What Does It Mean When Your Cat Pees on You?
If your cat has peed on you you (Click here to learn how to clean up the urine off your hardwood flooring) may be left scratching your head wondering why this has happened. Especially if you have had this cat for a while and it is completely out of character.
What does it mean if a cat pees on you? If your cat pees on you, its either because he is marking his territory, feeling scared, anxious or worried that you may be being claimed by another cat. Each of these requires different approaches.
Now that you know why this may be happening, let me give you more detail on each of these possibilities. Also, why scent is so important to your cat, different ways she may mark her territory in your house and much more. Keep reading…
Reasons why he has peed
The reality is there are a number of reasons that could make your cat do this. It’s difficult and frustrating, but, it’s up to you to work out which one is more relevant to your particular situation.
01. Marking its territory
If your cat is marking his territory he is more likely to rub his head against you to leave his scent on you (more on this later). However, there is a small chance that he may urinate on you for this same reason.
02. Feeling scared.
In some cases, if cats are feeling anxious or scared, they may do unexpected behaviour, such as urinating on you or refusing to go downstairs (Click here to see how to stop this). This is why some cat owners prefer cat grooming bags to make them feel less anxious while travelling around (Click here to see why I rated this).
You need to understand what may have caused your cat to get alarmed so you can help to solve the problem.
Fear of another cat claiming (or animal) you.
Along the same lines as marking its territory. Your cat may have been spooked by another cat, animal or person who they feel is trying to claim you as their owner.
In this instance, they may do irrational things such as peeing on you.
Did your cat do this to be rude?
After discovering the wet urine on your body, you may be wondering, regardless of the reasons why, if he has done this is as a vengeful attack, or even being spiteful.
The reality is if a cat pees on you, although it seems like an unacceptable show of disrespect, do not take it personally. Cats behave very differently to humans. And, in their mind, their behaviours are interpreted very differently.
Obviously, if a human being done this to us, it would be regarded as the ultimate disrespect. And, some would even fight over this.
However, for a cat it does not see urinating on an insult in this way at all. It sees it in a very practical way, simply to mark his territory and identify familiar friends (more on this later).
Why scent is so important to cats
With all this talk about urinating and marking territory, you may be wondering why their scent is so important to your cat.
Cats are very different from us, as I explained earlier. One of the main reason I say this is the fact that they use scent to identify their territory. It is also a way to identify people in their own family. Such as their own siblings or even their own kittens.
You may notice, for example, if you take your cat out for the day to the vet (Click here to see why I like the idea of using these cat carriers when heading to the vets). Then you return home. If you’re in a multi-cat household, the other cats initially mainly to smell the cat and sniff around her just to identify that it is actually her.
Obviously to us humans, this is weird because with one glance we can identify who the person is by using our vision, right?
But for cats, it’s different, they heavily rely on their scent, rather than their vision.
What ways do cats mark their territory?
Cats have a few different ways that they mark their territory. Such as urinating, rubbing against objects, or even scratching.
Rubbing against you is probably one of the most common things that you may notice. Why? because they routinely do this to most of us humans, right?
This is a clever way for him to use his scent glands, in his cheeks to rub against you and mark you. So that he knows who you are when you meet again.
Urinating or spraying.
Urinating (and spraying), as we mentioned before, is another way of marking his territory. But this time using urine, which has a very distinct smell.
Obviously, as we know, this is a big problem for us humans, right? Because the smell is very strong and it’s very hard to get rid of (more on this later).
Scratching and Clawing
If you are the unlucky homeowner who has a cat scratching his furniture or door frames (Click here for my best solution to stop her scratching this). And, you can fully relate to this. Cats use this technique to sharpen their claws as well as mark their territory.
What kind of urine marking is there?
There are two distinct types of urine marking that cats use:
Vertical urination marking is typically on a wall (or another vertical object). One leg is put in the air, with their tail erect. He then sprays urine onto the object.
Horizontal is what we commonly see when, for example, a big wet wee mess on a floor.
What can you do if your cat pees on your bed?
If you are unlucky and find that your cat is weeing (Click here to see 9 Reasons why your cat’s peeing in the house all of a sudden) on you while you are in your bed. You may have a big mess to clean up. The problem is, if it’s not handled properly, it can linger for months.
Cover it up (Short term tactical fix)
In the first instance, the best thing that you can do is cover your bed with plastic sheeting. This is just to keep it from getting it more wet and smelly.
This is not the solution but something to keep it under control while you work out what the root cause of the problem is, are you with me?
One tactic that you can use is to grab some of your cat’s favourite toys and place them in the area which is typically affected by the urine.
The trick here is to deter your cat from urinating in this area because it is unlikely to want to spoil its toys.
If it’s an Anxiety-related issue
If you dig into the root cause and find out it is an anxious reaction. One of the things that you can do, which is quite easy, is to give your cat a bit more attention. Make him feel calmer before you go to bed especially. This is one of the reasons some cat owners choose a cat bed for anxious cats (Click here to see why I rated this one).
What smells can deter your cat from peeing?
If you have an ongoing problem with your cat urinating or peeing in your house or even on you. You can use this to deter him. It relies on using strong smelling fragrances.
Cats have a very strong sense of smell. And, fragrances which have a very strong smell, even if they may smell delicious to you or me, can actually deter cats. This is because it’s doesn’t appeal to them.
Example of these smells
Example of these smells is natural essential oils, such as:
- or even peppermint.
These types of essential oils have very strong smells. They will deter your cat from peeing on areas such as your carpet or piece of furniture.
To implement this, all you need to do is take approximately 15 to 20 drops of these essential oils mixed with water.
Then mix it up into a spray bottle. Then spray the protected areas daily. Then monitor your cat to see if it deters him from urinating in that spot, are you with me?
Cleaning up the mess after your cat pees in a corner.
Another issue, which a lot of cat owners have, is their cat urinating in a particular corner of the room. This can become an ongoing problem.
This is because of your cat detecting its scent in this spot, and then feeling the urge to re-soil the same area over and over again.
Therefore, one of the best things that you should do is clean up the mess initially. But do it well. This is because it will remove the scent and make them less likely to return to that spot, are you with me?
I understand it is not as easy as you might think. Why? Because cat urine has quite a strong lingering smell. However, one of the best things to use is an enzymatic cleaner, some vinegar or even better a wet vacuum for cat urine (Click here to the best one, in my opinion). This can help to remove the smell for good.