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Stopping Your Cat’s Attempt To Spray

You know that your cat is spraying on a thing if you see it lift its tail and then urinates. What is spraying? When a cat spray, it means it is marking its territory. It is not a cat’s problem as not knowing its own litter box; rather, it sprays for marking a specific location. It is natural for them to spray and usually it is common for cats to do it outdoors. However, there are cats that could not keep themselves from spraying indoors as well. It could be wearisome for a home owner if a cat sprays inside the house. Even though it poses as a problem, there is an answer for it.

To understand cat marking and know what to do with it, check out cats spray.

When cats spray, it may either be one of three reasons: (1) they are marking  that spot, (2) they are in heat or (3) they want to relieve their stress.

A cat, just like other territorial type of animals, wants to mark its territory. In order to do this, it sprays a bit of urine on its territory. The whiff of the cat’s urine will alert other cats and animals to get off its property. Thus, as a cat owner, you must recognize that this is a normal cat behavior.

Animals use a hormone called pheromones to communicate. Cats that are in heat spray and pheromones are released together with the urine. This hormone is similar to fingerprints because animals use this to recognize the kind of creature that sprayed in the location. Generally, cats release pheromones when they are in heat. The pheromones tell the other cats that it is searching for a mate. When cats are in heat, they are attracted by the scent of the urine sprayed by another cat. This attracts the other cats to get engaged. Later, you will get kittens in the house.

Last reason why cats spray is to relieve their stress. It could be stressful for a cat to find another of its kind in its territory. They also spray when they see other animals that may pose as a threat for them. The spraying of urine allows the cat to release some of the built-up stress generated by seeing another creature in its territory.

Although it is natural for cats to spray, the smell of the urine is offensive for most people. There are times, however, when a cat pees in the house. The carpet, wall or furniture may get tainted by the urine and it will definitely stink. When your cat sprays, do something at once like shooing it away.

To stop spraying, you may think about having your cat spayed or neutered. The gender of the cat is not so much of a concern. Once neutered, the spraying will stop. For example, after being neutered, a male cat will not spray anymore because it will not need to mate. It is important to think about whether you do not want to breed your cat or otherwise because spaying or neutering is irreversible. Do not spay or neuter if you still want to have kittens. Consider other choices. It is best to ask an expert’s advice regarding spraying if you do not want to sterilize your cat.

Find out what happens when you neuter a cat.

Posted under Cats And Kittens, Pets At Home

This post was written by Noel D'Costa on June 24, 2011

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