6 Month Old Kitten Peeing On Your Bed? (What Now?)
If you have a 6-month-old kitten and it’s peeing on your bed, then you may be wondering why, and what you need to do…
Why Is My 6 Month Old Kitten Peeing On My Bed?
Your 6-month-old kitten may pee on a bed because they’re experiencing some kind of distress. This might just simply be because of a change in the environment that they have to get used to, or they don’t like their litter box situation.
In some cases, your kitten may be experiencing a bladder issue or other health issue causing them to pee outside of the litter box. Your bed may not be their intended target; it’s just where your kitten happened to be when they had to go.
Is It Normal For A 6-Month Kitten To Pee In The Bed?
It is somewhat normal for young kittens to pee in strange places, such as your bed. Stress can cause many cats to change their behavior, so trying to eliminate stress is very important. They should hopefully be getting used to the home by this point, but if not, they may need some extra time to acclimate to the way their new home is set up.
How Can I Prevent My Kitten From Peeing In My Bed?
It’s important to try and keep your kitten’s environment as clean, peaceful, and accessible as possible so they aren’t tempted to pee in your bed. Be sure that their litter isn’t too sharp, their box is cleaned every day, and you replace the litter completely every so often.
You also want to make sure their litter box is in a spot that is easy for them to see and get to. Adding a litter box or two can also help, as it gives them multiple spots to go. The boxes should be somewhat hidden from human sight so that your kitten feels they have some privacy when they go.
What is Age Do Kittens Start Using Their Litter Box?
Kittens can start physically using a litter box at about three weeks old. The litter box setup plays into a cat’s instinct to use the bathroom in a secluded area, as well as their desire to bury their waste. Cats would do this in the wild so that the scent of their waste didn’t attract predators.
Most kittens will need to be shown where their litter box is a few times before they’ll start going to it on their own when they need to go to the bathroom.
Why Is The Cat Pee In My Bed Smelling So Much?
Cat urine contains ammonia, which has a very pungent aroma that is hard to ignore. The smell of ammonia also lingers and is very hard to eliminate should you not tackle the spot right away. Cat urine is also very concentrated and so once it’s pushed out of the body, it tends to smell very strong.
In some instances, very strong-smelling cat pee, or pee that smells worse than usual, could be a symptom of an underlying health concern. As strange as it may seem, paying attention to your cat’s bathroom habits is an important component of staying on top of their health.
How Can I Clean Up The Cat Pee In My Bed?
As soon as you notice a pee stain in your bed, you want to take that bedding off and clean it. You want to start with a spot treatment using an enzymatic cleaner to try and remove as much of that strong urine scent as possible. Once that’s done, wash your bedding as you normally would.
You should also use the enzymatic cleaner on your mattress or any other spot on your bed where your kitten has peed, especially if you can’t put it in the washing machine.
How Do You Know If A Cat Has A UTI?
Cats might eliminate outside of the litter box more frequently if they have a UTI. You may also notice that they are either peeing more or less than usual, they appear to be in distress when trying to pee, or there is blood in their urine.
If you notice any combination of these unsettling symptoms, take your cat to the vet as soon as you can so they can help you get the UTI treated.
What Smells Deter Cats From Peeing?
A few scents such as citrus and coffee seem to deter cats from peeing. When your cat is peeing in the house, using an enzymatic cleaner to clean the spot immediately will eliminate the urine scent. This scent lingering in the home will usually entice a cat to go back to that familiar spot to keep peeing, so it needs to be eliminated as soon as possible.
How Do Indoor Cats Get UTIs?
Cats aren’t prone to developing UTIs often, and when they do, it’s often linked to a separate health condition that your cat may be experiencing. Additionally, an unclean litter box, excessive water drinking, stress, and environmental changes can lead to indoor cats becoming more susceptible to UTIs.
This is one reason why it’s so crucial to address symptoms of a UTI with a vet as soon as you can. They can determine if there is another health concern that is either causing UTIs or causing your cat to avoid the litter box amongst other things.
It’s also important for indoor cats to be drinking enough water, but not too much since they often eat dry kibble mainly. Indoor cats should also be kept at a healthy weight by getting enough physical activity through dedicated playtime and interactive toys.
Why Do Fixed Cats Pee On Things?
Fixed cats don’t often continue marking through spraying, but they might pee on things because their instincts to mark their territory don’t go away. If there have been changes in the home, such as a new cat, a new environment due to a move, or excessive noise and activity, your cat might pee due to stress.
As mentioned, there is also the possibility that your cat is unwell, and eliminating outside of the litter box is one of the ways they are attempting to communicate this with you.