When Do Male Kittens Start Spraying?

Oh they grow up so fast!
male kitten spraying

If you’ve just got yourself a new kitten then congratulations, you’ve just started an incredible journey with your feline friend.

With so much to look forward too, from their first cuddle to their first hairball, having a kitten is full of interesting surprises.

Unfortunately, there will also be many challenges along the way. From litter tray training to, scratching furniture, you’ll need to teach your kitten how to be a well-behaved kitty cat. One of the biggest problems you’ll most likely encounter along your journey will be spraying.

Most common in male cats, spraying is when your kitty leaves noticeable smells around your house which are hard to ignore. Not only do they smell foul, but they can also damage wallpaper and furniture, costing you some serious money.

To get you prepared for this stage in your cat’s life, we’re taking a look at what age male kittens start to spray and what you can do to stop them. No matter if you’ve never had a cat before, we’ve got all the answers to your questions.

So when do male kittens start spraying? Well, here’s everything you need to know.

What Age Do Male Kittens Start Spraying?

young male kitten

When a cat is first born, they look and act so innocent while growing up. From learning to meow to learning to walk, all of these are precious memories. Only then do they discover how to use their claws, eat things they shouldn’t, and climb places off limits!

However, all of that seems entirely minor when they start spraying.

Most male kittens usually start spraying when they reach sexual maturity which is typically around 6 months. This is why most people get their cats neutered around that age. Nevertheless, as you’ll discover later on, there are plenty of other less painful and inexpensive methods to stop your cat from spraying.

In some rare cases, male kittens can actually start to spray before 6 months with some starting in month 4 or 5. Unfortunately, there is just no way to tell how early a kitten will start spraying until they actually do so. This means you’ll need to keep on your guard up for any foul smells not coming from their litter tray.

Although your male kitten could start spraying anytime from 4 months and older, there is a useful trick that can warn you of when he might start. The trick to tell when your male kitten might start spraying is by monitoring his behavior. If he starts meowing and yowling constantly, then the chances are he’s trying to attract a mate. If he won’t stay still and keeps running around and going outside, then the chances are he could be getting ready to spray. If all that meowing and calling doesn’t attract a mate, then he’ll have no choice but to go to stage 2: spraying.

By keeping a close eye on his behavior, you should be able to notice when he’s not acting normal. As soon as you notice a change in behavior you can start to apply the T.T.S (touch, taste, smell) method which we’ll cover later.

Now you know when your male kitten will start to spray, what about those females?

When Do Female Kittens Start to Spray?

female kitten after spraying

If trying to guess when a male kitten will start spraying wasn’t hard enough, then how about female kittens?

Did you know? Around only 5% of female cats ever spray.

That in itself should tell you how unlikely a female kitten is to start spraying, especially if they are only a few months old. If we had to give you a timeframe, then it would be around 6 months, the same as a male kitten. But remember, there’s a really high chance that your female kitty will never end up spraying anyway.

But what if they do?

Spaying or neutering your kitten is an option, but it’s not pleasant for anyone. Instead, there is a much cheaper and painless way that doesn’t involve surgery.

Train Your Cat Before They Start Spraying

No matter if you have a male or female kitten, both can pee, so both can spray. As we mentioned earlier, since there are no signs when a cat will start spraying, they can literally start at any second. But when they do start, maybe think twice about running to your vet.

It’s still possible for cats to spray after they’ve been neutered. Do you really want to spend money if it’s not guaranteed to fix the problem? You can’t exactly ask for a refund if it doesn’t work.

If you want to truly stop your cat from spraying, then you need to teach them how to behave. In our detailed T.T.S (touch, taste, smell) system, we show you step by step how to stop your cat from spraying in 7 days or less. Why spend hundreds of dollars on an unnecessary operation that’s only going to cause your kitten pain?

Stop your cat from spraying the easy way with our simple to follow eBook. Click below to learn more about what’s included.