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Will fixed cats stop spraying?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
A friend of mine recently got a cat. He is 10 months old and not fixed. One day she heard something at the door and two neighbor cats ran in! Ever since then he has started spraying ALL over the place. He had never sprayed before that.

I've heard that sometimes cats will keep spraying if they've formed a habit. Is it true that after he is fixed, if he does spray, it won't smell as bad anymore? I am trying to convince my friend to have her cat fixed. Thank you for your help!
post #2 of 9
Yes, neutering usually stops them from spraying amd it most certainly cuts down on the odor. But, sometimes even altered cats will spray over territory issues or in times of stress. Regardless, there are sooooo many reasons to neuter her cat. This is definitely one of them.
post #3 of 9
It depends on the cat, and how soon he/she's fixed after it begins.
post #4 of 9
She should get the cat fixed. Whether or not that's enough to stop him from spraying is another question. She may need to add behavior modiciation techniques to get the cat to stop spraying... but if he's not neutered, there's not much point in even trying.

She shouldn't wait long... the more she waits the harder it will be to break the habit. Here's an article that might help -
Cat Spraying
post #5 of 9
Her male cat will continue to spray in and outside the house. He will want to get outside to look for females (they will be in heat now). And that puts him at risk for disease, parasites, and higher medical bills for him fighting other tom cats.

If she neuters him now, it probably will stop the spraying. If he was a breeding cat, it may continue.

BTW any strange cat coming in, can trigger the spraying in either males or females whether or not they are spayed/neutered.
post #6 of 9
I know growing up that the boys we had if they where fixed by 4-5 months they did not spray ( i should add that we know of) The other cats where strays taken in and there ages where always over a year and they where awful. Even after getting fixed it seems it was a habit they could not break.
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your input. I will print up the information you have given me and share it with her.
post #8 of 9
My Tom cat in the UK started spraying when he was still very very young about 12 weeks. I took him to the vet to be fixed butthey phoned me to tell me he had no testicles and they would not do it.

I waited till he did have some only a matter of weeks later but he always sprayed in the house even after fixing, especially if we had visitors. Sometimes he would start to do it and I would shout his name and he would run off chirruping as if he knew he shouldn't do it in the house.

I have to admit it never smelt bad and I used to go round with a damp cloth every so often and wipe it up just to be sure.
post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by Casa De Gato
My Tom cat in the UK started spraying when he was still very very young about 12 weeks. I took him to the vet to be fixed butthey phoned me to tell me he had no testicles and they would not do it.

I waited till he did have some only a matter of weeks later but he always sprayed in the house even after fixing, especially if we had visitors. Sometimes he would start to do it and I would shout his name and he would run off chirruping as if he knew he shouldn't do it in the house.

I have to admit it never smelt bad and I used to go round with a damp cloth every so often and wipe it up just to be sure.
So would he just spray in 1 spot.
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