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What age do boy cats start spraying

Cats usually start spraying at a later age than dogs do. Cats can start spraying at any age, but many begin as young as 8-12 weeks.

Are cats prone to spraying?

Yes, cats are prone to spraying. The thought is that the reason cats are prone to it is that they are just so clean and smell so good, but in truth, cats are just as prone to it as dogs.

What causes cat spraying?

There are a number of factors that cause cats to spray. Some of the most common are:

Anxiety

A male cat who has been neutered may spray in an attempt to attract a mate.

Anxiety may also be caused by the cat not being litter trained and using the litter box when it is not supposed to.

Lack of familiarity with the litter box

Some cats will spray when they are not familiar enough with the litter box to know when they are supposed to use it.

It is also a problem when cats are not familiar with the litter box, but do not get along with another cat in the household.

If two cats in a household decide to use the same litter box, then the one that does not want to use the litter box will go outside and spray.

It is important to keep cats away from other animals that are not litter trained. It is also important to make sure that all cats in the household are litter trained or use the same litter box.

Lack of socialization

Cats that are not socialized to other cats (or people) will often spray to mark their territory as theirs.

Strong urine marking

Some cats will also spray to mark their territory as theirs.

If a cat sprays to mark its territory, it will usually spray in a way that draws attention to itself. It will also spray to show that it is not accepting of other cats in the household.

Behavior problems

Sometimes behavior problems can be the cause of the cat spraying. It is important to take the time to work out any behavior problems that cause the cat to spray.

If a cat is spraying because of a behavior problem, the problem needs to be treated. It will not be possible to treat the behavior problem and the cat will continue to spray.

Lack of litter training

Cats will often spray to mark their territory as theirs if they are not litter trained.

If a cat is spraying to mark its territory, then the cat will usually spray in a way that draws attention to itself. It will also spray to show that it is not accepting of other cats in the household.

Is there a way to stop a cat from spraying?

Yes, there are a number of options to help stop your cat from spraying.

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