. This product is considered an “enzymatic cleaner.” That means it breaks down the compounds in cat urine that cause the smell. You can read more about this product in my article, Best Way to Remove Cat Urine from Carpet.
Use a Steam Cleaner. You can also steam clean your mattress (you can purchase a steam cleaner HERE which you can use on the rest of your furniture too!) – but I would suggest using Nature’s Miracle as the cleaning agent in the cleaner when you clean the mattress.
Do it Right
Make sure you do these steps, because even though you might think the smell is gone, even a tiny trace still detectable by your cat will keep triggering him to pee in that spot again.
The third step you should take to eliminate this problem is to find out what’s causing this behavior to begin with. You can start by reading my article, How to Get a Cat to Use the Litter Box. This article explains the reasons why cats refuse to pee in the litter box – everything from the location of the box, the kind of litter you use, to sharing the box with other cats. You’ll get a lot of useful information that will help you to determine what the problem is.
I Hope This Helps!
If you rule out a medical problem, correctly clean the areas where your cat peed, and read my article about determining what the problem was to begin with, you should be well on your way to stopping this problem!
Please Do Take Action
Your cat peeing on the bed is frustrating (and gross!) to say the least. But more important is the fact that it could be a medical problem. So please take my advice and have your cat checked by the vet. I don’t mean to be dramatic, but it honestly could be fatal to your cat if you don’t.
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