Why is my cat starting to spray in the house?
Cats also mark their indoor territory by rubbing, scratching and bunting. Most pet cats are neutered and do not spray indoors, probably because they do not feel the need to. Spraying indoors is a sign that the cat is feeling stressed and is trying to feel more secure by surrounding themselves with their own scent.
However, spraying can even occur with neutered males and spayed females, especially if you have waited to neuter a male cat after he has reached sexual maturity, by then, spraying may have become a fixed habit with him. Your cats may spray urine to mark their territory when they feel stressed.
- Spraying is when a cat backs up to a vertical surface with their tail erect and squirts urine. Regular urinating is when they squat to pee on the furniture, the floor, things lying on the floor or any other horizontal surface. Both males and females can (and do) spray and squat.
- All cats - male or female, neutered or not - will mark out their territory with urine spraying. Cat's spray can be a reaction to a stressful situation. During these situations cats will spray urine to increase their self-assurance, to cope with emotional stress, or as a displacement strategy to soothe itself.
- Method 1 Calming a Cat in Heat
- Recognize that your cat is in heat.
- Isolate her from male cats.
- Give your cat something warm to sit on.
- Use catnip only if it calms your cat down.
- Test whether herbal remedies are effective.
- Use Feliway in your home.
- Keep her litter box clean.
- Play with your cat.
Cat spraying is a common problem and in most cases may be stopped by neutering the cat. Typically, over 90% of cats stop spraying within 6 months after the neutering procedure. However, even neutered cats may spray; typically this is due to a medical condition or stress.
- Many intact male cats make challenging pets. Many, but not all cats become less active and less aggressive after they are neutered. Spraying of urine usually, but not always, diminishes. Based on your description, I think your cat's behavior is changing normally in response to decreased testosterone in his system.
- There are so many cats without homes that some shelters neuter kittens early, at 8 – 12 weeks old, so they are neutered prior to adoption. This is the only way they can guarantee that a kitten will be neutered. Normally, cats are neutered at 6 – 8 months old.
- An unspayed female cat typically reaches sexual maturity at around six months of age, although Oriental breeds such as Siamese cats can have their first heat as early as 5 months, while Persians may be 10 months old before they become sexually mature.
Medical Reasons for Inappropriate Urination. If your well-trained cat suddenly starts peeing in random places, a visit to the vet is the first thing to do. Your cat could have a urinary tract infection (UTI), which is very common. An infection will cause him pain and he'll refuse to use his litter box.
- Cat litter often clumps and expands when exposed to moisture. This design feature can work against it when going down a drain. Cat litter clogs can completely cut off the flow of water through a drain pipe. Water pressure on the clog can be taken advantage of to push the cat litter clump on down the drain pipe.
- The Top 10 Flushable Litters
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- Blue Buffalo Naturally Fresh – efficacy and economy. Made from walnut shells, this litter has a huge fan following. It can be flushed and is septic safe, completely biodegradable, clumps really well, and controls odor effectively. There have been some complaints about blocked plumbing after flushing this litter.
Updated: 3rd December 2019