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How to prevent or stop my cat spraying...?

Asked by auntydeb (3244points) January 11th, 2011

My Husband and I are enslaved by two Bengal cats – brother and sister – called Raja and Suki. They are 7 years old and have been with us for 4 years. We were chosen, by them to take them into our home (a long story) and to rescue them from their plight: living in a tiny one-up-one-down cottage, without garden (Cornish mining cottage) alongside two other cats and two small dogs. They were not ill-treated, but obviously were overcrowded.

They are beautiful, intelligent, entertaining… and a damned nuisance. They imitate each other. They rile each other. The are competitive. So, we do our level best to treat them equally, to feed them in the same way (problem here, they don’t eat the same food, unless it’s chicken), to maintain our own place as their superiors… difficult but most of the time we manage. But, Raja sprays.

He is a neutered cat, has a cute little fluff-bag where his bollies once were… but still has a desire/urge/reflex/unconscious need to put his scent in certain places around our home.

It is not in response to his sister… We have identified certain triggers: local un-neutered Toms in the garden (he and Suki are indoor/outdoor cats); visitors to the house that smell of other cats, or occasionally, dogs. That’s understandable.

But, it seems sometimes, he just gets bored and goes about sniffing, then finds an area that needs his scent on it. Urgh. He takes an unholy interest in his own scent… A lot of bottom attention… We are experienced cat-managers, are deeply attentive to these two, but it is proving almost impossible to make a difference to Raja’s unfortunate habits. Advice, comment, jokes all welcome!

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7 Answers

jlelandg's avatar

Stop cheesing!

I think this Q belongs in general?

auntydeb's avatar

oh brilliant, that’s what he’s doing. Thanks for that… Re Social/General yes, I know a factual answer would be helpful, but I’ve posted before there and my sense of humour got the better of me. Anything creative, or amusing would also help to cheer us as we try to stop ‘passively cheesing’ in our own home.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

You can get some Feliway and then he’ll think he’s already sprayed everywhere.

JustJessica's avatar

Usually the answer is to get them fixed, but I know from experience if you wait until they start spraying to get them fixed they will still do it after.

auntydeb's avatar

Thanks @papayalily, I use Feliway, but it really doesn’t last, so is expensive; I think he also gets used to it! @JustJessica – not sure what you mean by ‘get them fixed’, unless you mean neutered? He is already.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@auntydeb They can’t get used to it. It should last a month, 500 sq ft for each diffuser.

auntydeb's avatar

I have all I need guys, many thanks. The first answer, by @jlelandg has helped enormously.

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