The cat is one of the common in-house pet that humans love. Because their fluffy, furry, and has a friendly-vibe, it makes them so adorable to play with. But the fun stops when these ferocious cats spray in your home.
Urine marking is a normal way for cats of identifying their territory or just covering other cat’s scent. Cat spraying on house surfaces occurs in any gender, breed, or age of both male and female cats. Although it’s a natural behavior, you can prevent this to keep your home free from awful odor.
Types of Cat Marking
The scent is important for cats to communicate. Getting along with other cats needs to get a good sniffing-over before they treat each other as family. There are several ways to mark their territory, here are as follows:
The scent glands of cats come from their paws, flanks, and cheeks, and rubbing it to anything can leave their scent. That only means that they have been there and they claim territory on that place. They even do it human, rubbing their body against you tells other cats to back off.
More than sharpening their claws, cats scratching to something shows that they are leaving their mark. Their scent comes also from the pad of their feet and scratching them to a surface is another way to mark their territory. And instead of punishing them, you can train them to scratch at a certain place and stay away from furniture.
There are two forms in urine marking for cats, first is spraying vertically, second is urinating horizontally. When their tail erects and squirts urine, that is called spraying or marking. But when they squat to pee on the floor or another horizontal surface then it is just a regular urination.
Causes of Cat Marking
The usual way of dealing with this is to train your cat to use the litter box. However, some cats are not satisfied with it that is why they continue to urinate in different places in your home. There are several possibilities why your cat is marking and here are as follows:
One cause of urine marking is due to medical problems. This usually occurs in male cats that is why they are not comfortable using the litter box. They often spend a lot of time trying to urinate, lick their genitals, and even cry to let someone know that something is wrong.
Here are some of the medical issues your cat might have:
- Kidney or Bladder stones
- Urinary crystals or Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)
- Urinary Tract Infection
- Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)
- Liver disease
- Diabetes mellitus
- Old age
An unneutered adult cat is the most marking issues. It is advisable to get them neutered or spayed by five months of age. The longer you wait, the higher the risk that your cat will develop marking behavior.
Even the slightest change in the environment can be very stressful for cats. A new pet, cat, or even baby in the house are some of the factors that lead to their anxiety. Marking their territory through urination is their way of dealing with stress.
Stop Cats from Marking
Spraying is a result of your cat’s stress. When you spot its signs, you need to take immediate action. However, solving this needs may require a lot of understanding and patience.
Here are few tips to control cat’s marking:
- Have your cat spayed when by five to six months as it will fix their behavior on
- Avoid using strong-smelling detergents when cleaning areas in your house because it can cause your cat to mark on that spot.
- Feed or play with your cat in areas that they most likely to mark.
- Keep object that could attract your cat to mark out of their reach.
- Limit your cat from windows, doors, or any areas that they will be able to observe other animals.
- Create a relationship with all your cats because the more they play together the lesser the chance of spraying.
- Make a daily routine for your cat in terms of feeding or playing to make them calm.
- Consult your veterinarian if you want to have anti-anxiety medication to treat your cat.
- Use spray repel to keep your cat away from selected areas in your house and interrupt their undesirable pattern of behavior.
Some cat owners get confused with their pet’s behavior on spraying and urinating. If you are not sure on what seems to be the problem, you should immediately call your veterinarian. They may have a urinary tract infection or diseases that need to be treated soon.