Cats Spraying Urine Indoors:
Below is a list that will help in dealing with a cat spraying urine indoors due to psychological reasons.
- Spend at least a half hour a day playing, massaging, combing, and petting your cat. If your cat is spraying personal items then it is likely upset with you about something. I like to split up the contact to several times a day. Please do what you can to have some quality time with your cat.
- Should kitty be fixed and is marking randomly then it is likely upset about other things. Such as: other pets in the house, litter box maintenance, change in routine, change in furniture, changes in access to rooms, and even issues with having company for a week or two. Cats hate change and will fight it tooth and claw.
- If kitty is marking around windows, glass doors, or screen doors then likely another animal is on the property. This happens with indoor cats getting excited about other animals invading their territory. An indoor/outdoor cat will likely put up a confrontation first. Should they lose, this could create anxiety and kitty starts spraying doors and windows.
Medical reasons cats spraying urine indoors:
- If the cat looks like it is trying to pee in the litter box but nothing happens. Shortly later you find a puddle elsewhere this is an organic problem and the veterinarian needs to exam your cat. Kitty could have a urinary infection or even worse have blockage due to Struvite crystals.
Below is a list of tips when you first notice the cats spraying indoors.
- Purchase a strong (100 watt or more) portable black light. Ultraviolet light will make urine and most organic material fluoresce. The house must be dark for the black light to be visible. Since all of the lights are off, use coins or painters tape to mark locations. Go everywhere in every room including above cabinets and counters and accessible entertainment centers. Don’t forget the garage if it is attached to the house and your cat has access there.
- Pre-rinse all locations with water and a rag. Apply 50/50 water and white vinegar in a spray bottle, (you can use this for pre-rinse as well and wash twice). After the location is dried off you can spray with enzyme active washes such as “Nature’s Miracle”. Try the vinegar first and follow with the enzymes. Carpet can be cleaned with the vinegar and add baking soda last to the damp area and let air dry then vacuum.
Cats Spraying Urine Indoors:
The objective is to clean house and get a fresh start. Cats do spray areas that are previously marked when the scent starts to fade. Now you need to train the kitty to stop by using aversive techniques. Refer to this blog for further detail about using aversive techniques click here.
- This tip I receive the most complaints and arguments. You have cleaned the house, the litter box duty has improved and you are spending quality time with your cat. You still need to demonstrate authority in order to get a behavior change. If kitty is still spraying then you must catch it “in the act” of spraying. This means spending a weekend or so following kitty. In order to start a change of behavior in kitty, you need to be there when it happens. I like to clap very loud rather than use a water sprayer.
Letting your cat know that you are not pleased with their spraying is a must. Please avoid physical violence or extreme yelling. The last thing you want to do is create a condition where kitty now has anxiety about you. Often a loud clap works because the cat is not sure what makes that noise. One note should you decide to use a water sprayer. This only works if kitty does not see it coming from you. Use aversive techniques so kitty cannot associate the punishment coming directly from you.
Cats Spraying Urine Indoors
Most people would abandon or have their cat put down because of emotional spraying. This is not a simple problem to take care of. You need to be very strong and determined in order to change your cat’s behavior. To those brave souls who are willing to take up the challenge I commend you. Most folks don’t bother or take the time.
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