All About Cat Spray and Cleaning Cat Spray

If you have ever had an inside cat you know all about cat spray and how foul it can smell. And yes female cats do spray by the way. People that do not have cats will probably not know this little fact. But the people that have cats know all about it. So what is it made of you ask? Cat spray is made up of a mixture of pheromones and urine, and smell god aweful when coming from a cat (pheromones are the scents that all animals put off in order to find a mate and to mark there territory).

A female or male cat will spray to not only mark his territory but to also show signs of affection. Cats spray when they feel threatened or are nervous (yes cats can get nervous too) Cats will also spray when they are in heat or are pregnant.

So what is the best way to clean cat spray First DO NOT USE Ammonia. Cat Spray and Ammonia will only intensify the smell and make it worse. I recommend using Vinegar and Water. Vinegar neutralizes the Cat Spray on Contact. You can also use Oxi Clean, it seems to work really well on killing the smell.

Baking Soda seems to work well in Neutralizing the smell also. DO NOT Try to mask the scent with perfumes or Air Fresheners, you will only make it worse, and the only thing worse than cat spray is masking it.

Once you have used the above information, My next suggestion is to Get a Bottle of Febreze. Febreze works wonders on Cat Spray And Febreze is not just a cover up scent like regular Air Fresheners. Febreze actually Helps to Neutralize odors.

5 Effective Ways to Stop My Cat Spraying

Spray is created when a mature cat mixes a small amount of urine with glandular secretion called pheromones. When a cat sprays, it stand straight up and lift its rear high in the air, usually against a vertical surface, such a wall. If she isn’t spraying in this upright position, than you may actually be dealing with a litter box avoidance.

So, why do cats spray?

  1. To Mark their territory
  2. Unaltered cats spray to attract a mate
  3. To communicate something to another cat
  4. To relieve stress

Here’s  to solve you cat spraying problem?

The first thing you should do is to take your pet to the vet and check for any health problem.

Spay/neuter your kitten. More than 90% of the cat spraying problems can be solved with spaying.

Spraying is most common in multi-cat homes and homes with non-neutered males. Sterilization completely stops spraying in 90% of males and 95% of females. A home with more than one non-neutered male is a recipe for disaster. (It doesn’t necessarily have to be a cat either. An intact male cat can have territorial conflicts with an intact male dog – and viceversa)

Block your kitten view of the outdoors.

If she is feeling threatened by an outdoor cat, the natural response will be to defend his territory – your home. Close the blinds or cover the window with drapes, as long as your cats view of the intruder cat is blocked, it should fix the problem.

– If your kitten is spraying on a person clothing, it can be a problem with that particular person (or this person clothing because they are bringing in scents from other cats or dogs). This person needs to spend time bonding with the cat – giving treats, playing, possibly sleeping in the same room until she gets comfortable with them.

Have regular play session in the room where her usually spraying. This way, you’ll change the association with the area from “territory boundaries” to “nest area”. Cats doesn’t spraying in their nest area. Doing this may stop the spraying problem completely – or at least decrease it.

It’s very important to watch and understand what your pet needs. Sometimes it take no more than few days to solve a cat spraying problem, when you know what caused the problem.

Tips for Stopping Your Cats Spraying

Every time your kitten begins to back himself up to a sofa or something else, lifts his leg and begins to pee – You have another mess to clean up. This problem is commonly known as “Spraying” and it becomes very common with an indoors cat. It may seem impossible, but it can be solved. Most kitten owners tend to think that spraying is a result of a litter box problem, but instead it is actually to do with marking their territory. Feline urine is basically a way of communication between cats – It can mean “Back Off” or “I’m in Heat” for example. Every cat has a different smell, and this is used by cats to tell who is who.

So when a feline urinates in your house, he is just marking his territory. It just lets other cats know the territory is his. This is why getting mad at your cat will solve nothing. In fact, getting angry might provoke the cat into trying to make it clear that this is His house (Which it is in his eyes) which means more spraying.

As mentioned, cats can use this to attract a mate. For cats in heat, spraying is an invitation for mating. Cats that spray in heat often result in a litter of kittens in just a few months. Cats not only spray during heat though – Some will also spray during encounters with other cats or when they are stressed.

And of course, the smell for people is horrible, the same message for cats does not transfer well across species. Cats want to spray outside, and most cats do a majority of their spraying there. But if you keep your cat inside, then spraying is of course, a big problem. If you notice your cat spraying – make sure you do something about it.

The most effective way to stop your cat spraying is to get him neutered or spayed, depending on the sex. Male cats that have been neutered often stop spraying very quickly, sometimes in the same day as the surgery. If you do not want your cat neutered/spayed, you need to look for other ways. Of course, if you want to breed your cat, do not have him/her neutered or spayed.

In this situation your are going to want to talk to your vet. She/He can give you personalized advice, and solve this problem without your cat having surgery. Your cat may be suffering from a medical problem, which your cat can identify. Do something about spraying as soon as it starts – Cat urine stinks and will leave stains all over your home.