urine spraying

Why does a cat spray urine? What can you do to stop the urine spraying or marking? 

Urine spraying in the house is a frustrating, stinky problem.  

You know when your cat has sprayed by the distinct smell of cat pee. This odor is very strong and hard to get rid of.

All cats -- male or female, neutered or not -- will mark their territory with urine spraying.

See video advice from our veterinary advisor on why and how to stop cat urine spraying:


Cat spraying can be a reaction to a stressful situation.

During these situations, cats will spray urine to increase their self-assurance, to cope with emotional stress, or as a displacement strategy to soothe itself.

While it is completely normal for cats to spray outdoors, when your cat sprays indoors, it is a sign that they are feeling distressed. Cats have even been known to spray their owner's bed or duvet.

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If your cat sprays indoors they also potentially need to visit the vet, as one third of all cats that spray indoors suffer from a medical issue such as cystitis. Find your nearest vet.

Feliway is a clinically proven* way to curb spraying indoors, something that will help your cat feel relaxed and more comfortable in their environment.  

*Pageat P, Functions and uses of the facial pheromones in the treatment of urine marking in the cat.  Proc of the XXI Cong of the World Sm An Vet Assoc, Israel, 20-23; 101, 1996.  Mills DS, Mills CB.  Evaluation of a novel method for delivering a synthetic analogue of feline facial pheromone to control urine spraying in cats.  Veterinary Record, 2001; 149, 197-199.



Check with your veterinarian to determine if there is an underlying health condition causing this behavior.


Consider if there is anything that may have triggered urine spraying such as moving furniture.


Clean the sprayed area with a product to remove the odor and stain such as Urine Away™, and allow area to dry (do not use products with strong smells - ammonia-based or bleach cleaners).


When dry, spray these areas with Feliway Spray daily to reduce the likelihood of urine spraying


Plug in a Feliway Diffuser in the room the cat frequents the most to help stop urine marking by reinforcing your cat's feeling of security


Improvement can be seen within the first week, but continued use for at least one month is recommended.

Feliway Urine Spraying Video Testimonial

Watch while Courtnie (a real consumer) explains how Feliway helped stop her cat Simon from spraying urine in her house.

Use of a Feliway Diffuser can help stop a relapse.

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For more information on this topic go to ICC (International Cat Care) urine spraying cats.

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