How to stop cats from urine marking or spraying walls and furniture


Urine marking or "spraying" in the house is one of the ways a cat communicates that it's feeling stressed or unhappy in its environment.

Why do cats spray or urine mark?

You know when your cat has urine marked or "sprayed" an item by the smell of cat pee. The odour is very distinctive and can be particularly unpleasant.

All cats – male or female, neutered or not – will mark their territory using urine. While it’s completely normal for cats to spray outdoors, when your cat urine marks indoors it’s usually a sign that they’re feeling distressed. 

In stressful situations, some cats will urine mark to increase their self-assurance, cope with emotional stress, or to tell you something is wrong. Of course, none of this makes you feel better if your cat has peed on your favourite piece of furniture or even worse your bed!

Using Feliway Spray and a Feliway Diffuser is clinically proven to help reduce stress and control urine marking indoors.

What is the difference between urine marking
and house soiling?

Urine marking and house soiling both involve inappropriate elimination outside of the litter box.

Advice on how to control urine marking


Check with your vet to make sure there’s no underlying health reason for the behaviour.


Check for any changes in your cat’s environment that may have triggered the urine marking such as conflict with other cats, new additions to the family or new furniture or renovations.


Clean the marked area thoroughly with an enzymatic cleaner and allow to dry. Do not use ammonia, bleach or other strongly scented products as the unfamiliar smell may encourage remarking.


When dry, apply 8 pumps of Feliway Spray to each marked area. Reapply spray daily for 3 to 4 weeks to reduce the likelihood of remarking.


Plug in a Feliway Diffuser where your cat spends most of its time or where the problem is occurring to reinforce your cat's feeling of security.


For best results, keep the diffuser plugged in continuously for a minimum of 30 days. Replace refills monthly for ongoing support.

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