Spraying is different than urinating inappropriately. Inappropriate elimination (such as a cat using the tub or a corner of the room rather than the litterbox) is almost always a result of a physical condition. Your cat probably has a urinary tract infection (UTI) or kidney stones or crystals that cause pain whenever they use the box. As a result, your cat soon associates pain with the box and finds new places to go. It’s very important that you get your cat into the veterinarian's office immediately.
If your cat is spraying, he or she (yes, female cats can spray, too!) will most likely be lifting his tail and urinating on vertical surfaces, like walls, windows, or the side of your sofa. That’s the easiest way to tell the difference between spraying and inappropriate elimination. If you aren’t sure which one your cat is doing, your best bet is to consult your vet.
The classic rule of cat boxes is one litter box per cat plus one extra litter box.
That means, if you have 1 cat, you should have 2 boxes. If you have 3 cats, you should have 4 boxes. If you have 8 cats, you should have 9 boxes, and so on.
Keep in mind, you should offer your cats a variety of styles and designs - particularly in a multi-cat home. The reason for this is simple - some cats don’t like to share boxes. If they can’t find a sanitary place to go potty, they will find their own place to go potty.
Some cats spray because they are nervous or stressed out. Maybe a cat is bullying them when they go near the box. Maybe they have noticed a stray cat visiting your home during the day while you’re gone. Maybe that loud garbage truck scares them and that’s why they only spray on Thursdays. Natural calming products can help a lot in these cases, but be sure you try the right types of calmants. Products we recommend often are the Feliway Multi Cat diffuser and Rescue Remedy.
It’s vitally important that you clean any and all cat spray quickly and completely using an enzymatic cleaner meant specifically for cat urine. While regular household cleaners may pick up the mess and mask the odor from us, our cats have a sense of smell much, much greater than ours and they will still smell an
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