Many owners face various problems: the unwanted behavior of cats. From harmless ones to troublesome ones. Scratching the furniture, climbing the curtains, playing with toilet paper or avoiding the use of a litter are just a few examples.
Today I will explain the serious problem of unwanted behavior of cats and especially how to cope with splashing.
Identifying unwanted behavior-marking
The cat has a very developed sense of smell. If our smell is like a stamp, the smell of the cat is a handkerchief. It also communicates olfactory. The ways she communicates this way are: rubbing, scratching and spraying with urine.
An important indicator of the difference between marking and urination is the behavior of the cat in the two situations.
If the cat urinated and started burying, it will stop to smell the spot before continuing. This will be repeated as long as the smell intensity is pronounced.
Splashing is usually aimed at visible and significant objects. The cat turns back toward the wall and, in the right position, sprays a small amount of urine. In tomcat, the phenomenon is more frequent and more pronounced. But cats can also see the same thing.
The target is sprinkled at a height of 30-60 cm from the ground. Splashing is followed by intense vibration of the tip of the tail. The cat’s face has a very concentrated expression.
Purpose of splat marking
The highest percentage of splashing is found in cats that are not castrated.
It decreases significantly after we castrated it. But absolutely all the cats mark.
In a mixed cat community, males splash more frequently when there is a hot dog. Females splash when they are in the first phase of heat. Their markup contains information about one reproductive status. Males spend a lot of time investigating it. Much more than if the mark is of a female that is not hot. This is the sexual function of the marker.
Splashing has three functions: territorial, relational and reaction (emotional stabilization).
In cats kept in the house, emotional stabilization is most prominent. A new space incites the marking mechanism. The cat introduces its own odor into the unknown space. To customize it and increase your sense of security.
And in cats living outside, there is the possibility of scarring in response to stress. It reacts in the same way as a house cat.
When the cat splashes the owner’s personal things, something is wrong in their relationship.
The cat may splash in the following situations:
– Stress due to general conditions ( when a baby or a new animal appears in the house)
– When something changes in the apartment
– When the furniture is rearranged
– When the family moves
In these cases, the sprinkling direction defines the cat’s space.
– Changing family relationships
– The existence of a conflict with a family member with another animal or the overpopulation of the house (a cat needs 5 square meters at least to live comfortably).
The cat usually sprinkles where it feels vulnerable.
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A safe boundary between the inner world (the house) and the outer one must be created. The cat owner has full control of the access ways.
When the cat stays alone at home, she must have water, food, litter. Also, have free access to the house.
The ideal is not someone outside, not even the cat door.
Let’s make sure that the smells of the house stay as stable as possible and familiar to cats. This reduces the risk of splashing.
The open-door conveyor will be an effective help.
To minimize the feeling of insecurity, we will give cats the opportunity to climb high-quality furniture, poles and special platforms. The behavior of the cat will be relaxed and quiet because it can always catch up and get rid of potential danger. So she will not feel the need to escape or marking.
We were laying the cat with a towel, especially the head (the glands used by her to mark the territory) and then wiping the vertical surfaces of the house at the height of the cat with that towel. This makes the cat feel at ease and the risk of stamping is significantly reduced.
If you struggle with the unpleasant smell of house cat urine, do not use aggressive detergents containing chlorine or ammonia. They also contain elements that have decomposed urine. I can generate repeated cat splashing.
Sprayed surfaces should be cleaned with enzyme-based products. They will eliminate bacteria and odors. But it could also encourage the cat to sprinkle again because the signature has “expired”.
It is not advisable to use a water gun against the sprinkler cat. Rather, it increases anxiety and causes more sprains. If we punish the cat, the splash will continue when we are absent.
Splashing can also be translated by attracting attention when not enough cat attention. Splashing becomes, in this case, the tool of our conditioning cat.
Although it is a natural and normal phenomenon, spraying can be avoided.
Socializing and forming appropriate habits will develop the ability to overcome challenges.
If the cat continues to sprinkle,
we need to pinpoint the causes. Then eliminate them.
I have listed the causes during this post.
There is another method against sprinkling. See here.
I hope I helped many cat lovers who are confronted with this phenomenon. Especially those who keep cats only in the house. I assure you that patients will be avoided in the future.
Please leave a comment about your experience on marking. Thank you.
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