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Deterring Cat From Spraying
derekf posted:
Can diluted vinegar be used to spray a cat who is spraying? The opinions online seem to be be about 50/50 for and against. I'm not sure who to trust and do not want to hurt my cat. Thank you.
rohvannyn responded:
If you keep it out of the cat's eyes I don't see why it would hurt him. I'm guessing a male cat because of the spraying? If he's not fixed, getting him neutered would help the behavior too.
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
Diluted white vinegar should not hurt your cat. It tastes and smells bad, so it can be an effective deterrent. But plain water also works for most cats and doesn't make your house smell like a salad! More importantly, if your cat is urinating outside the litterbox, you need to make sure there's nothing medically wrong. This is easy to determine by having your veterinarian run a simple urinalysis. If there's a medical problem, all the vinegar in the world won't help. This can also be quite uncomfortable (for your cat!) and can sometimes lead to a fatal urinary tract obstruction so take him in for an examination as soon as possible.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
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