Features

February 2015 Issue

Marking is a Different Story

Some cats mark vertical objects with a small spray of urine, often standing with their tail upright and twitching at the same time. It’s estimated that nearly a third of them have no litter box problems. They’re simply using communication skills that nature gave them, the ASPCA says. They mark their territory to indicate stressful changes in the environment, the presence of cats outdoors, conflict with another cat in the home or, if they’re intact, their availability for mating. Spaying and neutering significantly reduce marking. Whatever its basis, marking can help keep unwanted individuals away, the ASPCA says, adding, “It creates an atmosphere of familiarity that makes them feel more secure.”

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