Cat ownership is a rewarding experience. Cats are unique, typically easy-going animals with low levels of care required; give a cat a bowl of water, some food, and a litter box, and they are content. There is one aspect of having a cat as a pet that is less than pleasant, however, and that is that cats sometimes spray. Spraying is when a cat sprays urine in a place other than that which has been designated for that purpose, often on something upright like a piece of furniture or a wall, and it is one of the few annoyances involved with having a cat as a pet. People often think that male cats are the only ones that spray, but it is possible to have a female cat spraying as well. When a cat has been spraying in a house, it is hard not to know it, as it often has a distinctive and unpleasant strong odor. This odor, along with the mess it leaves for the owners to clean up, is why this undesirable behavior needs to be stopped. To learn how to stop a cat from spraying, it is helpful to understand some of the reasons a cat might spray.
Why A Cat Sprays
There are several reasons a cat sprays. A big reason a cat sprays in a house is to mark its territory, letting others know that the area is already claimed. Some cats spray as a result of stress. The stress can be the result of a big change, such as a new pet or or a new child in the family, or a smaller change the owner may think nothing of, such as new litter, new food, or some change to the home environment, such as new furniture. Whether you have a male cat spraying or a female cat doing so, it could signal that they are in heat and ready to mate. Occasionally, spraying may be a result of a health issue that warrants a visit to a veterinarian and possibly treatment. It is fairly easy to narrow down the cause of a cat’s spraying.
Stopping the Behavior
Preventing the start of a bad habit is easier than having to break that habit after it is begun. Neutering a cat before it reaches the age of sexual maturity is the best way to prevent spraying from ever starting – though a very few will do so afterwards. If your cat has already started spraying and has not yet been neutered, having the procedure done is very likely to stop the behavior, as most cats stop after being neutered, though, again, a small percentage will do so after. A neutered cat spraying is not common.
Once neutering is done, and a health issue ruled out or taken care of, if the cat is still spraying in the house, it can be determined if it is a territory or stress issue. If it is stress, try to remove or lessen the stressful elements. For example, if the stress is a new pet or a new child, keep the cat separated for a time and slowly introduce them. There are also medications that can be prescribed to help very anxious cats. Spraying to mark territory is more likely to be done by a dominant cat in a house with more than one cat. Keeping them separated may help stop the spraying. Be certain to always clean well any area that has been sprayed so they are less likely to be drawn back to it.
A cat that sprays in the house can be extremely stressful and costly, but it does not have to override the joys of cat ownership.
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