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Cats are a great pet to have. They have the ability to entertain themselves instead of whining at the door all day until you get home from work. Most can even take care of themselves. All you have to do is worry about cleaning out their litter box and refilling their food. You don’t have to take them out for midnight walks.

But like with any pet they have their faults. One of the worst of these is the art of spraying. It is less of an art and more like a great annoyance on our part. You thought your cat was happy enough and next thing you know it is spreading its urine all over your favorite pillows, carpet, and who knows what else. How do you put a stop to it?

Before you can put a stop to it you should know the different reasons why your cat could be doing this. Most people think that when their cats do this they don’t want to use their litter box for some unexplained reason. However, this is not what is going on.

More often than not cats spray to mark their territory in the home. They choose a spot that they like and proceed to spray urine on it. This is something that most cats will do if you bring another cat or other type of pet into the home. Basically they are telling this other pet where they need to stay away from. This is usually a trait among male cats.

Female cats will usually spray while they are in heat. They use the pheromones that are released to attract male cats. They might do this even if there are no actual male cats in the home. Some cats may imitate the look of spraying but not actually release any urine at all. This is referred to as phantom spraying and is not something you need to worry about.

How To Stop The Spraying

Before you do anything take your spraying cat to the vet for an examination. You want to make sure that they do not have any medical problem that is causing them to do this. It is unlikely – but still a necessary precaution.

The most effective thing you could do is to spay and neuter your cat. This means your female cats will not be in heat anymore. In both male and female cats this can control their aggressive behavior – which might be causing them to spray.

Some cats spray because of stress. Try getting rid of whatever is causing it.

Make sure that you clean up where they have sprayed and get rid of the smell. When a cat smells the odor from the urine they will recognize it and be tempted to spray in other spots.

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