Cat Spraying Urine: How to stop cat spraying urine?

Cat Spraying No More

Cat

Spraying Urine  How To Stop

Reasons why cats spray urine,

prevention, cleaning and treatment


What is

Cat Spraying.

Feline Spraying (also called marking) is

a cat depositing a small

amount of urine on vertical surfaces, such as furniture, doorways and walls.  The

spraying cat may be seen to back into the area, the tail may quiver, and

with little or no crouching

the cat sprays

the urine.

Spraying is marking behavior, not a

litter box problem. The cat does not need to pee, he is leaving a

message for other cats.


Un-neutered male cats will usually

start urine spraying behavior once

they reach sexual maturity.

The age at which a tom cat sexually

matures can vary greatly but in general it occurs between 5 and 12 months.

Many factors can affect at which age a male cat starts spraying. Male cats

in multi-cat households or in close proximity to other cats are more

likely to spray at a younger age.

Spraying is territorial and can also

be stress related. Neutering or spaying a kitten at an early age

can prevent spraying problems in the future. Your veterinarian will advise you on

the best age to neuter your kitten.

Multi-cat households usually have a

far greater problem with spraying than single cat households. Overcrowding

of cats will often result in problems with territory marking.

Sadly, feline spraying and

inappropriate urination problems are

among the most common reasons for pet cats to be euthanised and

surrendered to cat shelters.

Why do cats spray

?

Urine marking is

a communication system for cats. Cat urine

contains pheromones which are chemical substances that tell other cats

certain messages. Spraying is a common component of cat behavior during

the mating season with males and females communicating their

availability with their pheromones.

The male cat will also mark his

territory, letting other male cats know that these are the boundaries

and this area belongs to him.

Stress can be the
cause of your cat spraying

Cats are creatures of habit and thrive
in a consistent and familiar atmosphere. When their ‘comfort zone’ is
disrupted it can often result in stress which contributes to spraying.

It is vital to discover under which
situations the problems occur as treatment often depends on defining any
specific anxiety-inducing triggers for the

behaviour

.

Here are some questions to ask
yourself. These could be reasons your cat may be stressed and has begun
spraying.

1.  Did someone new come to live
in the house.

2.  Is there a new baby?

3.  Is there a new pet?

4.  Could your cat be a victim of
a neighborhood cat that is coming into your yard?

5.  Has your cat’s daily routine
been changed in any way?

6.  Is your cat part of a
multi-cat household?

7.  Has your cat been ill?

8.  Has the layout of your house
or yard changed in any way that may be affecting the cat.

9.  Is your cat being bullied by
another cat?

10. Have you changed your cat’s litter
brand or changed it’s litter tray?

Do only male

cats spray?

No, all cats, male or female, neutered

or not, may spray, however,

urine marking is most common in un-neutered male cats. It is not

usual for female cats to spray, but it can happen if she is in heat and

leaving her scent to attract a male cat. It can also be a problem when

there is overcrowding  of cats in a household.

When an

intact male sprays urine, it will have the characteristic tom cat

smell

that is very strong and unmistakable.

Can I stop my cat spraying?

There are several approaches you can take

but not all may work for your situation.

Castration of males or spaying of

females can reduce the cat’s motivation for spraying.

Early neutering of your kitten will in

most cases stop your cat from spraying in the future. Neutering after spraying

activity has commenced may reduce it.

For older cats, one study showed

that

87% of all male cats stop spraying after castration

78% stop immediately

9% stop in a few months

13% keep spraying

Another study showed that

77% of cats reduced or stopped spraying within six months of being

neutered or spayed.

Anti anxiety drugs

for cats who spray.

Anti anxiety drugs are available from your vet which may be
used in

preventing your cat from spraying. Discuss the use of drugs with your veterinarian.

Clomicalm and valium are drugs available

only from Veterinarians and are used for treating spraying problems in cats.

Some cat owners report that their cats lose their personality and become

zombies when on anti anxiety drugs.

Personally, I don’t recommend anti anxiety drugs.

Friendly

Pheromone diffusers and sprays.

Feliway®,

pheromone products

offer a solution to help manage unwanted, stress-related behaviors in cats.

This therapy works by spraying a ‘friendly’ pheromone in

places where your cat sprays. Also available are plug in diffusers. These pheromones pacify cats who are

spraying urine around the house.

Mechanical

Devices

If you have the problem

with your cat spraying in one particular area then a repellant called

SSScat might work for you. SSSCAT ™

has

two elements: a motion detector and an aerosol can. It will detect the

cat’s motion and will release a harmless spray that will deter your cat
from frequenting this area. Once this is repeated a

few times, the SSSCAT will keep the cat away from unwanted areas.

See
this video of SSScat in action

.

You can usually purchase this product on ebay.

Watch

this

video

to
see how it works

To keep cats out of certain areas there is a product called

ScatMat. The ScatMat responds to your pet’s touch with a mild, harmless static

pulse. Pets soon learn which areas to keep away from.

Removing the Odor

Clean up all areas where the cat has

previously sprayed as the scent can trigger them to spray again in the

same area. First wash

all surfaces that have been sprayed with cat

urine with a  laundry detergent containing enzymes. Then mix up 50%

white vinegar and 50% water in a spray bottle and spray the area well

with the vinegar solution to discourage the cat spraying urine in the

same place again.

For cleaning up on carpets try our

home remedy method.

Cleaning and

removing Cat Urine Odors

which uses common household products.


Stress related Cat Spraying

Identify and remove stressful

contributors to the problem of cat spraying.

Get your cat back into its ‘Comfort Zone’

Further Reading

Common causes,

management and diagnosis of feline stress


Medical Conditions

Have your cat examined for lower urinary tract

diseases

to rule out medical

conditions which could be causing the problem. For example a painful case

of

cystitis or urethral blockage

may have your cat associating the pain of

urination with it’s litter tray and it will therefore avoid it’s litter

tray.

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