All cats are extremely clean animals and generally do not have any issues with learning to go in a litter box. This is especially true when it comes to Bengal cats. They tend to be even more particular about where they go and how clean their litter box is. In fact, with a Bengal cat you may find that you have to clean their litter box several times a day, or you could end up with your Bengal finding other places to go. In this post we will cover the following:
Probably one of the most common reasons you should consider when it comes to your Bengal urinating in the house, is a medical problem. Since cats, especially Bengals, are so picky about where they go to the bathroom, a well trained Bengal usually doesn’t just start peeing wherever they feel like it. Here are a few of the things that might be causing your Bengal to behave in this manner and ask the vet to check for:
If you know for sure that there is nothing medically wrong with your Bengal cat and they are still peeing all over the house, then you may have to consider that it’s a behavioral issue. Your Bengal might be nervous or stressed out about something. Often wen they are stressed out they will go and pee in other places other than their litter boxes. Of course when this is the case, it’s a lot more frustrating to try and fix. As mad as it might make you, you can’t blame them for their actions, you have to try to figure out what it is that’s upsetting your cat.
You need to stop and think if there’s been any major changes in your home that could be upsetting your Bengal. One big stressor can be moving into a new home. Often times this can really make it difficult for your cat to adjust. Another thing to consider is have their been a new family members added, especially that of another cat. Even though Bengals are very social, sometimes if a new member is added after a long period of your Bengal being the only one can make them feel threatened and peeing all over the house is their way of acting out and letting you know they’re unhappy.
Sometimes it can simply be one of territorial disputes between two cats. Often if your Bengal feels someone else has taken claim to their territory, that means their litter box as well, they will feel very unwelcome in their home. If another cat is using their litter box, they may no longer want to use it for that reason. Your Bengal then may feel they’re forced to find another place to go. In this situation, it’s best to get separate litter boxes.
Probably the most common reason why your Bengal is not using their litter box is because you may not be keeping it as clean as you should. Remember, Bengals are very picky when it comes to being clean. It’s really important that you make sure that you keep a constant vigil on their litter box:
Here’s a video that gives tips on how to best set up your cats litter box:
The most important thing you can do is to find out why this is happening. You need to find out if it’s medical, emotional, or something you’ve done wrong when it comes to their litter box. Remember, your cat often uses their pee as a form of communication when they feel something is wrong.
Whatever you do, never yell at your Bengal and whatever you do, never use any kind of physical punishment when they pee in the house. This isn’t going to solve a thing and it’s only going to stress your cat out even more. After all, you don’t want your cat to suddenly become afraid of you. Always make sure to use soft and gentle tones when speaking to your cat.
Make sure to have your Bengal checked out by your vet to make sure it’s nothing medical. Then if that’s not the issue, make sure that the litter box is the right size, is clean and has plenty of comfort and privacy. Then when your cat does use the litter box make sure that you praise them for doing so. Giving your cat positive reinforcement by petting, praising and letting them know you’re happy they used the box will go a long way. It’s important and it really does work well. Always remember that you will get better results with kindness than you will with scolding. Always try to stay calm and do what you think is best for your Bengal.
So, does that help you will what to do if your Bengal cat pees in the house? Please let us know what you think and leave us your comment below.