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Why Is Kitty Spraying?

Cat Spraying or Urinating There is a Difference!

Is your cat spraying your furniture, walls or windows? You are not alone when it comes to the issue of how to stop a cat from spraying, period! This is the number one reason a person takes a cat in to see the vet and is the main reason the owner get rid of the cat.

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In researching the topic there are some common steps recommended by the experts to start changing the cat’s behavior. The number one reason cited by the experts is failure to get your cat neutered or spayed. You must also determine if the problem is just urinating outside the litter box or marking by spraying. There is a difference in both situations in respect that urinating problems are always an indication of a medical situation where spraying can be a combination of medical and behavioral problems.

  • Determine first that there are no organic issues by taking your cat to the veterinarian. Even if you went recently or in the past with the same problem of spraying, you should allow the vet several opportunities to screen and rule out disease or other issues that are treatable with medication or surgery. Many diseases and disorders that are treatable may cause your cat to stress out or have physical problems urinating. Because so many medical conditions can cause spraying, your veterinarian will need to keep ruling out those possibilities through examination and testing.
  • Litter box issues can also cause a cat to urinate outside the box even though it has no medical condition. If you have a multi cat household then this is likely to occur. Cats want their own litter box but also feel all of them are theirs so you begin having territorial issues related to litter boxes. Always have at least one more box than number of cats in the house. If there are target areas your cats are spraying, consider placing the litter box near there for several days to see if kitty will use the box or continue spraying. Eventually you want the boxes spread out in such a way that the cats can claim a primary box as theirs. Having all your boxes in one location or expecting cats to use the same box may be the cause for them to start spraying.Behavioral problems not associated with a medical condition can occur if your cat feels another cat or even a human threatens its territory. Cats are weird in this respect and it pays to understand that your cat can change from using its litter box to spraying overnight. Here are some comments the experts agree on:
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  • If your cat is spraying doors and windows then it is likely that there is another cat in its territory and your cat it trying to make the invader aware of this by spraying. What you may not have considered is the other cat had sprayed the window or door from the other side or the same side in a multi-cat household.
  • Many households have indoor/outdoor cats by using pet doors to allow access to outside. There is a video on YouTube that shows why pet doors can be a problem. A camera was set up to see who is spraying a car parked in the garage every night. The individual owns a dog and no cats so this was an interesting turn of events. Turns out that eight neighborhood cats came into the garage to spray his car. There are locking devices on newer pet doors that has a microchip you place in the cat’s collar that will activate the door to allow your cat access.
  • Some cats have an attitude by nature and they begin to expect that you are there only to serve them and use spraying as a means of claiming the house and you as theirs. This is the most common reason a cat begins spraying regardless of sex. This cat will also start spraying if you have company staying or construction making rooms unavailable to kitty. Possessive cats refuse to have their routines disrupted and spraying is a mechanism that expresses their displeasure to you.

None of the experts offered immediate cures or methods to change a cat’s behavior quickly. I provide an eBook that covers many of the bad cat behavior issues available at my website: http://tipsaboutcats.com at a special price. Most recommend spending more time with the cat to develop bonding and eliminate all areas kitty is spraying with special cleaners that break down the urine. Regular cleaners may even cause a worse problem by spreading the urine rather than breaking it down. Half vinegar and water works well in breaking down cat urine followed with enzymes to eliminate the urine.

An animal behaviorist or animal communicator that specializes in cats will help identify the reasons for spraying and provide you with the steps to correct this behavior. They run several hundred dollars per session but could be the least expensive alternative if kitty is ruining your rugs and furniture.

By Claude West, Tips about Cats

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