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Why Did My Old Cat Pee On Me? (3 Hidden Reasons)

If your elderly cat suddenly peed on you it may be a shock and leave you wondering why this could have happened…

Why did my old cat pee on me?

Your old cat may have peed on you either because of medical, behavioral, or territory related issues. Older cats are typically more fragile than younger cats and are more likely to have health-related issues.

So, now you know why. But, what are the main 3 medical issues that cause this? How can you clean this up? What mobility issues can cause this problem? Keep reading for these answers, and so much more…

3 medical reasons why your old cat could have peed on you:

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An older cat holding “bad cat” sign up.

As discussed earlier there are 3 main reasons why your cat may pee on you. But, the most common ones are medical issues.

Later I will cover more behavioral and territorial issues, but let me explain some of the main medical issues…

01. Diabetes

Diabetes is a common issue for older cats. This can come in the form of type 1 or 2. One of the known symptoms is urinating excessively. And, this may have caused your cat to accidentally pee on you.

02. Kidney disease

Another common issue with elderly cats is kindy disease. One of the known symptoms is dehydration. This can cause your cat to drink more than normal leading to increased urination.

03. Urinary Tract Infection

One major symptom of a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is peeing outside of the litter box. This is more prevalent in older cats as they are more susceptible to these issues.

How can you clean up the cat pee?

If your older cat has peed on you it is likely to spill out onto your carpet or furniture. Here are some steps to clean it up using home remedies…

  1. Mop up the urine: Grab an old cloth, paper towel, etc. And mop up the majority of the urine. This will make the clean up a lot easier.
  2. Use baking soda & Vinegar: Get some baking soda first and place it onto the affected area. Follow up with some vinegar on top of the baking soda.
  3. Let it fizz and mop up: If you followed these steps correctly, it should start fizzing like some fizzy soda. Let it do this for a short while. Then mop up the liquid with an old cloth.
  4. Remove the odor: Grap some hydrogen peroxide, a couple of tablespoons will be fine. Mix it with some dish soap, about a couple of drops will do. Mix and use it on the affected area.However, if it’s a carpet be careful not to discolor it.
  5. Dry it off: Once you have cleaned off the area dry it off. You can even use a fan for this. Leave it for about a day.
  6. Follow up with Vacuuming and Enzyme Cleaner: You are not done yet. Follow up with some enzyme cleaner (Click here to see the price, on Amazon #Ad) and a good vacuum (Click here to see the reviews, on Amazon #Ad). Repeat this for several weeks for the best results.

Why You Should not give up on your older cat for this

I remember getting a bunch of sweet grapes when I was young, for some reason I loved the older grapes. They were not as aesthetically pleasing. However, for some reason, I loved them the most.

It reminds me of the older cat, she may not appear as good as she once was, but she is still the best. For that reason for the remainder of this article, I am going to give you more detail on why your older beloved cat is urinating everywhere. Keep reading…

How do these Medical, Behavioral, and Territory issues make them pee?

In this section, I will explain in further detail how these medical, behavioral, and territory issues can cause your cat to pee everywhere.

Medical-related problems

Medical issues typically come down to infections around the Urinary tract. Typically inflammatory issues related,  bladder stones or bacterial infections.

Also, issues with the liver or kidneys can affect your older cat. This can make them need to urinate and drink a lot more.

Unfortunately, the only thing you can do in these situations is to consult your vet to understand if this may be the issue. Also, to see if there’s anything that they can do to help clear up the problem.

Behavioral issues

These behavioral issues usually boil down to stress or anxiety. The challenge with these issues is they can be very subtle. Sometimes very hard to detect. Let me give you an example…

Let’s say you decide to move house. This simple change of environment can introduce stress and anxiety that can affect your cat. Which, in turn, can affect their bladder, causing this anxious urination.

Even something as simple as the introduction of a new person into your home. For example, a new baby brother…

Believe it or not, this anxiety or stress-related issue can cause your cat to start urinating in this way.

Territory Marking

Territorial marking is typically done by male unneutered cats (Click here to see why a neutered cat might Pee on you). They do this to douse the object with their own scent. This is to indicate to other rival cats that this is their property and to steer clear.

Usually, this is marking is done on vertical objects such as a wooden chair or dining table leg.

However, it is not limited to just these objects because in some cases they will do this on horizontal surfaces.

You can work around this is by trying to rid the scent of any other cat. Simply by cleaning the surfaces in your house, where possible obviously.

Mobility Issues that can Affect Your Older Cat

Older cat’s mobility can be a problem that can cause unwanted “accidents” in the house, such as urine in unwanted places.


One example is arthritis. This is one of the key culprits that can cause problems in this area. As you can understand arthritis causes massive problems in cat’s joints.

Meaning if your cat desperately needs to go to the toilet (Litter tray) the chances are, she won’t reach it in time.  Which leaves you cleaning up the mess. Other issues such as diabetes can also cause this issue.

Could there be an issue with the litter box you’re using?

There is a chance that this whole urinating problem could be due to the way that you set up your litter box. So, in this section, I’m going to give you some examples of what can cause this.

The amount of litter in the box

If you have too much or too little litter in the box this may turn off your cat. It can cause her to seek another place to urinate.

The cleanliness of the box

If you do not clean the litter box regularly there is a chance that it will be soiled and very unattractive to your cat.

You need to understand that cats have a very keen sense of smell, much more sensitive than humans.

Meaning if you do not maintain your litter box correctly they will not want to use it anymore. This will lead to them urinating in your house.

The location of the litter box

If you put the little box in the wrong location, for example, next to their food bowl. Or, next to a loud appliance. This can freak them out. Even if it’s in a dark, damp area that doesn’t take their fancy, this could be affecting her using it. And result in her finding other places around your house to empty her bladder.

Another thing to consider is cats are very private animals. They like to have the litter tray in an area where they’re not going to be disturbed.

Could the type of litter you’re using be the problem?

If you have recently changed the litter you usually buy, this could be a factor. Your cat may just not like this new litter and maybe on strike.

What should you do if you see cat pee in your house?

The first thing you should not do is yell and scream at your cat. Do not scold them either. Instead, you need to take a very different approach…

You need to avoid doing this or you might stress out your cat. Even worse, they won’t really understand why you are so cross and make them feel confused.

In extreme cases, you even face a chance of them not trusting you anymore. Or, feeling uncomfortable around you. This could lead to other anxiety problems.

Positive reinforcement

Instead, whenever they use the litter tray, praise them. Use some soft tones and make them feel happy.

Positive reinforcement is going to be a lot stronger and more beneficial than using negative.

Related Questions:

Q: How do you stop your cat peeing in the house?

Your cat peeing in your house, such as peeing in the sink (Click here to see why this may be happening), usually comes down to a few issues: Anxiety, lack of attention, or territorial related problems. Let me suggest a solution for each of these issues:

Remedies for Anxiety Issues

If your cat is feeling anxious you can consider using herbs such as catnip (Click here to learn how often cats can have catnip) or even pheromone related products such as pheromone diffuser plugins or cat collars (Click here to see my 3 best pheromone collars for aggressive or anxious cats).

These herb related products can help to improve the behavior of your cat and help to calm their anxiety.

Attention problems

Sometimes your cat is just seeking attention, believe it or not. So, you can simply change your strategy a bit. Give them more attention, be a bit more loving and attentive. After this monitor their behavior to see if this helps things.

Territory problems

Lastly, territory disputes is one of the biggest problems. You can help to resolve this by getting rid of local stray cats. Or, at the very least, reduce the chances of them bothering your cat. But how?

If you have a neighboring cat that keeps on coming into your back garden. You can do your best to keep him away. Simple things such as not leaving food outside of your house will help.

These things encourage other cats to try and get into your house or garden, which will stress out your cat. Avoid leaving water out. Also, if you see any stray cats hovering around run them off your property t make them think twice about coming back.

Q: Does mouthwash help to prevent a cat from peeing on your furniture?

According to Thrifty Fun, mouthwash can help to prevent cats from urinating on your furniture.

One suggestion that they give is spraying your furniture, for example, a wooden chair leg with mouthwash. Let me explain their reader’s method:

Flipping over a coach that has wooden legs, that is getting urinated regularly. Fully cleaning it first. Then putting some mouthwash into a spray bottle. Then simply spray the wooded areas with mouthwash. Then monitor it to see if this keeps your cats from urinating on it.

Q: Why has my cat peed on my bed?

Again, the chances are this is based on stress or anxiety. This can cause hormonal imbalances that lead to inflammation. This inflammation can lead to these urine related problems (What about your electrical sockets? Click here), hence the reason you may be seeing urine on your bed.

The medical term for this is idiopathic cystitis, according to Pet MD. This basically means inflammation in the bladder for unknown reasons. Which is usually linked to anxiety and stress.

Lindsey Browlingdon