The majority of our readers are from North America and Europe and around half of the homes in those areas own a pet cat. With cats being such a popular pet in those areas, it is easy to see why we see so many questions month in, month out from the cat-owning community about various problems that they are having with their cats. This can range from simple, common problems to the more unique and obscure problems.
Out of all of the questions about keeping cats as pets that we have seen people asking, one that stands out is about a pet cat peeing on its owner while its owner sleeps. Judging by how often this is being asked right now, it seems like it is a common problem that is potentially causing problems for lots of people so we decided to publish our own article going over it in more detail.
The majority of correctly trained and socialised cats should not be peeing on their owners, especially while they are in bed sleeping so we hope that our article will be able to help any of our readers who are having this problem. Keep in mind that each persons situation is unique to them too so whatever is causing the issue for your cat and getting it to pee on you while you sleep may be a totally different cause to what is causing it with another cat owner.
Why Did My Cat Pee On Me While I’m Sleeping?
The two most common reasons that a cat may pee on their owner why their sleep is to mark their owner as theirs or to mark their owner’s bed as theirs. There are less common reasons too such as older cats being unable to hold their pee while locked in their owner’s bedrooms during the night while their owner sleeps too.
Even some experienced cat owners are not aware that their cats will make them and essentially claim them as their property. The majority of cats do this via the scent glands on various parts of their bodies but some cats can do this by using pee too. Although it may sound like a cute idea to have your cat claim you and its owner, it can be a pain if your cat decided to step it up a notch and start peeing on you rather than just using its scent glands.
Cats will also display this behaviour for items that they like and choose to claim as their own too and this will often include your bed. A humans bed is more comfortable than a cats bed so some cats will mark the best with their scent glands where as others will mark it as theirs by peeing, even if you are in the bed sleeping.
How Can You Stop A Cat Peeing On You While You Sleep?
The easiest way to prevent a cat from peeing on you while you sleep is to simply keep your bedroom door closed to prevent your cat from being able to get into your room while you are sleeping. This creates a physical barrier between where you are sleeping and the rest of the house so your cat is not able to get onto your bed to pee on you.
In some situations, you may have to have your cat in the same room as the room you sleep in so for any of our readers in a situation like this, you may want to look into getting yourself a cat playpen to keep your cat in while you are sleeping. This works in a similar way to keeping your bedroom door closed and creates a physical barrier that prevents your cat from being able to pee on you while you are sleeping.
We know that some people don’t like the idea of putting their cat in a playpen if they do have to keep their cat in the room that they sleep in at night but it can be difficult to discourage this behaviour in cats. The majority of people will have to make a choice between either keeping the cat out of the room that they sleep in, getting something like a cat playpen, or leaving their cat to roam free and risk it peeing on you. Some people will confine their cat to a single room of their house during the night with many people not having any problems with it once the cat is used to its new routine.
Is My Cat Marking Me Or My Bed?
If your cat is peeing on you while you sleep then it may be trying to mark you or your bed with it being a little difficult to work out why your cat is exhibiting this behaviour. If your cat pees on you in other locations then your cat is probably trying to mark you, if your cat pees on your bed when you are not in it then it is probably just marking your bed as its own territory.
As we mentioned back at the start of the article, there can be some other reasons that your cat may pee on you while you are sleeping and it could just be a total accident. As cat’s get older it becomes increasingly difficult for them to control their bladder and other issues relating to their bladder can also develop making it difficult for a cat to control its pee.
We have also seen some reports from people saying that they are convinced that their cat only pees on them while they are sleeping to make them angry. We don’t have any scientific evidence to back this up but there have been reports of the bedroom door being open so the cat is able to easily get out of the room to its kitty litter tray but instead it decides to jump on the bed and pee on its owner.
That brings our article going over why your cat may pee on you while you are sleeping to an end. We hope that we have been able to help you better identify some specific reasons as to why your cat may pee on you while you sleep as well as methods that you may be able to take advantage of to prevent this problem from occurring in the future.