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plombardy

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Hi, I am Paige from Alabama. I have four cats (well, two belong each to two daughters, but they seem to be mine now). I have Layla (age 13-15? Himmie rescue), Meetzi (age 4.5 rescue gray tabby w beige patches), Blitz (age 3, Blue Mitted Mink Ragdoll (but "Mink" so may or may not actually be a Ragdoll :)), and Orange (age 1.5-2 rescue sort of, Orange tabby) All but Blitz are female.

At any rate, for the past few months, the neighbor's cat has been hanging around our back porch which my cats can see. He is an intact male. He wasn't in great health, so I am feeding him and putting flea treatment on him monthly. So, I now having Blitz appearing to spray or maybe just pee on my furniture in the living room which is next to the porch. (Layla has always had issues with this since we became a multi-cat household.)

I am using Feliway which has helped reduce this incidence. He will also mark even a cardboard box. I guess my question is the neighbor's cat causing this? (And if so, I guess I need to quit taking care of him?) and also, if the neighbor's cat was fixed would it make a difference potentially?
 

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Yes, unfortunately, I believe the visiting neighbors cat is causing yours to spray. It is a territorial thing. If yours isn’t neutered you want to get that done but discouraging the other cat to visit is also needed to stop the spraying. Perhaps you can set up a feeding station for this cat farther away from the house?
 
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Blitz is neutered...all of mine are "fixed". I have gotten mixed answers on that question, but it does make sense. The neighbor's cat (we call him Theo) is the sweetest cat, but I can't really just take him to be neutered, unfortunately. Thanks.
 

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He's most likely (like susanm9006 susanm9006 said0 spraying because he feels threatened/territorial because of Theo.
Although this probably won't completely eliminate the spraying, try giving him lots of attention, and don't punish him for spraying- If he's spraying out of anxiety, negative reaction to his spraying will only make him more anxious. If possible, reduce his view of Theo.
I also linked an article that deals with spraying and a second that deals with stress in cats:
Spraying: When Your Cat Uses Urine To Mark Territory
Stress in Cats – The Ultimate Guide
Hopefully, this helped!!! Good luck, and welcome to TCS!
 

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