Cat urine smell is one of the most powerful pet odors imaginable and if you have a cat that is spraying your house with this potent scent then you don’t have to imagine, you already know. Anytime your cat backs himself up to a door or other object in your house, lifts his tail, and releases urine – you have a problem. This is very common with cats that are kept indoors.
Once your cat starts spraying around your house it doesn’t take long for the cat urine smell to invade and take over above every other scent. It is overpowering. Contrary to what many people think, spraying isn’t a litter box problem. It is a natural cat instinct to mark his territory. The cat urine that is sprayed contains pheromones, which is a substance that cats and other animals use for communicating. Pheromones are much like fingerprints with humans, as they are used to identify the cat to other animals. When a cat sprays it is his way of letting other cats know that this is his territory.
This problem is not just restricted to the male cat. Cats that are in heat are easily attracted to the odor of urine. For cats in heat, spraying is more or less an invitation for love. Often times cats that spray while in heat results in a litter of kittens that are born in just a few short months. Keep in mind that cats not only spray during heat, as some will also spray during encounters with other cats, or when they are feeling stressed.
Although spraying is a way of communicating for cats, the cat urine smell for people is horrible. Most cats will do a majority of their spraying outdoors but if you have an indoor cat that never goes outside, spraying can become a major problem. If you’ve noticed spraying in your home, you should take action and do something about it immediately. So what can you do to eliminate this problem?
Getting angry with your cat will solve nothing. If you raise your voice or show anger towards your cat, it may very well result in more spraying.
The most effective and also the easiest way to stop spraying is to have your cat either neutered or spayed, which of course depends on the sex. Most male cats that have been neutered will stop spraying the same day they have the surgery. If you hope to one day breed your cat, you certainly don’t want to have him neutered or spayed.
If you don’t want your cat to be spayed or neutered just yet then one way to discourage this spraying behavior is to buy a bottle pheromone like Fellaway. It is a synthetic cat spray and is odorless to humans, but cats can smell it. If your cat thinks another cat has marked out its territory, then it won’t be so likely to do the same thing.
The best thing to do in this situation is to talk to your veterinarian. He will be able to give you advice, and possibly even solve the problem without having surgery. There may be a medical problem present that is causing the problem, which your vet can identify.