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I had a friend and his cat visiting my house for a few weeks and while they were here, the cat marked his territory by rubbing his head against my furniture. Inspired by that visit, I'm considering adopting a cat myself. Once that visiting cat has left, how long would his scent linger? Is a newcomer cat likely to respond to the pre-existing scent with anxiety or by spraying? Thank you!


Everything I have read about cats and in my own experience, the only marking which seems to really bother other cats is urine marking (a.k.a. spraying).  We have brought numerous cats in over the years and there seemed to be no tension over another cat scent marking with its cheeks, lips, or forehead.

I have found nothing indicating how long the scent from scent glands will last, except for spraying. In your case, I would not worry about it.  A new cat will probably do little more than apply its cheeks, lips, and forehead scents over top of whatever the other cat left behind.

Sorry I could not be of more help.

Best regards... Norm.


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Norman Auspitz


I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.


I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.

Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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