How can I stop my cat from spraying around the house? He's a 4 year old tabby and he's never done this before. It's embarrassing to walk in with company and the house smells like a skunk, gross smell. I've found several of his spots and I clean it up and bleach it, just to find that he's sprayed another spot. Thankfully he hasn't done it on the carpet. He's even gone on some shoes and some clothes. It's getting really annoying not to mention costly. I hope someone can help me with this. My thanks in advance.
Rosa from Las Vegas, NV
Get your cat neutered. That's the best way to prevent spraying. (01/12/2009)
First just in case, make sure his litter box is cleaned to the nines. Secondly, make sure his litter is constantly cleared of waste. As soon as he's done his bit, remove it. Have you brought in a new pet recently? If so, he could be showing signs of marking his territory. If not, he might be showing signs of boredom. It's hard to say. I have 3 cats, and only had the occasional spray issue. Usually its when I have visited somewhere there's been a cat, and they pick up the scent when I come home. Then I have had the surprise spray, usually on my footwear.
There is a product called "Right Away" by Professor Amos, that you can order on line, and it removes all traces of the odour. It works like a charm. Good luck. (01/14/2009)
Neutered cats will spray. I have three male cats all of whom are fixed. The two older ones will spray sometimes if there is tension between them. Neutering is no guarantee they will stop spraying, but you should have your cat neutered if it's not already. (01/14/2009)
I started reading a book called "The Cat Who Cried for Help" by Nicholas Dodman. I found it at my local library or here's the link to Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Cat-Who-Cried-Help-Psychology/dp/0553378546).
Although I never had this problem with my cats, I found his stories and information about spraying to be very interesting. One thing that stuck out to me was that sometimes when a cat sprays on a person or person's items, it is trying to "mark" you. Anyway, check out the book for try to do a search online for more information about this book. Good luck. (01/16/2009)
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