If you have a cat, then you are probably familiar with spraying. While male cats are the most common to spray, it can happen with female cats as well. Sometimes, cat owners will mistake urination for spraying, although they are quite different from one another. Urine spraying is actually a normal way for cats to mark their territory. They aren’t just trying to urinate throughout your home to make you angry, they just want to let other animals know that they have the territory claimed and they do that through scent markings.
If your cat is, however, urinating in the house and leaving behind a puddle of urine when they go, then it could be a sign of a urinary tract infection. This will require prompt veterinary care to ensure that there are no any serious medical concerns that are prompting them to urinate outside of their litter box.
It is most common for male cats that have not been neutered to spray, and it is even more common in houses that have multiple cats. They like to show their dominance. Cats will often times spray curtains, drapes, furniture, carpets and other surfaces throughout your home.
While it is a normal behavior, it does leave behind an odor that can be repulsive. The odor is often difficult to mask, so it is easier to just try to get your cat to stop spraying.
Tips for Getting Your Cat’s Spraying Under Control
If you are trying to get your cat to stop spraying, you are not alone. This is something that many cat owners deal with. Here are a few tips that will help make the process go a little bit smoother for you:1Make sure that you get your cat spayed or neutered by the time they are 6 months old. About 90% of cats that are fixed before this behavior starts around 6 months of age won’t ever start spraying. Even if they have already started spraying, getting them fixed may help the situation. The longer you wait to fix them, however, the more likely they won’t stop later.
If it becomes a learned behavior, then it may be even harder to get them to stop.2 Try to make sure that your cat doesn’t see other cats outside. This may mean rearranging furniture so that their view to the outside world is restricted. The truth is, if your cat sees a cat outside, they will be more inclined to mark their territory to let other cats know that it is their home. If you close blinds and move high furniture away from the windows and openings, chances are they won’t see outdoor cats very often. Try putting up a cat tree to let your cat redirect their attention to something else. 3Encourage positive relationships between the cats in your home. In multiple cat homes, it is important for the cats to get along with one another. They won’t be as competitive with one another, and will be far less territorial. This means they are less likely to spray. To encourage a good relationship, play with the cats together and try to not give one more attention than the other. Feed them together and foster a good relationship between them. 4Try to stick to a routine. When things don’t go routinely, your cat may be under stress. It is a good idea to keep your cat’s stress level at a minimum. Any type of change in your cat’s environment can be upsetting to them. For instance, if there are new cats brought into the home, or if you rearrange furniture or have guests in the home they may feel more inclined to mark their territory. If you are going to have visitors come over, try to put them in a room alone so that they won’t be upset. You can also look for sprays that help to keep cats calm in stressful situations. Many of these sprays have pheromones in them to discourage stress and anxiety. 5Treat your furniture and other surfaces in your home with a spray that is repulsive to your cat. There are several types of sprays that can be used to keep your pets away. Many of them are just as effective when it comes to keeping them from spraying in certain areas. It works by disrupting their desire to spray in certain areas by repelling them from the area. Sometimes this is effective.
The key is to realize that your cat is, in fact, spraying and is not urinating.
The sooner that you realize that they are spraying, the easier it is for you to stop the behavior. If you catch it early on, the better the chances that they will cease it altogether. You don’t just have to put up with the smells and frustration that come along with spraying. If these tips don’t help to stop your cat’s unwanted behaviors, then it may be time for you to talk to your veterinarian. They will be able to give you further advice when it comes to stopping it. After all, it is something that they deal with quite regularly in their profession.
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