Spraying / Scratching
Why Is My Cat Spraying ?
Although we find urine spraying unacceptable, spraying is actually a normal scent marking behaviour in cats. Cats use scent signals a great deal to orientate themselves and communicate with others. Facial and flank rubbing and scratching are all behaviours that also leave scent marks. Urine spraying is used more in un-neutered male and female cats, especially toms, as it is used to indicate sexual activity.
However, spraying will also occur in neutered cats. Spray marks tend to be used in those areas of a cat's territory where a cat feels insecure or threatened, such as where other cats are around. Most often this occurs outside, but can also occur indoors if a cat is stressed inside.
To find out more please look at our VETERINARY GUIDE
to spraying & scratching.