4 Month Old Kitten Peeing On Your Bed? (What Now?)
If you have seen your kitten peeing on the bed you may be wondering if this is normal for 4-month-old cats, or not…
Why is my 4-month-old kitten peeing on my bed?
Typically, if your cat is having issues like this, then something may be wrong with his or her health. You will want to bring them to the vet for a checkup to rule this out. While cats sometimes mark an area out of territoriality, typically ‘sudden urination’ indicates that they are stressed or in poor health.
If the vet had ruled out any health issues, then it could be stress at the home from a recent change, and you will want to consider what is different in your household. A new animal, roommate, or even a change in furniture can stress your cat a bit – creatures of habit that they are.
That said, a trip to the vet is vital, as in most cases urination like this is the first sign of a health condition that you will need to take care of.
Is it normal for kittens to pee on things?
With kittens, yes, marking behavior is quite normal. Cats are very territorial creatures, to begin with, and urine provides a scent marker for them, much like saying ‘this is mine’. Spaying or neutering your cat will calm behaviors like this in a kitten, though there is no guarantee that this will work with an older cat.
Once your kitten is a little older, they should calm down, although it will take longer in a household with multiple cats, as they sometimes compete for areas that they desire. Clean the urine with an enzymatic cleaner to be thorough, so that your cat is not tempted to repeat this behavior.
How can I prevent my 4-month-old kitten from peeing on my bed?
An enzymatic cleaner is best. Cat urine has uric acid, which is the component that gives it that distinctive smell that your cat views as a ‘marker’. After a thorough cleaning with an enzymatic cleaner, you may still need to watch the cat around that area, but as long as you’ve cleaned it thoroughly then your cat may leave it alone.
Spaying or neutering at this age is a good idea, as it can lessen the chance of territorial behaviors such as this, and even makes your cat less prone to certain cancers. Check with your vet if your cat is ‘acting out’ of late and marking areas – if it is not an immediate health issue that should be addressed, it is still a behavioral one.
How can I clean up the pee?
A commercial enzymatic cleaner is best. While you could use standard detergent or soap, it will not break down the uric acid content of your cat’s urine, and a repeat episode becomes a likelihood.
When your cat does this, it’s not out of spite, they are just marking their territory or it could be an indicator of a health issue, such as a urinary tract infection. Your vet will help you to rule this out quickly and if it is stress, rather than a health issue, then you’ll have the steps to proceed from there.
Does cat pee stain bed covers?
Yes, cat pee can easily stain bed covers, but with one or two cleanings with an enzymatic cleaner, it should be okay. The important thing is to clean it quickly and air dry the item, as you don’t want to get cat urine in the dryer where it can affect the rest of your laundry.
Should I discipline my 4-month-old kitten for peeing on my bed?
No, you should not discipline your cat, and doing so could either erode the trust that you have already built or simply stress them more. While this behavior is certainly inconvenient, your cat would not be doing this unless something was wrong, so you’ll want to simply clean the area and get your kitty to the vet for a checkup.
What litter box issues can cause a cat to pee on your bed?
New litter or an unclean box can cause your kitty not to want to use the area that you have prepared.
If you are using the same kitty litter and the area is cleaned regularly, then it could be indicative of urinary tract infection or another health issue, but if is untidy then you will simply need to keep it cleaner. Cats are clean creatures and will not endure an untidy litter box!
Could my kitten be frightened if it pees on my bed?
Yes, this is possible, though you should keep in mind that it’s hard for kittens to wait for a ‘potty break’. We tend to think of them as simply ‘cute’, rather than as young cats, and this kind of thinking can lead to trouble. They simply do not have control over adults.
As such, until the kitten is at least 10 weeks old, it’s best to leave them with the mom.
Why is my cat kitten peeing on my side of the bed?
While it sounds odd, your cat finds comfort in things that smell like you, and urinating there mixes the scents of both of you. It seems odd to humans, but cats are very focused on scents, and this behavior makes them feel more comfortable.
Check with your vet to rule out any health issues, but if they get a ‘clean bill’ of health from the vet then you will need to consider what has changed in the house recently. Cats are very particular, despite their mysterious natures, and can become quite stressed even from small changes in the home.
What medical issues can cause a cat to pee on a bed?
Cats can develop urinary tract infections and also produce struvite crystals in their urine naturally, which can build up and cause a blockage that makes it painful to urinate.
Older cats can develop issues with their liver or kidneys, but with a younger cat, you are typically dealing with something like a simple urinary tract infection. Check with your vet and it can be quickly sorted out!