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How to Stop Your Cat from Spraying

You love your kitty, but you probably don't love their urine all over your furniture. A lot of cats spray to show dominance and let other cats know who's boss, but you can stop this gross behavior.


  • Step 1: Neuter Neuter your cat. Most cats that have been neutered no longer spray at all.
  • Step 2: Distinguish between spraying and urinating Distinguish between spraying and urinating. If your cat is urinating outside of their littler box, take them to a vet to rule out physical illness or problems.
  • TIP: Make sure there are plenty of litter boxes around and that they are kept clean. Cats won't want to use a dirty litter box.
  • Step 3: Be consistent Be consistent with your cat's routine. Sometimes spraying is caused by stress in the cat, and can be set off by a change in the cat's routine.
  • TIP: Female cats do not spray as often but they can sometimes urine mark while in heat, so consider having them spayed.
  • Step 4: Block the view of other cats Block the view of other cats since spraying is territorial. When your cat sees another cat, they may spray to mark territory. Shut curtains and move furniture away from the windows.
  • TIP: If you have multiple cats, be sure to encourage a friendly relationship between them.
  • Step 5: Clean up Clean up any spraying very quickly and thoroughly. You want to get rid of any traces of that scent, not just cover them up. Hopefully, you can look forward to a long and healthy relationship with your cat.
  • FACT: A group of adult cats can be called a clowder.

You Will Need

  • Veterinarian
  • Consistency
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Multiple litter boxes (optional)

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