A cat spraying indoors is a major problem but can we identify why he is doing it and potentially rectify the problem?
Cats spraying urine is a natural way they distinguish their own territory. Both Neutered and Un Neutered cats can spray but this is most common in Un Neutered Cats. Cats will spray outside to mark their territory to other cats.
It is unusual for cats spraying indoors because cats are naturally clean animals and the house is a territory that cats don’t need to mark. This is for two reasons. The first reason is that no other cats will have access to the house so there is no need to spray, his territory is already marked, and it is his home. The second is that cats like to keep their house and themselves clean, this is where they eat and where they sleep.
Every now and then we get a cat owner saying there cat is spraying indoors. A cat that sprays indoors is a big problem to a house hold, the smell is disgusting and they can ruin furniture and make the house dirty and feel un liveable. If your cat does spray in door we need to identify why he is doing it and how to rectify the problem.
Common reasons for Cats Spraying Indoors
• Your cat hasn’t been neutered
• A sudden change to routine.
• New animals in the house.
• A new baby.
• Excessive amounts of cats in your back/front yard.
If you do not plan to breed your cat it is important to get him neuted at the appropriate age, this can avoid a cat spraying. If your cat starts to spray it is important to try and rectify it as soon as possible. The longer he goes on the less likely he will stop.
Ways to stop a cat spraying indoors
• Give your cat outside access
• Get your cat Neutered
• Busy your cat with toys and playtime, try and tire him out and make him forget about the spraying incident.
• Spend time with your cat, if you have moved house try and reassure him don’t leave him on his own.
• Don’t give your cat access to where he sprayed for a few times, you don’t want it become a area associated with spraying.
If you continue to have problems to your cat to a medical professional.