How to Stop the Cat from Peeing on the Bed
Getting a cat to stop urinating on a bed, furniture, or anywhere else does take patience, cautions Garber. She recommends a five pronged approach to solving your cat urination problem, assuming that you have already been to your vet and know there is no underlying medical problem.
1. Make the litter box the most attractive place for the cat to do his or her business. Garber recommends fine grained, unscented, clumping litter, and to avoid plastic litter box liners.
"Cats’ claws get caught in the plastic, preventing effective digging and burying of urine and feces. Also, urine can splash off the liner back onto the cat—an unpleasant experience that can make the cat avoid the litter box," she says.
2. Thoroughly clean the previously soiled areas. Probably nobody needs to tell you this twice. Cats, she says, will return to pee if the area smells like pee.
3. Make the previously soiled area unattractive to the pet. It doesn't have to be forever, but when you aren't sleeping in the bed, Garber says you could cover it with something like a shower curtain to make it a non-absorbent place the cat isn't going to be interested in.
4. Change the meaning of the place your cat has turned into a "bathroom." So your cat urinates on your bed or sofa? Start playing with your cat on the bed or sofa and give out treats there.
"She will eventually learn to associate the bed or piece of furniture with food instead of a toilet," Garber says.
5. Be patient. Tough to do if you've just opened your eyes and discovered you're unfortunately awake and not dreaming that you're lying in a swimming pool of urine.
Remember that punishing your cat won't get you anywhere and will only make your him fearful and anxious, Garber says.
She suggests spending at least a month trying to retrain your cat, and if the problems persist, well, you could always hire a certified cat behavior specialist.