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    My DD's cat has started peeing on her bed. DD moved to an apt from a large house last Sept and wonders if kittie is angry about losing a big house to run in. Her sister kittie did some bed peeing when they first moved, but she stopped months ago. Both cats are getting fat from lack of exercise (and, I say, from over-eating!) - and they're inside cats - too near train tracks to be allowed outside on their own.

    Any suggestions?

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    Have vet check for UTI and help

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    #1) Get cat checked out by vet. Even a minor infection, in combination with the move, can encourage accidents.

    #2) Treat mattress *thoroughly* with something like Feline Odor Neutralizer (F.O.N.). Cats have extremely sensitive noses and can smell where they went before. I would *pour* FON on the spots, making sure to saturate them, then put a fan on to dry the mattress. Any sheets, blankets, should be soaked in FON and allowed to sit in a plastic bag for 6 to 8 hours and then washed with liquid OxyClean and detergent. Washing in detergent alone is not enough.

    #3) Purchase a mattress encasement to protect from future "accidents". Allerzip is a good one that you can get on Amazon.

    #4) Change the litter box to something different, especially if it is an old litter box. Most cats prefer an open box to a closed one; an old closed litter box can become repellent to a cat. These WonderBox liners are great!
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MD3MDW
    Put one in an inexpensive plastic litter pan from Walmart along with 3 inches of litter. Clean litter box every day, of course, and use a new liner and new litter every month. Helps keep the litter box attractive to the cat.

    #5) Lock cat out of bedroom as much as possible.

    #6) Watch cat while it is in the bedroom and, at any sign that she might pee, carry her to the new litter box.

    #7) Get a Feliway plug-in to soothe the cat's nerves. These are available on Amazon and other places.

    It helps to do *all* of these things simultaneously.

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    My cat did that a time or two and a quick trip to the vet caught a urinary infection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    #1) Get cat checked out by vet. Even a minor infection, in combination with the move, can encourage accidents.

    #2) Treat mattress *thoroughly* with something like Feline Odor Neutralizer (F.O.N.). Cats have extremely sensitive noses and can smell where they went before. I would *pour* FON on the spots, making sure to saturate them, then put a fan on to dry the mattress. Any sheets, blankets, should be soaked in FON and allowed to sit in a plastic bag for 6 to 8 hours and then washed with liquid OxyClean and detergent. Washing in detergent alone is not enough.

    #3) Purchase a mattress encasement to protect from future "accidents". Allerzip is a good one that you can get on Amazon.

    #4) Change the litter box to something different, especially if it is an old litter box. Most cats prefer an open box to a closed one; an old closed litter box can become repellent to a cat. These WonderBox liners are great!
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MD3MDW
    Put one in an inexpensive plastic litter pan from Walmart along with 3 inches of litter. Clean litter box every day, of course, and use a new liner and new litter every month. Helps keep the litter box attractive to the cat.

    #5) Lock cat out of bedroom as much as possible.

    #6) Watch cat while it is in the bedroom and, at any sign that she might pee, carry her to the new litter box.

    #7) Get a Feliway plug-in to soothe the cat's nerves. These are available on Amazon and other places.

    It helps to do *all* of these things simultaneously.
    All of this! :thumbup:

    One more suggestion: really think about where the box is now. Does she feel penned in by the location, like she couldn't get away if she had to? Does she feel exposed by the location, like she has no privacy? Remember, in a new environment she is on her guard and doesn't trust her surroundings yet and the location of the litter box will be critical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    #1) Get cat checked out by vet. Even a minor infection, in combination with the move, can encourage accidents.

    #2) Treat mattress *thoroughly* with something like Feline Odor Neutralizer (F.O.N.). Cats have extremely sensitive noses and can smell where they went before. I would *pour* FON on the spots, making sure to saturate them, then put a fan on to dry the mattress. Any sheets, blankets, should be soaked in FON and allowed to sit in a plastic bag for 6 to 8 hours and then washed with liquid OxyClean and detergent. Washing in detergent alone is not enough.

    #3) Purchase a mattress encasement to protect from future "accidents". Allerzip is a good one that you can get on Amazon.

    #4) Change the litter box to something different, especially if it is an old litter box. Most cats prefer an open box to a closed one; an old closed litter box can become repellent to a cat. These WonderBox liners are great!
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MD3MDW
    Put one in an inexpensive plastic litter pan from Walmart along with 3 inches of litter. Clean litter box every day, of course, and use a new liner and new litter every month. Helps keep the litter box attractive to the cat.

    #5) Lock cat out of bedroom as much as possible.

    #6) Watch cat while it is in the bedroom and, at any sign that she might pee, carry her to the new litter box.

    #7) Get a Feliway plug-in to soothe the cat's nerves. These are available on Amazon and other places.

    It helps to do *all* of these things simultaneously.

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    Thanks to all of you! I've passed your suggestions on to my daughter.

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    CLOSE THE DOOR !!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyn
    Have vet check for UTI and help
    Yep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeanniejo
    CLOSE THE DOOR !!!!!!
    After this, repeat steps for getting your cat to stop peeing on the couch. ;)

    Cats are vindictive little creatures, and if they want to take something out on you they WILL find a way. lol

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    Hope u get it resolved! Frustrating I'm sure!

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    Have checked for a urinary tract infection. If not a UTI it is behavioral and most likely due to stress, feliway might help, rescue remedy might help, if all else fails she might have to be crate trained ( had to do this with my cat with a pooping problem after my baby was born).

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    All of the above suggestions are good and I have a cat that does this. She has to be on a special diet - Hills Multicare dry and wet - because the condition began with Struvite crystals forming and pressing against her kidney. It was very painful to urinate and she began peeing on the bed because pain was associated with going to the litter box. Surgery took care of the stones against the kidney and prescription Hills keeps the stones from retuning...ka ching ka ching. Her sister cat is the alpha cat so there is also a lot of stress. Ask the vet about FIC, http://www.animalgeneral.com/ag_news_jan09.html...this does NOT go away! I cover my bed every morning with a plastic drop cloth. It is a lot easier than changing the entire bed! Good luck.

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    Covering the bed and a new litter box are good ideas. All the ideas suggested above are good. It could be the stress of going to a smaller place, or perhaps the train, if it is really close and too loud for the cat. Don't know what to do about that, except the Fel-i-way. Checking with the vet is the best place to start.

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    My neighbors cat started doing this and her vet said she had a UTI infection.

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