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Their unhappiness can be caused by many things but the bottom line is that they usually think that their territory is threatened in some way.
The threat may come from another cat (especially a new cat in the area), the smell of a cat that used to live in the house, fear of a person or particular type of person e.g men or women.
Exactly where the problem stems from can be difficult to detect but the things that you should look for are changes that were happening at the time the spraying started.
In some cases it is sufficient to remove the cause of the unhappiness or to rearrange things so that the cat doesn't have to come into contact with it.
Actions to try
Once the area is dry, use surgical spirit on the area to mask the smell of the remaining scent. It is very important not to use any products that contain bleach as this can encourage spraying. It can also help to place small dishes of dried food at the spraying areas because some cats don't like to spray on top of their food.
If the problem persists
Use a room such as a spare bedroom and equip it with litter tray and a bed. Your cat should stay in this room 24hrs a day for anything up to a couple of months.
Whilst this may seem strange to us, we must remember that a cat's anxiety and spraying is largely controlled by the confidence they have in maintaining control of their territory. In order to regain some control, reducing their territory can have a very beneficial effect on their anxiety levels.
Visits to the room should be limited to one person and only a few of times a day, for feeding and grooming. Generally you should find that the spraying stops within a couple of days. If it does then anxiety over territory is almost certainly the cause.
Expanding the territory
If you find that the spraying starts again after they have been re-introduced, it may be worth looking again for the cause of their anxiety or going back a step in the territory reduction procedure and expanding the territory slower than before.
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