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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-07-2011, 07:20 AM Thread Starter
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I'm from the UK. I've joined this forum because I've looked at other websites and haven't found one as organised and active as this one. Lots of people have posted nice stories about their cats here and I thought I'd join to share mine and make friends with people who really love their cats.

We adopted Grom from a shelter, he's a three-year old black domestic short hair cat. My first test with Grom has been his spraying. I never knew that cats could make a place smell so bad!! Because he's not been neutered the smell is enough to knock a small donkey senseless. I've never had allergic reactions to cats and have happily lived with one for a long time, but since we got Grom last Friday I've woken up with headaches every morning because of the smell. He's the cutest little thing and I wouldn't send him back to the shelter for anything, but I never thought spraying would be such an important reason for neutering a cat, it's really driving me crazy!

If you have any tips on how to stop a cat spraying, or the best way to clean up afterward, and generally ANY problems you've had with or tips for odour control please let me know, I'll be soo grateful! Thx looking forward to chatting to everyone.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-08-2011, 11:18 PM
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The most effective way to stop him from spraying would be to have him neutered. Given that he's 3 years old, even neutering might not help, although I have heard that about 80% of older male cats will stop spraying within about 6 months of being neutered. So, it's likely your best bet. In the meantime, you might also try Feliway (a pheromone product).

To remove the odor, you should use an enzyme-based cleaner intended to remove smell/stains from cat urine, such as Nature's Miracle. I'm not sure if that's available in the UK...if not, you can ask your local pet store for an enzyme-based cleaner for cat spray/urine.
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Susan is right, getting him neutered is the most effective method to get him to stop spraying. I thought all shelters neutered their cats?

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-09-2011, 08:25 PM
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^ I don't think not all cats are fixed in shelters. Alot of them are though.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-11-2011, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for replying everyone We tried the enzyme-based detergent and it works like magic! We've also got the Feliway diffuser, and Grom's been neutered! We felt really bad when he came home all groggy and grumpy, he'd been soo happy to come home with us it was like we'd betrayed him. But it's been two days now and he's back to his old happy self, we're so relieved!! Apparently they should be neutered, but the shelter we went to didn't have any neutered cats! We didn't think anything of it until we called the cats protection club to ask about neutering, but it was just as well otherwise we'd never have found Grom ^_^
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