Search Add New Question Will neutering my 3- year-old cat stop him from spraying? Pippa Elliott, MRCVS Veterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Pippa Elliott, MRCVS It will help, but at 3 years of age, he may have learned spraying behavior that has become a deeply-ingrained habit. To help him give up his unpleasant habit, thoroughly clean any spots marked with urine to remove the scent, which would be likely to draw him back to spray again. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 3 Helpful 9 If I have a female cat who is not spayed, and my male, who is neutered, sprays, is the female cat the problem? wikiHow Contributor You can’t be sure. Take both cats to the vet; they’ll probably offer a solution. He’s probably “marking his territory,” especially because you have a female cat. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 2 Helpful 8 Where can I take them to get fixed? wikiHow Contributor Your vet will be able to help. If you are getting a whole litter done at once, ask if he/she will give you a discount. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 1 Helpful 4 Tonight my cat sprayed me, twice. He was just neutered one week ago. What should I do? wikiHow Contributor He might be angry at you for something, or something might have gone wrong with the neuter, and he can’t control his bladder. Make sure you respect his boundaries. Don’t pick him up if he doesn’t want it; don’t be too loud; let him feel comfortable. Also, make sure you’re feeding him enough and keeping his box VERY clean. Cats can pee out of protest for food and a dirty litter box. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 2 We have 4 cats that go in and out. One of our boys has started spraying in the house. He seems to do it in front of us. Is this odd? wikiHow Contributor He is marking his territory. You can train him not to. If he does it in front of you, spray him with a water gun. Make sure you spray citrus spray on the site, as they don’t like the smell. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 9 Helpful 8 I have two cats: a boy about 7 months who just got neutered about 2 weeks ago, and his mom. The boy is urinating on my bed. Is it because of his mom, or could it be medical? wikiHow Contributor It’s probably because he doesn’t know he shouldn’t. Cat urine smell can linger – use a uv light to check for it, cat urine glows in uv – and if it smells like a toilet, he’ll treat it like a toilet! Use citrus spray, cats don’t like the smell. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 9 Helpful 7 My male cat is fixed and he still sprays what should I do? wikiHow Contributor Usually, you need to keep the litter excessively clean. Make sure to either completely get rid of the old urine scent or block off the are where he peed before so that he can’t continue peeing in the same spot. Usually, they try to pee in specific areas. Sometimes it’s also an attitude problem and he is mad at you for something. You must keep his box clean, they don’t want to go near a stinking box any more than you do. Make sure no one in the house is disrespecting him, kids pulling his tail, etc. He might be peeing to let you know he’s upset about something. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 2 Helpful 2 Is there anyway to make them stop without spending money? wikiHow Contributor You need as many litter boxes as you have cats, plus one. So, three cats need four litter boxes. Five cats need six litter boxes. Keep each box VERY clean. They will pee in protest of a dirty litter box and will also continue peeing where it smells like pee, because they think it smells like a litter box. So cover the areas where they have peed already, put a book shelf over the area. Even if you clean it, you might not be able to smell it, but they might still be able to with their animal noses. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 2 Helpful 1 My male neutered cat started spraying after a new male kitten was adopted. The older male is in love with the kitten. How can we eliminate the spraying? Both cats are neutered. wikiHow Contributor Make sure they’ve got enough litterboxes and you’re keeping the boxes clean. If they’re dirty, he doesn’t want to use them. It might be that the box is getting more dirty with the additional cat. Also, you need one more litterbox than you have cats. So, one cat needs two litter boxes, two cats need three litter boxes. Sometimes cats also pee outside of the box when they’re unhappy with anything that’s happening and they’re trying to let you know. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 0 How can I know the difference between peeing and spraying? wikiHow Contributor When spraying, the cat will back up to a surface, have their tail straight up, and shoot urine. When they are peeing, they will be sitting down. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 0 Show more answers
Why Do Cats Spray?All cats – male or female, neutered or not – will mark out their territory with urine spraying. Cat’s spray can be a reaction to a stressful situation. During these situations, cats will spray urine to increase their self-assurance, to cope with emotional stress, or as a displacement strategy to soothe itself. While it is completely normal for cats to spray outdoors, when your cat sprays indoors it is a sign that they are feeling distressed. It has even been known for cats to spray their owner’s bed or duvet.Take this short survey to Assess your cat’s well-being.If your cat sprays indoors they also potentially need to visit the vet, as one third of all cats that spray indoors suffer from a medical issue such as cystitis. Older cats especially need regular vet check up.Using the FELIWAY CLASSIC Spray and FELIWAY CLASSIC Diffuser is a clinically proven way to curb spraying indoors, something that will help your cat feel relaxed and reduce spotting on your walls and furniture. Check our app to Make a Cat Friendly Home. To see how to provide essential resources to your cat’s, download our Resources checklist for a cat friendly home.pdf 452.60 kB Use of a FELIWAY CLASSIC Diffuser can help and stop a relapse in this behaviour.For more information on this area go to ICC (International Cat Care) urine spraying cats.
Neuter your cat. If your cat is not fixed, this may be what’s causing the spraying as the behavior is used to advertise to mates. Spraying is a sign of sexual maturity in cats, and having your cat fixed can stop the behavior. If possible, have your cat neutered before he is 6 months old. More than 90% of cats will not start spraying if they’re fixed in this time frame. In older cats, roughly 87% will stop spraying after being neutered. While the majority stop immediately, a little under 10% will take a few months to cease spraying.
Understand why a cat sprays. To stop the behavior, you must understand the reasons cats spray. Spraying is a way to communicate with other cats, and knowing what your cat is trying to communicate is key to fixing the problem. Cats are territorial and like to claim certain things and areas. Urine marking is your cat’s way of letting other cats know of his presence and which portions of the house belong to him. If you live in a multiple cat household, your cat is likely claiming territory. Spraying is also a mating ritual for cats. Spraying is very common during mating season, and the pheromones in the cat’s urine communicate their availability to breed. If your cat is not neutered, he may be spraying for this reason.
My male neutered cat started spraying after a new male kitten was adopted. The older male is in love with the kitten. How can we eliminate the spraying? Both cats are neutered. wikiHow Contributor Make sure they’ve got enough litterboxes and you’re keeping the boxes clean. If they’re dirty, he doesn’t want to use them. It might be that the box is getting more dirty with the additional cat. Also, you need one more litterbox than you have cats. So, one cat needs two litter boxes, two cats need three litter boxes. Sometimes cats also pee outside of the box when they’re unhappy with anything that’s happening and they’re trying to let you know. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 0
Make sure your cats are getting enough space. If you live in a multiple cat household, spraying is often a result of a cat’s territorial nature. Making sure all your cats have adequate space can reduce spraying. Provide multiple perches. Cats love to be up high to observe. You can either clear a window sill or space on a bookshelf or purchase cat condos/cat trees from local pet stores. Have multiple sources of food, water, scratching posts, and toys available. Provide more than one litter box. Although spraying is different from urinating, limited litter box space can trigger territorial responses like spraying. Invest in more than one litter box, and scoop both daily.