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Stop Your Cat From Spraying
No one wants to face to issue of your cat
spraying in your house. They become a part of your home, your family,
and your life, but the smell of urine throughout your house can be a
deal breaker for most owners.
Five Simple Ways to Keep Your Cat from Spraying Your Home
Have you ever walked into someone’s home and known immediately that
they owned cats because of the smell? Many people think that a house
permeated by the scent of urine is an inevitable part of cat ownership,
but nothing could be further from the truth! Indeed, there are five
simple things that you can do to keep your cat from marking your home
with his scent.
- First, be sure to spay/neuter every cat that you adopt. Experts say
that kittens can get pregnant as early as four months old, and can be
safely fixed at 2 – 4 months. Check your area for any organizations that
offer low-cost spay/neuter; your local Humane Society or Animal Control
Officer should have that information for you. Although spay/neuter will
virtually eliminate their desire to spray, they will still feel an
instinctive need to mark their territory in other ways. Keep reading to
learn how to address that need.
- Second, offer your cat other, less destructive ways to mark
territory. When cats claw things, they are releasing their scent through
their paws. Even when neutered, cats have an inherent need to mark the
things that belong to them, so give them good sturdy scratching posts
for that purpose. You can find a number of different shapes and sizes at
almost any general merchandise store, but these tend to be of inferior
quality: anything that topples easily will frighten your cat, and make
them disinclined to use. And, most condos are offered in a variety of
colors to co-ordinate with your home décor.
- Third, because each room of your home is considered separate and
distinct territory, make sure you have a scratching post in every room –
preferably near the entrance. Or, if you have a special couch or chair
that Fluffy likes to sink her claws into, arrange a scratching post
right in front of the clawed-up area. It’s important to allow your cat
to express that need to mark things, but it isn’t necessary to let them
to do it to your expensive furniture!
- Fourth, cats will urinate outside the litter box for several
different reasons. Because cats are very fastidious about personal
hygiene, the general rule of thumb is to supply at least one litter box
per cat, and preferably, one more box than you have cats. In addition,
it’s imperative that the boxes be scooped daily. If urine and feces are
allowed to accumulate, most cats will eventually use another area of
your home instead. And finding that hidden puddle of pee can be almost
impossible! In addition, be sure to place those litter boxes in a quiet
area where the cats can do their business in private.
- Fifth – and most important – make sure that your cat is healthy.
When cats are sick, one of the few outward signs can be evacuating
outside the box. Indeed, cats with urinary tract infections will almost
always urinate somewhere other than their litter box. If you do
smell urine elsewhere in the house, your first thought should be
whether to take Kitty to the vet, rather than whether to punish her. A
simple test at your veterinarian’s will determine whether a UTI is to
Finally, don’t forget to spend some quality time with your cat every
day. A happy cat whose needs are address will seldom – if ever –
misbehave by spraying your home. By following these five simple steps,
you can ensure that when folks enter your house, they’ll have no idea
that you own cats unless you tell them!
Kelly Meister is an Author at “Critterlady.com”
About The Author: Kelly
Meister is a writer, animal photographer, and potter. She shares her
life with four cats, eight ducks, and a barn full of ornery horses.
Based on her years of experience rescuing animals in need, Kelly also
acts as an advocate for their care and humane treatment, donating her
time and resources to numerous animal welfare organizations. When she’s
not volunteering at a horse rescue facility, Kelly enjoys training her
horse, and waiting on her cats hand and foot. In addition to
guest-blogging and writing freelance articles about animals, Kelly is
also hard at work on the follow-up to her debut memoir, Crazy Critter
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