Let’s talk about how to prevent your malecat from spraying. This can be actually quite challenging, and the first thing you haveto do is figure out what is going on, and get a diagnosis from a veterinarian. The sprayingcan be generally one of two things. A; a cat that’s a male that is spraying, we’ve gotto know; first off, is it a neutered cat? If it’s not neutered, that’s the first thingto do. Number two is a urinalysis needs to be performed to figure out is there an infectionor inflammation occurring that’s causing him to feel like he needs to urinate outside ofthe box. For instance, cat’s are pretty smart, and what they’ll do sometimes is if if theirurine or urination hurts them in a litter
box, they think the litter’s doing it, sothey will go outside of the box and spray; versus, if the urine does not contain an infectionor anything like that, it’s probably behavioral. So, working with your veterinarian, you haveto figure out what that problem is. If it’s behavior, is it another cat in the environment?Is it not enough litter boxes? Not the right litter? Not a hood on the litterbox? And sothere is lots of information that your veterinarian can provide for you to help you figure outwhat that problem is and how to treat. Now, some cats, some male cats that are behaviorallyspraying and behaviorally urinating outside the litter box can be psychological, and thereare actually synthetic hormones; pheromones
actually, that are used to spray an environmentthat can calm these male cats down. That can work quite well. Sometimes we rely on antidepressivemedication, such as Prozac, Elavil, things like that to help these cats kind of calmdown and forget why they’re spraying, and after a while most of these guys do very,very well, and you can stop the medications..