How cat mark territory: Urinary marking is instinctive in cats. If the urine jets are most often made by males, females can also mark their territory. There are solutions to the problem, and sterilization or castration usually solves the problem.
1.The principle of urine marking
2.How to avoid these inconveniences?
How cat mark territory, cats mark their territory by the deposit of pheromones and also by jets of urine. If the male marks more often than the female, the latter can also be the cause of foul-smelling urine sprays, which are poorly tolerated by cat owners.
The principle of urine marking
Why do cats mark their territory?
Cats are likely to mark their territory with jets of urine from puberty onwards. Although this behavior may be confusing, even though you thought your cat was clean, it is a completely natural instinctive manifestation. Moreover, it is by no means a sign of uncleanliness. Cats need a living space that belongs to them and in which they are safe. They delimit this territory with olfactory traces intended to repel other cats.
How do the markings manifest themselves?
Marking can be done by rubbing, scratching the surface or depositing urine. Urine sprays are mostly present in males, but they are also found in females, especially during heat periods, since they are used to attract and guide tomcats. Contrary to the urine that cats deposit in their litter box and that they usually cover, their high jets, tail raised, are intended to be placed in a prominent position.
How to avoid these inconveniences?
Above all olfactory inconveniences
The nuisance is mainly olfactory, the urine marking being very odorous. But the nuisance also includes hygiene problems, when the cat marks the inside of an apartment or house. On certain surfaces (carpets, rugs, wooden furniture, leather sofas), it is almost impossible to clean satisfactorily. In any case, bleach, whose smell is reminiscent of urine, should not be used as it would stimulate new markings.
Solutions to markings?
The generally recommended solution is castration for males and sterilization for females. Practiced before the sexual maturity of the cat, they most often prevent the appearance of marking behaviors. The regression of the phenomenon is more random when the cat is spayed or neutered after having already marked its territory. What to do when sterilized cats continue to mark? Soothing Feliway-type products can be used to limit marking related to anxiety or defending a territory.