Having a pet is exactly like having a baby – it needs attention, it needs to be fed on time, it needs all your love and the hardest of all these tasks: it needs to be trained to use the toilet.
So, do Bengal cats pee in the house? A well-trained Bengal cat will always go to pee in the exact same spot that you assign to it. Bengals are exceptionally picky when it comes to going to the bathroom. They won’t just pee anywhere, it’s not in their genes. They will always go to pee in the exact same spot as you train them.
If your Bengal is peeing all around the house, it points to deeper, graver issues. Keep reading to explore why it might be doing so.
Bengal Cats Bathroom Patterns
Cats are very clean animals.
This guarantees one thing:
They learn to go pee in the litter box very easily.
As a cat owner, you don’t have to worry about your cat peeing all over in the house because it will go straight to its litter box when it needs to pee.
Bengals are no different.
They will specifically go to their litter box when they need to pee.
Bengals are relatively more particular about their litter box and cleanliness than other cat breeds.
One thing that you’ll have to be mindful about with bengals is:
Always clean their litter box regularly.
If the litter box is not clean, they will find another place in the house to pee.
If you are a Bengal cat owner and your cat is peeing around the house, it can be due to any of the following reasons:
- Medical reasons
- Problems with the cat’s litter box
- Stressful conditions for the cat
1. Medical Reasons for a Bengal Peeing in the House
Erratic bathroom behavior of Bengals can most probably be associated with medical problems.
If your Bengal is having ‘accidents’ all around the house, beware.
You need to take your cat to the vet immediately.
Erratic peeing behaviour of your cat is its own way of signaling to you that something is not right in its body.
A simple blood test or urine test will indicate the disease that your cat might have.
Common medical problems that affect urinating patterns of Bengals are:
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Kidney Stones
- Kidney Infections
- Bladder infections and Cystitis.
|Color/Odour of Urine||Health indications|
|Yellow/Gold urine, Ammonia-like odor||Your cat is Healthy|
|Dark, Bloody Urine||Can be a bacterial infection, UTI or even tumor|
|Strong Uncharacteristic Stench of Urine with dark colour||Bladder Infections, Hormonal Disorders or Cystitis|
|Pale, Watery Urine||Diabetes or Kidney Problems|
2. Stress causing the Bengal to Pee in the House
Emotional stress and behavioral problems can also be a reason for your Bengal’s unusual peeing behavior.
You should check for medical reasons first.
If your cat is fit medically but it still isn’t peeing in its assigned place – the litter box – it indicates towards this:
Your Bengal is stressed or emotionally upset.
When cats are stressed or upset, they will not pee in their assigned place.
Of course, this is a relatively harder problem to fix.
It’s not unfixable.
Figuring out what’s bothering your cat is rather frustrating, but it’s not the cat’s fault either.
Be patient and carefully analyze what might be bothering your cat.
A few common causes of emotional stress or nervousness are:
Moving to a new house: Your cat will take some time to adjust to the new house.
This problem will go away on its own in a little while.
Make sure you give your cat the due attention though.
Your Bengal might be feeling left out: Bengals thrive on attention.
If they feel that they are not getting the required attention for a longer period of time, they definitely will get upset.
Your Bengal Might Be Getting Bullied: Your cat might be getting bullied by a stray cat or any neighbouring cat, or dogs.
Keep a lookout through your windows or main door to see if this is the case.
If you feel like your Bengal is getting stressed due to certain aggression by another animal, you need to take the following steps:
Cover glass windows with wallpaper or aluminum foil. Any material that will block out all the unwelcome aggression through the glass.
Be present with your cat when it goes outside for a walk or to play.
Put plants, preferably cactus in the windows. It will scare the bully cats away.
The Threat of New Family Members Causing the Bengal to Pee in the House
It might be another cat, or any other pet or a child, Bengals get friendly pretty quickly.
But, keep in mind:
This doesn’t mean that they don’t feel threatened by new additions to the family. Especially new cats.
You can get rid of this problem by giving the their due cuddles.
Territorial disputes causing the Bengal to Pee in the House
Bengals do not share their litter boxes.
This fact holds true for all cat breeds.
If another cat is sharing your bengal’s litter box, it will stop using it.
Your way out:
Separate the litter boxes of all your pets.
The Litter Box Might Be the Culprit
Bengals are very particular about litter boxes.
One of the reasons for them acting out and wreaking pee havoc all around the house is an unsuitable or a dirty litter box.
First and foremost:
You should make sure that the litter box is clean.
But this doesn’t mean that you should scrub it with bleach too much:
Your cat will smell the bleach and the odour will avert your Bengal from using the litter box.
Animals like cats have very sensitive senses. Especially their sense of smell.. They can detect such changes on a deeper level than humans.
The solution to this is pretty simple:
Keep the litter box clean but don’t overdo it.
Clean the sand in the litter box once every two days. Scrub the litter box only once a month.
The second thing that you need to be mindful of:
Bengals and a number of other cat breeds want to have privacy when they go to the bathroom.
Make sure the litter box is in a secluded corner where the cat can comfortably pee and have its own privacy.
Another problem with litter boxes is that they might not be a good fit for the cat.
Make sure that the litter box is just the right size and shape to fit your cat comfortably.
Never Yell at Your Bengal Cat
Bengals are sensitive species.
When they are acting out, they are probably facing certain problems.
So, when your cat is peeing everywhere in the house, try and find the problem.
Never yell at your cat.
Do not ever punish your cat or physically punish it.
It has not gone ‘rogue’. It is just trying to communicate to you that something is wrong and it needs help.
Take it to the vet, get it checked for medical problems.
Shower your cat with love and affection.
Look for reasons for its emotional stress.
Bengals are loving animals. They will shower you with their love. Make sure you return that affection.
Can I give my Bengal cat antidepressants? Sometimes cats can develop severe behavioral problems in the form of aggression, urinary problems, and abnormally excessive grooming.
In such instances, you can give your cat antidepressants, but only when the vet prescribes them.
Giving your pet any kind of drug on your own, without a vet’s prescription is suicidal for the animal.
If you observe such abnormal behavior patterns in your cat, take it to the vet.
How can you figure out whether or not your cat is emotionally stressed? Like humans, cats are prone to suffer from stress, anxiety and emotional imbalances as well.
Stress can be due to sudden changes in a cat’s environment, aggression from another cat or even underlying health problems. When your cat is emotionally stressed, it will exhibit certain signs.
Do not ignore those signs, make sure you don’t punish your cat when it exhibits these signs or it will worsen the situation.
These signs can be in the form of changing behavioral patterns as well as aggressive behavior.
If your cat is showing any or some of the following signs, it is stressed:
- Peeing all over the house (and not in the litter box).
- Digestive tract disorders like diarrhea or constipation.
- Constant grooming, rather excessively.
- Your cat wants to be alone all the time.
- Unnecessary aggression, loud meowing.
- Changes in eating and sleeping patterns. (Loss of appetite and increase in sleep time).
Can I use sand in my cat’s litter box? Sand is quite a good homemade substitute for cat litter.
It is also environment-friendly, so it’s cheap and green. A win-win indeed!
Sand clumps pretty well, so it can absorb cat urine effectively. It also locks in the odor.
For even better results, mix some baking soda with the sand to lock in the urine odor completely.