Who said that only male cats which can spray around the house? If you have female cat and it is still not neutered, chances are you’ll also find urine marking in some spots in the house. Spraying is a common nature among cats, not only limited to male.
However, this thing doesn’t frequently happen like you usually see in male cats. Still, if you find this problem in your house from your female cats, it’s better to know the cause first. So why do female cats spray?
Like male cats, female cats also spray to attract male, to announce their reproductive availability. In an indoor area, indoor marking is actually an instinctive behavior, which unintentionally becomes reinforced and thus becomes a habit.
According to studies, spraying in female cats can also be related to particular environmental situations. Stress, anxiety, and frustration can be the cause. If it’s a newly adopted cat, it most likely to spray because the changes in its environment makes it stress.
If the cat is lack of attention and often get punishment from you, the cat can also spray in some spots of the house, more because of emotional issue rather than a communication to other cats. Changes in routine or there’s new person in the house can also trigger stress and anxiety in cat.
Before using any treatment, you should identify the root of the problem first. You have to know what trigger your cat to do that. If there are some stressors that lead it to spray, try to minimize or even eliminate it completely.
The second thing to do is, clean the sprayed area as soon as possible thoroughly. Never clean it using ammonia-based products. It’s because cat urine also contains ammonia. And if your cat still sense the chemical which smells like its urine, it will spray again in the same spot. You can clean the area using mixture of vinegar and water in 1:2 ratio.
Neuter and spay your cat can be the most effective treatment. When a cat is neutered, it won’t be able to reproduce normally. The hormone produced in reproductive system is also stopped. So, your cat will lose its interest to attract male cats.
If the causes are emotional or behavioral issues, here are things you can do:
Just make sure that you don’t get angry and throw things at your cat. In spite of its uselessness, your cat will traumatize and it even increase the level of stress. Thus, it leads to even more spraying.