When Do Male Cats Start Spraying?

Cat spraying is possibly one of the biggest problems cat owners face, and the statistics are staggering.

Did you know? About 1 in 20 fixed female cats sprays and about 1 in every 10 male cats spray.  You are not alone! Share on X

In this article, I will answer some of your biggest questions about cat spraying, how to stop your cat spraying and much more.

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When do male cats start spraying?

Another common question is

When will my kitten start to spray?

There is no specific age for when your male kitten or cat might start spraying and this spraying behaviour from male cats is the reason that most people get their beloved pet neutered.

In saying that…

Most Male cats will start spraying around the age of 6 months with a few starting as early as 4-5 months old.

The easiest way to know when your cat will start to spray is by watching it. A male cat due to start spraying will often start calling or yowling for a mate while rubbing itself against things.

Do female or girl cats spray?

The answer is yes. But according to Dr. Cindi Cox of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston it is not about dominance or territory. Cats might spray because of underlying medical conditions, litter box issues, or anxiety, the latter being the most common cause.

Of course, the first thing we want to do when we are addressing a spraying problem is to make sure the cat isn’t spraying because of a medical condition. The most common medical reason a cat would suddenly start peeing in odd places would be a urinary tract infection.

What age do male cats start spraying?

If your cat is going to start spraying due to territory issues it will happen around the age of 6 months, if they start spraying later in life look at medical or social conditions as well as stress.

Do all male cats spray in the house?

Most. Neutered male cats are unlikely to spray in the house if they were neutered before reaching sexual maturity.

If they were neutered later in life then it is possible that the spraying is a habit rather than an attractive perfume to attract the ladies.

Why do cats spray?

Ultimately cats spray because they are scared or because they want to attract a mate.

If stray cats have been in your yard and your cat goes outside they may start spraying the territory to mark it as theirs for protection.

They could however be spraying to attract a mate, yes that is right that awful smell to you is a powerful attractant to other cats.

What is cat Spray?

Quite simply cat spray is urine being forcefully ejected from the cat’s body onto a vertical surface. If they are urinating on a horizontal surface such as your carpets or bed, you have a different problem.

Do male cats spray after being neutered? Will a neutered cat spray?

The short answer is sometimes. Spraying is a behaviour most commonly seen in entire male cats. However, desexing or neutering your cat may reduce the frequency of spraying it may not always solve the problem.

What does cat spray smell like?

It smells pungent! The reason cats can learn so much from other cats’ urine is that it contains so many extra communication chemicals.

These smell awful to humans, and like almost nothing else on Earth.

For reference here is a video of a male cat spraying

Still to come…

How to stop neutered male cat spraying in the house – older neutered male cat spraying – how to stop a neutered cat from spraying

How to stop cats from spraying my car?

Why do cats spray on their owners?

Do male ragdoll cats spray?

Yes. It is possible for all kinds of cats to spray. However, ragdoll cats are quite commonly sprayers as they are also commonly indoor cats.

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