Cats are beautiful furry pets people just love. Depending on the age of the cat, the cats’ owners will face the cat spraying at some point.
For those that do not know what that is just yet, cat spraying is when cats squirt urine. In quantity, it is less than the urine but the smell is stronger. Cats usually spray on vertical surfaces, but sometimes they also spray on horizontal ones. There are various causes for cat spraying. It is important to identify and know these reasons if you want to get rid of this cat behaviour.
Cat spraying in the house
If your cat is living with you indoors, it will spray in the house. Don’t be annoyed as it’s not doing that as some sort of revenge. It has good reasons for doing so. While some of the reasons will merely be territorial, anxiety, litter issues, hormonal causes, there are also medical ones.
Ways to stop cats from spraying:
- To avoid the spraying before it even appears, you should spay or neuter the cat before it turns six months. This will decrease the stress hormones.
- If you noticed your cat started spraying in the house, the first thing to do is to have a veterinary check-up to see if your cat is okay. The vet can also give you some medicines for stress.
- If you have more cats around the house, make sure each has its territory, enough perches, food and water sources, and enough litter boxes.
- Clean where it sprayed and it will not spray there anymore. Use as a spray or a diffuser for cleaning.
- You can put some toys in the area is sprayed. It will connect differently with it.
- Give your cat the attention it demands by playing with it.
- Keep it away from the rooms it sprayed.
- Establish a routine for their litter, cleaning, eating, toys, and bedding.
Female cat spraying
It is a fact that it is more likely male cats to spray but female cats can also adopt this behaviour. The number of female cats that spray is smaller.
Anxiety is the main reason the female cats are believed to spray. The reason for that behaviour is because anxiety brings insecurity, fear, and timidity to them. It may also be a territorial reason—it is not the only cat in the household or if it sees other cats around the house.
Other reasons for female cat spraying are the medical conditions, such as cystitis or not getting enough rest.
Cat spraying odour removal
Having found out the causes of the cat spraying and how to avoid it, you still have the smell to fight with. The smell is very strong as that liquid contains strong pheromones and alkaline salts.
It is important to identify the spots and clean them properly. If the cat senses the smell, it will continue marking that spot. The more often it is marked, the stronger will the smell feel around the house.
If you are not sure where the cat sprayed, a black light will help you. The stains will glow under the light. Once localized, it is important to clean the spot very well and air the room.
The moment you notice your cat has sprayed, you should take action. The longer it stays, the harder will be for you to get the smell out of the surface.
Here are some things to do that will help your house lose its cat spray odour and smell fresh and clean:
- Clean the sprayed area with the products found in speciality pet stores. When choosing a product, make sure it is an enzymatic cleaner and does not contain ammonia. If it does not go away from the first clean, repeat as many times you need for the odour to go away.
- Clean the area where the cat sprayed with a wet vacuum cleaner first, not a steam cleaner. The heat can cause the smell to set deeper into the upholstery or carpets.
- After cleaning, spray it with a homemade soda-based air freshener made from:
- 1 cup crushed, dried herbs (rosemary, southernwood, lavender)
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Clean the litter box as often as possible.
- Clean the house (walls, hard floors) regularly and this way the odours will not set in.
- Opening the windows daily will help you get rid of any cat odour you may have in the house. Cross-breeze will help the fresh air enter the entire house. After this, you can use a room air refresher or even some scented candles. The best scents for cat odours are the fresh ones.
Doing all the above steps are very important. If you do not remove the smell properly, your cat will still be able to sense it, even if you do not. So, do all the steps needed to have a beautiful smelling house.
Cat repellent spray
Cat repellent sprays are useful to keep cats away from spraying both indoors and outdoors. When buying a cat repellent spray, make sure they do not contain ammonia. Ammonia makes the cats more likely to go at the same spot to spray, as their urine contains ammonia. The cleaners found in the pet stores contain enzymes that help remove the stinky smell and the bacteria.
Find below some of the best sprays to choose from:
- The PetSafe SSSCAT Spray – indoor and outdoor as it uses a motion sensor to send a burst of air to an intruder, scaring away cats. It is unscented and covers up to 3 feet areas.
- Flagline Enviro Pro Scram for Cats – used for spraying the soil around home foundations. It has a minty scent.
- Ssscat – one of the most popular on the market. It is used mainly indoors and detects the presence of a cat for up to 1 meter.
- Natures Miracle – perfect for both outdoors and indoors. Contains no harmful chemicals and long-lasting.
- Whisker City – anti-urine spray named No Mark. Good for calming cats down. It is safe to use on any surfaces.
You can also make your homemade repellent sprays to keep the cat away from the spots it sprayed. Because the cat spray contains alkaline salts, you should use some spray that contains vinegar or baking soda. This help neutralizes the smell quite well. Try one of the following:
- Homemade cat repellent:
- 2 drops lemon essential oil
- 2 drops wild orange essential oil
- 2 drops lavender essential oil
- Vinegar home repellent:
- 1 part vinegar
- 1 part liquid hand soap
- 1 part water
- Citrus home repellent
- 2 cups of water
- 1 cup orange, lime, lemon and/or tangerine peels
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- Lemon-scented dish soap
A healthy cat should poo at least once a day. When cleaning after your cat, you have to check what its poo looks like. A normal looking one is deep brown coloured, not soft, hard or mushy and has a light smell.
Unhealthy poo is diarrhoea or constipation-like consistency. If you observe that your cat has diarrhoea, it might have some health issues such as stomach or intestinal bleeding, food intolerances, inflammatory bowel disease, too little fibre, colitis, or parasites. If it persists for more than a day, consult a vet immediately. To prevent diarrhoea, avoid giving your cat dairy products. They usually cannot digest them. When introducing a new type of food, mix it with the old one for several days before fully changing it.
If constipation is what your cat is facing, there may be some other problems such as dehydration, megacolon, dietary issues, hairballs, over-grooming, or colon problems. If it happens, there is usually no need to worry. But if it happens often, it is important to consult a vet. To prevent constipation, give it more fibre, change the food to something easier to digest, make sure it gets more exercise and drinks enough water.
When disposing of the cat litter, dispose of it properly in the garbage as it may contain the Toxoplasma Gondi parasite. Usually, the poo of the cats that are kept inside is not dangerous, but you can never be too sure. This parasite can affect individuals with immune deficiency conditions. It is dangerous for pregnant women.
Cats are wonderful companions as they are very friendly and loyal. Not only they’re adorable, but they are also known for their independence and curiosity. Take to heart those tips above to ensure that you and your cat are happy and healthy.