Cat Spraying No More
Having a cat is probably the best pet experience you can have (I am a little biased). And with around 36 million households in the US having at least one, I am not alone.
I like their strong character and independence. Dog’s are cool too, but they are a lot more simple. Cat’s have complex characters and are not afraid to show it.
There are some drawbacks too. One of the biggest problems must be spraying or peeing all over the house. It’s estimated that one in ten households has this.
With 3.6 million pet owners struggling, the need for a solution is pretty clear. When my own cat started doing it too, I found Cat Spraying No More to be crucial in making the changes that stopped him.
But more about that later. What can you expect in this review?
What is it?
Cat Spraying No More is a system to find and solve the cause of a spraying and peeing outside of the litter box. It was written by Sarah Richards, an ASPCA veterinary technician who worked together with two cat behavior specialists.
It has been around for some years and has become the main authority on this subject. There are many testimonials and reviews to be found on the web, and thousands of cat owners have used it to solve their spraying problems.back to menu ↑
Compared To Alternatives
There are a few alternatives to this product. We have compared them in the table below.
The 5 Reasons Why Cats Spray.
If your cat is spraying or peeing all over your house, you might have found yourself to be wondering why. I just couldn’t understand it. I gave him everything he could possible want, but still, he’d spray on my couch and bed??? So here are the causes that cover 95% of the problems.
- 1. A simple preference for places: cats, like humans, have personal preferences. Some areas of your house and cards they might not like. If the litter box is in one of these, there is a chance your cat will refuse to use it.
- 2. Inability to use the litter box: especially older cats can have a lot of difficulty with using closed litterboxes or high sides.
- 3. Traumatic associations: Once a cat develops a traumatic experience with the litter box it will no longer want to go there. This can be caused by a lot of different things: perhaps the litterbox is next to a washing machine, maybe you accidentally bumped into it when the he/she was inside, maybe a urinary tract infection caused pain. If your cat suddenly started spraying or peeing around the house, it’s very likely that something like this happened. When your cat has a traumatic association with the box, it might approach it and circle it once or twice before entering. Or it might enter but immediately leave and go to pee elsewhere. When this is the case, you will have to retrain your cat to use the litterbox slowly.
- 4. Stress: Stress has a lot of effect on cats. Unlike us, they can’t put stress factors in perspective. So a change in lifestyle or neighborhood can bring them out of balance and start peeing around the house. When you try to correct the behavior with punishment, you will increase the stress more and
- 5. Other cats: Cats have a complex dynamic going on in how they behave to others. If you find that yours only marks and doesn’t pee, it’s very likely that the problem is caused by a territorial or dominative relationship. This requires a very different approach then when your cat has issues with its litter box.
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My Personal Experience With Cat Spraying No More?
I was never particularly good with animals. I just couldn’t understand why they would act the way they did. Sometimes I would try to pet a dog only to be barked at violently. Or I would try to pick up a cat and get scratched and bitten.
But I liked having cats in my house, and we managed to live together peacefully. There was even some purring and cuddling on the couch. However, when my latest cat started spraying on that same couch and my bed, I had no idea what to do.
I tried everything I could think of; advice from forums, chemicals, cleaning products, moving furniture, etc. The money I wasted was bad, but the helplessness was worse. I started to wonder if I could ever have a cat again.
When I bought Cat Spraying No More, I was highly skeptical. The name sounded like a scam, and the claims seemed too good to be true.
But I didn’t really have a choice, so I began reading the book and applying the methods. Just discovering why my cat acted as he did was a huge relief. (That’s why I wanted to give you those 5 reasons earlier)
It didn’t take long before I started seeing results. It took a couple of weeks to completely change his behavior, but now he never sprays outside the litter box anymore.
You can’t believe how good it felt to no longer come home to a daily portion of cat pee. I can just sit down on the couch without worrying about sitting down to pee. I can leave the house without trying to make it impossible for my cat to pee anywhere.
The Two Critical in That Made All The Difference.
An Extra Litter Box And Better Placement
At first, I placed his box in the most convenient place for me: the kitchen. But because of the layout of our house, we always walk through the kitchen.
Little did I know that cats like to have some privacy and quietness when they go to the toilet. It seems obvious, but I guess I am not that bright sometimes:)
Going through the eBook, I quickly realized my mistake.
I moved the box to the living room and added another for the top floor. Right away, Tommy began using his litter box again. He still sprayed in his most favorite spots, but we’ll get to that
The Most Attractive Scratch Post Ever
Cats are hard headed. Once they get used to doing something they really don’t want to change. So even though my cat was using his litter box, passing by his favorite places, he would still spray.
Here I had to try a few methods from the book. At first, I simply placed a flower pot on the spot. But he was not impressed and simply began spraying on the side of the pot.
So I placed a scratch post (he loves to scratch) and dosed it with a herbal recipe containing cat nip. Now it’s no longer his favorite place to pee but his favorite place to scratch.back to menu ↑
I really like that you don’t just get one method but a wide range of techniques and a way to discover which to use. Every cat is different and every household too. So it’s really important to be able to find the specific causes for your situation and correct them. I found this book the be the next best thing after hiring an expensive pet specialist.
Besides helping with spraying/peeing, it also teaches you a lot about cat behavior and instincts. Later down the road, you might find this very useful for changing bad behavior.
Cat spraying no More doesn’t use chemicals to drive your him/her away from certain places. Instead, they teach powerful herbal recipes that do the same without endangering your cat or family.
There is no use of fear or pain to change behavior. This a big deal for me. I can’t believe some of the techniques that are being used in animal training.
It works. Some of the methods might sound simple or straightforward but using them has a powerful effect.
You get four nice bonuses with useful methods and information for cat owners: A guide on how to take care of your cat, Cat Training Bible, 1010 health cat recipes and software that is easy to install that will help you with recording the medical issues that your cat has.back to menu ↑
The information looks a dated and doesn’t make use of modern ways to help readers learn faster. There are no links to other information, and the illustrations are pretty basic.
There are no videos to explain certain techniques. A few videos here or there would have made it much easier to digest.
The bonuses contain a lot of useful information, but they are not structured very well. That means you will need to scroll back and forth to get all of it. And the medical software doesn’t work on Mac
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What Other Customers And Reviewers Say.
Besides looking a little dated and in need of videos, I still recommend this as the cheapest and best way to stop your cat from spraying. The tried and tested methods are very effective, and the background information is spot on. A must for every cat owner even if their cat is not spraying.
- Universal approach works in (almos)t all situations
- Doesn't fight the cat's natural instincts, uses them instead
- Multi faceted approach to make sure problems don't come back
- Al natural and herbal recipes. (no harmful chemicals)
- There could be more drawings and schematics to clarify the information
- Confusing structuring of bonuses.
- Lack of videos for more explanation
You can also read the walk-through.
The first chapter gets you introduced to some of the reasons why one tenth of the household cats are spraying.
A real eye-opener for me was:
It’s actually very hygienic from a cat’s point of view to spray somewhere in the room because it always gets cleaned up nicely.
This chapter doesn’t provide any solutions yet, but it will get you excited to learn more.
Finding Out Why
In this chapter, the author explains how, by nature, cats want to use the litter box because of the sandy/gravely surface. When they don’t, there has to be some problem.
But every cat and household are different, so the 3 SPCA behavioral experts have looked at every possible cause:
- Cats have personal feelings that are easy to miss but affect their behavior a lot
- Medical issues can be the cause, and why you need to have a vet check it out
- Interstitial cystitis or urinary tract infection.
- They can have had traumatic experiences with litter boxes
- Overall stress
- Domination behavior
- They can be trying to defend their territory.
Basic Approach To Litter Box
The next chapter looks into the litter box, which is the most likely cause for your cat’s spraying.
- Cat’s have a well-developed sense of hygiene. The litter box needs to be as clean as possible.
- They like their litter boxes shallow and wide, instead of deep and small.
- A correct location is crucial. A lack of privacy and escape routes can make the litter box seem unattractive.
With this chapter, you will start to understand how to make changes to the litter box type and placement to take away the reason your cat is not using it.
Using A Cat’s Natural Instincts
Cat’s have strong instincts. If you don’t understand these, you might be fighting their natural urge, making it difficult and stressful for you and your cat.
However, with the knowledge from this chapter, you will be able to use your cat’s natural instincts to create the change effortlessly and permanent.
Here is a quick preview:
- Freedom of choice
- Box types to match a specific feline
- Amount of Boxes
- Traumatic events
- Specific issues for long haired cats
Stressed out cats can do strange things. And one of those is peeing or spraying. Recognizing stress and its causes can not only solve your spraying problem. It also allows you to help your cat with many other problems.
That is why this chapter describes the main causes of stress that cats can have.
How To Find The Offender, If You Have Many?
This section gives two clear methods on how to find the cat that pees and sprays.
- An easy way to identify pee.
- Alternately isolating individuals
People that have multiple cats will need these methods to be able to target the problem effectively.
Sometimes the spraying can’t be fixed with just behavioral methods. The author uses her experience, as a SPCA veterinary technician, to advise on medical issues.
More Real Live Examples From The Author
After all the theory and techniques, you get an inside look at how the author has been dealing with her own cats.
Why does this matter?
- Real life experiences give you a better view of how to combine and test different methods.
- More examples just make it easier to understand.
- It’s very motivating to read how even an expert needs several attempts to find the right method
Detailed Methods To Stop Your Cat
Most of Cat Spraying No More is focused on a positive approach to stimulating and unblocking use of the litter box.
But sometimes you need to also work from the other angle. This chapter gives an overview of techniques for deterrence, and get’s you setup for the next section.
Herbal and Natural Remedies
You probably already knew that felines are creatures of habit.
Even when the cause of their behavior is gone, they can continue doing it, as long as their no clear reason not to. I gues people aren’t that different from cats:)
That’s why Cat Spraying No More provides a whole range of easy tricks and recipes that give that extra push in the right direction. These are all natural and don’t cause extra stress, as some chemicals do.
Repelling herbal recipes
- Catnip can be utilized very effectively as a distraction.
- Coleus Canina is also known as a repellent plant.
- Rue is also effective at repelling.
- Lavender and Rosemary, mixed in the right proportions, will steer your cat in the right direction.
- Combining Lemongrass with Eucalyptus
- Vinegar is a great base for making your own cat urine soap.
Attracting cats to the litter box
Herbs can be used to deter as well as attract. By mixing these herbs with the litter gravel, your cat will find the litter box irresistible.
- other herbs
With these tricks and recipes, you will be able to find the right method for any cat. You can even use these to help friends or neighbors deal with their cat problems.
This chapter gives you an easy to remember summary. It also gives you a very important lesson on what not to do.
Cat Training Bible
Have you ever thought about training your cat?
I never did.
But it’s a lot more fun than I could have imagined. This book has dozens of clear and simple methods to start training your cat. Just a few of the topics are:
- How to know which cat is trainable and which not.
- Behavioral training
- Toilet training
- Door training
- Playing or Fighting
- Which collars to use
- Training your for bad weather
- Which supplies to use
- Clicker training
- Reducing Meowing
- Holiday training
- House training
- Leash Training
- Training kittens
- Getting a cat to listen to you
- Training for vacations
- Training for grooming
- Stop chewing on dangerous objects
- Getting accustomed to new environments
- Doing tricks
- Training to use the scratching post
- Getting used to a new family member
- Stopping furniture scratching
- Training for pet carrier transport
- Training for going to the vet
- Training for hyperactive cats
Cat Care Blueprint
This book gives a very thorough basis for taking the best care of your cat. You may already know some of it, but I definitely found a lot of nuggets.
Medical Recorder Software
I am unable to review this for you; it only works on windows. To be honest, I have been getting along very well with a spreadsheet. But this depends on preference. One of my friends likes it a lot.
101 Recipes For A Healthy Cat
More recipes for food are always good! Always coming up with new food seems the only way to keep my fussy felines happy.
The best ones (in my opinion):
- Baking soda dry shampoo
- Better than grass salad
- Diets for kidney problems
- “Ham it up” cat treats
- Kitty biscuits
Cat spraying no more can be purchased here.