FEMALE KITTENS AND SPRAYING
Did you know that about 5% of female cats ever spray?
This, in itself, should tell you how unlikely it is for a female kitten is to start spraying--- especially if they are only a few months old. A female cat would start spraying at the age of 6 months, the same as a male kitten.
But, do keep in mind that there’s a really high chance that your female kitty will never end up spraying anyway.
What if they do?
Spaying or neutering your kitten is an option, but it’s not pleasant for anyone.
HOW TO STOP YOUR MALE CAT FROM SPRAYING
In this section of the blog, we will go through a few tips that can help you stop your male cat from spraying.
DON’T PUNISH YOUR CATS
You should never punish your kitty if he sprays. If you rub noses in the urine, yell, or hit them, they’ll get more stressed and it may even result in an escalation of the behavior. Your cat isn’t being bad, he just has a good reason for marking. Instead, identify the causes for the behavior and address them.
CHANGE YOUR CAT’S MENTAL CONNECTIONS
Change your cat’s association with the targeted areas after the areas have been cleaned with the enzyme cleaner. Try to do activities she enjoys such as playing, petting and clicker training on the areas. Placing toys and scratchers near them will also change how she relates to the sprayed spots.
USE SYNTHETIC PHEROMONES
You can also try to use synthetic pheromones around the marked areas as they can help calm and relax your cat.
You should try and keep your cat temporarily out of the rooms that are being sprayed.
If your kitty is spraying a family member’s belongings you should encourage the person to play with, feed, and interact with the cat every day.
Newly adopted kitties need to be separated from your resident felines and gradually introduced. It might take a month or longer to introduce them to each other with a minimum of stress.
ADDRESS INTER-CAT ISSUES