Sunday, September 27, 2009

Who Pee'd on the Bed??

JB: How could you, Armani! How could you!! Mom is so mad at you!

Mom caught Armani peeing on our guest bed this morning! She thought he had only done it once when he first got here, but it looks like he has been doing it the whole time he has been living in my CatHouse! There are 4 different pee spots on the bed, and they all look well peed on. The bed is ruined!

Armani: Mom. I am so sorry. Please forgive me! I don't know why I did it. I don't do it on your bed in your room where you sleep right here, see? Please, forgive me! I have tears in my eyes, mom. I am so sorry, mom. Please forgive me......

JB and Armani's mom here: I sure hope this is not an ongoing problem with Armani. I thought he did it once when he could not find the litter box when he first got here, but it looks like he has done it since I brought him home. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to fix this problem with him?
Any help is greatly appreciated!!

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Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

We saw this on FB -

We are sorry to see it -

Sadly, we have no ideas BUT I'm sure our furiends will try to help -

PeeEssWoo: Maybe woo need to show him a pikhture of me and tell him I'll get him if he doesn't stop?

Angel and Kirby said...

You might try bitter apple spray. That might keep them off the bed completely. If you totally replace the bed and linens, it might remove the smell that is bringing him back to it.

SeaThreePeeO said...

Oh dear! As said you need to remove the smell that is making him return to the area in question. There are many store bought products to choose from that promise to do that.

Daisy said...

I think you need to make that bed an unappealing spot to go. Maybe you could just get a big plastic tarp and place it (temporarily) over the bed. I do not think Armani would like the feeling on his paws. And since he apparently feels safer in that room, could you put a litterbox near that bed?

Cat with a Garden said...

We are sorry for not being able to offer good advice on this issue. We're sure others will know more.
What about temporarily blocking access to the guest room? This could be a first step. Then you will see if it's something about the bed or if he continues with this problem somewhere else and it's a general issue. : (
We're sure it's just the adaption process though. We never tried it ourselves but read many favourable opinions on Feliway. Oh, and aluminium foil is supposed to be very unpleasent to the paws, you could cover the surface with the crinkled foil.

Dennis the Vizsla said...

We went through this with Pooh Bear ... twice she "forgot" where her litter box was. The first time she started peeing on the leather sofa (which Dennis later destroyed anyway), and the second time she started peeing in the corner of a guest room. If I remember correctly, we handled it by confining her with a litter box until she "remembered" how to use it again. I will see if my wife remembers more details.

I do remember that you have to get the scent out of the target object or else the cat will eventually start peeing there again -- not easy when it's something like a mattress and bedding. We were fortunate that the leather was waterproof. We repeatedly treated the guest room corner and then started keeping the door closed so she couldn't get in there anymore.

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Wow, I just went out for a little while and look what I found now: full house again, the more the merrier!
Welcome Armani and Cocobean, happy peing, ooops, did I say that?
I'm glad that you're in a loving home now!
Love y'all!

Grrreta said...

If he was an only kitty before, he might not feel comfortable using litter boxes that other kitties use. Maybe getting more litter boxes will help. Hopefully you can find a solution.

missbreezysbox said...

Hi. I had a problem with my greatly missed Tabatha. It had to do with her being upset, not able to get to the pan and it not being spot free. Here is a link that will help you.
I think blocking the room off is a start.

Sunny's Mommy said...

I have no idea on how to stop the inappropriate peeing where Armani is doing it. Sunny did this as a kitten when we got him. (He was a barn kitty, adopted by people we knew and was peeing all over their place --why he needed a new home). But it was only on the floors. We did what the vet suggested -- aluminum foil and lemon slices where he was peeing inappropriately. But I don't see how that would work for you.

The only thing I can suggest is clean it well (hard to do with a mattress) or replace it. And cover all your mattresses with plastic covers until you get this resolved.

Tuck said...

I think the other kitties have given you some great advice. I'm sure Armani didn't mean to upset you. He is very lucky to have such a great human who wants to help him.

Sweet Praline said...

I don't have any suggestions, but I am sure the kitties in the CB will offer great ideas.

Armani, Thank you for coming to my slumber party and celebrating my 14th birthday with me!

Mack and Sally Ann said...

Try going to petsmart, there is a device that you can put on furniture that will beep when a cat or dog jumps on it. I think it is called a Tattle Tale. Perhaps, putting that on the bed will condition him to not urinate on the bed.
Mack and Sally Ann's Mommy

Hana said...

JB, I'm sorry we don't have any suggestions. For dog pee, there's a product called Nature's Miracle that is supposed to help clean ups. But, I have never heard of it used for cat pee, which I think might be harder to remove the scent. But, there seems to be lots of good advice from the others.

Lorenza said...

Hi, JB!
We don't have experience with that but I guess our friends gave you good advices!
I hope your mom finds the best solution!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Teddy Bear said...

I hope that Armani stops peeing on the bed. We have zero experience with kitties. Please keep us updated.

Teddy Bear

Bae Bae said...

Oh dear... I know Armani didn't mean it...

~ Bae

Huskee and Hershey said...

We first saw this on FB and oops.. we are sure he did not mean it (Right, Armani??). Please give him another chance.. at least he did not pee in your bed. **sheepish grin**..

Tom, Tama-Chan and Sei-Chan said...

We also hope that this is not going to be an ongoing problem. There seems to be a lot of good advice already in the comments. Good luck!

Tracey and Huffle said...

I don't have any other advice to add to what others have suggested. My brother poo-face Salvador did this as he got older and he kept going back to the same spot, so it was definitely something about the smell of it.

Huffle Mawson

Noah the Airedale said...

Oh heck, no we dont have any ideas but hopefully Armani doesnt actually think that bed is the litter box....crikey!

Noah Willow Tess Lucy

Pedro said...

My mom says definitely close that door because he will do it again in there if given the chance. He may have to be isolated with a litter box for awhile and gradually get back more space. He may not like to share a box with the other cats and so marked the bed as his own. I know I pee on the cats' litter box so they know it's mine... Mom says cat pee is a bigger problem than dawg pee though. Libby pees on the rugs in front of the door and slider and that really annoys my mom but she says Libby is old and only has 3 legs so we have to give her special consideration. I don't get consideration when I do it though!!! So not fair!


The Island Cats said...

Oh, we hope this doesn't continue with Armani! Others have suggested blocking access to the room. That may help. If you can't do that, how 'bout putting a litter box in the room; then Armani might use it rather than the bed. There is litter called Cat Attract. That might help too.

Once you clean the mattress or replace it (whatever you do), you may want to put a plastic cover over it just in case somecat decides to try this again...but we sure hope no cat does!

Anonymous said...

OH No!!! Poor Armani! Hope he's feeling ok and this is just a phase. Maybe putting a plastic garbage bag or tarp on the bed may help. Or something that he wouldn't like feeling on his feet. We hope this helps...

Brian said...

I would suggest first a VET visit to rule out anything medical. Then, if it isn't medical related, try changing the brand of litter slowly (1/4 new to 3/4 old to start, then progressing). Sometimes we hate scents of the litter, the texture, or the clumping chemical. Sometimes the softness factor of the bed linen is more appealing than the litter box. I have experience, my late Brother Ivan had this problem, but finally a rougher texture bed linen plus an all natural litter with no scent did the trick. Best of luck, keep trying, there is a reason, you just don't know what it is yet. Armani is trying to tell you something, but he isn't trying to get you mad.

Ludo van Doggy said...

oh dear Armani. Not good!
I'm sure he will learn though!

SophieKitty said...

Oh noes! I wish I had some ideas for your mom, but I got nuttin'.

Mickey,Georgia , Tillie said...

JB,we are sorry to hear Armani is peeing on the bed. We hope some of the advice you get works.
Maybe he is used to kids and not cats. We wish we had better answers.
Purrs Mickey,Georgia & Tillie

Cat with a Garden said...

Hi furriends, it's us again. We wanted to see if you got advice and hopefully it's working for you already!

Boots, Ozzie and Brenda said...

Bootsie peed (& pooped) outside the litter box when mom changed the litter from the clay type to the wheat type! Maybe he is scared to go with other cats around.

There is a lot of good advise here, we hope that you find the one that works for you.

All the best

Boots, Ozzie & Brenda

4 Boys and a Lady said...

The gang's mom here. Not sure how to help, but it sounds like there are a lot of good suggestions here. I tend to lean towards the idea that Armani may not like sharing boxes with the others yet.

All our litter boxes are in one room in the basement. We know this is not the recommended set up by a lot of cat owners, but it works for us just fine. (For now...) However, Maggie will peep and poop in odd places when a new cat joins the household. It takes sometime before she'll share the litter box room with a new sibling. So for a temporary time period, I place boxes on different floors of the house where Maggie frequents until she is used to the knew cat. In Maggie's case, it's not the boxes she doesn't like to share, it's the room itself!

Anyway, we wish you luck and we hope that everything works out! We're pretty sure it will. (^_^)

Nermal, Nico, Virgil, Westley, Mags, and mom Leigh
P.S. Thank you for your words of support during this difficult time. We appreciate it very much!!

Lorianna said...

Oh dear, that is such a tricky problem. You have been given very good advice. I do think Armani is just a bit confused and perhaps overwhelmed with his new siblings and home. You might want to rule out UTI or kidney issues first.
Kitties usually do this to express emotional distress. Cricket will do it when she gets really mad. Some kitties do it when they are afraid. I'm sure your VET will have some good advice. The trick is to get Armani to cooperate with it. Cricket basically told us where to go and continues her "vengance peeing" and I just get out the enzyme cleaner and clean it up. Sorry Armani, no more beds for you for a while! Perhaps a cozy cat bed in a bathroom for a few weeks when Mom can't keep an eye on you?
Good Luck Mom!


Hi JB,

My goodnessm you do have a house full now. You all are so pretty and handsome. Mommy never had a kitty so she can't suggest anything.


MoMo said...

Oh nos!!! Sorry we don't have any good suggestions. I am in the black book as well since I pee'd on gran's Beijing carpet last week.

Hansel said...

sounds very familiar. Tes had one accident in the middle of the night on our bed once because she had a fever and thought she was in our box.

THEN, when we watched a baby bean, she was so stressed (he was a BAD kid) the next day, she peed right on the bed. She was perfectly normal. The vet put her on some behavior meds for A MONTH to calm her down, and we used feliway. (the feliway didn't work in my outlet and started to have a burning bad smell) so we just did the medications. She is still not allowed in that room unsupervised. Just in case. And that was in April. She's not done it since, but, we just close the door. I recommend closing doors to the bed rooms.... maybe trying some rescue remedy, anything- he's probably stressed. A behaviorist will tell you 'he's just going to keep doing it' Put something citrusy in the room too.... i met this guy who told me all about the citrus thing- he used to put orange peels or air things in rooms, because cats hate the smell of citrus. tesla gets all mad when she smells it, but it has no affect on hansel. he tries to eat it. (he eats everything.) if you have any questions- our email is FLOOFY MC FLUFFERSON AT GMAIL DOT COM
and we'd love to help.

Anita said...

You can try to put little food in the place or places in which she urinates. Wash the things urinated with an enzymatical detergent (active oxygen). You must put two or three cat litters.

Also you should do an analysis of urine to her in the vet.

Good luck!

PS: I hope you undertand my english tips... :-S

Carmen (Anita´s mommie)

Anita said...

Sorry!!! I don´t read Armani's (ups... Armani is a mancat...) story; 4 cats, 4 cat litters. Is he neutered?

There are cats that they do not accept to live with many cats and to demonstrate the dissatisfaction marking the territory. Think that he always living alone.

Visit the vet: he can have urinate problems.

Bella said...

I only have generic advice for you. First, rule out any health problems with a vet visit first. Then, ensure that you are using a clumping clay litter and not other unappealing litters to them like paper pellets, pine pellets, etc. You can even try the Cat Attract litter. Many times, just the switch back to clay litter does the trick. Also, ensure you have the number of cats + 1 number of litter boxes. Try that and see what happens first.

Jemma the Chihuahua said...

Armani is GORGEOUS!!