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Old 02/13/12, 11:35 PM
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Why did my cat SPRAY me?

I have had cats my entire life, and I have NEVER had a cat do this.

I will say this same cat has PEED on me twice -- once as a five month old kitten (he was very promptly neutered within a week of that!) and once about three months ago. Both times, I was under covers, and it was peeing, not spraying. I was not sure in the past two incidents if he truly realized my legs were under the covers.

He's also not one who normally marks things.

Anyway -- he's now ten years old, in apparent good health, with no notable behavioral issues other than this. Neutered. Not a cat who normally gets stressed out over much. (I've NEVER heard him growl.) Really, he's an absolute sweetheart.

He was cuddling with me this morning as I got ready for work -- I was sitting on the bed reading the morning news on my laptop and petting him. He was being snuggly. Totally NORMAL behavior.

Then he turned around and SPRAYED me.

I'll tell you, I was so surprised I didn't even yell -- though the cat ran under the bed anyway.

I have ... no idea WHY he did that. What the heck was going through his mind? I've never, ever, had a cat do this and I've had a lot of cats in my life.

He's curled up next to me right now, acting completely normal.

I'm baffled. Grossed out. And I love the little monster, but I find myself eying him suspiciously now, any time he moves.

Ideas? Help? I don't want a repeat!
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Old 02/13/12, 11:38 PM
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I can't say why he did it, but I do know if it were my cat he wouldn't do it again...
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Old 02/13/12, 11:44 PM
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I'd hope it was something like a urinary tract infection irritating his bladder and take him to the vet to have it checked. I started to have spray problems with my boy and he responded well to antibiotics, seems he had an infection.
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Old 02/14/12, 09:32 AM
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I'd hope it was something like a urinary tract infection irritating his bladder and take him to the vet to have it checked. I started to have spray problems with my boy and he responded well to antibiotics, seems he had an infection.
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Old 02/14/12, 11:12 AM
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My dad has a cat that went years being "normal" then suddenly started marking everything in the house. Neutered, maybe 8 yrs old when he started the behavior. No change in home life (no new pets, no pets passing away, no new people, etc). Got a clean bill of health but just kept doing. My dad learned he liked to spray certain things (floor rugs, new things placed on the floor - a backpack, etc) so he was diligent about removing those things. Then...the cat started peeing on my dad's bed at night. About 5 AM, every morning, Sammy would jump on the bed and pee right where my dad's legs were under the covers. Now the cat is locked in another room at night. The cat has sprayed people a few times, usually in the middle of being petted. It sucks - he's done it to me!

The point is, do get his health checked out. But I've seen a cat that was perfectly healthy and just developed this bizarre behavior. Not fun. My dad swears when this guy passes away he will NEVER have a cat again!
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Old 02/14/12, 11:32 AM
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Cats often mark there teritory in this ways they also often have trouble with a urinary infection .boys(human ) often (always) when urinaiting end up with a drop or 2 back in there underware this is enough to let a sensitive animal think to mark this area also .
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Old 02/14/12, 01:19 PM
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He marked you as his own.
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Old 02/14/12, 06:30 PM
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I'd say a vet visit is in order. Any time a cat starts weird pee behavior, the first thing I think of is UTI.
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Old 02/14/12, 10:00 PM
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Definitely always check for health issues with cats because they are so good at showing no signs of discomfort except inappropriate behavior. However we've had cats who would do these things on purpose if they didn't think you were paying enough attention. One cat would poop on my dad's chest if he didn't wake up quick enough and pet him properly in the morning. One day said cat went flying in to a closet door rather hard and never did it again. They know if you start getting distracted by not being awake enough or putting more attention on your computer than them and some will retaliate because they think they deserve more of your attention. Most of mine have retaliated with claws (one cat would not let you sleep for 36hrs straight if you let her sit on you pawing you in the face that long) but some have used worse means.

Make sure such behavior results in immediate loss of attention such as being run from the room and locked out. I have come to love squirt bottles even for the dogs. Especially with a little mint or cinnamon in them to make it smell strong but harmless. I can send them right out the door way and keep them there just by saying "out" and putting a squirt bottle in view these days. Also keeps that stupid shiba from hauling her raw food on to the same eating area as the akita and losing her head and meal for it. Instantly stops the one cat from jumping/climbing the cat barrier since the cats are being reintroduced to the house in pieces after they started peeing on literally everything with no reason found.
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