Having been around cats my entire life the smell of cat spray is obvious. It’s one of the worst smells to have in and around your home and can be a real pain to get rid of. Thankfully it’s not something you’re stuck with and the real problem is stopping your male cat from spraying. The first step is to determine why it is happening.
Why is your male cat spraying?
When a cat sprays it may be for a number of reasons. Certain medical conditions, like a UTI or urinary tract blockage, may lead to impulsive spraying and them urinating in random places. Because these conditions may be serious it’s a good idea to have your vet look him over.
One of the most common causes of a male cat spraying is to express virility to female cats. Cats are instinctually driven to reproduce and can be quite vocal about it. An obvious solution for this is to have your cat neutered. Neutering eliminates spraying in up to 90% of male cats. There are people who prefer to leave their cats intact, or just don’t have the money to cover the cost. I usually opt for late spaying/neutering, once the animal has fully developed. That’s my personal preference, so no backlash, please! I don’t send intact animals outside to reproduce! Of course, the longer you wait to have them neutered the higher the chance the spraying behavior will be permanent.
Another common cause of a cat spraying is stress. Stress can come from a new addition to the family, aggressive or overly amorous pets, or an untidy space. In this case, you can try behavioral therapy to ease the stress and always make sure the cat’s bathroom area is clean.
How do you get rid of the smell of cat spray?
This is the age-old question asked by cat owners everywhere. The first thing to do is find the source of the smell. Phoebe tends to keep his spraying to one room. When the door to that room is opened the smell smacks you right in the face. I had to get rid of it so I took everything under 4 pounds out of the room and either washed it or scrubbed it. I sprayed some of OmegaPet’s Enzymatic Pet Urine Remover on the floor, baseboard and window sills. I’ve also made it a point to clean the litter box twice a day and spray around that area.
The main reason I’ve used OmegaPet’s Enzymatic Pet Urine Remover is that it is all natural and may be safely used on all surfaces. Using products with strong chemical odors can stress a cat more, pushing them to try to cover that smell with, you guessed it, urine. The enzymatic solution is designed to eat away at odor-causing bacteria so it’s great for any kind of pet odor, not just urine. I have used it after cleaning up vomit and bowel accidents. It leaves behind a light scent that’s not stressful to pets, and gets rid of the yucky smells that make you embarrassed to open your door for guests!
The ingredient list is simple, with just Water, Bacteria/Enzymes, Nonionic Surfactant, Fragrance, and Opacifier. It is biodegradable and environmentally friendly and it is color safe, completely water soluble, non-flammable and has no toxic fumes. Safe to use around children and pets. You can get it from Amazon.com (save 50% with code ‘SUNDAE50‘)
and if you have pets in your home I highly recommend you get at least 2 bottles, they’ll last for a long time and your home will smell amazingly clean and fresh.