For male cats, spraying is a communicative behavior, and they have several reasons they may be communicating. For a homeowner, it is the worst thing to have your carpet and furniture sprayed by male cat urine. It is a pungent odor that stains whatever is sprayed. Carpet and furniture cleaning are two reasons people call us at Carpet Renovations, but cat spraying can be stopped, and we’re going to offer some suggestions for that:
A Few Simple Tips
Don’t bother scolding your cat for spraying. They won’t respond like your dog does. In fact, it causes them more stress and they spray more. Be sure to give your cat a lot of attention, especially if you have more than one. They are a territorial creature and get jealous easily.
Being informed is the Most Helpful Tool
Spraying and urinating are two different things. Learn the difference between the two so you can tell if your cat is communicating or simply urinating. If they are urinating outside their litter box, it can be indicating a medical issue. Spraying will leave less behind than urinating, and your cat will back up against the item they are territorial marking.
Male cats that have not been neutered are more likely to spray than neutered cats, and it is more prone to happen during the mating season. Once you know why a male cat is spraying, you can determine ways to eliminate.
If there is anything new in the house like a baby or another pet, or your cat is stressed for other reasons, they will spray. Keeping the household routine the same is the biggest help in getting you male cat not to spray your carpet or furniture.
Give your male cat places to perch up high so they can be above everything. Keep their feeding schedule on time at the same time every day. Set up more litter boxes and keep them scooped out daily. When they do spray the furniture or carpet, clean it immediately so it won’t keep drawing them back to do it again. Using a mixture of half vinegar and half water is a great solution for eliminating cat urine odor.
Keep a regular schedule of professional carpet and furniture cleaning. Instead of twice a year, as recommended for most households, you may want to look at a quarterly schedule. Keep a watch on Carpet Renovation’s website for coupons and specials!
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