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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-15-2009, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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Moving into new apartment with cat that sprays - HELP!

I am looking for some tips on preventing a cat from spraying when
moving into a new apartment.

I'll give you some background....about ten years ago my sister got 2
brother cats and lived in an apartment with them for a couple of
years. They both were neutered and had no spraying incidents. Simba is a very easy going cat. Likes just
about everybody and is always around. Dragon has a dominant
personality. He is very distant and does not like to be around much. Somewhat of a loner.
My sister moved back home with my parents about 3 years later. My
parents have had cats our whole life and different bathroom accidents
have taken place throughout their house over the years with various
kitties. We had a male cat that lived there for 22 years and passed
away about a year before they moved back home. Only one older female
cat remained when they moved home.

Dragon started spraying gradually over the years. The vet said it was
behavioural. I moved home for about 8 months with my male and female
cat and Dragon sprayed constantly. Even though we had them
quarantined from eachother. I moved out about a year and a half ago
and he still sprays (not as often though). My sister and I are
looking for any advice on starting fresh with Dragon in a new
apartment because she will be moving out in the next couple of
months. She is going to purchase some feliway diffusers to put
throughout the apartment. And purchase a collar to spray with feliway
for him to wear.

We are hoping that he will not feel territorial in a new apartment
but can't expect this. Especially if other cats lived in the
apartment before they arrived.

My sister does not really want to give him medication but would
consider going with something more natural.

Thank you in advance for any advice given!
Take care
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-15-2009, 06:06 PM
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Re: Moving into new apartment with cat that sprays - HELP!

You might consider getting a good sized black-light (not the small oned from the pet store) and going over the new apartment with an enzymatic cleaner to make sure there's nothing there for him to get territorial about.
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Re: Moving into new apartment with cat that sprays - HELP!

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You might consider getting a good sized black-light (not the small oned from the pet store) and going over the new apartment with an enzymatic cleaner to make sure there's nothing there for him to get territorial about.
Where would we get a blacklight from? And what type of enzymatic cleaner should we use?
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-15-2009, 07:20 PM
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Re: Moving into new apartment with cat that sprays - HELP!

Nature's Miracle is a good enzymatic cleaner. Make sure you soak any spots thoroughly. I'm not certain, but I think you can get a blacklight at a hardware store. Pet stores sell them, but they are usually fairly small.

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