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Discouraging Cats from Spraying the Outside of a House

It is annoying and frustrating, not to mention smelly, when cats in the neighborhood spray the outside of your home. This is a guide about discouraging cats from spraying the outside of a house.

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April 11, 2016 Flag
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I have a spayed female that moved into our home 4 years ago. I have 2 other cats, all are fixed. She gets plenty of love as our other 2 could care less about affection! We did move recently, but just right next door. She has begun spraying and it's beyond out of control. Like I mentioned she been with us 4 years. What can I do? At this point she's family. She sprays inside and outside it don't matter. She will look right at you and do it! Please help.

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    April 13, 20160 found this helpful

    First, please take her to the vet to make sure it isn't a physical problem.

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    April 13, 20160 found this helpful

    Next door to her may as well be Mount Everest. It's a big deal to her. There may be smells in the new house that are setting her off. And you are right she does sound out of control. Poor girl. Something is really upsetting her. Have her checked out by the Vet for bladder infections etc. Stress can bring those on. Do some serious cleaning that removes urine odor. A solution of 1/3 cup borateem in a gallon of water with a little soap should do it. You can also use Comfort Zone sprays and collars to help relax her. They help a lot. You could consider putting her in a bathroom at night with her food a litter box and a bed. It might make her feel more calm. You really need to see your Vet tho and he may have more ideas. Good luck.

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    May 17, 20160 found this helpful

    I've had a cat spray my front flower bed and now the front porch and door - 1st time ever (and I'm older!) - why I came to this site and I've gotten some good ideas. But, I have an idea to share... I only have inside cats. I had one that sprayed and when I took the next one (male) to my vet, he told me that if you wait until 9 months to have them neutered, it seems to "take" better - that cat lived 19 years and never sprayed once! (We had a rough time there between 6 and 9 months with him howling in the hall (ha, ha!), but we made it, and it was certainly worth it! I almost didn't post this, but thought may be everyone on this site would benefit from this info.

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    May 12, 2013 Flag
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    I am still having a problem with a cat spraying even though she has been spayed. Can cats still spray on leaves and grass after they are spayed? I live in a basement apartment and there is a terrorist cat who comes to attack my windows and terrorize my cats. When I go outside to try to get rid of her, I smell the cat odor. I know she is fixed as I know her owners. How do I get the cat to stop coming around or attacking my windows, tearing off my screens, scaring my cats, and leaving her smell?

    By Shawna

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    May 21, 20130 found this helpful

    Yes female cats do spray, I have over 20 cats and they have been spayed, and trust me they do spray. LOL

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    June 12, 20160 found this helpful

    Yes females will spray and they can have seen them.

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    June 21, 20160 found this helpful

    not true , my female cat do spray outside

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    March 18, 2013 Flag

    Several or one very busy local cat keeps spraying my front door and my hall stinks. I have read the other posts on here about getting rid of the smell and deterrents, but I have 2 cats. I don't know who is spraying, but I need a solution which will deter the other cats, but won't upset my cats and prevent them from using their cat flap.

    I have tried the Felaway spray and have the plug in near my front door, but its not working. Does anybody have any ideas? I now have a micro chip cat flap as I caught a neighbour's cat in my hallway spraying. Both of my cats have been spayed and I don't think its them. Also can anybody tell me if the peroxide solution takes the colour out of carpets? Thanks.

    By Claire

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    April 27, 20130 found this helpful

    We have a real problem with a tom cat. Its owners have moved and its not neutered. We have 3 cats, 2 quite elderly. Always been loving, loyal pets. Since the tom cat came on the scene we have paid hundreds in vets bills where it has been fighting with our cats. The youngest is licking her fur off and is bald in patches from stress! We've had a cat flap fitted yet it still sneaks in through an open window and sprays.

    My trained cats have also began spraying too. I have been out in the garden this afternoon weeding and it just stinks of cat wee. We are at our wits end. Is there anything that works to stop it coming anywhere near us? Even if we could catch him, the local rescue centre have said they are full. They can help with getting it neutered but I would have to collect it!

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    April 28, 20130 found this helpful

    I wish that I could come up with an easy fix for you but unfortunately I've found this kind of situation doesn't have any quick fix. The best advise I could give you is the advise I followed. Instead of wasting tons of money on clean up just to have them repeat it over and over I think you should invest in a live trap. You can pick them up under $30.00 and they can come in handy over and over. After selecting the right trap you should contact the local animal control and request assistance with the costs of spaying ferals. You might even be able to borrow or rent a trap from them but I suggest that instead of waiting on them to just spend the $30.00 so you'll always have 1 on hand since ferals and strays show up all the time. After finding a group that'll help cover the costs of spaying then just bring your cats in for the night and set the trap with some tuna or cat food. I'd also suggest that you figure out where you are going to store your catch in between the trapping and spaying since you'll need to store the cats safely after they've been trapped. Before trapping you might want to check out sites online that'll help you through the trappings and everything that you'll need to know about safely trapping, spaying and releasing. As soon as they are trapped you'll want to get them to the vets and have them spayed as soon as possible. Depending on how many ferals and strays you have this might have to be a project that takes a few weeks but it'll be worth it once they've all been spayed. After trapping them and having them spayed they will usually calm down with the spraying, fighting and breeding and that's when you'll actually have a fighting chance with clean up since cleaning up while you have ferals just waiting in the shadows to remark their territory will just cost lots of time and money with little results. There are also a lot of ideas that you can find on line to help keep them away but I think that the best results will always be from trapping, neuturing and releasing since the Tomcats will always find away through any defenses you put up because they only care about finding the ladies and spraying is how they do that.

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    July 6, 20160 found this helpful

    Allies cat a feral organization with help with the trap, vet spay and neuter, I have done it , low cost , and the cats are gone.

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    January 25, 2011 Flag
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    There are cats spraying on my outside porch. Cats are coming around the house all the time. (I do not own any cats). What can I do?

    By Icu3 from Columbus

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    January 27, 20110 found this helpful

    Hi Icu3, here are some cheap but effective cures.Hope one can work for you.

    A mixture of cayenne and water. Put in spray bottle.This is nontoxic to animals,doesn't hurt plants but cats hate the smell.

    Or try this dry mixture:

    2 parts cayenne pepper

    3 parts dry mustard

    5 parts flour

    Mix and sprinkle where needed.Apply again after a rain.

    Cats also do not like the smell of human hair (any hair dresser would be glad to give you cut hair)

    Moth Balls (they don't like the smell)

    Good Luck!

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    January 27, 20110 found this helpful

    Do not use cayenne pepper around animals. The get in on their paws and then into their eyes. Cats have been blinded trying to end the pain.

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    May 9, 20110 found this helpful

    I'm having this exact issue. I have 4 male tomcats vying for my 1 year old cats affection. My problem is a bit different beings that I have a cat and she is about to get spayed in a few days so that's why I have the males in my back yard, fighting, and spraying like crazy. Needless to say my house downright stinks. After lots of research I have found some pretty good ways to clean up the stench and to prevent it.

    White Vinegar is that one solid ingredient that most grandmothers use and it does the trick. Take 1 part Vinegar and 2 parts WARM water in a spray bottle and go around spraying the infected areas while scrubbing away the sprayed areas.

    Another spray you can make is 15 ounces Hydrogen Peroxide, 2 Tbl Spoons of Baking Soda, 2 squirts of dish soap. Very important to use a disposable plastic container and spoon to mix solution. Scrub and rinse with WARM water.

    Bio-Zet is a laundry detergent that is used in Australia apparently. I've never heard of it till now, but have heard great reviews about it's ability to remove cat urine or spray from fabrics, clothing, and upholstery. I will be buying this and using it for the rugs outside my house.

    Do not use products containing ammonium, this will entice the cats to spray even more! As if we want that, right?

    Prevention for inside the house: This also applies to people who have indoor cats in their home

    First of all: Cleanliness, cleanliness, and more cleanliness. Cats are very clean animals and need their litter boxes, etc. to be nice and clean.

    Having several litter boxes throughout the house in the affected areas may help with spraying. Putting lemon, orange peel, lavender, and I believe it is Eucalyptus scents where the cats have been spraying will help to detour the little tigers. Also putting food, sand paper, or plastic bags in affected areas may help too. If you have cats outside your house trying to get at your cat inside the house such as is my situation, block the view of the outside world. So your cat doesn't feel threatened and feels the need to spray as well adding to the disgusting smell.

    Prevention for outside:

    Lemon, lavender, orange peel, and eucalyptus scents once again. The cayenne pepper and water as someone stated earlier will definitely do the trick, but use caution as someone stated can cause blindness in cats.. I would say the cayenne pepper and water would be good just to spray on the walls of the house and not the ground (could help to avoid the kitties stepping in the stuff too and causing blindness).. Since when a cat sprays they spray vertical up onto walls, furniture, etc. I would avoid using the powder version of the cayenne pepper to help avoid kitty blindness.

    The biggest prevention of all is get your females and males spayed and neutered. This helps eliminate spraying, the excess population of stray kitties, and health problems associated with the reproductive organs. Do not use the excuse that you do not have the funds to spay or neuter your pet. There are plenty of programs where there is zero to little cost to have this surgery done and if you can't afford the proper health care of your pet.. You should maybe altogether rethink the decision about getting a pet.

    If none of the tactics work above, take your pet to their local vet. There may be an underlining issue that is causing the your cat to spray.

    Best of luck from one cat spray sufferer to another!

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    September 4, 2013 Flag
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    How do I discourage male cats from spraying my home and my shrubs?

    By Irene

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    September 10, 20150 found this helpful

    Cats hate citrus so i keep reading so i blended lemons skin and all in a nutri bullet added about 4 litres of warm water to the juice in a bucket and poured it over the plants the cats were spraying, have not had a problem since if you want to use a spray bottle just put juice in muslim or chux to strain out fine particles mix with warm water.

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    January 25, 2011 Flag
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    How do I keep the stray cats from spraying urine on my cellar windows and screens?

    By Rosemary from Oswego, NY

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    Cats Spraying Outside Our House

    Mothballs. (09/02/2010)

    By dalilwomen

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    August 16, 2010 Flag
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    Tom cats spray outside my house and garden and now because of the smell my indoor tom cat has started to spay inside the house. How can I stop him from spraying and how do I get rid of the smell outside from the other cats?

    By Tracey from Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

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    Cats Spraying Outside Our House

    Cheap generic Listerine works very well on cat spray. I just put it into a spray bottle and saturate any cat sprayed areas. Works well on carpets and other surfaces too, anywhere cats pee. (03/23/2010)

    By DanaM

    Cats Spraying Outside Our House

    Its as simple as white vinegar. Spray over problem areas cat do not like vinegar. (03/24/2010)

    By vavavoomruby

    Cats Spraying Outside Our House

    I had the same problem some years ago when I had tom cats spraying on my veranda. I used to get a bucket full of hot water and cheap disinfectant, lavender or lemon and slosh it all over. I literally threw heaps of hot water with disinfectant all over my verandas and screen doors and outside windows (which were full length) after a while it all stopped. I'm not sure why, whether they didn't like the smell of the disinfectant. I don't know (03/24/2010)

    By Sharylesley

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    March 22, 2010 Flag
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    Can anyone give me any ideas on how to keep away stray cats? They spray on the porch and then it comes in the house on our shoes and smells terrible. Please help. It is driving me insane.

    By Melissa from Cullman, AL

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    Cats Spraying Outside Our House

    Check this link:

    petfinder.com/

    It's the contact info for the Cullman County Animal Shelter which should be near you. I'd give them a call and see if they can refer you to any no-kill, humane-trappers near you.

    Where we live in S. FL, there are a couple of small volunteer "cat people" organizations who do just that, collect nuisance stray cats. They run them through participating local vets for neuter and spay, and then either present them to a couple of shelters here for adoption or release them in other areas after they're sterilized.

    Might help? (02/23/2010)

    By PupperMom

    Cats Spraying Outside Our House

    Apart from the removal of the offending cats, you may find that spraying a mix of water and citronella oil (keeps away mosquitoes) may help around the porch. Cats really hate the orange smell, but humans generally find it pleasant. A strong mixture of bicarb soda and water sprayed over the areas cats have peed on will help deodorize and neutralize the smell, without harming anything.
    Hope this may help. (02/23/2010)

    By vicki57

    Cats Spraying Outside Our House

    We had the same problem. Years ago a vet told us to take a can of tuna and lace it with cayenne pepper. He said it would not hurt the animal and the animal would go home and have diarrhea after consuming. Thus they would take the animal to the vet and the vet would advise them to keep the cat(s) at home as they were getting into something they shouldn't. It seemed to work, since we didn't have them around anymore. Cats are smart and usually will not go back to an area that has caused them any problems. Vet also told us that they mark their territory this way and obviously some other animal had marked it and it was becoming a marking battle. Go figure. (02/24/2010)

    By tikko

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    February 22, 2010 Flag
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    How do I keep cats from spraying on my house outside?

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    May 15, 2009 Flag
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    Is there anything out there for getting rid of Cat Urine smell? We have a neighbor cat that is spraying the outside of the house. In the late evening, the smell is coming inside the house.

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    February 15, 2005 Flag
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    I have 4 stray cats that hang out on my back porch. I have a male neutered cat inside. Apparently, one of the strays is also a male (unneutered) and he has been spraying my house--gross! I have a 2 year old and I don't want him to go out and play when this cat sprays. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get this stray cat to stop spraying or to get him to leave? Help please! melissa in wv

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    February 15, 20050 found this helpful

    Call you local rescue groups and ask them to pick the poor cats up. They are in need of medical care then they will be put up for adoption.

    It is inhumane to force a cat to go outdoors, these kitties will be better off in a loving family.

    Jennifer

    Northern Virginia

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    February 15, 20050 found this helpful

    Lurk by an open window and squirt him with a strong jet from a water pistol. Not harmful but the surprise.shock will deter him from coming back as he will then associate your porch with the surprise. You may need to do it a couple of times.

    Regards

    Jo

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    July 30, 20080 found this helpful

    I've also heard citronella oil works (outside!), but avoid using it on cement or similar surfaces as it will stain.

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