How to stop a cat from spraying – Cleansmart

How to stop a cat from spraying

Why do cats spray?

Cats are territorial animals, and spraying is a natural behaviour for them. They use urine to mark their territory and communicate with other cats. However, this behaviour can become a problem when they start spraying inside the house. Understanding why cats spray is the first step in finding a solution.

How to identify spraying behaviour?

Before you can stop your cat from spraying, you need to make sure that spraying is indeed the issue. Look for the following signs:

  • Strong, pungent smell of urine
  • Vertical surfaces being targeted
  • Small amounts of urine being sprayed
  • Behavioural changes, such as increased aggression or anxiety

Spay or neuter your cat

One of the most effective ways to prevent spraying is to spay or neuter your cat. This helps reduce their hormone levels and diminishes the urge to mark territory. It is recommended to have this procedure done before your cat reaches sexual maturity.

Provide a clean litter box

Cats are clean animals, and they prefer a clean litter box. Make sure to scoop the litter box daily and change the litter regularly. Additionally, some cats prefer open litter boxes, while others prefer covered ones. Experiment with different types to see what your cat prefers.

Reduce stress and anxiety

Stress and anxiety can trigger spraying behaviour in cats. Identify any potential sources of stress in your cat's environment and try to eliminate or minimise them. Provide hiding spots, vertical spaces, and interactive toys to help your cat feel secure and entertained.

Use pheromone sprays or diffusers

Pheromone sprays or diffusers can help create a calming environment for your cat. These products mimic the natural pheromones that cats release when they feel safe and secure. They can be sprayed on surfaces or plugged into electrical outlets to provide a constant calming effect.

Consult with a veterinarian

If your cat continues to spray despite your efforts, it's important to consult with a veterinarian. They can rule out any underlying medical conditions that may be causing or contributing to the spraying behaviour. They can also provide additional advice and guidance tailored to your cat's specific needs.


Spraying is a natural behaviour for cats, but it can be problematic when it occurs inside the house. By understanding the reasons behind spraying and implementing the appropriate strategies, you can effectively stop your cat from spraying and create a harmonious living environment for both you and your feline companion.