Feline Spraying Solutions

Thu, Feb 19, 2009

Training & Behavior

Do you have a sprayer in your house? This video discusses feline spraying, giving a good overview of the topic and offering a couple of possible solutions.

Do you have other suggestions for dealing with feline spraying? Please leave a comment here to share your experience.

Thanks to VideoJug for this great cat behavior & training video.

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10 Responses to “Feline Spraying Solutions”

  1. 1

    Very interesting. I have 2 indoor cats who stopped spraying when we brought the inside. However, when I visited family for 2 months and brought the cats one started spraying again. These ideas for possible solutions could have been used then! Now I’ll know for next time.

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    I have a female kitty, about 4 years old. Six months ago she began to spray. I tried every single one of these options with no success. I didn’t know what to do – I even had begun confining her to spaces that she wouldn’t spray in the hopes of controlling the behavior. She’d be good for about a week, but inevitably, I’d look away for a minute when she had free reign of the house and she’d be back at her old habit!

    Eventually, I did figure out that her newfound love of spraying was due to a few different things that seemed to combine to create a “perfect storm” of stress for her. She fights for alpha female position w/another cat we have, and the best we can hope for is that the two tolerate each other most of the time. I am in the process of relocating, so I sold some furniture to prepare for the move, which were hiding places for her. I had also attempted to switch the litter system to the Breeze system, which was going fine, until one day she changed her mind!

    Out of options, a friend told me about a prescription product used in dogs called Clomi-Calm. She had been using it on one of her problem cats, and it seemed to be working. My vet prescribed it for my kitty, and we eventually settled on 1/4 of a 20mg pill, every other day. She stopped spraying w/in 24 hours! You can tell that she’s a bit “off” when we medicate her, but the plan is to use this for three months, and then wean her off of it. Wish me luck, I start the weaning process on Monday! The hardest part will be chopping the pills down to 1/8. She won’t accept the medication mixed in her food or ground up, so I have to use a pill popper and get it far down her throat so she won’t try to spit it back out – I’ve become quite the expert at this now!

  3. 3

    A couple of points. Female cats can and do spray as well as male cats. And for gosh sakes, neuter male AND female cats! for all the obvious reasons!!!

  4. 4

    I bought feliway a few months ago and it was the best investments I’ve made for my cats. One of my three cats is very nervous so when we got a new dog well lets just say it wasn’t fun time around my house. He wet outside his box, hid all the time and lost alot of weight. Fearing he had a medical issue, I took him to the vet and they couldn’t find anything wrong. They didn’t think it was stress but I figured hey trying this feliway can’t hurt. After 2 months of using the plug in things were almost back to normal. He started to gain weight, doesn’t go outside the box and has actually been spotted sleeping with the dog. Perhaps they would have buddied up after awhile even without the feliway but I can’t help but think it sped up that process. he’s always been neurotic and now with feliway he’s become a nice laid back, mellow kitty (he still has his moments but they are few and far between) I will continue to buy feliway plugin’s for my cats.

  5. 5

    I thought this was about using a spray bottle on my cats! I’m fortunate that I have two females who don’t spray. The “newbie” (I’ve had her 3 years this June) desperately wants to be friends with my older cat (10years old) so they tussle but no spraying has occurred unless it’s by ME when newbie cat rattles the closet doors at night or gets up to some nonsense while I’m trying to sleep.
    Sorry for the hijack/tangent but I can’t talk about my cats enough! <3

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    Gail Crook

    This was an informative video, and it reassured me that I have done almost everything for this problem. I,m going to try the sock trick. Except for that one, I’ve tried them all. The Feliway spray I have to say works well. Two points though-it costs about $30 a bottle, and I went through the first bottle pretty quick. Also it really seemed to work, but it does wear off and needs to be reapplied. I followed directions on the bottle. I have 10 cats, and of them all, only 2 have the behavior. Good luck everybody!

  7. 7

    I have had two cats prior to the two I have now and have never had any spraying issues with them. Currently I have a 6yr old male who I’ve had since he was a kitten. I had him and his sister fixed when they reached the recommended requirements. Last summer he started spraying for reasons I still have not fully figured out. What seems to work for him is that we go to the basement every morning and night to go to the bathroom. I also have the feliway plug in. (I have never had any problems with his sister).
    The vet said that males are more prone to having urinary tract infections and since he has had 2 UTI’s, that may contribute in some stress related way. So every morning and evening before they are fed he knows that when I say “basement”, it’s time to use the liitterbox (at night we play afterwards as a reward). Since I know he goes to the bathroom at least twice a day, we have not had any problems. His sister is catching on and she sometimes joins us at night for play time :) I know that some people are probably saying, “That’s a lot of work, to make sure he goes twice a day.” I look at it as a small inconvenience verses the hassle in having to clean the remains of his markings. We all know that no matter how hard we try, and no matter what products we use, they will still smell where they marked and may do it again! Just because they are fixed, doesn’t mean that it is impossible for them to spray!!!!! It just means that they are less likely.

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    We rehomed an elderly cat when he was around 8, and he is a sprayer. We’ve tried everything, and nothing, not even feleway has worked. He has certain spots that he marks continually, and the best thing is to keep an enzymatic spray right next to the spot, so the second he hits the wall, we can spray to knock out the smell. We have done everything that the video recommends and a lot more. Some cats spray. And they are so dedicated to marking their territory that they will continue to spray no matter what you do.

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    Luckily, both of my current cats have never had this problem, but I once had a cat that sprayed on stove burners. You have NEVER smelled anything like the odor that would fill the house if you turned on a burner without being aware that he had done it again. Unbelievable. ‘Course, we loved him anyway.

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    female cat spray

    I have nine cats and all of them have different attitudes and different methods work for different cats.

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