When Your Cat Gives You The Hose
You've had an amazing weekend away. As your front door opens, ammonia-drenched air slaps you in the face like a ninja from nowhere. Pungent. Biting. Revolting. You scream in terror while you scramble to open a window. Yikes! Your favorite feline sprayed your walls, your sofa and your house. And we're not talking about Fabreeze.
As cat owners, we're tempted to assume that cats think like we do. His urine attack may have you convinced he's seeking revenge for your vacation time. Intriguing idea, but as far as we know, cats don't cogitate in this way. We're left to observe the cat's instinctual behavior and household influences to find the root cause.
Spraying is a common problem, but its triggers are many. Both male and female cats are known for this behavior. They can begin spraying at any point in their lives. Cats will often spray as a means of asserting territory and communicating with other animals. (Can't they just purr it out?) Spaying/neutering and declawing are recommended cures for this behavior. These are pretty drastic measures, so it's important to figure out your cat's unique challenge. Here are some things to consider:
Multiple cats in one house can create territorial issues and thus, territory marking issues. This can also be the case for a household with a cat and dog combination.
An unneutered male may use spraying to let females know he's available for babymaking. This is true for cats he sees in the home and outside of the home.
A cat in distress will spray as a result of both big and small changes in his environment. This could include everything from swapping houses to entertaining a new guest. Your cat may use spraying as a means to ease his discomfort or tension around the situation.
If these don't apply, you may have a litter box issue rather than a territorial issue. Litter box issues can stem from a variety of mishaps including litter box size, location or litter selection. You can find some helpful litter box tips here. Of course, we'd be silly not to share the easiest litter box cure. Check out Litter Getter's all natural solution.