Teaching Intact Male Cats Not to Spray Inside
- When male cats hit puberty, which is about 9 months, keep a close eye on them so you can keep them from spraying inside.
- Observe and be aware of their pre-spraying behaviour so you know what it looks like. The pre-spraying behavior depends on the individual. Some male cats might sniff around a wall or other vertical surface, then put their rear up against it to spray it. The more you observe the earlier you will be able to catch it.
- When you catch him attempting to spray inside, deter or distract him from spraying. You can do this by picking him up, saying "no,” putting him outside (if you have a backyard with cat-proofed fencing or cat proofing on existing fences and gates), or whatever works for you and your cat as long as it is humane.
- If you are consistent at catching them trying to spray inside and deterring them from doing so, he’ll learn to refrain from spraying inside.