If a cat has sprayed your lovely car — I’ve written this blog post specifically for you. Walking up to a car that reeks of cat urine isn’t exactly the best way to start your day, right? It can be even more aggravating if the cat marking your car isn’t even yours.
Luckily I know almost all there is to know about why cats spray, and what one can do to combat it. The tips I’m about to give you for how to keep cats from spraying your car aren’t really groundbreaking. Please keep that in mind. We’re simply going to be using the same tactics we use for keeping cats from spraying our garden, our clothes and the inside of our house. Enjoy.
Before I go into the how, let’s first go into the why. Why do cats feel the need to mark your car?
Well — to make a long story short — it’s because it makes them feel safe. Cats communicate through the scents in their urine, and by marking a spot it’s the cat’s way of marking their territory. It’s also the way male cats attract a mate during mating season. I bet you didn’t know that!
So, how do I stop local cats from spraying my car?
If you’re unlucky — local cats in your neighborhood might be spraying your car. This is something that an affect you in many, many ways. For example, if a cat sprays in your air vents — what do you think the inside of your car will smell moving forward every time you turn on your air conditioner?
That’s right — cat urine.
Imagine being out on a cruise on a hot summer day thinking you can just turn on the air conditioner should things get too hot — only to choke on the absolutely horrendous scent of urine. That probably happens to thousands of people on a daily basis worldwide.
It’s one of the easiest ways for your car’s value to drop in a matter of days, really. Nobody wants to purchase a car that reeks of cat urine. And it can be tough to clean out once it has happened.
Usually when it comes to your own cat spraying, I advocate taking a look at why it could be happening. The cats are trying to tell you something most of the time.
Maybe it’s a slight change in the immediate environment that’s making your cat feel a lot more anxious which later leads to cat spraying in inappropriate locations. This is only the case when you own the cat yourself, though.
However, if you don’t, and you’re having a problem with local cats spraying your car — there’s still ways of preventing it from happening. You can keep cats from spraying your car and this is how.
The most common reason a cat decides to mark a car as their territory is because they most likely spent the night sleeping under it — sometimes with other stray cats close by. In most cases, the cats are simply trying to communicate with other cats in the neighborhood. By marking their territory, they are effectively telling other cats to stay away from their home.
The very best thing you can do when this starts to happen is to repel cats from even trying to come close to your car. Here’s a couple of tips that I hope will help you:
- Placing orange/lemon peels:
- Wash the stains with vinegar:
- Tattle tail alarm:
- Sticky tape:
The tips above are my tips on how to get local cats to stop spraying your car. If it’s your own cat spraying your car — please keep reading. I’ve got some advice for you as well. It’s actually a lot easier to get your own cat to stop spraying your car than it is to get a local cat to stop the behavior.
How do I stop my own cat from spraying my car?
While I’ve probably published over 100 unique tips on how to get your cat to stop spraying on this blog alone — here’s some of my best advice.
First of all, always rule out any medical issues — even if a visit to the veterinarian might be really expensive where you live.
It’s also common for cats to be under a lot of stress or feel devalued, which often leads to spraying their owners car. If your cat is in need of your attention — they might take to spraying your car.
I think most of us cat parents know that our cats can be clingy sometimes. Once a cat feels ignored, or not engaged enough — then there’s a big chance they might start spraying.
These are my best tips on how to get your own cat to stop spraying your car:
- Get your cat neutered (if you haven’t already):
- Aluminium foil:
- Increase playtime:
- The car horn:
- Provide enough resources:
- Placing orange/lemon peels:
- Restrict access to the outside:
- Spray vinegar and lemon juice around your driveway:
If you’re looking for a more permanent way to get your cat to stop spraying — which I recommend most of my blog readers to do — give Cat Spray Stop a try. Created by Susan Westinghouse, a vet and cat specialist, Cat Spray Stop is an all-encompassing guide designed to help you stop cat spraying in your home in as little as 30 days using a unique method called the TTS method.
I have tried it with great results, and have also published a review of Cat Spray Stop over here. Good luck!
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