will my male cat stop spraying after being neutered

Neutering is the most effective way to curb spraying in a tomcat. In one study, 77 percent of cats stopped or significantly reduced spraying within six months of being neutered. Neutered cats can spray as well. Ten percent of male cats neutered before 10 months of age will still spray as adults.

How do I treat a spraying or marking problem?

Treatment for marking focuses on decreasing your cat’s motivation for spraying. Therefore, the first step is to investigate some of the details of the behavior to determine the underlying cause. The location of the urine marks, the frequency, the timing, and number of locations can help with diagnosis or assessment. If you have more than one cat, then the relationship between the cats will need to be explored – there may be underlying friction triggering the behavior.

  • Recreate the timeline as best you can, keeping in mind if the household has changed at all. Cats are very sensitive to their physical and social environment. It could be significant to remodel, buy new furniture, add a pet, or lose a person. All these elements, along with your cat’s physical and mental well-being, will be taken into account by a veterinary behaviorist when figuring out the cause of the behavior.
  • If you find that your cat is marking because he is bothered by another cat that he can see outside your window, you should take steps to keep outside cats away from your home. If the offending cat is located nearby, consider discussing the matter with your neighbor. Another option is to place a motion-activated water sprinkler close to the window. You might try scattering citrus rinds close to the window, as many cats dislike the smell of citrus.
  • Meanwhile, try to limit your cat’s view. You might be able to just close off rooms that give you a close-up view of other cats, depending on how your house is laid out. Using opaque window coverings that adhere to your window panes and obscure the view of the outside cat is an additional choice. It might be essential to keep some windows closed to stop the scent of the intruding cat from smelling its way inside.
  • It’s crucial to address any uneasy social interactions your cat may be having, such as conflict with another house cat, if your cat is marking. Cats can communicate subtly, making it challenging to spot noticeable hostile or fearful body language. A veterinary behaviorist or other trained specialist can evaluate the social interactions and create a plan of care that minimizes conflict in order to lessen marking.
  • Consult your veterinarian to find out if neutering your cat is a good idea. Some cats’ marking behavior can be totally resolved by spaying or neutering them if they are healthy and will not be used for breeding.
  • Lastly, having aesthetically pleasing and well-maintained litter boxes is always crucial. Make sure there are plenty of boxes—one for each cat in your home as well as an extra—and that all of the cats can readily access the boxes. Additionally, use an odor-neutralizing product, like Urine AwayTM, to clean any sprayed areas.

Which cats are more likely to urine mark?

Both male and female cats can mark with urine. Urine marking is most common in intact (non-neutered) male cats. When an intact male urinates, his urine will smell strongly and pungently like a “tom cat.” The odor of the urine is changed by cat vaccination or neutering, which may also lessen the cat’s incentive to spray, but roughly 10% of neutered male cats and 5% of spayed female cats will still spray. Although cats in homes with multiple cats frequently engage in spraying, cats living alone can also engage in this behavior.

I am finding small amounts of urine in multiple locations. What does that mean?

The majority of cats that mark indoors do so by sprinkling urine in numerous spots, but this may also be the case if you notice several tiny puddles on horizontal surfaces. Horizontal urine stains can be seen on clothing piles, windows, doorways, and recently acquired items.

When your cat consistently urinates or defecates outside of the litter box, it’s time to have your veterinarian check them out. Lab work may be needed, including a urine test. Cats that suffer from illnesses like infections, gastrointestinal disorders, or arthritis may urinate or defecate outside of their litter box.

In addition to marking, some behavioral disorders can also cause avoidance of the litter box and/or a preference for a different area for elimination. It is crucial to speak with a veterinary behaviorist for an accurate assessment and a successful treatment plan if there is no physical explanation for the behavior.

FAQ

How long after a male cat is neutered will he stop spraying?

The majority of male cats will stop spraying within 6 months of being neutered. However, cats may still spray long after being fixed. When a cat experiences a stressful situation, such as a change in environment or the addition of new pets or people to the home, their reaction may include urine marking.

Do male cats eventually stop spraying?

If possible, have your cat neutered before he is 6 months old. More than 90% of cats will not start spraying if they’re fixed in this time frame. In older cats, roughly 87% will stop spraying after being neutered. While the majority stop immediately, a little under 10% will take a few months to cease spraying.

Will neutering a cat stop marking?

Neutering solves most marking issues, even in cats who have been doing it for a while. However, the longer you wait, the greater the risk that marking behavior will be ingrained. Cats are creatures of habit and many react badly to even the slightest changes in their environment.