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Neighbours cat spraying in house

post #1 of 7
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Hope this is the right forum, if not apologies.

I have found a few places round the house that had been peed on this past week, but with having four cats in the house plus neighbourhood cats that wander in, i had to try and figure out which one it was. I thought it might have been one of the fosters, as mine have never been known to do that (one of mine does have an infection, but she rarely goes near the places affected). Last night however, my neighbours cat was in and had been in the corner of my front room for a few mins, so i went to see what she was doing and she was standing wierd. I asked her what she was doing, and she lifted her tail up and peed!! Wasnt at all happy so i told her to get out. Told her owner this morning and she laughed!! She has never stopped her cats from spraying in her house, so obviously they think they can do it in other peoples houses. She then said she was bound to do it cos of all the other cat smells in my house!! I actually live in a back to back house, so only have one door, and no garden.Due to the number of cats on my street (7, plus i have found around 3 of the neighbourhood cats in my house at some point) i will not install a cat flap. Now the prob is how do i stop her doing it, i dont want to have my front door shut constantly as it isnt fair on my cats (my female is rather skittish, if she is showing interest in the closed door and you go to open it, she will run and ignore it) or me, yet i dont want to have to constantly clean up after another cat. I was thinking of spraying her with water everytime she comes in, would this work? it is a shame, as her owner doesnt play with her that often, so she enjoyed coming playing with the numerous toys scattered about my front room, and the catnip she only ever got from me, but i wont put up with spraying on my carpet, as she has also been known to spray on plugs, and i dont want her to get that far in my house!!

sorry for the long post.
post #2 of 7
What about a catdoor with a magnetic release collar?

Ok, I know this is stupid but what about getting some pee from a REALLY big dog and rubbing some in the spot after cleaning it first, or maybe put it on a cloth.
Nah, dumb idea.
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
did think of those, but have been told cats can still get in your house with one!!
post #4 of 7
I know this isn't exactly what you are looking for, but here is what to do to stop spraying. Of course, because this isn't your cat, it may be difficult to follow all of the directions.

If the cat is spraying...he is marking his territory. Basically, he's saying this is my place, not yours! This can be a difficult habit to break but it is absolutely possible to do so.

Try the following ideas. Hopefully they will help!

1. Use Feliway to help him not want to spray. Feliway mimics the friendly marking that cats do when they rub their faces on things. When a cat smells a friendly scent, they are unlikely to mark with urine. The Feliway box will give detailed instructions on how to use it....follow the instructions carefully.

2. Hang aluminum foil on the places the cat likes to spray. Cats usually will not spray on foil because it makes an unpleasant sound when hit with the urine and it makes the urine splash back on the cat. Each day that the cat does not spray, tear about an inch off the bottom of the foil until the foil is completely gone. Don't remove the whole strip all at once because the cat may interpret this as you saying it is okay to spray here again. (No one ever wants to do this because is looks so bad to have aluminum hanging all over their houses – but, once they give in and try the aluminum, they find it works wonders. Try it, you’ll like it!)

3. If you see the cat getting into the spray position, yell "No!" and then (gently) grab him and put him in time-out (in the bathroom for example) for only 2-3 minutes. Do the same if you caught him in the act.

4. Check to see if there are stray cats hanging out outside your house. A cat will often spray in response to strange cats around the house. Make sure you don't walk through outside cat spray and track that smell into the house.

5. Be patient and persistent. Breaking the spraying habit can take a while, but it should work.

Good luck!
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Was going to try no 2, moreso till i can get some stuff to actually completely take away the smell (Sat). no 1 wont work, i have looked into Feliway for my cat who doesnt tolerate the fosters, but you cant use the plug in if you have a sensitivity to plug in air fresheners, and i do. I know the spray can work for marking issues, but i am not paying £16 for a prob caused by my neighbours cat!! Will try No 3. Might also have to watch leaving my front door open till ia have stopped her - shoudlnt have to, esp not as it is really nice and warm at the mo!! It is annoying she is trying to mark my house as hers, but think it has only been done cos i have an unspayed female (she is a foster that is being done as soon as she comes off heat!!) in the house, as she has never done it with resident cats or previous fosters, she normally just beats them up!!
post #6 of 7
A 4 way magnetic cat flap will stop them - you can set it so only your cats with collar magnets can get in. I use on here to stop the ferals getting in.
post #7 of 7
I would go for magnetic cat flap too... I had mine fitted because one of the neighbours cats decided on taking up residence in my flat and he was spraying too

It was the best thing I have ever did, for 3 months now I have not had to worry about coming home and cleaning up after this cat. Only downside is if the cat looses his collar or magnet - s/he can't get in (which has happened now twice with Guinness!)
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