Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Yes, a vet check is really important to rule out a health problem, like a UTI. If it is a UTI you need to take him sooner rather than later, as special food and medications are prescribed to treat minor infections, but serious blockages of the urethra often require immediate surgical intervention. The longer you wait to get a cat with a UTI checked at the vet, the more likely the latter scenario is. He may not have a UTI or other medical issue, but you're always better to get the cat checked first than to assume that the problem is behavioural.
If the problem is behavioural there are still ways to solve it without resorting to giving up your cat. I understand your frustration, I currently have a foster cat that pees on my bed too, but cats don't have the ability to rationalize their behaviour like people do. Your cat isn't peeing on your bed to spite you or make you angry, and it's unlikely that he connects you being upset with him and ignoring him with his inappropriate toileting habits. If his peeing on the bed is a behavioural problem that's stress-related, as these sorts of issues very often are in cats, snubbing him, being angry with him, or even having a difficult time liking him because of the issue is only going to make it worse--cats pick up on those sorts of feelings, though they don't understand the reason for them. Another possibility is that your cat still smells his pee on your bed, even though you can't. Cats will pee in places where they've peed previously, so it's really important to clean anything a cat pees on extremely thoroughly with an enzyme cleaner, like Nature's Miracle. Sometimes multiple cleanings are necessary in order to remove the odour to a point where the cat can no longer smell it.
Proud people-mommy of Galileo, Dante, Cosette, Autumn,
Ramona & Choco-cat (and foster kitty, Poe).
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