How Can I Stop Cat Spraying Behavior?

Outside kitten

Image Copr. Amy Shojai, CABC

We lived for 9 years in the same apartment complex, along with our first German Shepherd. A neighbor one summer adopted a pair of kittens–a solid black longhair and this striking gray and white (named Basil). Although we lived along a busy highway, both kittens were allowed outside, because “they spray.”

Cats spray for all kinds of reasons. Urine marking is a normal behavior of intact cats so simply getting the kittens “fixed” goes a long way toward nipping the behavior in the bud. But stress also can lead to marking behavior–as discussed below in the Ask Amy video.

Have you ever had issues with spraying behavior? How did you manage it? I’m a fan of Feliway but not all cats seem to be positively affected by it. ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems In Your Multi-Cat Household has a host of suggestions and tips to solve many cat issues. What are some other options that worked for you?

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