by A. Grano on January 24th, 2012 at 7:00 am
Spraying is a problem that should be remedied quickly to avoid repeated behavior. Whether your cat just began ‘marking his territory’ in this unpleasant manner or you’ve come in contact with a neighbor’s cat with this bad habit, there are natural ways you can help put a stop to it.
Why do cats spray?
Urination problems are rarely to blame for spraying, but can occasionally be a cause. However, the two main causes are usually due to territorial marking and stress-related issues, which often go hand-in-hand.
If you’ve recently introduced a new cat into the household, moved, or made a major change in your cat’s routine, he or she may be trying to regain control by spraying.
Tips to Help
- Take Preventative Measures. Experts recommend spaying/neutering your cat by six months of age. This can help alleviate spraying problems in most cats before it begins.
- Reduce Stress. A stressful environment often breeds bad behavior, so try to minimize potential causes of stress for your cat. When guests are over, confine your cat to a comfortable environment away from noise. Try to keep routines consistent whenever possible by keeping your cat’s bed and litter box in the same respective places, and feed him or her at the same time each day.
- Build Relationships. When introducing a new pet to the household, be sure to give extra attention to your other pets, and encourage that they play together, as competition can lead to spraying. However, do keep certain areas distinct, especially feeding and litter areas.
Is the Problem Outdoors?
For non-cat owners who have to endure their neighbor’s cat spraying, there are natural deterrents you can try. Coleus-Canina and Lavender plants are both non-toxic and emit an odor that cats are known to dislike. Planting these several feet apart can help deter cat spraying. Avoid using essential oils, as these are not safe for pets.
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