What is Spraying?
Spraying is a problem that causes many people to give up their male cats. If you own a Cat, then it is essential to understand the behavior and how you can prevent or stop it.
First, we need to understand what Spraying is:
Spraying is marking territory with small amounts of urine. This may be done by either a male cat (Tomcat) or a female cat (Queen). Cats Spraying is different than other forms of house soiling because it does not involve feces.
When do Male Cats start spraying?
Cats start Spraying around six months of age as cats reach puberty. Castrating males possibly could reduce or stop spraying in up to 95% of cats! But neutering your pet is no guarantee that it would not Spray. Around 5% of neutered cats still do Spray.
Why do Male Cats spray?
- Tomcats that were neutered too early in life might never have learned the proper social skills necessary for group living. Thus they would attempt to mark their territory as a solitary animal. In general, intact males are more likely to spray than neutered ones.
- Another theory, which is our leading theory at this time, is that cats naturally communicate using pheromones, and spraying helps them establish territorial boundaries. They may also use scent-marking in response to neighborhood changes or other environmental stressors, which might otherwise render the cat unable to escape.When they feel vulnerable, they need a way of saying “back off,” or defense mechanisms take over because there isn’t an escape route! The cat may be feeling crowded when living in too small a space when he shares his “home” with another feline member(s).
Male cats usually spray to advertise their territory and find mates. In contrast, females often indicate that an area is theirs by spraying small amounts around that area to keep other cats away from it. There may also be competition between two individuals who want to mark the exact location in multi-cat households, with one cat’s spray overpowering another’s by sheer volume.
If you own a multi-cat household, each cat must have enough personal space. This might not be easy to achieve if you have a small apartment or a house with a limited number of rooms. You can read about how to create more space for your cats in the Tips section below.
- Cats can also spray when they reach puberty, which becomes highly normal for male cats because, during this particular period, instinct makes them compete with other male cats, and marking their territory is one of the primary things they do this time. Even a small percentage of neutered Male Cats do Spray
- Some cats might spray at home because their owners forget to clean the litter box properly. If the litter box has clumps of fecal material and urine-soaked litter, then one cannot blame the cat for using some other place as its bathroom. The odor of ammonia is sharp and irritating to humans, and is even more so to cats.
How to prevent your pet cat from spraying?
This behavior that of your pet Spraying, can be very frustrating for cat owners. Many people have started to keep a pet cat in the modern world because it is more straightforward and straightforward. They also avoid allergic reactions or pollution brought by the usual types of pets such as dogs, birds, mice, and others. In short, they all prefer to get a cute little kitten rather than any other type of animal.
It is important not to punish your cat for this behavior because it does serve a social function in helping cats get along in a multi-cat home. It is not done for spite, and cats do not express satisfaction when they mark over the scent of another cat.
The best way to discourage this behavior is to make sure your cat has access to an area where she can urinate in peace and preferably by using a product like Feliway (available from most vets) which can help reduce stress and help stop cats spraying episodes in their tracks.
There are specific steps you can take to prevent your pet from spraying the house, and they include:
- Pheromone spray – you can use special pheromone sprays that will make your cat feel safe and secure. There are different types of such sprays, but the best one is Feliway Spray, available in any pet shop. You can spray it directly on the places where the cat has sprayed, so this way, you’ll be able to prevent it from doing it again.
- Spray deterrent – there are special sprays that will prevent your pet from spraying in the house. You can directly spray on vertical surfaces or around parts of the place where your cat usually gets into with its urine. When you purchase such a spray, make sure that it is made of 100% natural products and be careful when using it. If you accidentally get into your cat’s eyes with this spray, rinse them immediately with water and consult the vet in case this happens again.
- Cleaning products – One of the best cleaning products that can be used to remove pheromones from your pet’s urine is Nature’s Miracle, designed especially for reducing such factors and obliterating all traces. You can buy it online or from a local pet shop as well, and it will reduce the impact of pheromones on your cat significantly.
- When you feel that there might be some problems and your pet is spraying due to stress or fear, don’t force it to stay in one place. Let your pet have free access to the whole house to feel at ease and won’t try to treat its territory with urine. If you keep them locked in a particular room or part of the house, they might feel threatened and do this as a way of defense.
- If you want to prevent your cat from spraying in the house, it’s essential that you give them enough attention. When they feel safe and happy with their owners, they won’t mark their territory because there will be no need for this. Ensure that your cat is satisfied before leaving the house so it won’t spray its urine all over your home.
The litter box should be cleaned regularly; using clumping litter makes this process easier. Make it a point to discard stools and wet litter at least two times a day. Boxes using clumping litter can go up to 3 weeks before actual changes (you will be adding more litter after removing the clumps), but a box with ordinary litter has be changed, and the box washed regularly, 2 times every week.
- If you are using mechanical litter boxes, then it could also be that the sound emanating from the litter box is scaring your cat. try to use an ordinary litter box and watch the behavior of your pet before opting for a mechanical litter box.
- You can also provide your pet with a cat tree or scratching post so it will mark this territory instead of yours. This way, they will feel more secure and won’t try to do it yourself.
- Spaying is also another effective way of preventing your cat from spraying in the house, as this way, your pet won’t feel threatened and stressed. This procedure might be a little bit expensive, but in the end, it’s worth it because you’ll no longer have to deal with unpleasant urine smells and wet carpets. Don’t wait for this behavior to become a habit because it can seriously affect your life and that of your family when it happens.
- Do not let your cat see other cats regularly because this will increase the chances of spraying at home. In short, they feel secure when nobody can enter their territory, and seeing others cats around them is dangerous for them in particular situations.
- Keep your windows and doors open but have screens on them. This will allow fresh air into your home and calm your cat down.
- It would also be a good idea to consult pet trainers or read guides like Cat Spraying No More which has been written by an experienced pet trainer who has helped pet owners solve many problems with their pets.
Frequently asked Questions
- Do Female Cats Spray? Yes, they do for most of the reasons stated above. Environmental factors, stress, dirty litter box etc.
- Do Male Cats Spray? Yes. In some cases, neutered Males also indulge in spraying
- When do male cats start spraying? Spraying often starts around six months of age as cats reach sexual maturity. Spaying females and castrating males will reduce or stop spraying behavior in up to 95% of cats!
- Do neutered cats spray? See 2 above
- Do all male cats spray? Both male and female cats can mark with urine. … Castration or neutering will change the odor, and may reduce the cat’s motivation for spraying, but approximately 10% of neutered males and 5% of spayed females will continue to spray.
- Do Male cats spray? See 2 above
- When do Male cats start spraying? See 3 above
- Where do cats spray from? Both male and female cats spray, using their urethra.
- Do unneutered cats spray? Absolutely they do.