VetMed forum member Kiwipie writes:
"I'm having a problem with my indoor 2 year old , male neutered cat. In the last few months he has been backing up into furniture around my home and shaking his tail. At first nothing came out , so I didn't think much of it, but in the last month he has been spraying urine.
I have taken him to the vet. He suggested that he is reacting to stress and the fact that a neighbor's cat is outside my house and probably spraying his territory in my yard. He prescribed Feliway Diffusers (I bought 4), medication, and keeping the windows closed. It has been slightly better with the windows closed and the diffusers.
I am concerned that the house is acquiring an odor.
The vet's other idea was to make him an outdoor cat. I am not comfortable with that, and it is actually against village rules. We have foxes, coyotes, and other cats. There are ticks, fleas, and cars. He will be begging to come in, especially in the rains, winds, and winter storms. This is not something I am willing to deal with.
Has anyone had SUCCESS with stopping a cat completely from spraying. Will all of these efforts (diffusers, meds, clean up materials) prove success so that I can keep my cat?
The obvious final alternative is euthenasia, or a 'farm,' but I'm not ready to accept defeat at this time. However, one can not leave this go for too long, in an effort to rescue the house and furniture from permanent staining and smells."
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