What is Spraying?
Spraying is a common behavior among cats of both genders, including female cats. It involves releasing a stream of urine from their hind end onto vertical surfaces like walls, furniture, or even people. In many cases this is done for territorial reasons and as a form of communication with other cats in the area. Female cats may spray to mark their territory or to show that they are ready to mate.
Why Do Female Cats Spray?
Female cats tend to spray more often than males due to hormone fluctuations caused by being in heat. When a female cat is nearing her fertile period she will begin producing hormones that cause her body and mind to become more receptive towards mating opportunities. This can prompt her to look for potential partners, as well as releasing pheromones into the air which attract male cats near and far away from home. To further communicate this desire she might also start spraying around her living space in order increase visibility while simultaneously marking it with pheromones that let male cats know where she lives (or would prefer them to visit). The same principle applies if there are un-neutered male cats present too – they could be trying establish dominance over one another through scent markings and spraying behaviors designed for communication purposes only.
How Can I Prevent My Cat From Spraying?
The best way prevent your cat from spraying around your house is by getting them spayed/neutered at an early age – usually before six months old according do most veterinarians’ recommendations. Spayed/neutered pets experience less reproductive hormones which limits their drive for territorial marking and reduces the chances of them feeling overwhelmed enough by these instincts that they feel compelled spray inside your home or living environment instead outside where it belongs (which still isn’t ideal but much better than indoors). Additionally make sure you keep up on regular cleaning routines around any possible target areas so no lingering scents are left behind during times when your pet can’t help themselves! Lastly give plenty attention love when needed; providing additional stimulation like new toys games puzzles can help alleviate stress reduce instances unnecessary urinating defecation throughout household too!