If your cat has gotten into the habit of spraying objects — inside of your house — you undoubtedly have a big, smelly and frustrating problem on your hands. In this post we’ll try to give you our best advice on how to stop your cat from spraying in the house as quickly as humanly possible.
Having a cat that deliberately chooses a target inside of your house, often of sentimental value — only to turn around, with its tail erect, to take a piss on it — can be one of the most frustrating things you’ll ever get to experience as a cat owner. Especially when you learn that cat spraying is a deliberate act, unlike when a cat accidentally pees outside of its litter box which happens every now and then.
Why Do Cats Spray In the House?
Keep in mind that spraying is something that’s usually done by male cats, and often when they start reaching their sexual maturity. Spraying is a way for cats to communicate during the mating season. For us humans — it’s extremely annoying, but for cats — it’s completely natural.
Spraying is basically a male cats way of saying “How You Doin’…?” like Joey from the show Friends 🙂
It’s also a way of marking territory. Last but not least, spraying can be a symptom of stress and overcrowding as well.
A very important reason cat spraying is so important to stop — apart from it being annoying — is because it’s the single most common reason as to why cats are euthanized. So let’s learn how to stop your cat from spraying in your house once and for all!
- Spay or neuter your cat: the first step to eliminating spraying is to neuter or spay your cat. When sex hormones are decreased, the amount of spraying will most likely decrease as well.
- Determine the conflict: the second step should always be to asses whether there’s a conflict in the home with other cats that’s causing the stress.
- Clean and soothe: try out an enzymatic cleaner if you haven’t already! In case you didn’t know, apart from the main use of an enzymatic cleaner — that is, removing the awful spraying odor — it also serves another purpose, namely prompting a cat not to respray the same area. Many people do not know this unfortunately.
- Increase the number of litter boxes: this one is crucial, especially if you have more than one cat in your home. Sometimes, one litter box is just not enough… So make sure you place multiple litter boxes throughout your home in several locations so your cat can have free access to a litter box without having to bump heads with your other cats.
- Try out Cat Spray Stop: 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 7 days using a unique method called the TTS method. I have tried CSS with great results, and also published a review of it over here.
Hopefully these 5 tips will come in handy.
They’re really all you need.
If you follow these tips, but more importantly, take action — you’ll be able to stop cat spraying in your home in as little as 7 to 14 days. It can be done with a little persistence and the correct guidance.
Cat Spray Stop is a really great product in that regard.
Good luck, and make sure you let us know in the comments below what you think of these tips! Did they help you out, or just end up making things a lot harder? We look forward to hearing from you.
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