Tips About Cats Spraying Urine In The House:
Here is a list of tips that will help in dealing with a cat spraying the house that is having psychological problems.
- 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 but do what you can to have some quality time with your cat.
- If the cat has been fixed and is marking randomly on walls, doors, speakers and furniture then it is likely upset about others 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 are strange about change, they do not embrace change, and will fight it tooth and claw.
- If the cat is marking windows, glass doors, or screen doors this is likely due to another animal on the property. This is occurs regularly with indoor cats who get excited about other animals potentially invading their territory. An indoor/outdoor cat will likely put up a confrontation first and if they lose, this could create anxiety and they start spraying doors and windows.
- If the cat looks like it is trying to pee in the litter box but nothing happens and shortly later you find a puddle elsewhere this is an organic problem and the veterinarian needs to exam your cat.
Here is a list of tips you need to get started on when you first notice the cat is spraying inside the house.
- Purchase a strong (100 watt or more) portable black light. Ultraviolet light will make urine and most other organic things fluoresce that should not be on your walls, carpet, and furniture. 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 the locations. Go everywhere and 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 “Natures Miracle”. Try the vinegar first and the enzymes as a last resort. Carpet can be cleaned with the vinegar and add baking soda last to the damp area and let air dry then vacuum.
The objective here is to clean house because cats tend to spray areas that are previously marked when the scent starts to fade. So getting your house in clean order is a start.
- This tip I receive the most complaints and arguments about because so far you have cleaned the house, the litter box duty has improved and you are spending quality time with your cat but you have 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 a cat which is not the most exciting or productive thing to do, but in order to start a change in behavior you need to be there when it happens. I like to clap very loud and use a water spray bottle as effective means to change their behavior.
Letting your cat know that you are not pleased with their spraying is a must. What you need to be careful of is no physical violence or extreme yelling. The last thing you want to do is create a condition where the cat now has anxiety about you. If possible when you spray the cat with water do quickly hide the bottle so it is not certain that you did it. Often a loud clap works because the cat is not sure what makes that noise.
Most people would abandon or have their cat put down because of emotional spraying. This is not a simple problem to take care of and 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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