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09 July 2010 @ 07:55 pm
Handsome Tom sprayed today. It was on the kitchen counter; he hit the underside of the cabinets and a bit of the toaster oven. It's happened before - three or four times, I think, in the almost two years he's been inside. Oh, and once on our bedroom wall. Now, it's entirely possible this is happening elsewhere. Places I won't readily notice. Thing is, sporadic bullying behavior to the older girls aside, he's a great cat. Cool, according to the vet. Awesome, even. Such a love, so mellow, big ol' mush.

But I can not be having this.

I'm turning to the internets for research, but any advice would be most welcome.

Oh, and I don't know if this plays into it, but he wasn't fixed until he was two years old.

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Kathy: Swimming Cattoosha on July 10th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
I have been told that if they spray before being fixed they will continue to do it after.

I wish I had advice. My last male cat sprayed so when I got my next one I made sure to get a female because I didn't want to take the risk with all the left over sent in the house. And she is currently cuddled up next to me right now.
Kel: 52 Jillyladyjoust on July 10th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
Don and I have only ever had females; the few males I had while growing up never sprayed.

fortunately HT does it VERY infrequently; maybe he'll just get bored with the whole deal. :P
Zoë Tzoethor on July 10th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
Eek. My experience has also been that cats that are neutered late will retain the urge to spray, at least to some degree.

Our cats growing up sprayed about that often - a couple times a year, at most. However, there is hope! They make this product that you spritz on things which is supposed to dissuade cats from spraying them. It doesn't have a noticeable scent to humans.

The neighborhood toms like to spray the bush in front of our apartment, right by the walkway, giving all our visitors this massive whiff of car spray as they walk to the house. I've been using the product (which I forget the name of) and it seems to have cut back on things. And it's supposed to work best if you can start using it before the location becomes a serious habit.

Also, supersoakers are good for dissuading cats, and also improving your hand eye coordination for long distance aiming! :)
Kel: Kitten!Tenladyjoust on July 10th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
My experience has also been that cats that are neutered late will retain the urge to spray, at least to some degree.

This is my first experience with a cat fixed beyond their first six month. If you do recall the name of the 'please don't spray here' product, please let me know! If not, I'll continue to search the vast sea of knowledge that is the internet; I'm sure to come up with several options.

I think I need a supersoaker. And to be able to catch HT in the act, which is tough since he does this so very rarely.

Edited at 2010-07-10 10:52 pm (UTC)
Zoë Tzoethor on July 11th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)
Kel: girlfriends version shaz & alexladyjoust on July 11th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)
You are my hero, Zoë of the umlaut!
Ea Quae Legiteaquaelegit on July 10th, 2010 05:07 am (UTC)
1. As a non-cat-owner, spraying=peeing?

2. He's been inside for two years??
Kel: kitty (v. intent)ladyjoust on July 10th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
1: yes. not copiously, just as a means of marking.

2. I rounded up; it's been a little more than a year and a half.

I made a circuit of the house, sniffing EVERYWHERE, and have noticed no odor elsewhere. This seems to be a rare occurrence. *fingers crossed he just stops, darnit*
Ea Quae Legiteaquaelegit on July 13th, 2010 05:56 am (UTC)
Wow. It seems like no time at all!
Ilena Ayalanetsearcher on July 11th, 2010 12:32 am (UTC)
http://www.animalforum.com/cspraying.htm includes in part "A new approach to the treatment of spraying problems is the use of Feliway, an environmental spray that consists of a synthetic chemical that mimics the scent found in the gland near the lips of cats (the facial pheromones). It is available through veterinary clinics and sells for about $35 to $40 a bottle"
Kelladyjoust on July 12th, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
I've tried that brand for other issues (pheromone diffusers to calm anxious behavior) to little avail. Apparently lots of people have great luck with it; me? not so much.

I do thank you, though!
Cat: gracietomincloset on July 11th, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
I have no advice on this, but I thought you might like to know that Gracie has a crush on your icon...she spent 5 minutes squealing "kitty!" and trying to pet it.
So that's something.
Kelladyjoust on July 12th, 2010 03:38 am (UTC)
That made me grin, so it's something indeed. I'll have to cobble together a video of Esme Being Adorable; I suspect Gracie might like it. It's no Bea the Lamb, but then what is?
faylar_the_lostfaylar_the_lost on July 13th, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
Its something that will happen rarely with all male cats at some point... usually it happens outside or where there is other cats... at the door to a basement suite with other cats for example.
That keep away stuff works well... as does vinegar. Supersoakers are also a great deterrent, but not as good as a can of air (just NEVER spray it in their face, but the rear end works great as they try and escape trouble :p)
You will also have more instances as he gets oldertry and deter them now and it will minimize it later. If all else fails, call a vet who specialize in cats and cat behaviour. I cant remember the name of the vet, but there is one in Newyork and LA that deals only in cats and trace cat behaviour to the roots (feline psychology) to resolve problems, instead of the normal reward/punishment system, and they hold classes for cat owners.
I'll try and find the link again, but I used to go to that site a lot on my old comp which had it bookmarked.