Spraying Female Cat

Why is my female cat spraying?

Feline behaviorist Pam Johnson-Bennett says:
It surprises many cat owners to learn that female cats can spray. When a cat displays this behavior, she is marking her territory because she feels that it's in danger. It may be because of something that's changed in the house, or it could be because she spotted a strange cat outdoors.

You need to be a detective and figure out what could be causing her to feel threatened. Do you have more than one cat? If so, perhaps the relationship between them has changed. Cats who spray are stressed so don't punish your kitty. Get to the root of the problem. Something has changed in or around your house, and it has caused your cat to become alarmed. It may be something that seems minor to you but is of major concern to your cat.

The areas where she is spraying may help provide clues as to what the cause could be. If she's spraying near windows it could mean that she has seen a cat outside.

While you are conducting your investigation into the cause, be sure to clean and neutralize the areas she has sprayed. An enzymatic cleaner will remove the stain and odor. Using an ordinary household cleaner will only cover the odor. A cat's sensitive nose will still be able to detect a trace of urine, which will trigger her to return to that spot.

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