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14 Jul 2006

I am at my wits end with our 9 month old cat, he has recently started urinating inside the house. He was house trained as a kitten, he did have 1 or 2 accidents when he was a kitten but we corrected this by making him smell the place where he had urinated and then smacked him (hope this was the right thing to do), but he has now started doing this again. Seems he finds anything soft and then off loads and the smell is awful. In the past 2 weeks he has done this in my husbands running shoes, my daughter school bag (twice), her slippers, on a dress that had fallen down in my closet and even on a couple of plasic containers on the kitchen counter!!! Every time he has done this I have carried out the same discipline as when he was a kitten but nothing is helping. I've also been using a spray on product to get rid of the smell and discourage him from doing it again, but then he just finds another place. What could the problem be? He has not been neutered yet, would it help if he was? Please could you advise because I'm now starting to resent him which is not healthy. We have another cat who is older, he was upset when we got the new cat but is over it now and he has very clean habits. Could the smaller one be jealous of the older one and perhaps marking his territory? I'd appreciate any advice.
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01 Jan 0001

Neutering is number one priority! Cats mark their territory by spraying urine and he is obviously doing this. Do other cats come into your home as well? Provide numerous litter boxes so that he has no excuse not to use one. Smakking the cat has no effect as you have found out. It's the hormones! So book him in for neutering. Your vet will be able to advise you about what to use until the hormone levels have dropped off (usually takes about 6 weeks). Unfortunately some cats develop bad habits that are difficult to break.
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