Cats have a natural urge to “mark” their territory around the home by spraying. However, cat spraying can be a nuisance as you dig out the rubber gloves and cleaning supplies once again to clean the area where kitty has sprayed. What can you do about cat spraying?
Neuter Your Kitten
Responsible cat owners should have their kitten neutered. Consult your vet, who will be able to advise you on when to neuter your kitten. Males are usually neutered at around 6 months of age. If you neuter your kitten early enough, this will eliminate the problem of spraying from even starting. Even older cats that have not yet been neutered can benefit from this procedure and it can help to stop spraying in its tracks.
Clean Using an Enzymatic Cleaner
Once a cat has started to mark a particular area in the home, the cat will likely return and continue to spray in the same spot. In order to overcome the problem of repeated spraying, you must completely eliminate the smell of urine, so that your cat loses his attraction to the area.
According to Take Control of Spraying, on Petsmart.com, it is important to use an “enzymatic cleaner” that will neutralise the smell of the urine. As pet-odours are protein-based, the smell cannot be easily removed simply by washing the area. But if you use an enzymatic cleaner, this will break down the chemical compound of the ammonia, which in turn will get rid of the smell. It is the smell that attracts cats, but if you can eliminate the odour, the cat will not return.
Reduce Stress Factors
One of the reasons why cats spray is due to stress. Has another cat walked onto your property? Have you recently moved home? Have the cat’s food and water bowls been moved to a new location? If so, your cat may respond to the stress by spraying on furniture, desks and in other inappropriate locations. Try to stick to your cat’s routine, as unsettling life changes can trigger spraying.
Spraying is sometimes due to a medical condition such as diabetes, a blocked urethra or a urinary tract infection. If you suspect that your cat’s spraying is due to a physical, rather than a territorial reason, take him along to the vet for a medical examination.
There are a number of reasons why cats spray. The most common reason is to “mark” their territory. Eliminate cat spraying by neutering your kitten, cleaning the affected area using an enzymatic cleaner and by reducing stress factors. If you suspect that the spraying is due to a physical condition, make an appointment for your cat to see the vet.
Petsmart.com, Take Control of Spraying.