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Female Cat Spraying her Owner
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NoNoBadKitty posted:
I have a ten year female cat and I just adopted three more female cats. My old cat is not very happy but she remains alpha female. I ensure she has her own bed, box, treats and is always petted first. She has been spraying the litter box area to mark her territory but yesterday she sprayed me. Yes, she backed up to me in the closet, lifted that tail, and sprayed all over me. I've never heard of a female cat spraying her human. Is the mad because of the three new cats or is she marking me as her human and everyone stay away from me as I am hers?
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Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
If it's behavioral, I suspect she's marking you as her territory. But don't forget that cats can spray for many reasons, some of which are medical such as urinary tract infections, etc. It's worth asking your veterinarian to check a urinalysis on her to make sure she's OK. Sometimes stress (like adding three cats!) can trigger medical issues as well. If her urinalysis is normal, it's likely this is a behavioral problem. Try using pheromone diffusers to see if this improves the situation. Your vet clinic should carry them.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
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