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Cat Urinating On Bed - Removing Cat Urine From A Mattress!

What you will need:

  • Empty spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Bi-carb soda (baking soda)
  • Hydrogen peroxide

How to remove cat urine:

  • If the urine has dried and you are having problems locating the soiled area use a blacklight. Cat urine will glow green, making it easy to find the problem area. You should be able to purchase a blacklight from your hardware store, or pet store. If the urine is still wet, blot up as much as you can with paper towels. There are many commercially available products on the market designed to remove and neutralize cat urine odour. Some of these products come in powder form, so can be easily vacuumed off, others are liquid (often as a spray), so once you have applied it, it can be dried with the aid of a hairdryer.

  • Apply baking soda to the wet urine stain. This will draw out the urine. When the baking soda turns yellow from the urine, remove and apply some more. Repeat until the baking soda stays white. If possible, leave on the mattress overnight. The following day, vacuum it off.

  • White vinegar is a time tried and proven ingredient that aids in removing both urine stains and the odour.    Combine one part distilled white vinegar to two parts warm water to create a spray.  Remove as much urine/spray as you can using a paper towels. Mist vinegar spray over areas of cat urine and rub with a paper towel.  An alternative method is to mix the solution in a bucket and dip a clean cloth into the liquid.  Rub the stain with the vinegar solution.  After the vinegar dries, wipe away both solution and stain with warm water.

  • Mix 15 ounces of hydrogen peroxide, two tablespoons of baking soda, and two squirts of liquid hand soap in a plastic container with a plastic spoon.  Discard after use.  Apply this solution to cat urine stains or odour areas, and then rinse away with warm water.

  • Finally, always make sure the litter box is clean.

Causes of Inappropriate Urination on Beds:

Stress is major cause of inappropriate urination in cats. Factors causing stress in cats can be moving house, the introduction of a new family member (pet or human), a neighbours cat roaming your garden etc. Helping your cat overcome these stresses may well result in the inappropriate urination stopping, however this isn't always the case. Sometimes the behaviour can become so ingrained in the cat that even once the stress has been removed, the behaviour continues.

If this is the case it is a good idea to seek advice from your veterinarian as to how to re-train your cat. Some cat owners have had great success using Rescue Remedy on their cats, although this isn't advisable until you have spoken to your vet.

Removing the cause of the stress is naturally something you will need to tackle. So have a good think about what may be causing the stress. Has the behaviour come on suddenly? Did this co-inside with any changes in the cat's life such as moving house, the addition or or loss of a companion (animal or human), do you have a neighbours cat roaming your garden? If you can find a cause for the stress, you have a much better chance of taking steps to help your cat overcome this stress and hopefully stop the behaviour. Feliway is a synthetic facial pheromone, facial pheromones induce feelings of comfort and safety in cats and bring down stress levels. Therefore Feliway can be used to mimic this pheromone.

The first thing you should do is take your cat to the vet to rule out any medical reasons for this inappropriate urinating on your bed. Your veterinarian may also recommend anti-anxiety medications in the case of stress related toileting. There are several drugs available and your veterinarian will be able to prescribe the best one for your cat.

How to prevent your cat urinating on the bed:

Naturally you will have to wash your bedding. Washing detergents used for nappies are the best products to use in this case.

Keeping your bedroom door closed is the obvious solution although many cat owners may be reluctant to shut their cat out of the bedroom.

Plastic carpet runners turned upside down will act as a deterrent, cats dislike the feel of these. So, whenever the bed isn't used put these over and hopefully in time your cats habit will be broken.

Try putting a fitted plastic sheet over your mattress. These are typically used with young children who are toilet training, to ensure any 'accidents' don't seep through to the mattress.

Also see:

Cleaning litter trays   Choosing the right litter tray   Cat litter