One of the most unpleasant behaviour issues to deal with in cats is spraying. The good news is that using a dedicated guardian and vet working together, spraying may be overcome. It just takes some detective work and a little behavioral modification.
What’s cat spraying?
Spraying, also called urine marking, is when a cat deposits urine on a wall, door or other vertical (vertical) object. A cat will not squat to sprayas would happen with normal urination; rather, a cat that is spraying will be standing straight up. Should you see your cat in the action, you can also notice an erect tail with a few occasional twitching of the tail or the entire body. You’ll also probably notice that the odor of the urine at the spray is much more pungent than urine deposited in the litterbox. The smell is due to additional items in the urine that facilitate communication, such as pheromones.
Why do cats spray?
One common reason for spraying is that something isn’t right. For this reason, your first step should always be a visit to the vet. If you and your vet’ve mastered a medical reason for spraying, then it’s time to research behavioral causes:
Within feline social groups, urine marking is used as a form of communication. By spraying at a particular area, a cat may allow other cats know she’s been there. Marking in an area also lets other cats know to keep off and establishes a cat’s territory.
Anyone who has cats understands they can be quite sensitive to changes in the environment. If you’ve moved to a new location, done significant renovations, brought home a new family member, or lost one, you could discover your cat beginning to spray. One recent study in Applied Animal Behaviour Science looked at just how compound cues and odor can assist a cat to feel comfortable in her environment and decrease stress.
Cats may render”messages” about potential breeding experiences by spraying. That is the reason why so many cats who spray are unneutered males, although spraying may be located among fixed males and spayed and entire guys too.
If you live in a home with more than one cat, spraying may happen if there is conflict between the cats. Even multiple cats that get too may mark inside the household, just because of the existence of different cats.
We can even see urine marking in homes with only one cat, where there are cats roaming freely outside and the house cat knows of the existence of the other cats.
How to stop cat spraying
As mentioned earlier, your absolute first step would be a trip to your vet to rule out medical causes of the behaviour. Any steps you take to correct this behaviour won’t function if your cat is ill. If it is behavioral, then measure one is identifying the cause. These are the questions I’d ask myself:
1. Which cat is marking? In case you have multiple cats, first, figure out which cat is doing the marking. One technique is to limit the cats and let one out to roam at a time. If this does not work, you can get in touch with your vet to see if it is possible to find a prescription for fluorescein. This non-toxic dye can be put in your cat’s food and will look blue under a UV flashlight. The dye can be removed from your wall too.
2. Does my cat neutered or spayed? Otherwise, doing so can help, particularly if other cats are around.
3. Is my cat being taunted by the neighbors? If neighborhood cats are the issue, keep window shades closed, in addition to doors. You are able to block displays, and accessibility to any perches or areas to relax and look outside the windows. You do not need to do this for every window, but concentrate on the ones where your cat is viewing different cats.
4. How can I offer my own cats space? If you do have multiple indoor cats, raise the amount of litter box options.
Give cats more areas to sit up high (cat trees, shelves( and window perches). Place multiple water and food bowls around the house, along with toys. The more there is of that which, the more likely it is that battle will fall.
Cleaning may reduce cat spraying
Regardless of the problem causing the marking, you need to be certain that you wash any feline spraying in your home properly. It’s not sufficient to just use soap and water to remove the smell. It may not smell for youpersonally, but if not cleaned correctly, your cat may definitely feel. Use special enzymatic cleaners which are made specifically to break down pet urine. Do not use any type of cleanser using an ammonia base, as this odor can provoke more spraying because there is ammonia in urine.
How can your vet help you decrease cat spraying?
If you continue to struggle stop a cat from peeing, share it with your vet. Some cats may be set on medication for anxiety to help alleviate the spraying.