How to break your cats spraying habit

Cats are wonderful pets to have, but they can sometimes come with or develop some not so great habits. One of them is spraying everywhere. This is annoying and very disgusting. No one wants to be chasing after the cat and cleaning up its urine.

First off, lets discuss why a cat sprays. Typically it is the male cat that sprays. This is not because they do not know how to use a cat box. It has nothing to do with them being stubborn and just going where ever they are. In fact, it is the cat marking his territory. He is telling other cats that this is his turf and they are not welcome here. It is also a way for the male cat to tell a female cat that he is here and waiting for her. The urine a cat spray differs chemically from the urine a cat excretes in the squatting position. Spraying is a way of communication for cats.

Now, lets discuss some ways to curve this habit. One step is to have your cat spayed or neutered. Typically, spraying is done more by cats that have not been fixed. It is a way for them to find a mate. It is what you could call a “Cat Call” for the opposite sex.

Another way to get your cat to stop spraying is to keep a spray bottle of water handy. When ever you catch your cat spraying, squirt him with the water. Cats typically hate water and this is a nicer way of telling them NO. After a few times of spraying them, they should calm down a little bit.

If you are willing to try it, carry the cat to the cat box when you catch him in the act. This is your way of telling the cat that the only place he is allowed to urinate is the litter box. This does have it’s down side. When you are carrying the cat, he is not going to stop spraying. He is going to spray all the way to the litter box and by time you get there, he will probably be done.

If you are not able to catch the cat in the act, or you catch him at the end of the act of spraying, put his nose in the area of the urine and tell him “NO”, then carry him to the litter box and put him in it. By repeating this over and over, the cat will get the idea that you don’t want him spraying, and he might stop the habit.

Most cats don’t like the smell of vinegar. Mix a little bit of vinegar with some water in a spray bottle and spray the areas that the cat is spraying. He will stop spraying there because he does not want to go near the vinegar. This is just one thing you can spray. There are other things and even premade sprays that you can buy at the stores to stop the cat.

If none of this is working, you lock your cat in a pet carrier with a litter box on one end, or in a room with the litter box. Cats are very clean animals and do not like sitting in their own messes. They will unwillingly use the litter box because it is the only safe place to go. Once you let the cat out, if his previous behavior continues, clean the litter box and put him back into the carrier or room. This is an excellent way to litter train, or break urine habits.

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