How to stop your cat from spray­ing

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Modern Cat - - Front Page - By Mieshelle Nagelschneider, aka The Cat Whisperer, cat be­haviourist at the Cat Be­hav­ior Clinic Il­lus­tra­tion by Taryn Gee

“Spray­ing is a ma­jor rea­son that cats get sent to the shel­ters or put out on the street. My job is to end the spray­ing and change the sto­ry­line. Like a di­rec­tor in a movie, I in­sist on my own end­ing, the hap­pily ever-af­ter end­ing with the cat and the owner stay­ing to­gether. And I al­ways get my end­ing, be­cause spray­ing is sur­pris­ingly easy to rem­edy.”—Mieshelle Nagelschneider in The Cat Whisperer: Why Cat’s Do What They Do and How to Get Them to Do What You Want

At The Cat Be­hav­ior Clinic I’ve per­formed thou­sands of urine spray-mark­ing be­hav­iour con­sul­ta­tions by phone or video Skype. Spray-mark­ing is one of my favourite con­sul­ta­tions be­cause so many cat own­ers have been told urine mark­ing is an un­solv­able is­sue. On the con­trary, it’s one of the eas­i­est be­hav­iour is­sues to solve. Once the rea­son for the be­hav­iour is iden­ti­fied and then elim­i­nated, the urine mark­ing can stop com­pletely—some­times even lit­er­ally overnight. It may sound too good to be true, but as long as there is no longer a rea­son for spray-mark­ing to be per­formed, then it shouldn’t hap­pen, ever. In the ma­jor­ity of cases I’ve dealt with, it’s as sim­ple as that.

What is urine spray-mark­ing any­way? And why does your cat stand there with tail held high and vi­brat­ing and in­sist on shoot­ing urine ver­ti­cally on your cur­tains and what might seem like any ver­ti­cal sur­face he or she— that’s right, fe­males can per­form

the be­hav­iour too— can find? Even once neutered or spayed, cats can still urine spray-mark for ter­ri­to­rial rea­sons, though fixed or un­fixed, cats gen­er­ally don’t urine spray mark be­fore they are two

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