My Cat Peed On Me

My Cat Peed On Me! What Does It Mean? [ How Do I Make Him Stop? ]

My cat peed on me! What does it mean?! Cats pee on their owners to mark them as theirs. It’s a message sent to other cats. This is commonly referred to as “marking”. Unfortunately, most owners think their pets act this way in order to tease. But it isn’t. Marking is different from other inappropriate urination problems.

So, what’s the difference?

When cats pee to mark their territory, they usually pee on vertical surfaces like walls, sides of the furniture, etc. It’s called ‘spraying’. Cats leave scent signals through urinating or spraying, in order to mark territory. Most indoor cats will not feel the need to spray but the ones who just came from outside will have the need to surround themselves with their own scent for protection.

Cats urinate usually on horizontal surfaces, while ‘spraying’ occurs while standing up, moving their back feet a bit, and quivers the tail. then make their mark scent over a vertical surface.

Cats pee on their owners to mark them as theirs. It’s a message sent to other cats. This is commonly referred to as “marking”. Unfortunately, most owners think their pets act this way in order to tease. But it isn’t.

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Why Would My Cat Pee On Me In Bed?

Why would you wake up and discover that your pet already soiled your clothes? Marking isn’t the only reason a cat urinates inappropriately.  Most veterinarians have associated stress and frustration with this behavioral problem in felines. These two factors can cause hormonal changes in your pet. For instance, Dr. Wailani Sung explains that complications with using the litter box can make your pet urinates inappropriately. So, if the litter box is not properly cleaned or your pet finds it difficult peeing in the location it is placed, your pet may prefer to pee in bed. 

Other times, your pet’s condition may be due to a urinary tract infection. When this happens, your cat can’t control her bladder and pees indiscriminately. The VCA hospital explains that some of the medical conditions responsible are; diabetes, kidney, or liver diseases. Other medical conditions highlighted are; cognitive decline in aged cats, an endocrine disorder, a problem with your pet’s mobility, etc.

if the litter box is not properly cleaned or your pet finds it difficult peeing in the location it is placed, your pet may prefer to pee in bed.  

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Do Cats Pee On You When They Are Mad?

No, they usually don’t. Many pet parents associate inappropriate urination with anger and sometimes spite. They think it’s a way their pet gets back at them. It’s just not true. Peeing is not a usual way cats express anger. Usually, when cats are mad at their owners, they express their emotions by hissing or pulling back their ears. 

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How Do I Stop My Cat From Peeing On Me?

Here are some ways to stop your cat from peeing on you:

  • Change the litterbox location

Felines are unwilling to empty their bowels in uncomfortable locations or marked as the territory of another pet. So, change the location of the litterbox to a more convenient spot for your cat.

  • Positive reinforcement

It’s a simple truth. Animals are encouraged to act in particular ways when rewarded for doing the act. People use positive reinforcement to correct behavioral problems in cats. You can do it too. So, give your pets treats whenever she pees in the litter box,

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  • Clean the litter box regularly

Felines may refuse to pee in the litter box if it is soiled. You can encourage your pet to urinate appropriately by cleaning the box. Make sure to change the litter regularly. Use odor-free litter too.

  • See a vet

Take your pet to see a vet so you can ascertain for sure if your pet is suffering from underlying medical conditions. The VCA hospital explains that drugs and using techniques to modify the behavior can help your pet stop inappropriate urination.

You can also use some smells which will deter your cat from peeing in that area – I’m getting into more detail in the next paragraph.

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My Cat Peed On Me

What Smell Deters Cats From Peeing?

Felines don’t like the smell of essential oil because the smell irritates them. So, you can use oil gotten from lemon, orange, eucalyptus, peppermint, lime, or lavender to deter cats from peeing. The most effective oil are the ones extracted from citrus fruits. Mix ⅓ cup of essential oil to one cup of water and spray on surfaces you don’t want your pet to urinate on.

You can also use a homemade lemon repellant to deter cats from peeing. The fruit contains limonene and linalool that repels cats. To make a cat repellant with lemon, combine the juice with some crushed garlic and vinegar. Spray in areas you want to prevent your cat from soiling. But be careful not to place the mixture in areas where they can ingest it.

If you prefer a factory-made spray to deter your cat from peeing, use the Feliway classic spray. The spray contains pheromones that relieve your pet from stress and frustration that causes inappropriate urination. The spray is very effective. Spray eight pumps on surfaces you want to prevent your pet from soiling. 

Felines don’t like the smell of essential oil because the smell irritates them. So, you can use oil gotten from lemon, orange, eucalyptus, peppermint, lime, or lavender to deter cats from peeing. The most effective oil are the ones extracted from citrus fruits. Mix ⅓ cup of essential oil to one cup of water and spray on surfaces you don’t want your pet to urinate on.

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Do Cats Pee For Attention?

If your cats pee outside the litter box, it’s a sign that she needs attention. Peeing is not the usual way a cat asks for attention. But you must not dismiss inappropriate urination and take proper measures to stop it. When cats intentionally want the attention of their owners, they usually meow or stare at them.

If your cat pees on you, she’s focused on the attention of other cats and not on you. But when she pees indiscriminately and there’s no sign that she’s marking, she needs your attention. Most times, such indiscriminate urination is unintentional and could be a symptom of bladder stones, kidney disease, liver diseases, or any other related illness.   It is your responsibility to take her for a medical examination. 

If your cat pees on you, she’s focused on the attention of other cats and not on you. But when she pees indiscriminately and there’s no sign that she’s marking, she needs your attention.

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Final Thoughts

Cats don’t pee on their owners out of anger and spite. They do so to claim them as theirs. So, never punish your pet when she urinates inappropriately! Think about it. Medical conditions are involuntary reasons for your pet’s behavior. And if your pet is marking you, is that really a bad thing? I don’t think so. Just use one of the ways I suggested in order to avoid it. Believe me, cats don’t understand punishment, you just need to train her, and show her your love. 

So, you shouldn’t punish your cat if she pees in bed. Always clean the marking spots to eliminate traces that the place is marked. That can encourage your pet to continue with the act. Use our methods to stop your cat from peeing on you. And lastly, take your pet to see a vet if the act persists.

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