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Omg! He peed on me!!!

post #1 of 27
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Excuse the all caps, guys, but OH MY GOSH!!!

Charlie is my little lovebug, my cuddle buddy, my nighttime snuggler; I would never expect anything out of him like this. We've had issues with inappropriate urination before, which turned out to be attributed to UTI's (as many of you know). He's been UTI-free for almost a year and this was a LOT- I mean A LOT- of pee; that's not the problem.

When he had UTI's, he peed directly on the floor.

Here's what happened:

Tonight, my husband and I settled in to watch Anchorman. We're about halfway through the movie when Charlie comes into the living room and acts like he wants to sit with me. I do my little finger wiggle to entice him into my lap, but no dice. He goes on to do his own thing. A few minutes later he's back. I do the finger wiggle and he jumps up into my lap and sits.

Then I notice the warm, moist feeling running down the inside of my thigh.

Has anyone else ever had this issue? I'm normally very in tune with my pets and can usually tell when they're ill or need to see the vet; I'm very cautious and will take them in "just in case". But I really don't think that is needed this time. My main reason behind this thought is that, for some reason, Charlie has been REALLY needy lately, which I don't mind, but it's been quite out of character. He's very loving, but now his behavior seems more...desperate. Today, when I was getting ready to go to the shelter, he curled up on my sleepshirt on the floor outside the bathroom and just watched me get ready. Then, before I left, he ran to the treat drawer as if to say, "Mom, wait! Just one more treat!"

My husband reported last weekend that, after I left to go run our adoption booth at Petsmart, Charlie got very anxious and kept checking on the bedroom door (that's closed so that Cleo won't run under the bed and hide forever), scratching on it. He said he eventually opened it because Charlie started ripping up the carpet trying to get in. When he got inside, he saw I wasn't there, and he left the room.

I'm very concerned about this... I can't stand the thought of my babies being unhappy.

*EDIT* Also, I work from home! I'm home all day/evening/night on average 4 days out of the week. Fridays I'm home all morning, then I spend the afternoon at the shelter. We're usually busy all day on Saturday, but we're home all day again on Sunday...
post #2 of 27
I would still get him to the vet. Knowing he has UTI issues, the changes in behavior are also often an indication of something being medically wrong.

Our Tuxedo kitty ONLY exhibited behavior changes - and very slight, over time. If we came into a room in which he was sleeping, he'd get up and turn his back to us. After a while, that changed to him getting up and leaving the room. That was it.

Turned out he had an autoimmune disease that was causing his body to destroy his red blood cells, and he was becoming extremely anemic.

Behavior changes are often an indication of a medical problem. So combined with the peeing, and knowing he's had problems with UTIs, I'd get him to the vet for a full check up and blood panel, and hopefully they'll be able to express some urine to check.

for you and for your baby boy!
post #3 of 27
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Charlie has a vet appointment on Monday...tech mentioned diabetes...that really has me worried.
post #4 of 27
Hemmy used to have chronic UTI's and he peed on me once when he was sick. I think he knew I was the one who could help him (I mean sort of, I'm not a vet but I do know what a UTI is) because I was always the one who cared for him during previous UTI's.
post #5 of 27
Pepper peed down my back once. I was sitting on the couch and she backed up to the back of my neck. She was apparently just being spiteful. The litter box was clean and the vet gave her a clean bill of health. She has never done it again.
post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by krazy kat2 View Post
Pepper peed down my back once. I was sitting on the couch and she backed up to the back of my neck. She was apparently just being spiteful. The litter box was clean and the vet gave her a clean bill of health. She has never done it again.
How strange. That must have been pretty weird for you! I can't imagine what would cause poor Pepper to do that.

I wouldn't think it was spite, though. A cat would have to be angry, recognize that a specific human caused the event/situation that's upset them, decide to "pay them back" in kind, and recognize that the act of being peed upon would cause a comparable emotion in the human. This isn't a chain of thoughts cats are capable of making.

Maybe she was stressed over a recent change in the house? Stress can cause unusual behaviors that disappear when the stress subsides.

To Iheartstrays - I'm glad Charlie's going to the vet. Good luck and let us know what happens, ok?

post #7 of 27
I hope it's not diabetes. Have you noticed him drinking a lot of water?

for Charlie!
post #8 of 27
I've been peed on by 3 cats over my lifetime. 2 were related to stress and the 3rd was a medical condition. Bob peed on me when I tried to convert him to an indoor-only cat. Pinky has peed on me when he feels he is not getting enough attention. Muddy (auto-immune disease) has peed on me when his illness flared up.

Go beyond looking for a UTI on this one. Have some blood work done on him also. If you rule these out, then there is something going on that is causing him stress.
post #9 of 27
Eek, go to the vet for sure!

Of our 3 cats, Chloe is the only one who has peed on people or in inappropriate times. The poor thing gets so scared that she pees.

The first time, my SO was holding her and there was a ceiling fan on that freaked her out, so she peed on him.

She has peed in her carrier twice while taking her to/from places (completely understandable, poor baby).

Henry harasses her so bad that he makes her pee. If I didn't see it happen, I would have thought something else was going on.
post #10 of 27
My Patch is prone to UTI's. He just had two infections. One was a UTI the other is a Staph infection, we cleared up one infection but the staph is harder to get rid of. He has been peeing on me for a few days now. He is part feral so he is very wise to my tricks to get him into the cat carrier. He also is peeing a large amount. He probably needs a session of antibiotics.
post #11 of 27
Could be he is not a Will Ferrill fan?

Maybe have the vet give him a once over just to be on the safe side.
post #12 of 27
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Could be he is not a Will Ferrill fan?
I'll bet that's it!!! Lol! OH, that movie was nearly unbearable. I don't blame him if that was the reason.

LDG, Charlie does drink, but not excessively. It's the same amount he's always been drinking since we switched him onto the RC Urinary SO.

KrazyKat, I'm counting my blessings! I'd definitely rather be peed on in my lap than peed on down my back!

Vet appointment at 11:30 tomorrow afternoon. I'll post an update as soon as we get back. Everyone please send Charlie some good vibes. In the two short years he's been with us, he's had an awful case of bronchopneumonia, stubborn ear mites, chronic UTI's and a week's hospitalization because he ingested a ribbon.

I've researched a little on feline diabetes and he doesn't fit any of the frequently-listed symptoms. But the tech's mention of it still has me concerned...
post #13 of 27
Many Prayers and good luck for Charlie
post #14 of 27
Thread Starter 
Well, I was right, it's not medical; it's behavioral. And it's exactly what I was worried about:
Separation anxiety.

Apparently, cats who come from backgrounds where they were born or raised outside can develop anxiety issues around the time they're 3 years old. Charlie is 2.5.

Out veterinarian is a cat specialist and the clinic only caters to cats. She said that she's only seen a few cases of legitimate separation anxiety, so she did some research and sent us home with a liquid medication and some training techniques (feeding treats when leaving so that he looks forward to my walking out the door, etc.). She wants him to be on this medicine for 6 months.

My stomach hurts. I have two cats with anxiety issues...I can't help but think I'm doing something wrong here! You'll never see a more loving kitty-mom than me; I just wonder if I'm not doing enough for them...
post #15 of 27
You're not doing anything wrong. Probably, God gave you a special gift for caring for kitties with anxiety issues. He gave me a gift for caring for cats who are crazy! Never underestimate the power of Feliway. So glad to hear Charlie isn't "sick" though being a person who's suffered from a lot of anxiety I call that being sick as well. It sounds like you've got a great vet. Saying prayers for you and the kitties.
post #16 of 27
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Thank you, Howtoholdacat. I should look at this challenge from that perspective; and it's exactly that, a challenge. I love my cats more than anything else and they know that. I think by just keeping my stress levels down (and boy have they been up lately!), things will get better.

I'm going to buy some feliway diffusers and spread them around the house. It hasn't worked for Cleo, but I've never watched the effects on any of the other cats. Like you said, it can't hurt!

Speaking of the the bright side, Cleo (our reclusive feral) has been one social butterfly today! I'm so proud of her. I left her in her crate a little longer than normal today; apparently it's just what she needed.
post #17 of 27
That's great about Cleo! You'll find what works for everyone. We've a policy in my house: Once you're in, you're in. And everyone is expected to work together toward that end. We've overcome a lot that way and it's been so worth it! My cats are a blessing to me.
post #18 of 27
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You hit it right on the nose. My cats are my babies and there's no way I'd ever give any of them up. I volunteer at a no kill shelter and you wouldn't believe the number of people who keep a cat or dog for UPWARDS of SIX years and then bring them back, just like that. It breaks my heart.
post #19 of 27
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You hit it right on the nose. My cats are my babies and there's no way I'd ever give any of them up. I volunteer at a no kill shelter and you wouldn't believe the number of people who keep a cat or dog for UPWARDS of SIX years and then bring them back, just like that. It breaks my heart.
Yes I would, but I worked at a kill shelter. Talk about heart breaking.
post #20 of 27
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Oh, God. I don't know how you got the strength to manage that.
post #21 of 27
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Originally Posted by howtoholdacat View Post
You're not doing anything wrong. Probably, God gave you a special gift for caring for kitties with anxiety issues. He gave me a gift for caring for cats who are crazy!
I love this take on the situation!

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Originally Posted by howtoholdacat
Never underestimate the power of Feliway. So glad to hear Charlie isn't "sick" though being a person who's suffered from a lot of anxiety I call that being sick as well. It sounds like you've got a great vet. Saying prayers for you and the kitties.
I'm just piping in - it's worth giving the flower essences a try too.

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Originally Posted by howtoholdacat View Post
That's great about Cleo! You'll find what works for everyone. We've a policy in my house: Once you're in, you're in. And everyone is expected to work together toward that end. We've overcome a lot that way and it's been so worth it! My cats are a blessing to me.
We have the exact same policy. We worked with a lot of ferals/fosters the first few years, and we kept all the sick/issue/hard-to-adopt kitties. We live in a very small space - and I don't know how many times they all got told - this is a homeless kitty, just like you were, and (he/she) is here for good (or for a little while if a foster), so you'd better just deal with it! Of course we did what we needed to do to make it work - but we've always had that attitude that they're part of what goes on with all of "us."

Now that you understand the problem - and have lots of ideas for new things to try - I'm sure you'll find ways to make it work for all of you, because you know how to "listen" to your kitties.
post #22 of 27
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Yes, I definitely intend to try some rescue remedy!
post #23 of 27
Hello,

I own an orange tabby. I have been rasing him since he was a baby and he's a year old now. He isn't neutered and his has all his claws. I keep him home, he's not an outside cat. He's always well groomed and I even brush his teeth. I know he's happy because he tells me all the time. I have long hair and today as I kneeled down to approach him I beleive he sprayed on my hair. He's never sprayed anywhere else in the home before and he's never done this before. He turned a year old this month. And he is the only territorial ruler here other than me. I was wondering if this incident today means that he is marking his territory on me. I think its funny... I washed my hair out and it's fine now, but I just thinks that's too much. His dispplay of affection sometimes is tremendous. Hehe

What do you think about my cat spraying on my hair.
post #24 of 27
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I think I'd get him neutered ASAP! Lol.

I must admit, I thought it very sweet that my baby feels so close to me that he gets anxious when I leave, but I HATE it that he gets anxious when I leave. I want my cats to be happy and healthy 24/7, no matter where I am.

I think that you're exactly right; your tom is letting all the other toms know that you belong to him. Flattering, yes, but having an intact male is, in my opinion, a disaster waiting to happen. First, it's your hair (bless you for being so accepting!)...but soon it will be your clothes, your furniture, your walls- and he'll start trying to get outside to mate. Knowing that you raised this little love, I can't imagine that it wouldn't absolutely break your heart if he were to escape.

If you're not planning on breeding him, I'd strongly suggest neutering him. Otherwise, he (and you) will be going through a whole lot of unnecessary stress.
post #25 of 27
Your orange tabby is spraying to mark his territory because he is not neutered. iheartstrays is right - he needs to be neutered, and as soon as possible. He has "come of age," and is marking his territory. This behavior will continue until he is neutered. Then the hormones will leave his system, and the urge to mark will go away.
post #26 of 27
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This behavior will continue until he is neutered. Then the hormones will leave his system, and the urge to mark will go away.
That's true unless you wait several years. If you don't neuter them while they are young they retain the knowledge of how to spray and may continue to do so.
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by howtoholdacat View Post
That's true unless you wait several years. If you don't neuter them while they are young they retain the knowledge of how to spray and may continue to do so.
That's absolutely right, howtoholdacat. As you can see, AtinaAquitane, you have an actual problem on your hands, and not just a flattering display of affection. Please have your kitty neutered as soon as possible to prevent any future behavioral issues that could result in him being deemed "too destructive" for your home.

He's no longer your little baby. Think of him now as a sex-crazed teenager (you know the type, sexual euphemisms around every corner, an unbecoming and ungentlemanly obsession with the fairer sex). This is what your baby boy is now, and if you do nothing to correct these issues, this is how he will stay and it will only get worse.
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