Cat Spraying: Why does it happen and what you can do

Cat Spraying: Why does it happen and what you can do

The Author:

Micka V.

Yes, we feel you. Cat spraying is a disaster! Cat spraying is often considered as one of the most common behavioral problems in cats most pet parents encounter. But why does this happen and how can you redirect it?

"Spraying is rooted deeply in cats' history in the wild - claiming something as theirs by leaving their own scent."

FROM THEIR WILD ROOTS

Spraying is rooted deeply in cats' history in the wild - claiming something as theirs by leaving their own scent. And since scent is the fundamental method of cats to communicate, spraying urine seemed to be a way of leaving their calling cards! But kidding aside, did you know that territory marking isn't the only reason why your cat is spraying?

CAT SPRAYING OR JUST URINATING?

Before we go deep into the hows and whys, it’s important that you determine if your cat is truly spraying, or if he is just urinating outside the litter box.

Cat spraying happens when your cat stands back up to a vertical surface, erects his tails and sprays urine. Regular urinating, on the other hand, is when your cat squats to pee on any horizontal surface, on the floor, on things on the floor, on furniture, etc.

WHY DOES IT HAPPEN?

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It is best to know why cat spraying is happening to your cat.

Knowing the reason why your cat sprays will help you find the best way to address it and eventually eliminate or redirect this behavior.

'Move over. This is mine.'

As mentioned above, the most common reason on why cat spraying happens is your cat marking something as his and establishing territory.

Female cat spraying happens when your female marks objects with urine to let male cats know that she is looking for a mate.

Male cat spraying is also common when there are female cats in heat nearby. Our cats can get quite a little too possessive, can't they?

Alpha kitty, Gamma kitty, little ball of fur. Your cat's spraying also depends on your cat's personality. Is he an Alpha? These cats are dominant and may bully other cats. Is he a Beta? These cats are friendly towards anyone and always love companionship. Is he a Gamma cat? These cats are quiet, shy and prefer to be alone.

Moreover, confident cats always want to display that they are in victory against his confrontation with other cats. The apprehensive cat, on the other hand, will sometimes spray his concealed aggression.

Stressful environment. Cats can easily feel insecure & stressed out and they spray because they want to feel secure. Stressors can be a new pet at home, stray animals, loud noises from the neighborhood, your house guests, a new litter box or even changes in your furniture arrangements at home.

Changes in Daily Routine. Cat spraying can also be caused by a distraction of your cat’s daily routine. For example, if you go on vacation and a caretaker looks after your cat, your cat will be anxious because you are not there and he will spray on all the things he’s not supposed to.

Health issues. Spraying is one of the many ways cats communicate. If your cat begins to spray large amounts of urine, it’s best to have your cat examined by a veterinarian to determine the exact cause of the spraying.

HOW CAN I MANAGE CAT SPRAYING?

Cat spraying can be pretty hard to break and can also be a total disaster if not managed properly! But as responsible pet parents, we always have ways to make it a lot easier for the cats we love.

Spay or neuter. Cats who are not spayed or neutered are the on the top list of cats who spray. If you do not plan to mate your cat (ever or again),spaying or neutering your cat is a way on how to stop a cat from spraying.

Tender Loving Care. Cats are needy and affectionate creatures so spend time with your cat as much as possible. Provide your cat with an environment that's far from whatever triggers stress in him.

Cat diapers. Yes! This is one of the most convenient ways to prevent your cat from spraying on furniture/carpet/mats/places he shouldn’t.

Washable cat diapers are more comfortable for cats as they are typically made from stretchable, breathable fabric.

Cat spraying in cats can be caused by many reasons and can also be managed in a lot of ways to give your cat a happy and healthy life.With you.

"Spraying is one of the many ways cats communicate. If your cat begins to spray large amounts of urine, it’s best to have your cat examined by a veterinarian to determine the exact cause of the spraying."

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