My female cat acts like she is spraying but there is no wetness or urine smell
She is almost a year old and has been doing this for at least 6 months. She will back up against a wall, a door, a chair, the bathtub . . . basically anything vertical and she will quiver her tail. I've never owned a cat before so I researched what this meant and found out that this is the behavior of a cat when they are spraying. So when I found this out I kept a look out and the next time I saw her do this I ran my hand against the surface and it was not wet. I have not smelt any urine smell either. Is it normal for a cat to go through the motions of spraying but not actually go through with it? Or is she doing something else?
I have never had a problem with her using the bathroom outside her litter box except the passed two times she's been in heat. I caught her peeing around the house. I figured this was caused by her hormones and so I finally decided to get her spayed. She was spayed yesterday and today she has basically been sleeping. Will these behaviors stop now???
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If she was already in the habit of spraying, she may still be going "through the motions" without realizing she's actually not spraying. My Lily Rose does this also-exhibits spraying behavior without actually spraying. It takes a while for all those hormones to exit her body, especially if she's already been in heat. It may take a few week before you notice a difference in her behavior, but be assured that you have absolutely done the right thing by having her spayed.
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 4/17/09. Helpful? / 0
Jingo does this too and she never actually sprays either. She's 2 now and was spayed at 6 months, has never been in heat and has never been with other cats who spray. It does look exactly like when a cat sprays but Jingo seems to do it when she's happy.
The mock spraying may stop now Mollie's been spayed but she might be like Jingo and its just a quirky little habit. As long as they don't actually spray its not a problem.
Jingo answered on 4/17/09. Helpful? / 1
It may help stop it, but maybe not. My cat Nikita was spayed at 6 months old and she did that her entire life. Not all of the time, but every once in a while when she was excited, I would see her back up and her tail would shake just like a male does when he is spraying. No urine, no stink. Very strange. But females can spray and actually be wet and stinky. So it's good that Mollie's isn't. I have five females now and I have never seen any of them doing it. Regardless of the spraying issue, she will be a healthier happier cat because you spayed her. No more going into heat. No more risk of her getting out and getting pregnant. A longer healthier life with no risk of ovarian cancer and a reduced risk of mammary cancer.
Allie answered on 4/18/09. Helpful? / 0
I have a few spayed females. Mollie is just doing a natural motion, but lucky for you not spraying. Two of my girls do the same thing, just a tail quiver. Unfortunately, I also have a sprayer. Spaying is always good. She may or may not still tail quiver.