If you’re tired of your house smelling like cat urine, you’re going to appreciate this article. You’re going to learn how to stop your cat from spraying inside the home. Are you ready for a better-smelling house? We will suggest four steps you can follow that will help stop this behavior. Let’s get started!
How To Stop Your Cat From Spraying
Spraying is a natural feline behavior. Unfortunately, the smell is strong and unpleasant. It lingers and it can be stubborn to remove from our carpets and furniture, leaving us feeling stressed and annoyed at the cat, which can actually exacerbate the behavior. This is because your cat sprays to mark territory when he feels insecure or is anticipating some kind of threat.
Keep reading to discover 4 helpful tips on how to stop your cat from spraying, so that everyone can feel more relaxed and happy in your home.
1. Clean Soiled Areas Thoroughly
One of the most annoying things is cleaning an area your cat has sprayed only to find that he keeps returning to mark the same spot. Your cat is doing this because he can still smell the scent he left previously. It may not be as strong now though, so he is topping it up You can prevent this by making sure that after cleaning the spot, you take extra steps to neutralize odors thoroughly using special sprays from the pet shop or white vinegar, which is a very effective home remedy for unpleasant smells. The smell of the vinegar itself will evaporate when dry and take the odors with it.
You can learn more about this in detail by checking out my article, How to get rid of cat spray smell
2. Offer More “Cat Areas” In Multi-Cat Households
If you have more than one cat, or you have introduced a new cat or kitten into a family that already has a resident cat, then unwanted spraying may be a cause of a cat feeling insecure or threatened. Territory is very important to cats, so if you have more than one feline, you must ensure that there are enough “cat areas” to allow them to divide your house up into territories and avoid tension. “Cat areas” include beds, high-vantage points, feeding and water bowls, and litter trays.
3. Be Aware Of Any Major Changes Within The Home
Cats are extremely sensitive to change. Any kind of change that has occurred in the home may be causing your cat to feel unsettled. Some examples are: rearranging furniture (especially the cat’s furniture), redecorating, having guests to stay, bringing a new baby or pet home, or bringing anything into the home that may be unfamiliar to your cat. You can make your cat feel more comfortable about changes you want to make in the home by not doing anything too drastic all at once. Also, ensure that your cat’s areas remain as untouched as possible so that they have their safe spaces to retreat to.
4. Take Your Cat To The Vet
Sometimes the cause of your cat spraying in the house could be to do with their health. You may, for example, be mistakenly thinking that your cat is spraying, when in fact he is urinating. This could be due to a bladder infection or incontinence. Only a trip to the vet will help you to eliminate these potential causes of your cat spraying or urinating in the house. You can also get a professional opinion from your vet as to what may be going on with your cat, along with some tips and recommended products to help you resolve the problem.
Final Words About Cat Spraying Inside the Home
When a cat starts to spray, this is a way for your cat to communicate with you, telling you that something is wrong. Since cats can’t literally tell us the problem, it’s up to us as cat owners to identify the source and then provide a solution. Hopefully, by following these four tips, you will get your cat to stop spraying in no time.
Guest Writer: Ibrahim Raidhan is a cat parent and cat lover too! Due to his love for cats, he decided to create a website, www.catloverhere.com, dedicated to cats and their parents.
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