When your cat sprays where it shouldn’t, it usually is trying to tell you something. and usually, once you address this need from your cat, the spraying will stop. Please note, it is always recommended that you take your cat to the vet for a health check to make sure that your cat isn’t suffering from a bladder infection or other urinary tract infections.
This one simple solution might sound super simple but it just might work for you. Let me first tell you a little bit about why your cat may be spraying before I tell you what you can do to stop this behavior.
Cats Are Territorial
Even though your cat is super sweet and super cute, remember, it is still an animal, a very territorial animal at that. Yes, your cat may have its other feline buddies, but at the end of the day, it still wants to rule over its perceived territory. Now, problems arise when your cat feels its territory is being threatened. Maybe you just got a new kitty buddy for your current cat or a neighbor cat has started visiting you. Whatever it is, once your pet feels that its territory is threatened, it will begin to spray or mark its territory. This spraying actually tells other cats that this territory has already been claimed and that they should keep on moving. When the other cat or other perceived intrusion doesn’t move away though, your cat feels even more anxious and will spray even more. You might even have other behavioral issues begin to surface.
Protect Your Cat’s Territory
So, the thing that you can do to help you pet feel more secure and less likely to spray, is to not let stray cats into your cat’s territory and to slowly introduce new felines. If you can’t spot any obvious intrusion, try moving the litterbox to a spot that is a bit more private and quiet. Also, do a thorough cleaning of your home. Once your cat has sprayed somewhere, that scent will actually encourage more spraying there. So wherever your cat has sprayed, clean it extra thoroughly.
Some Other Things You Can Try
You can also try diffusing essential oils to help calm any anxiety that your pet may be feeling. You may also want to try a different type of litterbox than the one you are using. If your pet isn’t fixed, you may want to consider that option.