Cat Peeing Because of Excitement

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Can cats get the urge to pee because they are excited? I have a feeling that they can but I also believe that it is rare. It had never occurred to me before I fostered Downton. He is a young male cat, about 9 months old. He behaves a bit like a kid. You can tell he is a “subadult”, in technical language.

Today he was in a particularly excitable mood. He slept with me all night and was ready for action when I hauled my sorry backside out of bed.

When I came back from buying the newspaper he was pleased to see me. He raced off to the room where the litter tray is but peed on the carpet about 2 feet from it. I spotted him and stopped him. He raced off and I tidied up and also cleaned that tiny section of carpet with an enzyme cleaner and then covered the area with the litter tray.

My feeling is that judging by his behaviour he sort of lost his cool and his routine and had an urge to pee which was almost as strong as if he had cystitis which he positively has not got. He is the picture of rude health. But when cats have cystitis they pee anywhere because the urge takes them and they can’t control it.

What made me think that his slightly wild peeing may be due to excitement is because he was very excited (racing around) and when humans are excited (combined, perhaps, with a bit of trepidation) they get the urge to pee sometimes.

I have discovered that there is such a thing as “submissive urination” in dogs and it is linked to excitement urination. Dogs do it to appease us (the master and leader). I wonder if cats do this sometimes? I doubt it.

So what is the reason behind humans feeling like a pee when they are excited/anxious etc.? I can’t find a good answer! It is probably to simply remove waste at a time when the body needs to be at its most efficient. You don’t want to be carrying baggage around.

If there is such a thing as a cat peeing because of excitement then the reason might be something similar.

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4 thoughts on “Cat Peeing Because of Excitement”

  1. I have 2 older female cats who love “butt pats”. This evening whilst one, anxious for attention was getting said attention (finally – busy week for momma and daddy), she decided to urinate all over daddy and the couch. She was in the “throes” of butt pats, so perhaps she was overstimulated? I have never heard of such a thing.

  2. Ruth aka Kattaddorra

    Yes it sounds like over excitement to me. When you think about it, Downton has gone through a lot lately, I take it his previous caretaker left him at the Shelter? So he was in there, handled by strangers, then came to you and then his new caretaker to be, came to see him and now he has a new name to get used to. He’s sure to be a bit anxious wondering what it’s all about.
    It’s a good thing he’s going to his forever home on Saturday and can settle down permanently (hopefully)although he won’t feel that it is permanent, for a while.
    Cats are so much in the power of people, they have to accept what we do with them, they have no say and don’t know we cat lovers do the things we think are best.
    People say I want to come back in my next life as a cat, well I don’t, I don’t think they have such a wonderful life as people think they do!

    1. I agree, all this moving and disruption is not good. It is quite an insight being a foster carer. Foster caring is good but there are downsides for the cat as is the case for all rescue cats.

      He used the litter perfectly except on this occasion. This is what leads me to the excitement idea.

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