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Why Is My Cat Peeing on My Bed and Furniture?
"My kitten is 4 months old. In the last month, she has started to pee on my bed and other places. On my bed, it is at almost the exact same time in the morning (5:30–6am). For about 2–3 weeks, it was every day. I've recently started not letting her sleep with me at night, and I shut the door during the day. She cries at my door in the mornings, so I go to the living room and sleep on the couch. But now she has started to pee on the ottoman in the mornings. She has also started to pee in my bathroom sink when I'm in there getting ready, but that's at any time during the day. She still uses her litter box too.
I don't know if it is a smell thing, that she goes back to where she knows, or something more serious. I don't want to have to kick her out of my room, but the constant peeing in the morning is getting too much, and I'm literally losing sleep over it. How can I help?" —Amanda
UTIs in Kittens
Although cats usually start developing urinary tract infections (UTI) when they are older, it is possible that your kitten has a UTI. About 2% of all cats that visit the vet have a urinary infection, even when taken in for something else. (1)
Cats with a UTI will start to associate the litter box with pain and stop using it. The most common thing we hear is that the cat started peeing in the sink since it is cooler. Some cats will also pee at night since they are holding their bladder as long as possible, and it becomes full and releases involuntarily at night.
Behavioral Urination Issues
If you take her to your veterinarian and the urinalysis is normal, there is always the possibility that this is behavioral. Did you change the type of litterbox or the brand of litter before this started?
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A new member of the household (dog, cat, or human), a new work schedule, or even a visit by one of the neighbors that stressed her out could also have caused this to start.
How to Stop Your Cat From Peeing on Your Bed
The good news is that since this has started recently, it should be easier to take care of. To treat inappropriate urination:
- Buy a second litterbox and set it up in a convenient location where your cat likes to hang out during the day.
- When you set up the new litterbox, fill it with cheap cat litter that does not clump and does not have any scent.
- At first, place the new litterbox near the ottoman where she has been urinating. Move it about three feet further away from the ottoman each day if she is using it.
Visit Your Vet for a Urinalysis
Be sure to have the urine checked as soon as you can to prevent this from developing into a kidney infection. If it is behavioral, it is best to take care of it as soon as possible too, since early treatment is more effective.
- Lund EM, Armstrong PJ, Kirk CA, Kolar LM, Klausner JS. Health status and population characteristics of dogs and cats examined at private veterinary practices in the United States. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1999 May 1;214(9):1336-41. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10319174/
This article is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from your veterinarian. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
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