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Why did my cat pee on my bed?
Why did my cat pee on my bed?
I hope you don't have kids, 'cause that'd be a lot of pee.
A curious cat pees in the strangest places. Pissing on the street is bad enough, but when a cat pees on the floor, it's something else. As you can imagine, many cat owners like to know why their cat peed on the floor or whatever, because it was quite the shocker. And while a lack of litterbox training may be a contributing factor, peeing anywhere is just wrong.
So, why would your cat do this? Let's find out.
1. It's a reflex
Your cat may be feeling playful or bored. If your cat pees or shits in your room, it's only a matter of time before it sees you walking through, sniffing. And the only thing cats respond to is the smell of food, a place to hide and other cats. It makes sense that peeing in your house would feel safe, as well.
It's a reflex. It happens whether you like it or not.
Peeing is one of the only times your cat can be playful, though it's not really a social activity. However, there is one exception to this. If your cat feels threatened, it will reflexively pee to send a message to others. If a cat is threatened, it doesn't like to pee in front of a cat it considers a rival, and it may spray a scent at its adversaries. So, in that sense, your cat may pee on the bed to let you know it sees a rival.
2. It's a social situation
Peeing on your bed might be a social activity for your cat, even if you don't see it as such. If your cat pees when it sees you walk through, it's not peeing on your bed to let you know it sees you. It's peeing on your bed to let others know it's there, and to mark its territory. Cats mark their territory in one of two ways: They might urinate to mark the places that are theirs alone or they might spray to leave a smell around the place they want to be alone.
It is common for cats to urinate on objects such as a box or a stuffed toy that sits in the corner. Your cat has probably done this at least once. Peeing on your bed might be more of a regular event.
And some cats just love to mark their territory. A cat in the wild will mark with urine, but it might spray a scent, too. Some cats spray when they're out of their home, too.
3. It's food
If your cat is in the mood for a little peeing, and it feels safe enough to do it, it might try to urinate on you. If you have a cat or you have had cats before, this is a common thing that we're all aware of. Your cat might mark on your shoes, your pants, or on the blanket on the bed to make it easier to find. It might pee or spray on you if you're near a litter box or if it thinks you've been eating its food.
Peeing is something your cat is going to do in times of stress, when it's bored, when it's lonely, or when it feels in danger.
If your cat is marking your bed for any reason, make sure you get to the bottom of it. Your cat might need more attention, or more love, or you might need to spay your cat or find a new place to live.
4. It's getting love
Cats mark not just because they need some attention. They mark to get love. Whether your cat does it on its bed, or just on you, it's a way to say, "You know what? I love you. I need you to love me."
And by your bed, that means you're available to cuddle with. And not just any cuddle—a nice cat-scented blanket on your bed will be really satisfying.
5. It's marking time
When you're a cat, there's nothing like a full bladder to make you sleepy. Cats don't stay awake all night by using muscles, so your cat is trying to conserve energy. So it needs to pee to feel at ease.
Cats do it in the middle of the night so they don't have to wake you up to relieve themselves.
But it can be hard for a cat to leave it alone. Don't make your cat wait! Just like your cat, make the bed as clean as you can before you're ready to sleep.
6. Your cat has its own style
And the more you know about your cat, the more you'll know how it likes to be touched, and if it likes to get a good scratch.
This will also help you when it comes time to groom your cat—so you know how best to do it. If you know how your cat likes to be groomed, you won't accidentally pull out hairs that your cat wants left alone.
7. You don't know what you don't know
Your cat is probably telling you many things in its markings. If you're not looking at a cat that's been marking in an area you know you don't need to be scratching, you're missing out on a great conversation!
Some cats use this time to tell you what's going on in their world. Whether it's to let you know a friend is sick, or to let you know they have to take care of their litter box, or even to warn you that they need to take a walk.
Of course, not all cats are super smart—and this is sometimes called "kibbles and bits." Some cats are only smart enough to make marks in an area where you wouldn't normally be digging. So if your cat is marking where you don't need to clean, think of it as a way for you to help it relax, and remember that you don't know everything about your cat.
8. Your cat needs a warm environment
If you haven't noticed already, your cat needs to stay warm. That means if it's cold in your house, your cat will use your bed to keep warm.
So don't just lie in bed—make sure you put your cat's favorite blanket next to you on the bed so it can snuggle up. Make sure your cat has plenty of fresh water and something to play with. It may be cold outside, but you're not likely