How to stop a cat peeing on bed and pooping in the house!
How to stop a cat peeing on bed and pooping in the house!
…that’s right you’re not the only one. There’s nothing whatsoever glamorous about it… which is why we’ve compiled some helpful information on why they’ve picked up this behaviour, and more importantly, how to stop it!
Cat peeing in house – WHY!?
The honest answer is that no-one actually knows why cats do this, however, by tending to the needs of your four-legged friends, more often than not, unwanted behaviours may very well go away. Continue reading to find out how to stop a cat from peeing in the house.
Tending to your cat’s needs.
Felines are notorious for their seriously sassy cattitude. So, when we say tending to your cat’s needs, we definitely don’t mean buying a silk pillow for them to sit on (despite how much of a king/queen they think they are). What a cat needs to be happy is.
Now, you might think “surely I provide most of that?!” and the truth is, you probably do. However, by missing just one small thing, unwanted behaviours such as your cat pooping in the house, can occur. So, without further ado, let’s get into the nitty gritty of it.
‘Care’ is an umbrella term really for everything you should do to keep your cat in good health. Think food, veterinary trips etc. Providing the best care possible ensures that there are no underlying health conditions affecting your cat’s ability to control their bladder in the bedroom. Additionally, good health contributes to a healthy mind. A healthy cat = a happy cat aka no naughty behaviours.
Similarly, selecting the right food might be a contributing factor. A lot of cat food brands contain irritants which may make your cat feel like they need to go to the toilet more often. So often that in fact they ‘can’t be bothered’ to make their way to the litterbox/outside every-time, resulting in some stinky bed sheets and frustrated owners.
Opting for an au naturale cat food such as hypoallergenic or grain free means that their digestive system should be ship, shape and shiny!
You don’t need me to tell you that stimulating your cat is key (I’m sure you’ve had enough scratched up furniture to work that one out!)
It’s pretty funny how the mind of a cat works, but this ‘pillar’ is absolutely essential to keeping a happy, house trained cat. Stimulation can come in all sorts of forms from scratching posts to light flecks on the carpet.
“How is my cat playing with a toy gonna help anything?” Well, if you go back, way way back, to when your cat’s ancestors were hunting in the wild, you can acknowledge some behaviours were predatory. House cats (particularly indoor cats) get less chance to fulfil this desire to act like predators and therefore may feel the need to be naughty.
Similarly, stimulation is all about their environment as well as toys. Natural lighting, some background noise and cleanliness go a long way to keeping a cat purring with delight at home.
Ok, so this is the big one. If you’ve ruled out any health conditions that may be causing your cat’s weeing and pooping habits, it may very well be that they’re feeling insecure (sadface).
Security is not just about locking the doors before you go out. Security is everything that makes your cat feel at ‘home’ in the house. You need to make sure that your cat feels as though they have a degree of control in their environment. How can you do this? Simples:
- Give them personal space!
Giving your cat space is integral. They may choose to find their own space or you can encourage them to have their own den on perhaps an elevated surface. This way, when the petting is getting too much, they can wander off on their own and a have a little quality me-ow time!
- Stick to a routine
Having a routine will similarly make them feel like they are in-control of their environment. Regular feeding times is a great way for your cat to gauge when to expect food along with when their owners will be in and when to go to the toilet etc.
…Care? Check. Stimulation? Check. Security? Check.
Cat peeing everywhere still?!
Not to worry. We’ve still got a couple more tricks up our sleeve:
Keep their toilet clean
A lot of felines get finicky about peeing somewhere that’s already a mess. Try changing their litterbox as regularly as possible with a deep clean every 1-2 weeks.
Time to go shopping!!! …for litter
Likewise, their litter might just not be doing it for them anymore. Scented litter is great for covering any unwanted smells, however, your cat may be put off by the scent. Time to try a new scent or even opting for an unscented litter.
Discourage them from particular spots
They may very well have got into a bad habit with peeing/pooping here, there… but not everywhere. If there are particular toilet hot spots, try putting your cats favourite things there and chances are they won’t squat there anymore. (NB: this one isn’t foolproof, so if you cat does happen to love your silk dressing gown, maybe opt for a squeaker instead!)
Wait wait wait… what about cat spraying?
Ok, so peeing and spraying are completely different things. Peeing, more often than not, is about your cat needing to wee due to a full bladder. Spraying, however, is all about your cat trying to communicate (weird I know).
They may be trying to say “Stay away! This is my land” (i.e. territorial behaviour) or they may be spraying due to underlying anxiety.
How to stop a cat from spraying
The ‘treatment’ can be rather dependant upon the cause. If you believe your cat is spraying for territorial reasons, here’s what you can do:
Try and discourage any other cats from entering your cats environment (a tricky one if you have more than one cat!). Keeping strays away can be tricky, but there’s a wealth of information on the internet to help keep strays at bay.
Similarly, you need to provide the 3 pillars; care, stimulation and security. If your cat is anxious spraying be sure to give them some extra TLC!
Of course, neutering your cat is an option. Spaying or neutering your cat reduces the level of sex hormones, which in turn, can reduce the amount of spraying.
The other biggy is reinforcing when they don’t spray (and discouraging naughtiness… although we know you probably let them get away with murder!)
Stay positive. Yes, a cat spraying is an absolute nuisance, but most behaviours can be reversed. With a thorough understanding of your pet, you can solve any problems, including peeing in the house. It is important to first establish whether or not your pet does have a health condition affecting their toilet habits, but if not, we do hope our tips, tails n tricks help!
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