DOES YOUR CAT

URINE SPRAY IN YOUR HOME?

My cat sprays in my house

4 Tips to Help Stop Cats Spraying

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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?
  4. 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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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - CAT PEEING / SPRAYING / URINE MARKING

WHY DO CATS PEE OUTSIDE THE LITTER BOX?

All cats, male or female, neutered or not, will mark out their territory with urine spraying. Normally this is rare and discrete. But when this natural behaviour
happens in your house, it can be very frustrating. When this happens, it is due to fear and anxiety. It can be a reaction to:

Recent changes at home:
New home, new furniture,
New cat or kitten,
New pet, new dog
New family member, baby...

Conflict with other cats:
Competition for access to the litter box.

It can also be caused by a medical issue. If your cat starts peeing outside the litter box, please consult your vet. Especially older cats, who are at risk of more medical issues.

Using FELIWAY Optimum Diffuser continuously may help stop and
prevent spraying, especially if your cat seems emotional and sensitive to any change at home.

CAT PEEING vs. CAT SPRAYING

There are many things that can cause a cat to choose to pee
all over your home, rather than in the litterbox.

In fact, there are two types of cat soiling issues:

1. Cat spraying on walls, doors and furniture (vertical spraying) - learn more from this blog

2. Cat peeing outside the litter box, on floors, beds,
clothes (horizontal peeing)

DO NEUTERED CATS SPRAY?

Yes, neutered cats can still spray. Neutering will reduce spraying behavior related to sharing reproductive information with other cats, but both neutered males and spayed females may also spray for other reasons. For example, this can include stress and anxiety. If a cat is spraying, it’s important to look for underlying issues. FELIWAY® Optimum can be an effective solution for providing social and environmental support and for enhancing your cat’s serenity, helping them to feel more comfortable and secure in the home.

HOW CAN I STOP MY CAT FROM SPRAYING?

While spraying is a natural behaviour for cats, there are
steps we can take to minimize this behaviour and help prevent your cat from feeling as though they need to mark their territory. First, identify and address any factors that may be causing your cat to feel insecure in certain areas. For example, this could be conflict with other pets, changes in the
household, or outdoor cats near your home. It may be helpful to keep a record of when and where your cat is spraying to see if there is a pattern that can help you identify the cause. Next, aim to provide a stable environment with regular playtime, attention, and enough resources, including litter boxes and spots to eat and drink. The general rule for resources it to have one more than the number of cats in your home. 

FELIWAY® Optimum can also help calm your cat and reduce the urge to mark territory. If your cat’s spraying behaviour continues, consult a vet or a feline behaviourist for further support.

WHAT DOES CAT SPRAY LOOK AND SMELL LIKE?

Cat spray can be quite hard to spot as cats tend to only spray a very small amount. It is essentially a concentrated amount of urine (with a complex pheromone added in), so you’re far more likely to be aware of the smell than you are of its appearance.
Rather than identifying what the spray looks like, it can be more helpful to recognize your cat’s behaviour when they’re spraying. Cats will often sniff an area first, then back up to it with their tail erect and quivering before spraying a small amount of urine on the surface. Their back legs may also ‘tread’ as this happens.

HOW LONG DOES CAT SPRAY SMELL LAST?

If not properly cleaned, the smell of cat spray can last for weeks or even months. Warm, soapy water will generally be enough to remove the smell, but it’s important to make sure you’ve cleaned it all. Carpet and floorboards can be tricky if it’s able to soak in or get into any gaps.
Likewise, if your cat sprays on any curtains with a delicate fabric, it may be a good idea to seek professional cleaning advice!

HOW TO GET RID OF CAT PEE SMELL

It can be difficult to get rid of cat urine smell. If your cat has recently targeted your sofa, bed, or furniture with urine spraying, the situation can quickly become unpleasant. To stop the smell from persisting, and 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 odor and visual marks. To prevent the situation from continuing read our article on how to get rid of a cat spraying smell with 6 different tips.

DOES FELIWAY® STOP CATS FROM SPRAYING?

FELIWAY® Optimum has been shown to help 9/10 cats reduce their cat spraying behaviour by releasing “serenity messages”. These promote a sense of security and well-being in the environment, making cats less likely to spray as a territorial or stress-related behaviour.

WHY DO CATS PEE OUTSIDE THE LITTER BOX?

All cats, male or female, neutered or not, will mark out their territory with urine spraying. Normally this is rare and discrete. But when this natural behaviour
happens in your house, it can be very frustrating. When this happens, it is due to fear and anxiety. It can be a reaction to:

Recent changes at home:
New home, new furniture,
New cat or kitten,
New pet, new dog
New family member, baby...

Conflict with other cats:
Competition for access to the litter box.

It can also be caused by a medical issue. If your cat starts peeing outside the litter box, please consult your vet. Especially older cats, who are at risk of more medical issues.

Using FELIWAY Optimum Diffuser continuously may help stop and
prevent spraying, especially if your cat seems emotional and sensitive to any change at home.

CAT PEEING vs. CAT SPRAYING

There are many things that can cause a cat to choose to pee
all over your home, rather than in the litterbox.

In fact, there are two types of cat soiling issues:

1. Cat spraying on walls, doors and furniture (vertical spraying) - learn more from this blog

2. Cat peeing outside the litter box, on floors, beds,
clothes (horizontal peeing)

DO NEUTERED CATS SPRAY?

Yes, neutered cats can still spray. Neutering will reduce spraying behavior related to sharing reproductive information with other cats, but both neutered males and spayed females may also spray for other reasons. For example, this can include stress and anxiety. If a cat is spraying, it’s important to look for underlying issues. FELIWAY® Optimum can be an effective solution for providing social and environmental support and for enhancing your cat’s serenity, helping them to feel more comfortable and secure in the home.