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Old 10-09-2019, 10:03 PM
 
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So we adopted two kittens from the shelter about 6 weeks ago. A male who is about 4 months old now, and a female who is about 5 months old now. We adopted them at the same time. Both were spayed/neutered when we got them. They are very sweet, playful kittens and get along really well.

Our male cat has started spraying. I am at my wits end trying to figure out how to get him to stop. He's already neutered. I got 2 of everything - litter boxes, water and food bowls, etc, but both cats use all of them, him included.

They are strictly indoor kitties and never go outside. They are the only pets. They get tons of love, play, and attention. There have been no changes in our house or routine. We've lived in our house for 15 years and have never once seen a cat outside, so I don't think he is seeing any cats through the window. The vet has ruled out any medical conditions. I bought the Feliway diffusers for the house. I have neutralized every spot he has ever sprayed with enzymes. The litter boxes are scooped every day and completely changed every week.

He uses he littler box all the time, but then will spray maybe once a day, usually not in the same spot. Also not necessarily the same time of day.

I am completely out of ideas. That is literally every suggestion I have seen online. The vet wasn't much help other than suggesting everything I've already tried.

Please help! He's just a kitten, and I don't want to deal with this for the next 20 years.
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Old 10-10-2019, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Just a thought--can you try adding a third box, perhaps with the Cat Attract litter in it? Or a different brand of unscented litter as a test?

Another idea is to cover the bottoms of the windows just in case he is seeing something outside. I'm pretty sure you can buy a temporary film that you apply to the window.
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Old 10-10-2019, 09:08 AM
 
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My guess is he's seeing something outside that's making him want to mark.

He's also still adjusting to his new environment. Typically, it takes about 3 months for a new pet to fully settle down into a routine of a household and feel secure.
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Old 10-10-2019, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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This usually works: "NO, NO SPRAYING, kitty!! No no no!"

If that doesn't work, it sounds as if he's still getting his sea legs. When we take community cat males to the clip joint, the paper they give us says they may spray for a few months. White Dot sprayed a few times when he first came back. And set up housekeeping in our garage for three months until he got over the trauma of a pre-op room with 80 cats in it, or the Convenia, or whatever. But he quit, probably in less than a month.

Somewhat related or not related at all, one of our adoptees was a very shy female named River. She would pee and poop outside the box, IIRC it took the better part of a year to get her to go to the box. Someone here suggested the cat litter might be too harsh on her feet so I found the finest stuff available. That pretty much did the trick, she's been an inside-the-box kitty ever since.

So there's cat litter and there's cat litter.

It's frustrating and can be time-consuming. And it smells pretty awful.

I'd guess he's feeling some sort of stress or threat, probably, as conjectured above, by something he sees outside at night when you're not around.

Even big cities have all manner of beasties roaming about. Raccoons, possums, cats, who knows unless you set up a couple of cameras to catch the outside nighttime action. That could prove interesting.

Patience and understanding.
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Old 10-10-2019, 06:15 PM
 
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He still adjusting, growing, finding out about the world and himself. Give it time, he will stop after a little bit. I seriously doubt this is a lifetime thing or even a six month thing.
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Old 10-13-2019, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I know shelters & rescue groups neuter & spay their animals when they are very young. Could this be part of the problem?
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