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Rhett is my ten year old kitty. He's a sweet , lovable. territorial boy, who has had minor problems with spraying, even though he was neutered at an early age. Since Jean Claude has come along, his spraying has increased. Lately, it's gotten worse. Jean Claude wants to play and chases Rhett around the house, wakes him from a deep sleep by attacking him, and just generally makes his life miserable most of the time. I know this is the cause of the increased spraying, but I'm tired of following him around with wipes and trying to keep things like purses and backpacks locked away. The final straw came this morning when I saw the new blender had been the latest target!<br>
I've done everything I know to help him feel calmer- I've tried spending more time with him, having his food bowl in a different place, and have Feliway dispensers plugged in in the living room and bedroom. I don't even want to think about what will happen when Atticus comes into the picture. We're in a tiny condo, and there's no way to give them any more room.<br>
This is gross! I've had it! Does anyone have suggestions?
 

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My sister has had good luck with prozac for her couple of cats who developed spraying problems, and now she's weaning them off it.<br><br>
ETA: It sounds to me that, if you try the prozac, it would be good to give it to both Jean Claude and Rhett, since Jean Claude is the one giving Rhett a difficult time. The point of it is to mellow them out, giving them the opportunity to put their relationship on a more relaxed footing. I've talked to my vet, and he says he's had excellent results with spraying cats. It takes about a month to start seeing effects, and then, after several months of stability, he weans them off.
 

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Take away his water gun.<br><br><br><br>
Just kidding.. sorry. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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Wash areas he's sprayed with vinegar. I dont know why this works but he'll stop doing it in that area.<br>
To get the smell out (my kitty seems to think it is ok to spray my dirty laundry) soak the soiled garment in vinegar and warm water. Wash in machine like you normally would but put baking soda in the machine at the beginning of the load.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>vegansarawr</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2823677"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Wash areas he's sprayed with vinegar. I dont know why this works but he'll stop doing it in that area.</div>
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Maybe your cat will stop doing it in that area, but I can assure you that that is not the general rule.<br><br>
Sallyomally, I'm sure you've already done this, but it's always necessary to rule out a UTI first when a cat starts to spray - even a low grade UTI can set a cat off.
 

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^ Oh really? My apologies then, its a home remedy I heard when I first got my cat and cause it worked for him I thought it was correct.
 

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It helps if you can get rid of all trace of the scent of prior spraying or urination, but vinegar doesn't do that, not to the satisfaction of feline noses.<br><br>
You've been lucky, which is a good thing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Marie, thanks for the laugh. Thanks for the tips. mlp, I'll definitely speak to the vet about starting Prozac. Rhett had a very bad UTI a few months ago, so we have all the cats on a prescription diet. He makes good puddles in the cat box, so we're OK on that front.
 

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Just a word of caution - cats, including male cats, who can so easily get blocked from having UTI's, can also have chronic low grade UTI's which don't diminish their ability to pee copiously, but do cause chronic discomfort and therefore lead to litterbox and/or spraying issues. My Maxie lived to 19 and was never blocked, but had a lifelong battle with UTI's. IOW, a cat is peeing normally doesn't mean they don't have a UTI, just that they're not blocked.
 

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Just a word of caution - cats, including male cats, who can so easily get blocked from having UTI's, can also have chronic low grade UTI's which don't diminish their ability to pee copiously, but do cause chronic discomfort and therefore lead to litterbox and/or spraying issues. My Maxie lived to 19 and was never blocked, but had a lifelong battle with UTI's. IOW, a cat is peeing normally doesn't mean they don't have a UTI, just that they're not blocked.</div>
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Wow. I had no idea. When I take him to the vet to discuss the Prozac issue, I'll have him check his urine. I'm kinda in a bind since Atticus is due for his second shot and follow up this week, and the old cash flow isn't exactly flowing. I'm still paying off the bill from Rhett's hospital stay.We may have to wait a week or two.I'll have to keep a close watch.Thanks for the information.
 

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Id love to find the answer to this too. Hobbes is doing this as he doesnt like having a new kitten on his territory. I think he is jealous of attention she is getting, and defensive of his territory. I am trying to give him extra attention but he is still not happy. Maybe you could somehow create a space where Rhett could sleep and be cordoned off from the enthusiastic kitty....
 

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Wow. I had no idea. When I take him to the vet to discuss the Prozac issue, I'll have him check his urine. I'm kinda in a bind since Atticus is due for his second shot and follow up this week, and the old cash flow isn't exactly flowing. I'm still paying off the bill from Rhett's hospital stay.We may have to wait a week or two.I'll have to keep a close watch.Thanks for the information.</div>
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Sally, a low grade infection is sometimes hard to catch in a sample. Before you start the anti anxiety medication, maybe consider discussing with your vet getting a 2 week shot of antibiotic (like Convenia) to see if that catches an infection. You want to rule out a medical issue first.
 
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