How to Stop a Cat in Heat From Peeing Everywhere

When a female cat goes into heat, she marks objects with urine to let male cats know that she is looking for a mate. Cats in heat will spray walls, furniture and almost any vertical standing object, and this urine has a much stronger odor than normal. While spaying is only way to stop a female cat from urinating around the house, there are other steps you can take to help discourage her.

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The best way to stop spraying is to have your cat spayed.
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Do not overcrowd your cats by having too many pets.
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Reduce your cat's stress level. Stress can cause cats to mark their territory more frequently. Do not overcrowd your cats by having too many pets.

Step 2

Use cat pheromones to help keep your spraying cat calm. These products can be placed in common problem zones and are also available in plug-in diffusers.

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Keep your cat's litter box clean.
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Keep your cat's litter box clean. Cats in heat produce more urine, so maintaining a healthy litter box will help keep your cat from urinating outside the box due to sanitary reasons.

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Clean urine stains thoroughly.
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Clean urine stains thoroughly. The smell can trigger additional spraying responses in cats.

Step 5

Have your cat spayed. The only way to keep a female cat from going into heat -- and urinating on objects -- is to have a vet surgically remove her reproductive organs. Spaying can also help prevent certain diseases, such as breast cancer.