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How do you stop cats from spraying indoors?

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A person can stop a cat from spraying indoors by having it neutered or spayed, using enzyme cleansers to neutralize urine odors, or obstructing the cat's view and smell of outdoor cats. The owner should determine the reason for the behavior to find the proper method of stopping it.

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A cat often sprays to mark its territory or let other cats know it is ready to mate. Males are more likely to spray than females. The instance of spraying increases if multiple cats inhabit a household. Some cats spray in response to stress. Household changes, such as the introduction of a new family member, visitors or rearranging furniture can cause stress in a cat. Conflicts between two or more cats can also cause them to spray. The behavior is common in domestic and wild cats. It is a natural habit that is often hard to break.

Owners should not mistake a litter box problem for spraying. Cats who spray do so on vertical surfaces. They lift and shake the tail to deposit a small amount of urine on a wall or furniture. Regular urination occurs when the cat squats to eliminate, and more urine is released. The spray has a pungent odor, while normal urination does not.

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