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One of my older cats has a huge spraying problem. He will spray the stove knobs, the TV, cabinets, couches, outlets, etc. If we catch him and squirt him with water he will run away, only to spray a few hours later. The whole house smells like urine and its disgusting- we can barely have guests over. His spraying began about the time he was diagnosed with an overactive thyroid, but he is being treated for that and is better. We took him to the vet when this began, but the vet ruled out UTI, bladder infection, etc. What can I do to stop this? Could this be a sign of kidney problems? He is 13.

Thank you
post #2 of 6
is he neutered? Although at 13 getting him neutered is a tad late.
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Originally Posted by hissy
is he neutered? Although at 13 getting him neutered is a tad late.

Yep, he was neutered as a young adult. Hes been spraying for about 2 years now.
post #4 of 6
Maybe it's a hormone thing.. A friend of mine had a problem like this and her vet gave the cats hormones because he had a high level of testosterone (or whatever the cats equivalance is) althogh he was neutered
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This is the method I used to stop one of my cats who was spraying:

First, we need to know for sure that the problem is spraying rather than urinating. If the cat is standing and the pee shoots straight back so that he/she is aiming high on the wall or side of the couch, it is spraying. If the cat squats while peeing, it is normal urination.

If the cat is peeing (not spraying) inappropriately, you need to get him or her to the vet ASAP. The #1 cause of inappropriate urination is urinary tract infections or blockages. You can also read some of the other posts on this forum for other great ideas for stopping inappropriate urination.

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 a strip of foil, 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.

3. If you see the cat getting into the spray position, yell "No!" and then 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!

p.s. The aluminum foil was the most effective thing for stopping our cat's spraying. It looks really awful having aluminum foil hanging all over the place, but it is temporary AND I'd much rather have foil on my walls than urine!
post #6 of 6
I forgot to mention that you need to get a good enzymatic cleanser and find all of the old sprays and clean them thoroughly. Otherwise your cat will keep "refreshing" his scent every few days. To find old urine, purchase a flourescent blacklight and shine it all over the place when it is very dark. The blacklight will make the urine glow green. (It will also make other high protein stains glow -- such as old vomit that wasn't thoroughly cleaned.)
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