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Why Do Cats Spray or Mark?

What makes cats spray or mark their territory? That’s the million-dollar question. And once you know why they do it, how can you treat the area and prevent further cat spraying?

Spraying is a type of nonverbal communication among cats that utilizes chemicals in urine. Although natural, this action can be destructive and unpleasant for humans. Spraying or “marking” is not a litter box issue; it is related to a behavioral problem.

When cats spray they mark territory with pheromones. These natural chemicals are produced by animals to serve as a form of chemical communication. Several different pheromones are secreted by different regions of the body and communicate different things including a desire to mate, territorial boundaries, and to signal that all is well. Each cat’s pheromone combinations are unique, like a human fingerprint.

If your cat is spraying, there are several things you can do. Please read this article on Feline Urine Marking for more information.

When dealing with spraying, some general guidelines include:

I hope this article helps you understand and deal with your cat’s spraying behavior. For more information on spraying, please visit a behaviorist’s recommendations at Feline Urine Marking.