If you have a problem with cat spraying, it's time for more than just another round of furniture cleaning. You need a solution – fast.
When your cat sprays, it signals stress or fear on the part of your feline, and it can cause major stress for you and your household. Thankfully, you can help reduce feline spraying – if you understand why they're happening. For best results, it’s important to make a proper determination between ordinary urine spraying and behavioral urine spraying.
Ordinary urine spraying
If the cat is squatting and urinating on a horizontal surface, there are a number of reasons for this behavior, including:
Inadequate cleaning of the litter box
- Unacceptable type of litter or litter box
- Relocation of litter box to busy area
- Accessibility of litter box (Is your cat blocked by another animal?)
- If all other potential causes have been ruled out, please see a veterinarian.
Behavioral urine spraying
If your cat is directing urine onto a vertical surface (marking), Comfort Zone® Feliway® products are effective in helping to control this behavior. Example behaviors and stress-triggers might be:
- You (or your cat) has recently moved
- Loud noises
- New pet in the house
- New furniture in the house
5 facts about cat urine spraying
- You can fix it. Comfort Zone® Feliway® products can ease your pet’s stress, making her calmer and less likely to spray. Comfort Zone® Feliway® products are clinically proven* to help reduce vertical scratching and urine spraying in 9 out of 10 cats in 28 days. By mimicking the soothing feline facial pheromone, Comfort Zone® Feliway® products can give your cat a calm, relaxed feeling in any environment, even if it is next to your living room sofa.
- The "permanent" option. Spaying and neutering your cat – especially early in his or her life – will usually eliminate or decrease spraying. Even if your furry friend is no longer a kitten, spaying or neutering may still help spraying – just check with your vet for a professional recommendation.
- All cats can spray. Male cats spray most often – particularly adult, un-neutered males. But that doesn't mean they're the only ones that spray. Any cat, including neutered males and spayed females, can spray.
- There is a root cause. When cats spray urine, they're generally acting out due to fear, stress or disruptions in their lives. Asking the right questions to understand why your cat is spraying is the first step to finding a solution: Did you move recently? Get a new pet? Buy new furniture? Are there stray cats in the neighborhood or new pets in the next apartment? Seemingly subtle changes in your pet's daily routine or surroundings can cause a big reaction.
- Keeping clean matters. Before you can stop spraying, you have to clean up any urine — and clean it well. Traces of old sprayings can trigger your cat’s desire to re-mark an area, making it cyclical. In addition to standard household cleaning products or urine-removal products, many pet parents find vinegar-water mixtures, followed by baking soda, to be effective at removing odor. Be sure not to use a cleaner with ammonia, which is actually a component of cat urine and can trigger further marking incidents.