We don't mean spray painting cats (heaven forbid!) or even the playful sport of spraying cats with water. We're talking about those pesky felines that spray urine all around the house, leaving those delightfully smelling pee stains on your curtains and walls. Not fun.
Cats use urine marking as a way of spreading around their own scent. This serves to send messages to other cats that the area is occupied, so to speak, as well as to increase their own sense of security in a certain area by surrounding themselves with a familiar smell.
Cats which are sexually intact (i.e. not neutered) urine mark intermittently as part of normal sexual behaviours, but anxiety related or reactionary marking can occur with both males and females, neutered or not. This marking happens in reaction to something that has either already occurred or is anticipated within their environment and can be, for example, the introduction of a new pet, human or even a piece of furniture into the home! (So no shopping!)
A typical feline territory is made up of a central core territory surrounded by a home range area and a larger hunting range area. It's within the core area that eating, sleeping and playing is carried out and a cat will not mark within that core area because this is where they feel safe. Making your home its core territory (from your cat's point of view) will greatly reduce the incidence of urine marking.
So here are a few ideas to help stop the spraying cat:
If none of these options work for you, get an air-filtration mask and accept your fate.
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