MY CAT SPRAYS IN MY HOUSE
4 Tips to Help Stop Cats Spraying
Clean all areas where your cat has urinated
- Use warm water and soap or an alcohol based product
- Allow to dry
- Do not use bleach. Ammonia-based or bleach cleaners encourage cats to spray here again
Use FELIWAY Optimum to stop your cat urine spraying
- FELIWAY Optimum is scientifically proven to help reduce urine spraying
- Improvement can be seen within the first 7 days
- It is recommended to use continuously for at least 1 month
- Learn Why your cat is urinating in the house
Follow the litter tray “golden rules”
- One litter tray per cat, plus one extra
- Place in easily accessible areas of the home, away from food and water bowls
- Keep clean by scooping at least once daily, and thoroughly clean the litter tray once a week
- Read our top tips Why do cats spray?
Check your cats health
- In some cases, medical conditions can cause cats to urine spray
- Check with your vet if signs continue
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WHY DO CATS SPRAY?
All cats, male or female, neutered or not, will mark out their territory with urine spraying. Normally this is rare and discrete. However, sometimes urine spraying becomes visible and upsetting, especially when cats spray on their parent's bed or sofa.
When this happens, it is an indication that the cat is not fully content. Above all, do not punish your cat if you discover your cat urine spraying, as this can add to their concern and make the problem worse.
Urine spraying can be a reaction to recent changes at home or conflict with other cats like:
- New home, new furniture or renovations
- New cat or kitten, new dog
- New family member or baby
- Competition for access to food and water bowls
- Competition for access to the litter tray
It can also be linked to a medical issue. So if your cat starts peeing outside the litter tray, please consult your vet. Older cats should have regular vet checks every 6 months.
HOW DO I STOP MY CAT FROM SPRAYING?
There are many things that can cause a cat to choose to urinate all over your home, rather than in the litter box.
For example, your cat may feel the need to mark their territory, or signal their presence to other cats. Other reasons such as access to resources, the location of the litter tray or its content and cleanliness are all reasons why your cat may choose to use locations other than the litter tray to pee in.
To prevent the situation from continuing, the cause must be addressed. Read more from our cat experts to stop a cat peeing everywhere.
Use FELIWAY Optimum which is scientifically proven to help reduce unwanted urine spraying. It will help your cat feel calm and comfortable, reducing spraying indoors.
Use FELIWAY Optimum continuously to prevent spraying reocurring, especially if your cat is emotionally sensitive to any changes at home.
HOW CAN I GET RID OF THE CAT URINE SMELL?
It can be difficult to get rid of a cat urine smell. If your cat has recently targetted your sofa, bed or furniture with urine spraying, the situation can quickly become unpleassant.
To stop the smell from persisting, and to avoid your cat spraying in the same places, start by removing anything that attracts them. This can be done by carefully cleaning up urine traces, to remove odour and visual marks. Read our article on how to get rid of acat spraying smell with 6 tips.
MY CAT IS URINATING OUTSIDE THE LITTER TRAY!
When your cat, that normally uses a litter tray starts to toilet elsewhere, it's not pleasant for us and it is usually not pleasant for them either.
It is important to rule out any health problems first of all. Next, you need to be able to differentiate between urine marking, which is symbolised by small spurts of urine all over the house, and other reasons fornot using the litter tray, such as a poorly maintained litter tray, one that is too small, or has a litter substrate that your cat does not like. The litter tray may also be in a position that is not ideal for your cat.
Your cat may find an alternative place that they feel comfortable to pee in, such as your bed, or may be indicating that they are not coping with a stressful situation. Read our article A cat's point of view: Why I pee on my human's bed to find out why your cat may urinate in other places than the litter tray.