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Yes, our cat Lola, is spraying around our house. She's been fixed for two years now, and the last year has been traumatic for us all. I suffered a major stroke eight months ago, resulting in our children(9 and 22 months) going to stay with family for five months while i was in the hospital. The kids came home, and we've had our carpets cleaned about one and a half months ago. I noticed the smell of cat urine, and I've cleaned her box. I always wash it with mild soap and a little bleach, and use the corn litter with baking soda mixed in. Idk if she's stressed, maybe sick, or just marking. I've never seen her doing it, just smelled it. Any suggestions please wld help us out so much, and she's a indoor cat only for we live in the city and I wld fall apart if something happened to my "third child". We adopted her as a kitten, so she's been with us only. Thank you for your time, and do you know any natural ways to clean the smell out of the carpets?

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Jennifer,

Lola may be spraying as a result of stress, but I would strongly suggest ruling out any medical causes before assuming that the issue is behavioural. A visit to your family veterinarian for urine tests is the first step in this process. I would also suggest adding more litterboxes, particularly in the areas that she marks. Clean up of any pee should be done with an enzymatic (CO2 based) cleaner... It will permanently remove the smell and stain, just be forewarned it may also remove the color from your carpeting/furniture so spot tests are a good plan... I suggest Petzyme or similar products... You can find Petzyme at your local Petsmart (in my experience Nature's Miracle smells lovely but doesn't do much for stains/odors, so don't waste your money)... If they don't have Petzyme in the cat section you can find it in the dog section - Bissell also makes one called ewww that I've seen at Petsmart which works quite well. If you own a home carpet cleaner Bissell also makes a pet specific cleaner/odor remover that's enzyme based specifically for their machines. If you're interested in learning more about common house soiling issues I have answered other questions on this subject so please feel free to browse back a bit. If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me again at any time - I am more than happy to help in any way that I can.

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Ali

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I am the proud guardian of 5 mixed breed cats ranging from 12 weeks to 13 years old and one purebred ragdoll. I have 20+ years experience working with mixed breed cats from a variety of different situations. I have fostered cats/kittens with special needs/behavioral issues. I have rescued/rehabilitated/re-homed a variety of stray/abused cats. I can offer advice on managing feral cat colonies, rehabilitating strays and finding them forever homes. I can help you to determine whether a cat is stray or feral, there IS a significant difference. Improperly introducing a new cat/kitten can result in aggression between newly introduced cats because cats are territorial by nature and they don't like sudden changes in their environment. To learn more about a peaceful way to introduce a new cat into a home with other cats please check out my previous answers on this subject. Proper nutrition for cats can be confusing, I recommend checking out catinfo.org which was created by a veterinarian (Dr. Lisa Pierson) who takes a common sense approach to explaining feline nutrition. Cat behavior and instincts are different from those of humans, I can help you understand your cat's needs so that you can meet them adequately and have a balanced, psychologically and physically sound kitty. Cats vary in personality, energy level and intelligence, different approaches may be required to achieve results in terms of training and interaction with your feline companion. An intelligent, high energy cat must be kept busy or they will make their own fun. I am NOT a licensed veterinarian and I can't offer medical advice. If your cat is ill/injured my advice is always the same: get prompt medical treatment provided by a veterinarian. If finances are an issue I will try to find resources in your area that can help with medical costs or make other choices to ensure the welfare of your cat.

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I have fostered feral and stray cats, rehabilitated and homed cats that many people recommended euthanasia for. I am willing to make an effort to do the research and ask questions because I care enough to find solutions to behavioral problems rather than giving up. I have an interest in the use of alternative therapies to help provide the best possible care for all cats and I can say in all honesty that I've seen some incredible things happen for some incredible cats and their human caregivers when the right alternative therapeutic modality is used by a qualified veterinarian with expertise and experience in the field.

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I've earned my diploma as a veterinary assistant with honors.

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