Cat Spraying All Over Child’s Bed. Video and Discussion
This cat is peeing machine so says Jackson Galaxy. On his Facebook page he presents a video which he describes as My Cat from Hell. This Cat Is a Peeing Machine. In the video we see the cat’s owner’s explaining to Mr Galaxy what their cat is doing. The cat is spraying urine horizontally against the sides of a bed where their daughter sleeps or I should say used to sleep. This is not cat peeing to void urine but scent marking.
She can no longer sleep in the bed because the family cat has sprayed there 10 times and obviously it has become unusable. We know how difficult it is to remove cat urine from objects particularly duvets. It’s almost impossible. No doubt the cat’s owners are at their wits end which is why they called in Jackson galaxy.
Solving the Puzzle
We do not see Mr Galaxy solving the puzzle. I have searched for the conclusion to the video without success. We don’t see him explaining how the problem can be solved. I would like visitors to discuss it in comments. In the meantime I am going to present my answer. Galaxy asks if there are cats outside. He is trying to find out why the cat is marking territory. The home owner says there are no cats. However, he thinks that the cause is some invading cats entering the yard causing the home owner’s cat to become stressed and territorial.
Michele had seen the entire episode and it transpired that it was invading cats despite the fact that the home owners said there were no such cats. She says:
“Jackson set up a night time video surveillance system to find out which cat was invading the territory. He found out which neighbor owned the cat that showed up on the video “invading” the yard. He spoke to the neighbor about keeping the cat in at night to help her neighbor and of course was met with a big no, not my problem. So Jackson put some non toxic cat repellent devices that had stakes going into the ground in the yard. That completely stopped the peeing.”
Before Michele commented below my theory was as follows:
My guess is that the family cat has been with this family for quite a long time and before their daughter was born. The cat was the kingpin. His territory was the home. His territory was violated by the presence of their daughter. He sees the daughter as an intruder and he has to spray the area to make it friendly to him. The daughter’s scent has to be eradicated in this cat’s mind in order to make his territory his again.
It’s a bit like buying a home and then somebody comes into it and redecorates it without discussion. The homeowner wants to put it back to the way it was so they strip off all the wallpaper and put it back to the way it was. Cats do this by papering the place with the scent of their urine.
If that is the reason why this cat is marking territory, mainly in the child’s bedroom, then how do you get him to stop doing it? Now that’s a big one because it isn’t just about the child’s bedroom; it’s about the child and her presence. It just so happens that the daughter’s bedroom is where he scent is strongest.
I would suggest that her presence is the problem. It’s a very similar problem to introducing a new cat to a household causing the resident cat to become upset. They might never get along. The resident cat may consistently and persistently resist the presence of the new feline incomer.
I suspect that this will be the case with the daughter and this cat. The cat may never accept her. The answer may be one which is very unwelcome, namely that the family rehome the cat. They then might adopt another cat who is more accepting of the daughter. An alternative is for the daughter to sleep in the same room as her parents. This may mask her scent with that of the parents. The cat accepts them.
What do you think?
I saw the episode as I live in the US. In the state they live in – Colorado – cats can free roam. Jackson set up a night time video surveillance system to find out which cat was invading the territory. He found out which neighbor owned the cat that showed up on the video “invading” the yard. He spoke to the neighbor about keeping the cat in at night to help her neighbor and of course was met with a big no, not my problem. So Jackson put some non toxic cat repellant devices that had stakes going into the ground in the yard. That completely stopped the peeing. Another cat’s life saved from being booted out of the house. I do not remember the name of the devices. If the episode repeats here I will let you know.
So it was invading cats in the yard which caused the stress. Interesting. I’ll update the article. The parents said there were no cats in the yard. Thanks Michele.
I’m not sure if this would be potent enough to satisfy the cat, perhaps placing some of the cat’s objects in the room help him feel more in control? I’m referring to things he lays on, plays with or rubs on. How much scent is left by chin rubbing etc. vs spraying?
Nice thought SC. I agree with it. It would certainly help, do no harm and it may fix the problem. Thanks.
What a horrific situation! Thankfully, my cats have always loved my daughter and never misbehaved like this.
It could possibly be cats outside of the child’s room that are upsetting to the cat, maybe, but of course the better answer is the child’s presence.
I think the cat is possibly jealous of the child. It could be that the parents didn’t continue the same level of attention to the cat that he received before the child was born.
The parents may be able to reintroduce the cat and the child making sure to show the cat more attention like they did before the child was born. To expand their love to include both the child and cat could possibly help the cat calm down and accept the child.
Yes, I think there is jealously and resentment. A lesson. As you say it could be resolved.