I want to let my kitten sleep on my bed again but

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  • #851409

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    So. Recently I got a kitten who is eight weeks. The first night I let him sleep on my bed and nothing happened. But the night after that, he POOPED in my bed! And I thought it wouldnt happen again the next night but it DID. It’s such a hassle to clean up because he pooped on my comforter. But I just need advice on how to make him like his catbed more or what I should do to ensure he doesn’t poop on my bed again because my only resolution is to lock him in my bathroom (with his food/water and litter and bed). I feel bad when I hear him mewing for me. He uses his litter normal throughout the day, it’s just at night it’s worrisome because i’m scared he’ll poop on my bed again.

    #851427

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    You don’t say how old you kitten is and where is litterbox is located. If he is small he may have a hard time getting on and off the bed in the night to use the box. Get a box and place it in the bedroom, also put something up against the bed so he can get on and off easily. Show him how to do it in the daytime so he knows how it’s done. Kittens don’t like to make messes like that and I’m sure he’s as distressed as you are. Make sure the comforter is cleaned thoroughly, or he will smell where he went before and might do it again.

    #851431

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    Or make him a nest in your room. He can sleep there until he’s old enough to get on/off the bed. As KZ said put a litter box in the room by his nest.

    #851447

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    In my post I said he was 8 weeks (now 9) haha. He is able to get on and off my bed (thanks to my comforters). The litterbox is placed in my bedroom and it’s located on the side of my desk (which is pretty close to my bed because my room is small). I just find it odd that even though I’m not home, he’s on top of the comforter but he doesn’t poop on it.

    #857943

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    I am reviving this thread because I have exactly the same problem. I have two ten-week-olds, adorable as can be*, and apparently well litter-trained. They’ve been home for five days. The first day and night, I kept them in a very small space, a hallway–because it could be closed off–except when they were with me in the bedroom. First night, one of them peed on the bed. It’s a high bed, and although there were steps, she might not have been able to find them in time. I stripped the bed, cleaned, used baking soda on the spot.

    Woke up the next morning, one of them had pooped on the bed, and there was fresh blood mixed with it. Took them to the vet immediately and he couldn’t find anything wrong. I stripped the bed, cleaned, used Nature Clean, and slept on the couch, closing them in their hallway. Next morning (yesterday) I turned the mattress and put a plastic mattress protector on the bed. Fresh sheets and duvet. I also made sure that there were several ways to get up and down and that both kittens could use them. Lots of activity on the bed after lights out: wrestling with each other, pouncing on my toes, climbing up and down. Of course you can guess what’s coming! When I woke up, one of them had pooped on the bed, very messily–no blood this time, happily.

    Now, yesterday was my day off, and I spent most of it resting on the bed with one or both of them on and off at various times, and there were no problems. They have also been behaving normally, playing and eating, and their stool has been checked and is free of parasites. They both use the litter box and have had no accidents anywhere else. Is it because it’s dark? That’s really the only difference from the daytime bed rest.

    I have a call in to the vet, but any advice from this experienced group would be great!

    *purebred Maine Coons, two girls

    #857946

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    I really think that the problem is that they are still very young and don’t fully understand how long it takes to wake up and get to the litter box. Especially since this is only happening at night. If your bed is high, a young kitten can actually injure itself jumping off and landing on the floor.

    I’ve had lots of kittens, but don’t usually let them in the bed until they are quite a bit older–since our bedroom is upstairs and it takes kittens a while to figure out how to get up them and my stairs are not carpeted. Maybe it would be best if you kept them in a place where their beds, food, water, and litter box are contained in a small area, then in the morning you won’t be waking up to accidents. Once they are older, they can sleep with you and their good toileting habits will be established.

    #857970

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    I think you are absolutely right. When I need to enclose them, I put them in a small hallway outside my bedroom, where I can close all the doors (with food, water, litter, toys, and the carrier, which they like to sleep in). Yesterday they were allowed on the bed with me during the day, and in the bedroom and hallway while I was out, but when I went to sleep I put them in their hallway and shut the door, and there were no accidents at any time.

    How old would you say they had to be before I should try letting them in the bedroom at night? Now that I see that they’re safe and accident-free in there without me during the day, I’m not in any rush.

    Thanks for the good advice 😎

    #857981

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    You’re welcome Historydoll! I can’t really say when they might be able to sleep with you at night and not have an ‘accident’. But since they are only 10 weeks old, I would give them a little time to really learn and develop. Each kitten is different and progresses at their own pace. I think you will be the best judge as to when that time will be. Why not try giving them another month, then see what happens? 😀 Oh, and keep us posted!

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