by MIJ (UK)
My 3 year old marbled Bengal cat, Naala, has started urinating and sometimes spraying in the most inappropriate places. On beds, chairs, blankets, in the kitchen sink and even in the other cats food bowl!!
I have 2 other short haired British cats – 1 male and 1 female. Naala came to me as a baby and she is so loved. I cannot understand her behavior. She has been to the Vets and tested for everything. I have tried pheromone diffusers. Nothing seems to work.
I would be so appreciative of any helpful suggestions or ideas. Thank you so much for reading.
Hi….. thanks for visiting and asking. You say, “Naala, has started urinating and sometimes spraying in the most inappropriate places”. Urinating and spraying are different things and caused by different motives. Urinating is caused by a full bladder and/or urinary tract infection. Spraying is a territorial marker.
What appears to be a sudden change in behavior indicates that at one time she was not spraying. Spraying is ultimately a sign of stress, I believe in this instance. Yet she is loved.
In regards to spraying, are you away from home a lot? Have you introduced the other cats to the household after Naala was established?
Something is stressing her and it is not something that you are deliberately doing. It is something that impinges on Naala’s natural feelings in a negative way. A good example is spraying on the other cats’ food. She is claiming the food as her own. She is trying to assert her authority and make the surroundings more friendly
Something, therefore is making her feel insecure and anxious – stressed.
I would like you to leave a comment to add some detail to what you have said. What changes too place if any before she started to spray?
Is something happening that you don’t know about?
Routine, calm, reassurance, space, territory, good health should resolve matters.
One last possibility. You say she is spraying and urinating. Have you seen this? Is she urinating instead of spraying? There are different causes as mentioned.
One last point. Bengal cats can pee in water due to a throwback to their wildcat ancestor, the Asian leopard cat. This is to hide the smell of the urine. I don’t think this is the case in this instance, however.
Drugs can be prescribed but I hate the idea. Cat Spraying Elavil.