Many pet owners ask the question “do female cats spray?” Though mostly associated with male cats, it’s surprisingly common in females as well. If you have a female kitty that sprays, keep reading as I explain common reasons why spraying occurs.
In this post you’ll discover all about female cat spraying, including common causes and what you need to do. In addition, you’ll also find a few medical reasons why your kitty may be displaying this unwanted behavior.
Do female cats spray if they get stressed?
One of the more common reasons your female cat may be spraying is because she’s stressed. Although you may not see any logical reason why your feline friend should feel stressed, cats aren’t logical! It can be hard working out what’s upsetting your kitty, and often it’s not obvious.
Moving home is enough to stress humans out, so you can imagine how your cat feels! If you’ve recently moved or carried out any major renovation work, this is could have sparked unwanted behavior such as spraying.
Also, a new baby, new partner, or a new addition to your fur family could be stressing your cat. While your cat will settle over time, it’s possible she’ll react in some way. Spraying or inappropriate urination are just ways felines use to claim a space or object.
If you got your cat from a shelter it’s possible she may have been abused by previous owners, or suffered other traumatic events. This in itself can cause behavior problems, just as it would for any human.
It can take a long while to gain a cat’s trust, so always treat unwanted behavior such as spraying with kindness and patience. Reward for good behavior is always the best approach and strengthens the bond between cat and owner.
If past trauma is the reason your female cat is spraying, she should eventually settle down and this behavior will become less frequent until hopefully it stops altogether.
Most people think of the male species as being territorial, but females are just as bad, especially if they haven’t been neutered. This is down to hormones.
Normally after a cat has been spayed or neutered, there are less hormones floating about to cause territorial behavior That’s not to say your kitty won’t fight off an intruder in her space, it’s just that she’ll be less inclined to spray.
There are many medical reasons why your female cat could be spraying. Apart from stress and territorial behavior, urinary infections could be a reason. If you’ve ever suffered from cystitis you’ll know exactly how your cat feels. Soreness and a burning sensation can make passing urine painful.
Spraying on the bed or against a wall is usually out of character for a female cat, but could occur if she found it too painful to squat It’s possible she could be standing at an awkward angle causing urine to spray.
Pain or discomfort can easily make your cat miss the box and spray the edge of the wall instead. However, most times though ,you’ll just notice a puddle or damp patch on the floor.
Bladder problems are often caused by feeding your cat a dry diet only. Cats don’t usually drink much water, which is why it’s important to give your feline friend wet food.
I find the best idea is to serve some of each at meal times. I have two bowls, one for wet food ant the other for kibbles. It’s also important to provide a bowl of fresh drinking water at all times.
Kidney disease is a common illness in older cats and peeing outside the litter box or spraying is a common sign. Cats are normally very clean animals so this type of behavior is unusual.
Diabetes can cause frequent urination as well as increased thirst. If you notice the water bowl emptying far quicker and you don’t have a dog it’s quite possible your cat may have diabetes or even hyperthyroidism.
Lastly, if your cat is in her senior years it’s possible she may have dementia. Sadly, cats as well as people can suffer from this awful disease. You’d notice other symptoms apart from spraying though if cat dementia was the cause.
A visit to the vet will soon reveal any health problems, and treatment should stop further spraying. It’s very important though to thoroughly clean any areas your cat has marked. Any slight scent of urine may well encourage your cat to repeatedly spray there.
Your vet will need a fresh urine sample. You could either collect urine in a sterile container, or encourage your cat to drink water before the appointment.
You can get a special kit making it simple to collect your cat’s urine sample. KIT4CAT Hydrophobic Litter Sand Cat Urine Sample Collection Kit also contains pipettes, and a phial. As the sand repels water your cat’s urine will stay on the surface, making it easy to collect.
How to stop your female cat spraying
The best way to stop your female cat spraying is by deep cleaning the affected area. Cat pee has a very strong odor and can be hard to get rid of.
Citrus peel and citrus scented detergent are a good idea as not only do they neutralise odor, but cats hate the smell! Read my article for further ideas on how to get rid of cat urine smell for a fresh, clean smelling home.
Susan Westinghouse, a respected cat specialist and veterinarian has created a guide she claims can help stop your cat’s spraying habit. You can find out more about her book “Cat Spray Stop” here She claims to have helped hundreds of cat owners save their relationship with feline friends!
Now you know the answer to “why do female cats spray” I hope it’s helped you understand a little more about your feline friends. Your cat is not trying to annoy you or deliberately acting this way out of spite! She doesn’t hate you!
Cats view the world in a totally different way to us, and what we see as anti-social behavior is normal to a cat. As you now know, cats spray to mark their territory. While this is most common in unneutered males, it can be seen in females as well.
If there’s no obvious reason for spraying such as moving home or bullying from other cats, it’s a good idea to get advice from your vet. Any health problems causing this behavior can be treated quickly.
Once your cat feels better, she should stop spraying. However, as I mentioned previously, you must deep clean the area she sprayed. Any faint odor will soon be picked up by your kitty. Remember, a cat’s sense of smell is far greater than ours!
Cats often pee in the same place, so any residue odor will be like an invitation. Citrus cleaning sprays are easy to find, but always try and get those that are environmentally and pet friendly such as Nature’s Miracle No More Spraying Just for Cats Stain & Odor Remover. As it contains lemon grass oil, it should deter your cat.
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