Even though we adore and love our little cat friends, they often worry us about some issues. One of them is their habit of spraying on their favorite niches of the house. Different scientific studies have indicated that felines spray in order to mark their territory when met by another kitty. However, there can be many other possible reasons for this behavior.
They happen to do this when they desire your attention or when they are anxious about their surroundings. It can also emerge due to some medical issues for some felines. Either way, they have their purposes for displaying this unpleasant demeanor. However, if you act on the situation immediately, you can help your little furry pal get rid of this behavior in time.
Those of you who possess kitties are well familiar with the fact that feline sprays give off a terrible odor, and it comes to be a need to get rid of the stain along with the scent. Yes, it will consume a lot of your time, but it is essential to keep your home clean and protect yourself from the embarrassment when guests come over. There are several methods that you can apply to get free of this awful odor. Hopefully, the ones mentioned below will work for you:
- Tracing Out The Urine
It is the initial step towards discarding the feline spray. Cats generally spray near their litter box to render their territorial mark. At other times, the odor given off from specific surfaces will give away the indication of feline spray, which will allow you to clean it off right away. You can also watch out for good things, like the back of the chair, walls, etc. Yet, to uncover exact areas, you can use a black light which is nowadays readily available in general stores.
- Getting Rid Of The Smell
Once you have traced the stain, discarding the odor of feline spray can be challenging. Thanks to the presence of enzymatic cleaners, which makes omitting the color an effortless task.
An enzymatic cleaner helps to break down the protein particles present in the cat’s urine and eliminate the smell. Ensure that you do not utilize any ammonia-based cleaner with bleaching agents to result in a harmful reaction.
Here are a few methods that will aid you to get free of the smell from several objects:
- Mattresses and Pillows
For mattresses, try an enzymatic cleaner and apply it well on the bed (do not utilize a steam cleaner as the heat from it will contaminate the surface). Please wait for a few minutes and then put in a layer of clean towels or cloth on the mattress to soak it up. Replace with fresh towels or clothes every day till it dries completely. Keep the feline away from spraying onto the bed while it dries out by putting a plastic sheet all over it. However, if your cat has a habit of spraying here and there, you can always cover your mattresses with plastic sheets.
Cleaning up pillows somewhat has an identical method to the cleansing of mattresses. However, you have to soak the pillow with water and place a clean towel to soak up all the moisture. Spray a generous amount of the enzymatic cleaner on the affected area and let it sit for a few minutes. Squeeze out as much of the solution as possible to get clear of the extra cleaner. Later, you can use a towel to blot up the pillow and sundry it for several days before placing it back.
Put a layer of aluminum foil under the pillow in case it still hasn’t dried entirely. Covering up the cushion with aluminum foil will also curb your feline from spraying on it again.
- Solid Surfaces
For solid surfaces, take a typical household cleaner and a moist cloth to wipe up the surface (do not use a cleaner that contains ammonia as cats assume the odor of ammonia as urine). Prepare a mixture of 9/10 water with 1/10 bleach and pour it into a spray can. Spray it on the affected region and wait for a few seconds. Then take a clean cloth, rinse it in water and wipe the area thoroughly ( be aware that bleach might discolor your surface area).
To clean carpets, soak up the urine using paper towels by pressing on the affected area until all of it has been soaked up. However, you can avoid this step if the urine has already dried up. The usage of damp white towels can be a practical choice than paper ones because of their thickness. It allows the urine to soak, leaving a pale yellow tinge on the towel. So, continue pressing it on the carpet until no more yellow tinge is noticeable on the damp white towel.
Next, spray a substantial amount of an enzymatic cleaner on the contaminated surface and wait for some days to let it dry out. Remember that the enzymatic cleaner may not help if you have applied other chemicals before to get free of the cat spray. So, it is best to utilize it at first.
However, if the smell of the urine spray persists even after applying the enzymatic cleaner, try using a vinegar solution to do the trick. Mix equal parts of water and white vinegar in a spray can and then spray it on the affected area. Brush the surface thoroughly with a scrub to evenly distribute the mixture all over the carpet. The vinegar will negate the ammonia-like odor of the urine. Use paper towels to absorb the mix from the rug. You can also utilize a vacuum cleaner for drying it out. Place an aluminum sheet all over the carpet to curb your feline from spraying on it again.
To take out the odor from clothes is difficult. However, you can take a cup of apple cider vinegar along with regular laundry detergent and give it a thorough wash. If the smell remains, take the enzymatic cleaner to eliminate it. Rewash with the same method if the odor persists.
Righting the Wrong
If you notice feline sprays in your house, you should take immediate action. With time and patience, you can stop this habit, but you need to know the exact reason behind this behavior and how you can put a stop to it. Even though it sounds like an arduous job, it is still possible.
Here are some methods by which you can deter your cat from spraying all over your house:
1. Urinating inappropriately or spraying?
You must know that these two are entirely separate cases. Urinating at inappropriate places can be due to medical reasons, while spraying is a behavioral issue. It would help if you visited a vet to get expert advice in this case. You’ll know your feline is spraying if you see:
Spraying on upright subjects like walls, back of chairs, etc.
Small amounts of urine in distinct places
Your cat doesn’t squat while urinating
If they stand still, quiver, and urinate in different areas of the house.
2. Using synthetic pheromones
It is no surprise that felines go through anxiety issues. Most of the time, this results in them spraying and showing a hostile attitude. A pheromone spray, collar, or diffuser will give out the exact pheromones that felines generate when they feel safe in their surroundings. It will enable them to get over their anxiety.
3. Visiting a vet
You need to understand if your feline is spraying due to a medical reason or not. Hence, you should take them to a professional vet to learn if they possess any medical issues like diabetes, urinary tract infection, thyroid, kidney infection, or liver disease. These infections cause felines to spray.
4. Switching places of their meal bowls
You can put their meal bowls in areas where they tend to spray the most. They do not like eating and urinating at the same place in the house. So, they won’t have any other choice other than spraying in the litter box.
Retraining your feline to use the litter box rather than peeing here and there can also be of some help. You can also take advice from your pals or family who own felines. Or you could visit a cat-training center wherein they can assist you in training your kitty again if you don’t have the time to instruct it yourself.
6. More litter boxes
You can try putting in more litter boxes where your cat tends to pee the most.
7. Clean litter box
Remember to keep the litter boxes neat and clean at all times so that your feline does not flinch from using them and acquire the habit of spraying here and there.
Remember, even if your feline quits spraying for a while, it could be only temporary. You can never learn the exact reason underlying this behavior. It is normal for them to behave like this. All you can do is, try your best to think of every possible reason that might be accelerating the problem and take care of it.
We have listed below some of the things that will help you to handle such a situation effectively:
- Early prevention
You can always deter felines from getting a hold of this behavior to worry yourself with cleaning and wiping in the future. The following ways will encourage you to do so:
- Giving proper attention
Who doesn’t like to spend some quality time with their cats? After all, they are the most adorable, loyal, and innocent furry animals. Though kitties might not exhibit it, they yearn for a little bit of affection and warmth from their owners. They often spray out of the litter box to grab your attention. Hence, spend more quality time with them by taking good care of them or simply playing with them for a while.
- Getting them neutered or spayed
Several studies show that male felines tend to do this a lot more than female ones. The male cats spray if they have not been neutered, while the female kittens do so when they haven’t been spayed. Hence, the female felines should be spayed before six months so that they do not get a hold of this awful behavior, while the male cats have to be neutered. If you can get this task done before six months, you can deter the feline spray from worrying you in the future. But it would help if you remembered that this trick might not always help. There could be other reasons as well for this habit.
- Away from strays
Feline spraying is an act of imprinting their territory for most felines, particularly stray ones. So, make sure to keep them away from outdoor kitties not to get the hang of this habit. You can do this by not putting food or water outside for stray cats when they show up at your door. Even though this sounds like an unfair act, it is still helpful for your kitty.
- Treating anxiety issues
Like human beings, some kitties go through distress and anxiety issues too. However, do not worry. It is treatable. You can employ homeopathic therapies like calming herbs or any other treatment prescribed by your vet. Please do not use any treatment before discussing it with your vet, as they may have several side effects that you are not familiar with.
- Restricting view from outdoors
Keep a safe distance between your cats and other outdoor cats so that they do not notice or smell the odor of urine from them. This way, they won’t get hold of the habit or feel the need to mark their territory.’
- Getting along with other cats
If you plan on adopting another cat shortly, make sure your feline gets along with it effortlessly. Try making them play with the same toys or eat together in different bowls. This way, they will develop good bonding with each other and restrain from spraying. But if you own more than two or three felines, one of them will possibly spray.
No matter how bad the circumstance gets, it would help if you never considered screaming or hitting your kitty to prevent them from spraying all over the place that can lead to an even terrible circumstance, making them cranky and rebellious. You must find the appropriate solution to the problem and ask for professional help if necessary.