Your cat is not all that different from its wild ancestors. They are compelled by instinct to stake their claim by leaving their scent behind. While most territory marking is done by harmless rubbing or scratching, urination problems may occur, otherwise known as cat spraying.
What causes a cat to spray?
You have introduced new animals into the home: If you are bringing home another cat or dog, make sure that you give your feline friend plenty of time to get used to the idea. The new pet should have its own room for a while so your existing one can get to know them slowly. Don’t make them share a litter box either.
They want to mate: The desire to spray is particularly high in cats that have not been spayed or neutered, so the best approach is to have it done before the issue arises, at the age of five months.
They are stressed: Cats are creatures of habit, and many of them respond negatively to even minor changes in their surroundings. This can range from a new pet or child in the house to their owner’s absence, a suspicious cat in the backyard, and other environmental factors we aren’t aware of or understand.
Your cat is ill: Most important is to rule out illness; your local vet will need to check your cat to make sure that an underlying illness is not the root cause of your cat spraying. Some of the symptoms your cat is ill can be:-
- Diarrhoea / Vomiting
- Bald patches or sores on the coat caused by over grooming
- Eating non-food items such as wool, paper, or plastic
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain
- Frequent squatting, painful urination with blood in it (e.g. cystitis).
How to stop them from spraying
First of all, if you have more than one cat, you need to identify which one is spraying and try to get to the root cause of it. Once you’ve identified the reason your cat is spraying you can then work on helping them. Remember cats are creatures of habit and they are at their happiest when they have certainty and routine in their life.
- Establish a routine for your cat and stick to it
- Introduce new pets and people slowly
- Make sure you have several drinking, eating, and litter tray facilities in multiple cat homes
- A cat tree for safe perching and climbing encourages natural behaviour and helps them feel safe.
- Never shout at your cat, they don’t speak English and this will make them spray more!
- Try natural calming treatments if stress is the cause.
If All Else Fails and Your Cats still Spraying
PowAir Urine and Odour Remover Spray has been a complete game-changer for our house; our KD cat simply can’t help urinating in the home. Trust me I’ve tried every trick, tip and product known to man with poor results. Now we simply spray the area and the odour vanished…. Amazing!
We use the pet urine detector torch when we’ve been out and King Bill has sprayed somewhere and you just can’t find it! It’s become a household game; we wait while it goes dark then go round the house with the torch and spray! I’d say it’s almost therapeutic some would say I need to get out more! Either way, my house no longer smells like a giant litter tray!
It’s also great for other odours I’ve even sprayed this in smelly shoes and it works a treat! Check out the full range on our website they all smell amazing!