Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
We need more details in order to get a handle on the situation and puzzle out the possible cause of the behaviour. Once we know more, we'll be able to make some suggestions on things you can try to correct the problem. MowMow's questions are a good place to start; first and foremost, the one asking if you've taken your cat to the vet to rule out a medical reason for peeing outside the box. If not, that's the first thing you need to do. A few other questions (in addition to MowMow's) that might help us help you figure this out:
- is your cat declawed?
- how long ago was he neutered?
- do you have other cats or animals in the house?
- do you notice stray cats or other animals coming by your house that he could be reacting to?
- have you cleaned your bed down to and including the mattress with enzyme cleaner to make 100% certain that all traces of the scent of your cat's pee are gone? (even if you can't smell anything anymore, your cat might)
- other than keeping the litter box clean, what steps have you taken to encourage your cat to use his box?
- have you tried other kinds of litter?
- is your cat indoor only or does he go outside?
- when did your cat start peeing on the bed? Did he previously use his litter box?
- does he still poop in his litter box?
- have there been any big changes that might have precipitated your cat's peeing outside the box, like a move, or a houseguest, or a renovation--anything in your cat's environment that changed and might have upset or scared him?
- describe your cat's temperament. Is he outgoing, affectionate, shy, nervous, aloof, etc? (knowing how your cat reacts to other situations will give us a lot of insight into how he thinks, and help us narrow down the potential reasons for the problem).
There are a number of us on the forum (myself included) who have dealt with cats with inappropriate elimination issues, and the bed seems to be a pretty common "alternative" to the litter box. As someone who has a cat that used to pee on her bed, I can definitely sympathize with you--it's a really frustrating problem! Peeing outside the box can be a really tricky problem to solve, and it may take a while to work out why it's happening and how to best correct it, but in almost all cases the problem can be corrected!
Proud people-mommy of Galileo, Dante, Cosette, Autumn,
Ramona & Choco-cat (and foster kitty, Poe).
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