I used to work as a financial analyst. It was a pretty demanding job mentally.
When you have a job as mentally demanding as mine was, chances are you’re going to feel drained and exhausted at the end of the day.
One thing that relieves me of the mental drain and exhaustion is playing with my cat Fluffy (I know, real original name!)
But if there is one thing I don’t want and have had the unfortunate pleasure of dealing with is the pungent smell of Fluffy’s urine.
More specifically, I have had to deal with the pungent smell of Fluffy’s urine in places around the house that are not her litter box.
I smelled it on the couch.
I smelled it on my bed.
I smelled it on my kitchen countertop.
I smelled it on pretty much anything that wasn’t supposed to have the smell of urine on it.
As a cat owner, this was a frustrating experience to deal with.
Luckily, Fluffy doesn’t do it anymore as I found a way to make her stop.
And if you’re reading this article then you’re probably wondering how you can get your cat to stop spraying as well.
So without further ado, let’s get into how to stop your cat from spraying.
5 Simple Ways to Get Your Cat to Stop Spraying
Clean the places where your cat has sprayed.
Bacteria can multiply and worst-case scenario, get you or your family members sick. You don’t want a germ-infested house because of your cat’s spraying.
When you clean, use an enzyme-powered stain and odor eliminator to make sure you kill the bacteria that forms from your cat’s urine and then use a phosphorous solution as the final step to the cleaning process. The phosphorous solution will give off a smell that is unpleasant to cats and discourage them from going back and urinating in the same place.
I personally use and recommend this product by Rocco and Roxie which is a best selling product on Amazon.com.
Use additional litter trays.
In this case, it’s better to be safe than sorry. You don’t want to take any chances if your cat already has a spraying problem.
In addition to your cat’s main litter box, having additional trays around the house will further reduce the chances that your cat will urinate somewhere where it’s not supposed to urinate. You can get a 50-pack of disposable litter trays here, which should be plenty until you are able to train your kitten to use the litter box (or retrain your cat to use the litter box).
Use scent-marking toys to your advantage.
Cats can scent-mark objects around the house using their claws so if you provide additional scratching posts and scratching pads for your cat, it will be less likely to use its urine as a way to scent-mark their belongings.
Cats can be territorial, but by doing this, they’re less likely to mark their territory with their own urine.
Hide food and treats.
Cats are natural-born hunters so making them look for things around the house such as food and treats is extremely beneficial to them.
Challenge your cat in a fun way. Make a game out of them hunting around the house looking for food and treats. By keeping them mentally engaged on a consistent basis, they will be less likely to spray.
Use herbs to your advantage.
Cats love herbs such as mint, parsley, lavender, and rosemary. If you place them in the places around your house where you discovered them urinating, they will be taken in by the smell of these herbs which will help them relieve stress and make them less likely to spray.
You can also buy a cat scent diffusor that releases scents into the air to calm your cat. This can be especially useful to help reduce your cat’s stress from moving into a new home.
Key Things To Remember When Stopping Your Cat from Spraying
It is understandable to become frustrated when discovering this problem with your cat, but patience is a virtue and having patience will help you and your cat overcome this problem together.
Bond with your cat.
This problem is an opportunity to bond with your cat. Treat it as such. If you just let your cat do whatever it wants, it most likely won’t stop doing what you want it to stop doing. It’s your responsibility to put a stop to it and bonding with your cat will help put you in a position to do that.
Keep your cat mentally engaged.
Cats need mental stimulation to challenge them and keep things fun. Play games with them. Have fun with them. After all, the joy of having a cat as a pet is playing with them, right? Take advantage of that opportunity.
This is one of my cat’s favorite toys that helps to keep him mentally stimulated.
Video: How to Stop Cats from Urinating in the House
If you’re still completely lost on how to stop your cat from spraying, don’t worry! I got you covered. Just check out the video link below and you should be good to go!
Final Thoughts On How To Stop Your Cat From Spraying
Smelling your cat’s urine in places around the house that aren’t its litter box can be absolutely frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world.
It is definitely fixable and you can get your cat to stop spraying. It will take effort, a whole lot of patience, and, more importantly, trust.
You have to trust that your cat will not spray when you’re not around and the only way to build that trust is to bond with your cat.
Treat this as an opportunity to strengthen the bond between you and your cat. By doing this, you will get your cat to stop spraying and help get it back to its normal self again. If you don’t have success you want to find out why your cat isn’t using the litter box.