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cat spraying?
01-25-2013, 01:07 AM,
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cat spraying?
soo my cat is 9 years old. hes only ever sprayed once or twice on my parents futon for some strange reason. he started going outside during the summer about 2 years ago when he started sneaking out, so we started letting him. he stays in during the winter.

i came home yesterday to my room smelling like a diaper. there was cat poop under my desk and he had sprayed all over my robe...today, i realized he had sprayed in almost every corner of my room...WHY?? nothing has changed! he is healthy! HE IS FIXED! as much as i love him, i might start keeping cinnamon sticks in the corners of my room, cats are allergic to those, its a common remedy for christmas tree climbing cats...
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01-25-2013, 01:35 AM,
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RE: cat spraying?
WOW! That sounds awful! It could be a few things, especially since you said there was poop in the room, it is possible that he might not know where the litter tray is, try bringing the litter tray upstairs. Whenever my cat is sick and he can't make it to the litter in time, he either goes under something or goes to the corner, digs, then does his business. You could even try a 2nd litter tray and place it outside your room, or even in your room and see if this helps him to stop.

It might also be that he is trying to mark his territory, with the spraying so be careful with anything that has a scent as he might try and cover it up with his own! Make sure the cat knows it is loved and make it feel safe and secure it its surroundings. It could be he is longing to go outside, or feels like he is being trapped or punished and he is trying to show he still in charge. You could try maybe taking the cat our for short intervals if you have time, I know it's cold, but then he might realise why he can't go out. Stay with him and watch him, make sure he is safe. Usually with my cat she'll cry at the door to go outside, and if I take her outside on the leash even just for 5 minutes, she settles.
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01-30-2013, 03:16 PM,
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RE: cat spraying?
Those are good suggestions. I always feel if a cat - or any animal really - does something like this that is totally out of the ordinary, it is some kind of attempt to communicate that something is wrong. Or at the least, that something has changed in their environment that is very important to them.

I wonder if in going outside recently your cat encountered something he feels is a territorial threat, such as another cat in the neighborhood that has presented dominating behavior. I believe cats spray largely in order not only to mark, but to claim territory as theirs. This sounds like a real nervous cat, about something!

Good luck finding out what the problem is.
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