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Q: Why would a cat use your bed as a litter box??

May 30, 2009 | By Shorty7589 | 11 answers | Expired: 1936 days ago

Shorty7589

On three separate occasions my cat has used my bed as his litter box (doing both duties mind you), of course he does it when I'm not home, because if I was I would NOT allow it...I'm getting tired of washing my blankets and spraying my mattress, and it's coming down to either giving him away or locking him in a carrier for the time that I'm not home (which is hours on end)...any suggestions?

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Pippysmom
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Jun 02, 2009

I don't really have an answer as I'm having this problem too. My cat does it when I'm in the bed, only pee, but I'm tired of washing sheets etc too. My bed is the only place she does this. It did seem to happen when the litter box needed changing but most recently it happened the day I cleaned the litter box. I even put a litter box in my bedroom which hasn't helped. She is only 1 year old. I have changed to an environment friendly cat litter so I'll try going back to the old one to see if that makes a difference. Maybe the food dish in the bed will help too. She's going to get very lonely locked out of my bedroom at night if it doesn't stop. Thanks for asking the question and all of you for your answers.

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jasmin d.
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Jun 02, 2009

just close your bedroom door. silly... it s a territorial thing or the kitty does it when it gets mad at you for leaving...my dog tears up my wall when we leave. a kennel is not horriable but if it come to that make sure you get one big enought for a little litter box and food/water.
goodluck hope things workout.

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Kaytee
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May 31, 2009

Sometimes if you leave the cat for awhile they go to the bathroom in other places .
I know when I go on vacation, that when I come back my cat will be mad at me.

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Midwestwoman
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May 30, 2009

First rule out any medical causes. My cat recently urinated on my bed twice in one night, and I had to washed the entire bed - twice! Turns out, he didn't have a urinary tract infection as I suspected, but had a bowel obstruction. He was so uncomfortable and so impacted, he couldn't get to the litter box or control his bladder.

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Prevost1580
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May 30, 2009


Cats are pretty OCD, How's the litterbox? I have four cats and I scoop,three times a day. I also use good,clumping litter and I wash,all three litterboxes out,completely,every week. Is the litterbox accessible? Are there other animals causing "stress" I know that when I have fosters or ferals,one of my cats will act up and so we end up adding an extra litterbox for her.

I'm so sorry that you're going through this! Another thing that works is pheromone sprays & plug ins.

Also, is there a new boyfriend ,room mate or husband?? ect. That is another stressor,

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Kelly M.
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May 30, 2009

Hi. Have you moved the litterbox, or changed thr type of litter? Cats can be very picky. Also how old is the cat, does it have any other symptoms.

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Ourstaff
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May 30, 2009

The cleaning suggestions are good ideas. You could also try spreading a large towel on the bed and putting a bowl of dry food on it (after the cleaning). Most cats won't go where they eat and if they begin to associate your bed with food they may stop thinking of it as a litter box

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Cindy C.
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May 30, 2009

One of my cats was doing this for a long time when I first got her. I finally figured out that when I started cleaning out her litter box more regularly and scrubbing it down often, it reduced the problem. I then invested in an automatic litterbox and have not had one problem since. Hope this helps.

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jessie
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May 30, 2009

I had a cat that did this, turns out he was very stressed about all the other pets comming in the house, as I took in fosters till I found homes. I also got a dog or 2 at the time anyway I ended up buying a very large condo cage and during the day we locked him in it, at night when we got home he'd come out, this worked very well.

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Gail S.
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May 30, 2009

Answers to problems like this are often not easy nor our there easy solutions. I had 2 cats that developed similar problems. One cat began urinating around the house after we moved and the other began urinating around the house we befriended a homeless cat. Is the cat litter trained and had the cat been using the litter prior to begining this behavior? Do you have any new additions to the house that would stress the cat out (i.e. new animal, child, relationship, etc.). Some things to keep in mind:
When cats start urinating out of their litter box, it is always good to get a medical check up.
Clean your bedding and mattress with an enzyme cleaner to break down the smell of urine. If the smell remains then the cat will most likely continue to go in that area.
Keep the cat's litter box clean-scoop a couple times daily. You may want to add a second litter box. Are you using a new litter? Cats are very clean and picky.
Good luck!

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