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Why did my cat spray me?

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YeGodsAndLittleFishes Fri 10-Oct-14 08:31:18

Got up very early to go to the loo. Cat (female) followed me as she often does, and rubbed around my legs, then stood with her back to me with her tail up (as she does) but this time she sprayed all over the leg of my PJs, so it was soaked through!

Why did she do this?

How do I stop her from doing it again? She has been her usual snuggly self otherwise.

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cozietoesie Fri 10-Oct-14 08:34:02

Is she spayed, YeGods ?

YeGodsAndLittleFishes Fri 10-Oct-14 08:54:05

Yes, and she's about 4 years old.

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YeGodsAndLittleFishes Fri 10-Oct-14 08:54:45

(We've had her from when she was about 8 weeks.)

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Gatekeeper Fri 10-Oct-14 08:55:23

my spayed tabby queen used to do this as well !

cozietoesie Fri 10-Oct-14 09:12:12

It sounds as if she's completely excited about communing with you and you alone and has got herself over-stimulated. (All wound up and no other way to let it all out.) What's her normal routine with regard to activity such as game playing and close activities? She's an only cat?

Oh - and does she sleep with you?

YeGodsAndLittleFishes Fri 10-Oct-14 09:49:53

Gee. I feel so loved. hmm I'm glad you said that though, as one website said it can be due to stress and she doesn't seem very stressed.

She eats dried food from a hopper. Occasional wet food too. Since our other cat died over a year ago, we've been trying to set the hopper so that it gives her the right amount of food. It has been dispensing too much and she hasn't kept up and she's left the food bowl full. She stopped going to the hopper when it dispensed food, as she knew there was always food there. So last weekend DH switched it down so she gets less food and now she eats it all up and runs to the hopper to get fed.

I'm trying to think of any change of routine...I gave her worming tablets on Wednesday while DD held her. Then DD gave her some wet food.

She's an only cat, yes. She has a cat flap and comes and goes as she pleases (but will beg for a door or window to be opened if a person is in sight.)

She sleeps in my bed, or on my windowsill.
When DH is here at weekends she sometimes sleeps on me, on him, or between us, or at the bottom of the bed, with one of the DCs or on a chair somewhere.

She likes to play fetch and will bring me a toy for me to throw for her to return to me. She likes playing outside, chasing leaves and squirrels. She likes people and is friendly with women and children. It takes a little longer for her to trust men. Maybe because DH is so often not here and she misses him. (She stomps around his side of the bed and cries.) She growls at the postie though.

She'll come when I call her. Ive moved downstairs to have my coffee and called her from the window to her least favourite sofa. She purred while i picked little scabs off the tip of her head and now she's curled up beside me asleep.

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cozietoesie Fri 10-Oct-14 11:52:38

Has she got oriental or Siamese blood in her by any chance?

cozietoesie Fri 10-Oct-14 11:53:34

PS - what are these 'scabs' on the tip of her head to which you were referring?

YeGodsAndLittleFishes Fri 10-Oct-14 11:57:19

She's 'just' a british short hair, with no pointing or oriental look about her. Was a rescue cat, so no idea about her lineage. grin

Scabs have dried up now, she seems to get them now and again. Assume from fights with another cat, a squirrel, or being pecked by the big birds around here. (I've seen them dive bomb and peck her and other cats.)

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cozietoesie Fri 10-Oct-14 13:38:03

I'm guessing you meant Domestic Short Hair as opposed to British Short Hair ? (The latter being a particular breed who have some quirks of which I have no personal experience I'm afraid.)

I only mentioned it because much of what you said rang bells with me - including growling at the postie which Oneago used to do. (He really hated the poor postie.)

My guess is that she either needs more attention from you or some more food so that she's given you a protest pee when she did her best things for you and you didn't respond as quickly as she wanted. I don't like to overfeed cats but are you sure that DH hasn't dialled the hopper down too far and she's not getting enough? How much is she actually eating and - for example - does she get a small late night supper to settle her? (Some of them like that.)

YeGodsAndLittleFishes Fri 10-Oct-14 13:50:03

Yes, I did mean DSH.

The hopper is set for early morning, late at night and lunchtime. I'll see if just one of the feeds can be upped to what it is, if not, will supplement with a bit extra.

She gets lots of attention, but I do wonder if she wants some cat company.

Thank you for your help! smile

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Archfarchnad Fri 10-Oct-14 17:13:48

Just want to say that apart from the one dodgy spraying incident she sounds absolutely gorgeous - it's so sweet when cats like playing fetch.

cozietoesie Fri 10-Oct-14 17:21:50

Two of my Siamese played fetch but not Seniorboy. I have a vague memory that it's a Burmese thing as well?

YeGodsAndLittleFishes Fri 10-Oct-14 17:56:50

Our boy didn't play fetch, but he had really long front legs and was great at football (and would kill yarn a snake in a second).

She is gorgeous, yes. grin Hoping it was a one-off. Gave her some wet food earlier, and a cuddle. She's been on her least favourite sofa for most of the day, even when I went past with the vacuum cleaner (apart from when I put her outside to get some fresh air).

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aJumpedUpPantryBoy Fri 10-Oct-14 18:49:24

She hasn't got a bladder infection has she?
The only time one of mine has done that it turned out he was poorly

cozietoesie Fri 10-Oct-14 18:54:46

Always worth checking.

CrazyHorse Fri 10-Oct-14 19:08:15

Girl cats do thisshock? I've owned girl cats for 35 years of my life and never knew!

cozietoesie Fri 10-Oct-14 19:36:29

A few - it's not real common.

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