Do Female Cats Spray... Or Just Males?Your Little Princess Might Not Be So Innocent After All...
Compared to male cat spraying, female cat spraying is nowhere near as common so male cats often end up taking the blame. Have you ever come home to a foul smell? Surely it couldn’t be sweet little Ingrid?
Currently it’s estimated that only 5% of female cats mark indoors. Compare this to male cats marking indoors, and the percentage clearly is much lower. This is why most cat owners are often surprised and confused when they find out their female cat has been spraying.
Although cat spraying is uncommon and rare in females, it can be treated. But before you try and stop your female cat from spraying, it’s important you learn why they started spraying in the first place.
Here’s everything you need to know about female cat spraying.
Female Cat Spraying
It’s not uncommon for cats to occasionally urinate outside of their litter box, but how do you know when it’s an accident and when it’s the start of something else?
Cat spraying is when a cat will spray on vertical surfaces such as walls, doors and windows. If you happen to come across a puddle in the middle of your house, then the chances are it was an accident. However, if you happen to come across small streaks of urine around your house, then the chances are it’s from your cat spraying.
The main difference between the two is that accidents often have a lot more liquid and are horizontal (on the floor). Cat spraying on the other hand, involves a lot less urine and is found on vertical surfaces. These surfaces can be anything from beds, to couches, to windows.
Cats will also back up to a surface with their tail pointed up before they start spraying. Once they start spraying they will often shake their tail at the same time. If you’ve ever seen your cat do its business in the litter box, then you’ll see there’s a clear difference.
So why do female cats spray? Are they just doing it to annoy you? Or are they trying to tell you something?
Do Female Cats Spray for Attention?
Most cat owners who find their cat spraying often think they are doing it on purpose.
This is completely wrong.
There are countless reasons why a cat can suddenly starts spraying, these reasons include:
- Changes in environment
- Increased levels of stress
- New cat neighbors
- Moving house
- Change in litter box litter
- Other cats in your house
- New furniture
- Advertising fertility to male cats
- Many, many more!
As you can see, there are numerous reasons why a cat might start randomly spraying. But almost all of these reasons are closely related to 1 theme, marking territory.
Why Do Female Cats Spray?
Like most animals in the animal kingdom, cats are territorial. Big cats such as Tigers are, and so are smaller cats. It’s in their nature.
Spraying is a form of communication between other cats and animals to warn them to back off.
Cats can mark their territory in several ways. The chances are you’ve seen your cat stroking furniture and even your leg! By doing this, your cat is spreading their scent and basically claiming the area as their own.
When cat’s become stressed, anxious, or scared, they will often increase the strength of their scent and start spraying. This can also include leaving faeces if they feel extra threatened. If your cat keeps sitting at the window staring outside, then the chances are they’re keeping an eye on another cat.
Maybe your neighbor has just got a new kitten or a brave cat on your street has gone exploring. Whatever the reason, your cat wants to make them know this house belongs to them. Like me mentioned before, it’s completely normal. It’s in their nature to mark out their territory the only way they know how.
Cats can also spray to advertise reproductive abilities to other cats. Although it is usually male cats that do this, female cats can also do it. Consider it flirting, just in a very, very weird way.
Another reason why female cats can start spraying is due to stress. If you’ve moved house, moved her beloved litter box, or you’re leaving her alone more often, your princess can get really stressed out. To help calm herself down and “de-stress” your cat will start taking it out on your furniture, bed and walls to establish a sense of security.
So, do female cats spray? Yes, they do, but it’s very uncommon and just like male cat spraying, it is treatable.
Stop Cat Spraying Today
Cat spraying is a terrible thing that can leave your house with a foul smell no matter how hard you try to hide it. Just when you think you’ve got rid of it and masked up the smell, your cat does it all over again! This cycle continues forever until you finally decide to get help.
Punishing your cat or trying to cover up the smell won’t solve the problem. In fact, it will just make it even worse. If you want to stop your cat from spraying indoors, then you need to use behavioural techniques. Not only will these techniques de-stress your cat, but they’ll also ensure they always use their litter box.
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