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10 Mar 2004

FEMALE CATS MARKING TERRITORY??
My spayed cat has moved in with my Fiancee who also has spayed cat. Do females mark their territory as mine has begun to mess in the house. Both have very strong personalities!
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CyberVet
cybervet

01 Jan 0001

Hi "At Wits End"
Yes female cats, both entire and spayed, do mark territory by spraying urine on upright surfaces. If she is squatting and urinating then this is probably not territorial, but may be medical, in which case you need to get the vet to check her out. If she is spraying then it is because she is insecure, probably because the cats don't know each other. The best thing to do is start again by keeping your cat in a separate room for a few days or weeks, with a litter tray. Take her out to meet the other cat for short periods of about 10 minutes, preferably in a cat carrier or cage. You can feed them, play with them (catnip is good) or groom them (with the same cloth or brush) while they are looking at each other. While they are getting to know each other they need to have places that they can get away from each other, but must associate each other with pleasant experiences. Gradually move your cat to different rooms so her scent gets spread around the house. You can also try a pheromone product called Felliway, from the vet. Whatever you do don't shout at the cats or punish them for spraying as this will only increase the anxiety and therefore the spraying behaviour.
Karen Gray-Kilfoil
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