When do cats start spraying? Spraying refers to spraying pee up or over surfaces, which is frequent in cats. Male cats are more likely to spray, although both males and females can do so. Cats usually spray outdoors to mark territory, but it indicates a problem if they do so indoors. Some cats may even spray on the clothes or face of their owners. When dealing with a spraying cat, there are several variables to consider, which we’ve described below.
Why cats spray
Cats communicate primarily through their scent. Cat spray, also known as urine marking, is used to mark a cat’s territory, but there could be several other reasons for a cat to do so. According to the Humane Society, bringing new pets into the house may cause a cat to mark. Stress can also be a factor in a cat’s desire to mark his territory. This is a possibility to consider, especially if your cat’s urine marking is new behavior for him.
Spraying is a common part of a cat’s mating ritual. If a cat is not spayed or neutered, it will likely spray. Female cats who have not been spayed will spray for a male cat to find them. Males use spraying to mark their territory. You will almost certainly never have a problem with spraying if you have your cat “fixed” before reaching sexual maturity.
According to the Dumpster Cat Rescue League, 90 percent of male cats who have been neutered stop spraying within two months. Because they have learned the behavior and it has become a habit, cats may continue to spray even after being fixed. However, the sooner a cat is fixed when it is safe to do so, the less likely they will continue spraying.
At what age do cats start spraying?
The age at which cats begin spraying varies depending on the breed. Spraying is most common in cats around six months when they reach sexual maturity. When their kittens reach sexual maturity, around five to six months, you should look for signs of spraying.
Spraying behavior could indicate that your kitten (female) is about to become pregnant. Don’t be fooled into thinking they’re still young by their size and appearance. They are sexually mature and can become pregnant once they begin spraying.
You can prevent them from spraying by reassuring their environment and providing them with attention and care, as they are more likely to become stressed at this stage.
Make them feel at ease, active, and joyful, and play with them. This way, you can assist your cat in properly urinating and avoiding a spraying habit. Their spraying age should not be a concern for you as long as you are prepared and try to break the habit even before they start.
When do cats start spraying, and what can you do about it?
If you have a young kitten or a male cat that has not been neutered, you may be wondering when male kittens become sexually active. Between the ages of 4 and 6 months, a male kitten approaches puberty. Around the age of 6 to 7 months, most cats start spraying. Once a male cat reaches sexual maturity, the odor of his urine changes and becomes muskier.
Neutering or spaying
If you want to prevent your cat from spraying, consider neutering or spaying them before they reach sexual maturity, about 4 to 5 months of age, or when your veterinarian advises it.
Train your kitty before they start spraying
Don’t be tricked into believing that a cat that has been neutered or spayed can’t spray! Even while this may help prevent spraying, all cats have the potential to spray.
However, teaching children healthy practices as they get older may help them avoid spraying! The best method to prevent cats from developing harmful behaviors is to provide them with a good and comforting environment. They may feel secure and happy as they progress from kittens to adult cats. Your cat will urinate naturally as a result, and there will be less of a danger of their developing a spraying habit.
If your cat has begun to spray, it’s critical to clean the area completely using an enzymatic odor remover to prevent them from returning to that location.
Remove stress factors
Suppose your cat has already acquired a spraying habit. In that case, it might indicate that they’re feeling uneasy or agitated or having trouble adapting to any changes that may be taking place.
You may assist your cat by detecting any sources of stress, which might be as simple as a new animal in their area, an unfamiliar guest, or changes in your house. These things might make your furry buddy feel frightened or uneasy, so reassure them and pay great hugs and attention to them!
Is the cat urinating or spraying?
To begin with, it’s critical to distinguish between actual urine spraying and improper urination. Proper spraying requires cats to stand with their tails upright and their back ends lifted. Before spraying a short stream of pee, they may jerk the tail, paw with the rear feet, or make an odd expression. Typically, this is merely a few milliliters of liquid. Inappropriate urination is often defined as a normal-sized urinating outside the litter container.
While certain issues may cause both urine spraying and improper urination, leaving huge amounts of pee in the incorrect place might indicate a more severe ailment like renal disease or diabetes. As a result, this mustn’t be mistaken for spraying, and a more severe issue remains unnoticed.
Do only male cats spray?
Both male and female cats spray as a means of marking their territory. Spraying by male cats is much more prevalent than spraying by female cats. Although male and female cats use urine to indicate their territory, non-neutered male cats are more likely to spray and mark their area.
A typical male’s pee has a strong and pungent odor when he sprays it. The aroma of a neutered cat will change, and the cat’s desire to spray will be reduced. However, roughly 10% of neutered males and 5% of spayed females will continue to spray and mark their territory.
Both male and female cats attain sexual maturity at four months of age. Males and females are normally neutered and spayed at six months of age. However, a veterinarian now neuters cats at four months of age. Cats start spraying for a variety of reasons. Cats reach sexual maturity at the age of four months, one of the key causes. Due to sex hormones, cats begin spaying.
The desire to mate and have children is normal, but most people do not have the time or space to care for new kittens. As a result, neutering a cat is the most effective approach. Population control, nuisance reduction, health concerns, and welfare concerns are all reasons for neutering female cats and male cats.
Is there a medical cause for spraying?
According to estimates, approximately 30% of cats spray pee for medical reasons rather than behavioral issues.
Cystitis, or bladder irritation, is the most prevalent medical cause of urine spraying. This may be caused by bladder stones or infection, but the reason is typically unknown with cats. There’s a lot of evidence that cystitis in cats, also known as feline lower urinary tract illness, is linked to stress (FLUTD).
Male cats are in danger of urinary obstruction if they are not treated. This occurs when the urethra is obstructed by grit or stones or when inflammation causes it to spasm. If the urethra is stopped, the cat will be unable to pass pee and will get extremely unwell very soon. This is a medical emergency that requires rapid veterinarian assistance.
Due to discomfort in the hips or spine, some cats may pee in a more upright posture, comparable to spraying. This might result from a past injury or the onset of osteoarthritis with age. Other symptoms include:
- A decreased inclination to leap.
- Increased napping.
- Frequent grooming around the afflicted regions.
On examination, joint discomfort is frequently detectable and may be effectively treated with pain relievers.
All cats that suddenly begin spraying should consult a veterinarian to rule out underlying causes.
When do cats start spraying? If you don’t get your cat spayed or neutered when it’s six months old, you can expect it to start spraying and acting erratically. This behavior and spraying should stop once your cat is no longer in heat, and your cat will be friendlier and have a more even temperament. It may, however, continue to spray in an attempt to defend its territory from invading male cats or because of high anxiety caused by noise or other cats in the house, and you’ll need to address those issues as well.