Cats are beautiful furry pets people just love. Depending on the age of the cat, the cats’ owners will face with the cat spraying at some point.
For those that do not know what that is just yet, it is a kind of urine, but not the actual 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. The causes for cat spraying are various and they are important to be identified if you want to get rid of it.
Cat spraying in the house
If your cat is living with you indoors, it will spray in the house. You should not take it personally as it is not a way of revenge on you. It has good reasons for doing so. While some of the reasons will merely be territorial, anxiety, litter issues, hormonal causes, there are also the medical ones.
Ways to stop from spraying:
- To avoid the spraying before it even appears, you should spray or neuter the cat before it turns 6 months, this will decrease the stress hormones.
- If you noticed your cat started spraying in the house first thing to do is to have a veterinary check-up to see if your cat is ok. The vet can also give you some medicines for stress.
- If you have more cats around the house, make sure each has its own territory and enough perches, food and water sources, enough litter boxes.
- Clean where it sprayed and it will not spray there anymore. Use as spray or a diffuser for cleaning.
- You can put some toys in the area it sprayed and 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. That is because anxiety brings insecurity, fear and timidity to them. It may also be a territorial reason – if 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 very well the spot 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 that found in special pet stores. When choosing a product make sure it does not contain ammonia and that it is an enzymatic cleaner. 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 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.
Making all the above steps is very important. If you do not remove the smell properly, you cat will still be able to sense it, even if you do not. So, take all the needing actions to have a beautifully 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 own urine contains ammonia. The cleaners found in the pet stores contain enzymes that are helpful in removing the stinky smell and also 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 is used for spraying in soil, around home foundations and has a mint scent.
- Ssscat – one of the most popular on the market. It is used mainly indoor 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 is a long lasting one.
- 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 own 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. These help neutralize 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 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 you cat you have to make sure the poo is like it is supposed to be. A normal looking one is deep brown coloured, not soft, hard or mushy and it has a light smell.
Unhealthy poo is diarrhoea or constipation. If you observe that you 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 more than one day, consult a vet immediately. To prevent diarrhoea avoid giving your cat dairy products. They usually cannot digest them. Also, 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 with, there may be some other problems, such as dehydration, megacolon, dietary issues, hairballs, over-grooming or colon problems. If it happens seldom there is no need to worry. But if it happens often, it is imperious to consult a vet. To prevent constipation give it more fibre, change the food to an easier to digest one, make sure it gets more exercise and drinks enough water.
When disposing the cat litter, make sure you dispose 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 and is dangerous for pregnant women.
Cats are wonderful pets as they are very friendly and loyal, they purr so nicely and they are easily trainable and cared after. Make sure you know the basics from above and both you and your cat will be happy with each other.