When a female cat sprays5 December, 2007
I caught Maya in the act of spraying yesterday.
(for the unintiated – you lucky things! – spraying is when a cat urinates standing up, usually not in a litter tray)
Maya is my Bengal neuter girl. Neuters aren’t supposed to spray. So I wasn’t sure what was going on in her mind. Suddenly I heard this pattering sound like rain drizzling against a window and when I looked for its source, there was Maya, her tail stiff in the air, watering the bag of coal in the living room. She even managed to trickle some on the fire irons.
There was nothing I could do but clean it up and douse the whole area with cat urine remover.
I’m not sure why she did it. I’m sure she doesn’t have cystitis. She could be stressed and perhaps marking her territory, but why?
Then today I caught Ananda cocking her tail against the sofa. Ohno … ohno. Out came the cleaning stuff again.
I don’t know what’s going on.
I’m hoping it’s not, but it could be that … she’s on heat. In the middle of winter? Cats usually go off heat when the days go shorter. I’m praying she’s not on heat. She’s been meowing a lot today. I’ve tried scratching the base of her tail to see if she crouches which she does when she’s on heat, but it could be too early to tell.
If anyone is contemplating letting their female cat have just one litter because it’s educational/fun, please would you read this and think again. A cat on heat is a spraying machine. You will spend more time on your knees sniffing around furniture and cleaning up then anything else. Save yourself the hassle and don’t become a mad cat breeder!