1. Spay or Neuter the Cat
Spaying/ neutering your cat is a panacea for majority spraying issues. However, this method of stopping your cat from spraying in or round the house is most effective on mainly tomcats and the cats less than six months old. To this, most cats stop the deplorable behavior immediately, while others may take a little longer to stop. Research has authenticated that a whopping 90% of cats won’t begin spraying if they were fixed before they start spraying.
2. See a Vet
2. See a Vet
Another important measure to take in order to curb your cat from spraying is visiting a veterinarian to determine if there may be any health failures resulting to the spraying. For instance, if the pet is urinating outside his or her litter box and the urine is leaving noticeable stains or puddles on carpets, make a point of calling your vet right away. They may be convulsed with urinary tract infection, cystitis, which calls for the immediate attention of animal specialist. Or else, as aforementioned, the cat may be just trying to mark territory by doing the sprays.
3. Supervise the Cat’s Relationships
Some social cases might be the reason your cat is spraying. As such, it is good to chase away, if there are any, aggressive or frightful cats from the neighborhood of the spraying cat. To prevent the cat from noticing the invaders from outside, ensure shades or curtains are closed. Further close cat doors so yours may be certain its aggressors have no access to its home zone.
If you have in the same house more than one cat, cultivate some positive relations and friendliness among them. If they get along as one, they become less competitive and are less likely to engage spraying as a way of demarcating territories. To achieve this, play with them together, and give unbiased attention to all. Get them eating from the same plate and sleeping together. Stir them to grooming each other by wiping them using some damp and wooly cloth.
4. Eliminate the Odor Where They Sprayed
If you eliminate the odor of their urine where they chose to spray, cats will instinctively get discouraged from marking the same place again. Using a black light, illuminate the spots where urine resides are. Then use a non-ammonia enzymatic cleaner, like laundry detergent, then a spray of white distilled vinegar mixed with water, or any product meant to remove urine remains from pet places.
Assess if there are any changes in your cat’s lifestyle, as these may cause cats stress leading to spraying as a form of expressing disgust. For instance, changes in schedules that affect the cat’s life, locations, presence of new pets, new family members coming or the old leaving, the manner in which the new residence is shaped and painted, or increased number of pets in the house, may cause the cat great stress and/or fear. The resolution here will be getting the cat back to its former comforts it was used to if this would be possible, or putting the cat under an anti-anxiety treatment and conciliatory therapy if it’s practically impossible to change the new and prevailing external factors. Play with your cat often, have quiet moments together, offer increased affection, all to alleviate the fear in your cat, as insecure cats may resolve to spray. Another possible way of helping your cat is putting it away in a separate room when new people visit, especially if these guests have their own cats may carry in their scents.
Some anti-spray devices such as CatScram that produce high pitch sound to repel cats from their intentions are commercially available at pet stores. Consult your veterinarian for recommendation. SSSCAT Spray and No-Scratch! Spay, for example, repel cats with their distasteful essences, therefore a cat will avoid treated areas or flower pots. They are good in keeping your cat off particular zones, drapes, and furniture, which is good in disrupting its unbecoming development.
Cat spraying is definitely a problem you cannot put up with. Whenever you notice that your cat is spraying or suspect so, take necessary action right away, and by following the tips illuminated in this article you can never get it wrong but keep your house free from undesirable odor.