How to Train Cats to Stop Them From Spraying Inside the House

This is a basic overview of how to train a cat to stop it from spraying inside the house; if you need a detailed article on how to stop cats from spraying inside the house.

In the majority of cases, cats will already be litter trained because their mother will have trained them, if however, this is not the case, here are some tips to help. Since your cat is not yet trained to use the litter tray, it is best to start by teaching it what the litter tray is for.The litter tray needs to be big enough for the cat to climb into and have some room to move around, but not too tall at this early stage.

Observe your cat’s elimination habits, and then start a routine. Once the cat has eaten, and had a bit of time to digest a meal, encourage it to the litter tray, if the cat climbs in, and praise it for all it’s worth even if it doesn’t use it. This will associate praise with the tray. If your cat doesn’t climb in, gently place it in the litter, it probably will not like it, but repeating the process regularly will soon get your cat used to it. A good time to place your cat in the litter tray is after they wake from a nap. Another tip is to use your cat’s paw as a rake in the litter, they will then know what it is for, as they habitually bury their faeces. Continue with this method, and it won’t be long before your cat uses the tray, at this point further praise is required (2-3 days) If this is not achieved, try changing the litter, cats are quite faddy about litter types, generally they do not like the scented litter. If you find your cat urinating elsewhere, simply take it to the litter box, but do not Punish. Once litter training is achieved, stop the treats.


Cats love to play and it is the best way to give them their much needed exercise. Allocate a specific time of day to the playing and later on you will find that your cat will limit its mad half hour to that time. If they are left to do their own thing, it will result in damage to your home.


As cats the claws are not as strong and sharp as in an older cat, this is undoubtedly the time to encourage your cat to use a scratching post or mat. At this stage it is unlikely that your cat will damage furniture, but this early training will save a lot of heartbreak later. Once your cat starts to enjoy the scratching on the post or mat, it is unlikely to develop furniture damaging in the future. Don’t forget with every success, praise the cat.


Punishing a Cat Forget it! Any punishing will not work, cats do not associate punishment with bad behaviour, they will associate it with you and bear grudges.


Cats are very lovable pets and by allocating some time each day with them and a little patience, it will pay off. Never push a cat away when it is attempting to gain some attention, it will spoil its character for good.

September 27th, 2017


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