We’ve all been there. After sending out all the important emails and watching a few episodes of your favorite show, you head to bed happy and tired at the same time. However, you soon realize that your sleeping plans are delayed by the fact that your beloved cat has relieved herself on your sleeping area.
While this isn’t such an isolated incident, a majority of owners never seem to understand why it happens. We’ve researched the matter, and there is a perfect explanation for this feline habit — or lack thereof.
Stemming from the early days
There is one mistake that people barely notice but make all the time. This is the act of putting your kitten’s litter box in a confined space — somewhere that doesn’t provide room to move.
As cats love the freedom of movement, they will start connecting the act of relieving themselves with confinement. Even when they’re young, they might start peeing on the bed on many occasions.
To make sure you’re doing everything you can, move your cat’s litter box to a location that is both private and easily accessible. The middle of the living room is not a good idea, but a corner of your packed attic is also a bad option.
If you have a big room or a spacey bathroom, put the litter box there. You should see immediate changes in behavior. This is the most common reason: juvenile habits. But what happens if this isn’t the case?
Animal behaviorists often point to the fact that some animals are more sensitive than others. This sensitivity can apply to everything from weather changes to emotional changes in the residents of the household.
Some cats become extremely nervous when there is rain outside or an ongoing storm, especially during the day. As nocturnal animals, cats tend to sleep throughout the day, and if their sleep is lessened somehow, they may express that stress by soiling your bed.
For owners with a garden, weather changes can also impact the way your cat relieves herself. If it’s really hot outside, your cat will feel threatened by the heat and want to relieve herself in the safest possible place — where her beloved owners sleep.
If it’s too cold outside, she won’t want to defecate without being able to dig the stiff and solid soil. This is also a common reason. But what can you do?
We’ve already mentioned the importance of litter box placement. If you have a garden or yard, the best possible choice would be behind some bushes or trees. That way, your cat will have all the space she wants, but with added privacy.
The type of sand you should use is either the regular playground variety or mineral-based, absorbent sand. It would be best if it’s scentless too.
Also, if your cat is nervous because of the weather or something else, talk to her. Your cat relieving herself on the bed is an isolated incident that you can easily take care of.