Do You Face The Problem of Spraying with Your Neutered Cat?
Spraying is a way of communication among cats. Cats are a product of evolution, and have their own complex methods of preventing inter- cat conflict. The way cats do this is by marking their territory through spraying around the house or in their cat condos. In the jungle, the cats would understand the marked territory not just because it is urine, but because it has a unique scent. To people, this smell is terrible.
If you face the problem of spraying with your cat, then your cat is most probably male, and unneutered. Unneutered male cats have the urge to mark a territory, even when there are no other cats in the house. This is just a natural male instinct. However, neutered male cats also spray as a way of communicating with other cats.
So why does your neutered male cat spray?
Your cat is sick
Neutering of male cats affects the bladder and the urinal tract. Some cats develop health issues because of this. If your cat is still spraying even after neutering, make sure you take him to the vet for a medical checkup.
If your cat was neutered as a adult, it had probably gotten used to the habit of spraying. So how can you manage this? You can retrain your cat to use the litter box. Positive reinforcement is the best way to train your cat in any behavior. If you have kittens, make sure they are neutered before they are months old. It is very unlikely that it will start spraying if this is done before the cat reaches sexual maturity.
The Cat Litter Box
Sometimes, the cat is simply peeing, and not exactly spraying. In this case, the problem may lie in the state of the litter box. Is the litter box positioned correctly? Is it too far for the cat to reach? Is it clean enough? Your cat’s litter box needs to be cleaned at least once every week. Your cat enjoys using a clean litter box. You will need to scoop twice every day. If you want to make your cleaning easier, you can get an automatic cat litter box or a scoop free litter box.
You also need to check whether you have enough litter boxes in the house. You should have as many litter boxes as you have cats. And place each in a place that the cats can reach without having to walk too much. The size of the cat litter box should also be checked. Your pet will not like to use a small cat litter box.
Many cats in the same house
If you have more than one male cat in the house, your cat may spray since it still needs to protect itself from possible conflicts. You can correct this by improving the relationship between the two cats. Introduce them to each other slowly. Get the two cats to play together, or play with the two of them at the same time.
If it is the only cat in your house, you can also prevent it from spraying by blocking its view of the world outside; especially if there are other cats in the neighborhood. The natural response of the cat once it gets to see other cats outside is to spray and mark its territory before conflict can emerge.