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 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 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 Show more answers
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.
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.
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.
If you have more than one cat, foster a positive relationship among them. Cats that get along are less competitive, and are therefore far less likely to spray. Play with your cats together, and give each one equal attention. Have them eat and sleep together. Encourage them to groom each other by wiping them down with a damp cloth. Reduce stress in your cat by keeping things routine. Changes of any kind in your household can create anxiety, for example, new cats in the area, new people, or re-decorating. Feed your cat at the same time each day, and keep her litter box and bed in their respective places. When people visit, put your cat in a separate room, particularly if your visitors have cats of their own and may carry in their scent. Comfort Zone® with Feliway® Spray, or Comfort Zone® with Feliway® Diffuser Kit, contains a pheromone-like substance designed to help calm cats, can be used for cats under stress, or when you think planned events might foster anxiety. If your cat does spray, thoroughly clean the area to prevent re-marking. We recommend OdorLogic® CleanAway Pet Stain & Odor Remover or Urine Power Away that uses natural enzymes to devour odor-causing bacteria instead of covering up its scent. PetSafe® Ssscat® Spray and No-Scratch! Spray repel your cat with unpleasant essences, so your cat will avoid treated surfaces or your houseplants. They can be used to keep your pet away from selected areas, furniture, and drapes, which may help disrupt the undesirable pattern of behavior. Spraying is definitely a problem you don’t have to live with. Whenever you spot spraying or recognize its signs, the sooner you take action the better.