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8 Week Old Kitten Peed On My Bed (Is This Acceptable?)

If you have noticed some cat pee on your bed from your kitten you are probably annoyed and looking for reasons why it’s happened and what to do next…

Why Did My 8 Week Old Kitten Pee On My Bed?

A few factors can lead to your kitten peeing on your bed, including that it was a simple accident that won’t become a habit. Your kitten could have peed on the bed because the urge to go came on quickly, or because they are not quite used to their environment yet. If they are stressed or scared, they might also pee in areas other than the litter box. 

It’s also possible that your kitten’s litter box isn’t suitable for them, either due to its size or the litter itself. While not always common, there could also be a potential health problem causing your kitten to use the bathroom in the wrong spots. You might have to find a quieter area away from foot traffic that will better suit your kitten’s preferences. 

Should I Discipline My 8 Week Old Kitten For Peeing On My Bed?

A brown and white kitten lying indoors and staring.

A brown and white kitten lying indoors and staring.

Disciplining a cat of any age for having an accident isn’t going to fix the problem. You might end up scaring your kitten or losing their trust, which could cause them to disregard their litter box out of fear. Instead, ensuring their litter box is clean, accessible, and comfortable to use is key. 

It’s important to note that kittens will not pee outside of the litter box out of revenge or anger. This is often either a fear response or a defense mechanism, or a way to try and tell you that something is wrong. It’s not fair to punish a kitten who is still learning, especially when they’re doing something natural for them. 

How Can I Prevent My Kitten From Peeing On My Bed?

Be sure that your kitten knows where its litter box is, and ensure it’s kept clean. You should also watch your kitten in the litter box in case they appear to be uncomfortable with the texture of the litter, or they seem to struggle to get in and out of it. 

You can also purchase litter or litter products that have pheromones in the formula, and these can help attract a kitten towards the litter box when they’re feeling the urge to go to the bathroom. Showing your kitten where the litter box is and watching them explore it can not only help you determine if the box is suitable but can also remind your kitten where it is. 

You can try to keep your kitten out of your bedroom until you find a solution that has them using their litter box consistently. Be sure everything gets washed so no cat urine smell lingers. 

What Is The Best Way To Clean Up The Cat Pee?

You want to clean your bed as soon as you find the pee spot. Wash your sheets and soiled linens by first letting them soak in a mixture of white vinegar and water. You can also rub baking soda on the spot before throwing it in the washing machine. Wash your linens as normal in lukewarm water, and the stain and smell should be gone. 

For parts of the bed that can’t be washed, an enzymatic cleaner can help eliminate the stain and the odor. 

Is It Normal For Cat Pee To Smell So Bad?

It is normal for cat pee to have a very strong odor, and most people find the smell unpleasant. This is because cat pee contains ammonia, which is a very long-lasting smell when it’s not eliminated quickly. If your cat pee smells bad consistently that doesn’t seem to be related to ammonia, it could be because they are sick and a vet visit is warranted. 

How Long Will The Cat Pee Smell Stay On My Bed?

The cat pee smell can stay on a bed for a very long time depending on how you clean it off. Even if you can only detect a small hint of cat urine smell, your kitten can still smell it. This could lead to them continuing to pee on the bed unless the smell is eliminated properly. 

Why Did My Litter Trained Kitten Pee On My Bed?

A black cat indoors jumping out of a silver litter box.

A black cat indoors jumping out of a silver litter box.

Litter-trained kittens can still have accidents, especially when they’re young and still acclimating to your home. Kittens have the instinct to use a litter box, as they see it as a place they can go to the bathroom and bury their waste away.

In the wild, cats would be particular about where they went to the bathroom so they could hide their waste. This would be to avoid attracting predators to their location. 

Could A Frightened Cat Pee On A Bed?

A frightened cat could pee on a bed, though they likely aren’t seeking out the bed specifically. Instead, your kitten may simply be trying to find a place to go that’s quiet, away from people and other pets, and comfortable. 

How Often Do 8 Week Old Kittens Pee?

Kittens in this age range tend to pee about four times a day. This number can vary depending on how well your kitten is eating, and how much water they are drinking. As a result, if they don’t go four times every single day, it does not necessarily cause concern. 

Should your kitten appear to be struggling to use the bathroom, this might be a sign that there’s something wrong. 

What Should I Expect From My 8 Week Old Kitten?

Kittens at eight weeks old are becoming more independent from their mothers, and so this is often the time they are adopted out. They are playful and curious, wanting to explore their surroundings as much as possible. In terms of growth, eight-week-old kittens are often not growing as fast as they once were.

Around this age, many kittens are also ready to be fixed. 

It’s possible that kittens this age can have some trouble complying with the house rules, especially since most kittens are new to a home around this age unless you have the mother cat at home with you when the kittens are born.

Lindsey Browlingdon