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    Stop a Cat Spraying

    Articlecat health and wellbeingFriday 20 May 2011

    For any homeowner, a spraying cat can become a living nightmare. It’s a scenario many cat owners have experienced from time to time – a cat arching backwards up against a wall with the tail twitching in the air – and as the cat crouches gently, it releases a spray of urine against the wall. Naturally, a spraying cat can cause all sorts of hygiene issues around the house, so it’s important to nip this behaviour in the bud quickly.

    Spray Cat Advice – Stop a Cat From Spraying

    1.    In some cases, if this behaviour seems out of character, it’s best to consult with a vet for further advice. A spraying cat’s behaviour can originate from a medical condition, so it’s essential to make sure the problem is not linked to any ongoing medical problem.

    2.    Spraying may be occurring as a result of laziness or a lack of discipline, especially if the cat’s options are limited in terms of litter trays. Make sure the litter tray is placed within a sensible position in the house where the cat feels comfortable.

    3.    Sometimes this behaviour can be eradicated by neutering the cat. Castrated cats can often stop spraying once this procedure has been carried out.

    4.    Ensure the cat stays as calm as possible at all times. Spraying can be a natural reaction to stress, so it’s important to ensure any anxiety issues the cat may be suffering from are curbed as quickly as possible.

    5.    Remember the importance of routine. Routine equals discipline, so try and feed the cat at the same point every day and keep bedding and litter trays in set zones around the house. This may encourage a cat to stop this frustrating behaviour.

    6.    Be aware of other cats. These animals are territorial creatures, and may use spraying as a means of marking out territory. This may explain why the old family cat starts spraying when a new cat is introduced.

    7.    Finally, make sure areas in which the cat has sprayed are cleaned thoroughly and effectively – both for hygiene issues and to detract the cat from spraying again. You’ll need plenty of determination to stop a cat spraying, but following the above methods should help curb this behaviour.

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