When it comes to cats spraying, male cats are often the culprit. Although it is possible for female cats to start spraying at any time, it’s usually very rare. Male cat spraying happens a lot more regularly, especially with unneutered male cats. This is mainly due to their territorial nature and male behavior which we’ll discover later.
If you have a male cat that has just started spraying, then determining why they’ve started should be your first priority. If you don’t do anything and try to ignore it, then the smell will only get worse. Punishing them also isn’t a good idea, it won’t make them stop and it will only ruin your relationship.
Here’s how to determine why your cat has started spraying, and how to stop them.
Why Is My Male Cat Spraying?
Male cats can start spraying for a number of different reasons. This can be down to either medical or behavioral issues. Determining the cause of the spraying is the first step to solving the problem and getting your lovely cat back to normal.
So how do you know when your cat is spraying and when they’ve just had an accident?
Spray marks are often found on vertical surfaces such as walls, beds, furniture and doors. Unlike inappropriate urination where a cat leaves a puddle on the floor, cat spraying always has less liquid volume. In addition to the lack of volume, the smell will also be much stronger. This is because cats release certain chemicals when they are spraying as they’re doing it for a reason and not by accident.
If you’ve found small puddles of pee around your house, then the chances are your cat has just had an accident. If this keeps happening, then be sure to regularly check their litter box to make sure it is accessible and is being used. Not emptying a litter box regularly enough will force your cat to find somewhere else to do their business.
If you’re positive your cat is spraying indoors then the first thing you should do is take them to a vet. About 30% of all cats that spray may have a medical problem such as cystitis. It’s really not worth the risk to assume your cat isn’t in that 30%. It only takes a quick trip to the vets and they’ll be able to do analysis on their urine.
Once the results come back, your vet with either be able to deal with the medical problem or give you the all clear. If no medical issues are found, then you know the issue is completely behavioral.