We hear this complaint quite a lot. Allow us to explain why a cat who goes outside, even for short periods can spray inside the house:
When cats go outside they often detect the urine smells of other cats, and other animals. Therefore, to retaliate and claim the yard or garden as theirs they are likely to spray bushes, trees . . .etc. in an attempt to cover up other cat’s urine smells with their own. Once they do that the potential for this to happen inside the house goes way up. Cats do not make a distinction between in a tree or a Chippendale, it’s all the same to them. It’s all about their territory which from the cat’s viewpoint needs defending (and spraying or peeing on!)
You may never see other cats in your garden. The feral cats and some neighbor’s cats come around at nighttime when we are asleep. One telltale sign is if Kitty sprays at night. Bingo! You’ve definitely got outside cats coming at night and they are probably spraying on or around your front door or other doors, even under the windows as well as everything in the garden.
The fix for this problem:
And lastly, keep Kitty inside! Really, they don’t miss it. They’ll be healthier and ultimately happier (and so will you!)
It took a long time to find American made 4 oz. bottles and when we found them we offered them again for Multi Cat Household, Territorial Rescue, Calm and Serene, and Love My Litter Box. We got requests for 4 oz. bottles of Kidney Kitty and Elder Support, and because we want you to be happy – we’ve got them for you!
From Bully to Bestie, 1 fl oz $24.95
Calms down aggressive bullying behavior inflected on other cats in your home. Transforms both male and female bullies.
Do you have a bully cat in your house? Many of us do! The worry is now over, we’ve got the perfect formula just for your bully-cat!
Other species have bullies, just like we encounter too frequently in humans. Often we’ll have a cat who seems to take delight in tormenting all of your cats or one in particular. This could be a reaction to insecurity or jealousy, or a personality trait. The actions of a bully cat are stressful to the picked on cat and to you. It keeps the tension level in your home at an unhealthy high. It can also lead to the picked on cat to not use the litter box and that’s something we do not want!
With compassion towards the bully and an understanding of what it must feel like to have the need to bully and pick on we’ve sensitively and professionally crafted this formula. It addresses a wide variety of reasons and causes while helping the cat find his or her heart and bond with all in the family. Maybe your bully and victim won’t quite become true lovey dovey besties, but the behavior should shift and settle down so that peace is restored. The picked on cat or cats can breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy their life in your loving home.
For the picked upon cat or cats, consider using our Past Abuse formula in tandem with From Bully to Bestie.
NOTE: if the bullying came on suddenly and it’s directed at an older cat please take that cat to vet for a check up. Very often healthy animals will turn on an older sick animal. It’s that ancient survival of the fittest thing which is so unnecessary in our modern times with great health care and good doctors. Sometimes the aggression against one cat is an early sign that something is wrong health wise.
After a too long of a hiatus the 4 oz. bottles of our flower essences formulas for cats are back in stock! Why the long wait? Well, you know how finicky we are about quality! We had a very hard time finding American made bottles (we won’t use the ones from China or Taiwan). At last! We found them! Thank you for patiently waiting!
Here’s an email from a customer whose cat is urinating by the door. And our response that tells how to use Cat Faeries products and other techniques to deal with it.
Dear Cat Faeries,
We have male & female cats. The male is 3 years old and neutered. He is accustomed to going out doors to urinate, however the weather is preventing him from doing that. He is urinating by the door. We have sprayed with a deterrent and he now moved to another area on the rug.
Thank you for your order and your note to us in the Comments area of the order form. We thought we’d answer you in our newsletter as we suspect that you are not the only one this winter having this problem.
With regard to your order:
- You’ll use Comfort Zone with Feliway spray according to our instructions.
- Put the Comfort Zone with Feliway diffusers in the rooms in the house where he’s started to pee on the floor.
- Use Anti Icky Poo to remove the deterrent and urine off the walls and floors near that door. Then place a litter box there for his use until he can resume going outside. Anti Icky Poo literally eats the urine proteins and gases!
- Put a few drops of the flower essence formula in the communal water bowl each time you change it, or once or twice a day.
The deterrent you bought is doing its job – it has deterred your cat from peeing by that door and as you’ve learned the hard way your cat will find other places!
Deterrents are never a good idea and they could contain toxic ingredients. Feliway though is safe and when you follow the instructions that we’ll give you with your order you’ll learn how to use it so the cats don’t pick new naughty locations.
Now this is very important: normally we are very against putting boxes on top of or near all of the places where the cat is peeing. It’s best to create one roomy Kitty Latrine Area where there are a few hoodless litter boxes pushed together to create a large “sand box” with a bag of litter, a scooper, a trash can and a broom handy for your use. A latrine area concentrates the scent of feline urine/feces to one place which is which the cats seek out. If you put litter boxes in other rooms you are telling the cat that it’s ok to pee in all sorts of rooms! And your problem will get worse.
But K.P.’s situation is seasonal. So for the duration of this winter keep a box by the door. When things warm up and he can go outside it’s your choice to keep it there or remove it.
Some of you might take this cold winter as a chance to break your cat’s desire for and habit of going outside. After a few months of being inside cats often forget about going outside. We really feel that cats are healthiest staying indoors.
In 1997 when we shifted our focus to Feliway and helping cats get back to the litter box we quickly realized that one of the key triggers that caused stress for many indoor cats which can lead to litter box avoidance was the pesky presence of those cute bushy tailed rodents: squirrels. Squirrels running around outside have sent many a cat over the emotional edge.
Most cats find them to be cheap entertainment. But many cats find squirrels to be very annoying or threats to territory and this can lead to retaliation: peeing outside of the litter box, often right under a window. Even if a sensitive cat never sets foot outside (which is good, keep em indoors!) squirrels run along window sills, up and down trees, they get into bird feeders, and other antics all under the watchful eyes of our indoor cats.
We have long suspected that the quick ways squirrels zip around can really annoy and taunt cats. The defiant flicks of squirrel tails agitates many cats. And then there is that chittering sound they make. Traits that might seem cute to us often really irk and threaten even the most mellow feline.
A very easy solution to help steady your cats’ nerves is the feed squirrels (and birds) out of view from windows and at the farthest place on your property.
You can also install one or two Comfort Zone with Feliway diffusers in the rooms where your cats squirrel-watch. This will do two things:
1) The pheromone is calming to your cat, less fighting among your feline family.
2) The pheromone sends the message: “I don’t pee in this room.”