First of all humans need to understand that feline spraying is a natural behaviour. Cats spray to leave their scent for other cats to smell, in other words, they are marking their territory.

Peeing in the home can be feline spraying/marking although it can also be a cat reacting to something it doesn’t like IE: too small a litter tray, placement of a litter tray too near to a noisy entrance, or type of litter tray. It can also be a combination of stress from seeing/sensing other local cats or countless other unforeseen issues. Some cats pee outside of the tray to leave their scent as part of a comforting action. They will pee in places they do not feel safe to make the area feel more safe to them.

There is never a black and white answer.

The reason it is best to call a cat behaviourist, when you are encountering feline in-door peeing or defecation outside of the litter tray, is because every cat has a different personality, every home territory is different, and every cat guardian has a different relationship with their cat and responds in a different way to un-wanted feline behaviours.

An accredited cat behaviourist will need to visit the home to access exactly what is going on. A full assessment of this type of cat behaviour can rarely be done over the phone or via email because that is like treating every cat the same.

Although there are behaviour guidelines to follow nothing can take the place of meeting the cat in person and seeing it on his home turf.

By all means read books on the subject and get an idea of how your cat is exercising its natural behaviour but if the problems continue then make sure you hire a professional cat behaviourist to make a home visit as soon as possible.

It will be money well spent for both you and your cat.

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