Why is My Cat Spraying?

As a cat owner, you probably anticipate numerous challenges, some that require trips to the veterinarian. But, one thing many pet owners don’t anticipate is cat spraying. Exactly what is spraying and why is this something that you might experience as a cat owner? Continue reading to learn more.

What is Spraying?

Spraying is the act of a cat urinating a small amount on a vertical surface. Despite what some people think, cats spray as a way to mark territory and for other reasons, and not as a litter training problem or because he or she needs to urinate.

cat spraying

Why do Cats Spray?

There are a few reasons for a spraying from a cat to occur. First you should understand how to identify spraying and signs that your cat is doing it. Oftentimes when a cat is spraying, he or she will have a quivering tail and will back into an area. A strong smell is left behind after the spraying. Once you learn how to identify a spraying cat it is time to learn why the feline is exhibiting this behavior.

Medical Problems

Several health conditions can affect a cat and cause spraying to occur. Those medical conditions include dehydration and Urinary Tract Infections. If you notice your cat licking his or her genitals, having difficulty urinating, or whimpers, it may be time to call the veterinarian.

Stress

Cats can experience stress too, and when they do, it oftentimes causes a slew of problems, including spraying. Signs that your cat is stressed includes frequent meowing, acting abnormally, confusion, and others.

Other Cats

Sometimes a cat owner cannot decipher anxiety or turmoil between cats, but it may nonetheless be there. Cat stress can also cause spraying as a result. This is another issue that your pet should see a veterinarian to cure.