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Spraying & Marking:

  • Neuter or spay your cat to reduce spraying behavior, especially in unaltered males.
  • Provide enough litter boxes in different areas of the house and keep them clean to discourage marking.

Mine! Mine! Mine!

It's true that cats are creatures of habit and like having their own space and belongings. When they feel threatened or insecure, they may mark their territory with urine. It's important to understand that this behavior is not spiteful but rather a response to feeling upset or out of place.

If your cat is marking, it's essential to rule out any medical issues with the help of a veterinarian. Once medical issues are ruled out, consider what might be causing your cat's stress. Changes in the environment, such as introducing a new pet, family member, or furniture, can trigger marking behavior. Introduce any changes slowly, allowing your cat to adjust gradually.

Provide your cat with plenty of attention and reassurance. Avoid punishing or yelling at your cat, as this can make them more anxious. Instead, clean marked areas with an enzymatic cleaner to remove the scent. This will help prevent your cat from re-marking the area.

You can also use products like Feliway, a synthetic pheromone spray, to help calm your cat and reduce the urge to mark. Ultimately, understanding your cat's needs and providing a secure environment will help address marking behavior and strengthen your bond with your feline friend.

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