Is Your Cat Spraying or Marking Urine Around the House?
When a cat starts spraying or marking furniture, walls, curtains, or other objects in the home, it can be an extremely stressful situation for the homeowner. Spraying can not only damage parts of your home, but the odor that goes along with it can be almost impossible to get rid of.
Before you can start the process of getting your cat to stop spraying, you first have to determine whether your cat is actually marking his territory, or eliminating outside of his litter box. This is important because if your cat is urinating outside of his litter box, it could be a sign that he is suffering from a health condition, like a urinary tract infection. In this case, he should be taken to his veterinarian immediately.
One way to determine if your cat is spraying is by paying attention to his behavior when he sprays. If he is standing and spraying on items, then he is marking his territory. If he is squatting and eliminating directly on the floor, then he is typically urinating outside of his litter box.
If you determine that he is spraying, then there are some things you can do to help curb this terrible habit.
#1: Have Your Cat Spayed or Neutered by Six Months of Age
Most cats start marking their territory right around the time they turn six months old. But, if you have your cat neutered (or spayed, if female) then you can stop his desire to mark his territory before it has a chance to begin. This is an effective solution for more than 90% of cats.
#2: Obstruct His View of the Outdoors
All cats love looking outdoors, but if your cat is marking inside, then his habit could be being spurred on by something he sees outside, like another cat walking through your yard. If your cat is marking around your doors or windows, you should obstruct his view of the outside. You can also move his cat tree to a part of the room where he can’t see outside.
#3: Keep to a Routine to Prevent Stress and Anxiety in Your Cat
Cats can easily develop stress and anxiety when their environment or routine is changed. When a cat is stressed, he could start spraying. This behavior can be triggered by something as simple as moving the furniture around, or new people coming into the home.
So when you own a cat, it is important to keep to some sort of routine, such as feeding him at the same time every day, using the same type of litter, and keeping the litter box in the same spot. Keep your home a stress-free environment and do your best to keep your cat calm, and this will help reduce the risk of him spraying.
#4: Encourage a Positive Relationship Between Your Cats (If You Have More Than One)
Cats are competitive by nature. If you are showing one cat some attention, the other might get upset and possibly spray something. To help reduce this risk, you should encourage a positive relationship between your cats by spending time with all of them together. Don’t single out one cat over the others. This is especially important when bringing a new cat into your home, as this will help reduce their stress and make them more comfortable around each other.
#5: Use a Repellent Spray to Curb Cat Spraying
There are several natural spray deterrents on the market that can help keep your cat away from selected areas. This alone won’t usually solve the problem, but when used in combination with the above steps, it can be instrumental in helping to disrupt your cat’s pattern of behavior.
If your cat is spraying or urinating outside of his litter box, you should take him to the veterinarian for a check-up to rule out any underlying medical conditions. If he is diagnosed with a medical condition and your vet prescribes medications, you can receive a
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