how to stop a cat from spraying inside the house


How to Stop a Cat From Spraying Inside the House

July 11, 2016

Spraying is actually one of the ways of the cat to communicate with other cats, by leaving its urine marks. Even though it seems normal for a cat, especially male cats, but it can be annoying for the cat owners.

Cat’s urine contains ammonia, this is the reason why the odor is very unpleasant. Thus, the spraying act should be stopped as soon as possible. But how to stop a cat from spraying if it is actually a common behavior, especially if you have more than 1 male cat in the house?

Yet again, how do you know your cat has sprayed or just has litter box problem? Know the difference first before taking an action.

The Difference Between Spraying and Litter Box Problem

the difference between spraying and litter box problem in cat


It takes an extra effort to observe your cat, whether it is has urine marking or litter box problem. Please know that cats that spray still use their litter box. However, the urine marking or spray, is a bit different the urine which is usually deposited inside the litter box.

Here are some characteristics indicating of spraying or urine marking, not a litter box problem.

If you are still not sure, it’s better to get verification from your vet. After you has one hundred percent sure that it is spray or urine mark, then you can take some steps to overcome it.

What Causes Spraying

what causes spraying


As stated before, cats spray as an act of communication. However, it may not be as simple as that. Even though most urine mark is sprayed in a vertical surface, in some cases, there are also cats that spray in horizontal surfaces, and they don’t only spray, but also defecate!

It’s important to know that generally spraying cats are unneutered male cats, and their hormones play a big part in this case. Male cats spray to mark their territory, and also when they feel threatened and anxious.

Although usually cats spray inside the house, if you set them free in the garden, they can also spray outside. Commonly, cats spray near doors and windows.

If you adopt new pets, your old cats (or even the newly adopted one) can spray because they feel insecure in their new habitat and have to face the new cats. Spraying can also occur if there’s conflict between two pets in the same area, which force them to mark their territories.

If you change the environment of the cat, like moving to a new house or rearranging the furniture pieces or living space, this can make the cat stress and lead it to marking. Commonly, cats spray in bedding or clothing.

When treating the spraying cat, you have to know the reason why it is spraying first, so you can solve the solution right from the root.

Treating Spraying Caused by More Than 1 Cat in the House and There’s Conflict

treating spraying caused by more than 1 cat in the house and there’s conflict


If you find your cat sprays or urinates outside the litter box, it’s recommended to check to the vet first. Why? Because sometimes litter box problem can be caused by medical conditions. Once your vet has confirmed that there’s no medical issues in your cat, you can follow these steps.

Treating Spraying of an Intact Cat

treating spraying of an intact cat


If you only have one cat but still it sprays in all over your house, here are some things you can do to overcome this.

Things that You Should Avoid Doing

things that you should avoid doing


When treating spraying cat, despite what you read on the internet or in the books, please AVOID these things:

Other Alternatives

alternatives to stop a cat from spraying


When you have tried all those stuffs but still things can’t seem to work the way you expected before, maybe you should try other options.

It’s also recommended for you to visit a vet regularly, despite your cat being healthy. Because sometimes there are underlying medical conditions which have to be treated as soon as possible and you don’t see it coming.

Neutering and spaying your cat should be conducted before your cat grows up and ready to mate. The process is like having a usual operation, where there are several procedures to follow. And this should only be executed by experienced vet. Never have the operation done under unprofessional staffs.

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