Marking territory with cat urine
Marking territory with cat urine . Some of my more recent experiences may be easier to comprehend for pet owners who have dealt with the frustration of their cats spraying or peeing in inappropriate locations. As some context, I’d like to mention that I have four cats. Oscar, the Tonkinese, is one of them and he is the one with whom I have the most in common. He is also the oldest cat that I own, with the exception of a stray cat who embraced our family and whose age I am unable to precisely determine. Her name is Milo, and I would assume that she is around the same age as Oscar.
Milo is not the issue, despite the fact that Oscar’s jealousy causes him to occasionally hiss, but Milo is not the problem either. A moggie that I discovered in the shed in the ground of the apartment complex in which I reside is the primary offender. It was pouring rain outside, and when I went to investigate, I came upon four very young kittens. To make a long tale short, I ended up taking care of one of them, and his name is Akirah. I started parenting him when he was around 10 days old. I’d offered his mother the chance to take him back, but she chose to take only his siblings instead.
Akirah has developed into a mature young man. It goes without saying that he has been castrated. I have never been able to comprehend why some people choose not to get their animals desexed. However, even before he was desexed, he had the unfortunate habit of urinating in inappropriate areas. I had the impression that he would outgrow it. I didn’t really feel the need to take any preventative measures because it was normally quite easy to handle. In addition to that, he would use the litterbox, so there was no issue with that.
Then, though, there was a second cat that appeared outdoors. It’s a mystery to me where this cat came from; I don’t know if it’s a stray or if its owner just lets it roam free at night (another thing I never really understood about some cat owners, given that this is when most fights occur).
Akirah increased the amount of spray he used to mark his area. It wasn’t until I did some research that it dawned on me that there was definitely going to be some level of anxiety and uncertainty involved. When I clean everything up, I make it a point to keep this in mind as much as possible since I in no way want to contribute to the sense of uncertainty that he already has.
When I opened the door throughout the day to allow my cats outdoors, I observed that his behaviour had changed, which is very humorous considering that this other cat hadn’t been around for very long before he showed up. In most cases, Akirah dashed directly out the door, eager to discover the world beyond (he is a very playful cat). Except after that, he began to do nothing but sit at the entrance of the room. He would smell the edge of the door, and I would attempt to coax him out of the room by nudging him gently, but he would have none of it. He was quite content to remain inside and observe the antics of my other cats while they played outside.
Even though he appeared to be rather violent at times, this feature provided me with a hint that he was, in fact, bothered by the presence of the other cat. He would try to force his way through the door whenever the other cat showed up at night, and he was successful in tearing through a portion of the fly screen that was located at the bottom of the door. I didn’t believe he could be terrified of anything because he was so aggressive, therefore my assumption was wrong. However, the fact that he was hanging back when in the relative protection of the apartment appeared to imply that this was not the case.
Cats are extremely sophisticated animals. When attempting to address problematic behaviours, I believe it is essential to make an effort to comprehend both the other person’s point of view and the emotions that they may be experiencing. Particularly when one is faced with the challenge of cleaning up pungent cat spray, it is quite simple to become furious or annoyed. Taking out our frustrations or emotions on our cats, even if it’s just by scolding them, can cause our cats even more anxiety and tension. This is especially relevant in the event that we go home from work to discover that our cats had sprayed the house while we were out. Cats, who love us very much and are excited to see us after we have been gone all day, won’t understand why we are suddenly being cold toward them or scolding them if we act this way toward them all of a sudden. They won’t comprehend, especially if you wipe their noses in old pee and do it in front of them.
Even when the first thing we are greeted with (aside from four eager faces all trying to say hello at the door), is the smell of cat urine, we have to learn to learn to put aside our own emotional responses and remember the joys of their unconditional companionship. We have to learn to put aside our own emotional responses and remember the joys of their unconditional companionship. It has even come to my attention that my cats are more likely to misbehave when I spend a significant amount of time cleaning the house as soon as I get there rather than following my customary pattern of greeting them with a pet and a friendly greeting.
There are several solutions available on the market that can assist retrain cats, calm them down, discourage other cats from approaching, and erase the scent of old urine. And addressing the root of the behavioural issue, as opposed to berating the cat for acting out because it was the only thing it felt able to do at the moment due to anxiety and nervousness, is a strategy that will prove to be far more successful in the long term.