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He will then spray a fine stream of foul smelling urine at just the right height for any other cat to smell it.
Urine marking is a primal urge, but if you have trained your cat to use the litter box, and it continues to mark the home or squat and urinate any place except the litter box, there may be something else going on. For example, the cat may not be satisfied with the litter box (i.e., its location or its environment) or it may have kidney stones, bladder stones, urinary crystals or feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD), which is associated with painful urination. Cat spray is on objects or areas to mark territory. It can occur in any age, breed, or gender, and urine is more common with males than in females. Spraying around doors or windows might be a marking response to the presence of a cat outside. Marking in the home may be a response to another cat, either in the home or outdoors. Also, due to competitive behaviors, the probability of urine spraying indoors is directly proportional to the number of cats in the household. You should also consider the possibility that there may be a physical cause for the behavior. Following are some possibilities: Some environmental/behavioral factors to consider: If none of the solutions you are attempting are succesful and if you are unsure what seems to be the underlying cause of the house soiling, consult your veterinarian as it may be a health-related condition. Urinary blockages are a medical emergency, so if your cat is straining to urinate, contact your veterinarian immediately.
You love your cat, but the offensive odor your home has taken on from his spraying has pushed you to your limit. The solution doesn't have to be finding another home for Tommy. There are a few things you can do to get control of the situation and discourage the behavior.
Depending on many things, a cat may stop spraying:
Smelling another cat outside can cause your cat to spray inside.
Cat spraying and urine marking are social, sexual and territorial behaviors. It's also how cats express extreme emotions such as frustration. Your cat is trying to tell you sometime. The primary cause of the spraying is your cat's insecurity in his territory.Has your schedule and therefore his routine changed drastically? Are you "seeing another cat" outside your home and bringing back its scent on your clothing? Moving into a new home or changes in the environment can cause a cat to spray. Previous occupants of your new home may have had a cat and your cat may be reacting to the smells that cat left behind.
All these things can cause a cat to spray or urine mark. Many people don't realize it, but both male and female cats can urine mark. Again, and I cannot emphasize this enough, the primary cause of spraying is your cat's insecurity in his territory. Help your cat increase his confidence and feeling of security. Give him tons of praise, affection and attention for simply breathing. Constantly reassure him that he is the most wonderful cat in the world. Play with him, massage him, talk to him, do everything to rebuild his self esteem.
When cats spray windows, doorways, fireplaces or any area where outside smells can enter your home, it's a sure sign that something out there is provoking it. It can be a tomcat, a female cat in season, maybe even a dog. Close off the windows so your cat can't see out. Maybe even just the sight of a perceived rival or threat is causing him to spray. In addition, place a few drops of your favorite perfume or aftershave by the window to mask out any scent that may be entering through the window. At the same time, your cat needs his confidence and security reinforced. Pay extra special attention to him and under no circumstance reprimand him for spraying behavior. You will only add stress to stress and worsen the problem. What your cat needs is reassurance and a sense of security from you, not your scorn.First, is he neutered? Generally, neutering prevents or stops spraying behavior in a cat, but it's not a 100% solution. Is your cat healthy? Have there been any social changes, like a roommate moving in or out? Is there a new cat or dog in the neighborhood that he perceives as a rival or threat? Is your cat being inadvertently "mistreated" in any way? Does your cat feel neglected?Spraying urine in the home can be an indication that your pet is feeling distressed and needs to feel more secure by surrounding itself by its own fragrance.