How to Stop Your Cat From Urine Spray-marking
Are you at your wit’s end? Help is here!
By By Mieshelle Nagelschneider, aka The Cat Whisperer, cat behaviorist at the Cat Behavior Clinic
At The Cat Behavior Clinic I’ve performed thousands of urine spray-marking behavior consultations by phone or video Skype. Spray-marking is one of my favorite consultations because so many cat owners have been told urine marking is an unsolvable issue. On the contrary, it’s one of the easiest behavior issues to solve. Once the reason for the behavior is identified and then eliminated, the urine marking can stop completely—sometimes even literally overnight. It may sound too good to be true, but as long as there is no longer a reason for spray-marking to be performed, then it shouldn’t happen, ever. In the majority of cases I’ve dealt with, it’s as simple as that.
What is urine spray-marking anyway? And why does your cat stand there with tail held high and vibrating and insist on shooting urine vertically on your curtains and what might seem like any vertical surface he or she—that’s right, females can perform the behavior too—can find? Even once neutered or spayed, cats can still urine spray-mark for territorial reasons, though fixed or unfixed, cats generally don’t urine spray mark before they are two years of age when they move into social maturity (social maturity happens between the ages of two and four years; sexual maturity at about 6 months). In my cat behavior book, The Cat Whisperer, I’ve devoted an entire chapter to urine spray-marking, giving answers on why cats spray urine, how to stop the behavior, and why you need to calm down already. There are several reasons cats urine-spray mark, but for this article, I’m going to discuss the number one reason.
The #1 Reason: You have outside cats.
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