Your big tabby cat Duke has always been an unpredictable guy. First, this five-year-old feline invented an ambush game, hiding under furniture and pouncing on your legs. Next, he swiped at your dog’s nose as the poor pooch tried to eat. However, now your feline delinquent has gone too far. For two days, your obnoxious cat has launched a stream of male cat urine at varied targets. He works from a standing position, targeting your furniture, carpet, and walls without effort. If he doesn’t stop soon, your entire house will be a cesspool. Tomorrow, Duke will visit your North Suffolk, VA vet for behavioral counseling. Also consider some additional tactics.
Source of the Spraying
Duke’s being ruled by mountains of male cat sex hormones. You suspect he’s trying to dominate your household, and marking his turf celebrates that conquest. If he hasn’t been neutered, make that appointment today.
Afterward, your cat’s spraying behavior should decrease along with his hormones. Female cats can also spray; so ensure that little Misty has been spayed.
Banish That Urine Smell
Although watching Duke saturate your house is disturbing enough, you’re more horrified when you can’t find the source of his deposit. Yesterday, you returned home, and found the air reeking of cat urine. After searching for an hour, you found the puddle – when you stepped in it. Fortunately, an enzymatic cleaner can remove that atrocious smell, although you might need several applications.
However, there’s some relief ahead. After the urine odor disappears from Duke’s previously sprayed surfaces, he’s not likely to pee there again. Ask your vet if applying a feline pheromone to those objects will convince your cat to mark them with his face.
Exercise As a Diversion
Maybe your cat needs more physical and mental exercise. If the vet approves, buy him one (or more) treat puzzles that should challenge his mind. He might be intrigued by a dancing laser wand.
Although you’d like to give Duke a “time out,” adding extra playtime might be a better solution. After all, tiring him out with positive activities might leave him with little energy for spraying. Don’t punish him, as he could target your pristine bedroom next.
Your North Suffolk, VA vet will be pleased when Duke has stopped christening your house. If your cat won’t stop spraying, contact us for expert assistance.
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