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How to Stop Cat Spraying

August 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Cat urine smell is one of the most powerful pet odors imaginable and if you have a cat that is spraying your house with this potent scent then you don’t have to imagine, you already know.

Anytime your cat backs himself up to a door or other object in your home, lifts his tail, and releases urine – you have a trouble. This trouble is called spraying, and is very common with cats kept inside. Even though it’s a very annoying trouble, it’s a problem that may be solved.

Different than what many think, spraying isn’t a litter box problem, but instead a trouble with marking. Cat urine that’s sprayed contains pheromones, which is a substance that cats and other animals use for communicating. Pheromones are much like fingerprints with humans, as they’re wont to identify the cat to other animals.

When a cat sprays something, he’s just marking his territory through his urine. The spraying is just the cat’s way of letting other people know that the territory is his. Even though it may make you mad and annoy you, getting angry with your cat will solve nothing. If you raise your voice or show angry towards your cat, it may very well result in more spraying.

Cats that are in heat are easily appealed to the odor of urine. For cats in heat, spraying is more or less an invitation for love. Much times cats that spray though in heat results in a litter of kittens that are born in just some short months. Keep in mind that cats not only spray during heat, as a few will also spray during encounters with other cats, or when they’re feeling stressed. E.g. when your new kitten is introduced to your home.

Start addressing the issue of spraying the moment it starts.  Cat urine stinks, can leave stains all over your home, and it’s the healthiest for your cat either.

While spraying is a way of communicating for cats, the smell for people is horrible. The good thing here is that most cats will do a majority of their spraying outdoors. If you’ve an inside cat that never goes outside, spraying may indeed be a trouble. If you’ve detected spraying in your home, you should take action and do something about it immediately.

Depending on the cause of the spraying, an effective and easy way to stop spraying is to have your cat either neutered or spayed – depends on the sex. Most male cats that have been neutered will stop spraying the same day they’ve the surgery. If you don’t wish to get your cat neutered or spayed, you should look into other options. If you hope to one day breed your cat, you certainly don’t prefer to have him neutered or spayed.

The best thing to do in this situation is to talk to your veterinarian. He will be able to give you advice, and possibly even solve the problem without having surgery.  If it’s a medical issue that’s causing the problem, your vet can identify it and help you resolve it. 

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