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how can i solve the marking problem with my beloved cat?&what's the way 2get rid of the urine odor n my carpets?plz Answered

my cat marks on my carpets and it smells bad & i have to spend more time cleaning, yet the problem remains with him marking , need to find a way to make him stop marking , i love my cat the most and i am willing to do any thing to solve this problem but i am not willing to risk him by surgery. i also need to know if i can use any home made cleaning materials to solve the odor problem .



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11 years ago

If this cat is quite elderly, has serious kidney, liver or respiratory issues, then it would be riskier than usual to put him under general anesthesia for surgery. However, if he does not have any of these conditions, there's really no reason to worry that you will "risk him" by having him neutered. It is a very, very common surgery.

If he is an indoor/outdoor cat, and he is not neutered, you are putting him at risk for contracting diseases from other cats he may fight or mate with, as well as injuries. (Not to mention contributing to the pet overpopulation issue, should he find an intact female.) I've seen many a torn up tom cat, and most of them are repeat "guests" at the vet if their owners allow them outdoors. A friend of mine who was steadfastly against neutering his male cat laid out over $1500 in an 8-month period having his boy treated for abscesses and bite wounds, as well as surgery to remove his cat's shredded eyeball. These injuries were sustained during fights with other cats.

Because you say you are willing to do anything to solve this problem, I urge you to please, please, please speak with your veterinarian about your concerns regarding surgery. You can have blood testing done prior to surgery to help determine whether he would be at unusual risk if he were to be put under anesthesia. Having worked in a vet hospital, I can tell you that the neuter surgery is far quicker and far less invasive than spay surgery. The animal is unconscious for a very short amount of time, and monitored during that time. I have over 25 years of experience with veterinary and animal rescue stuff, and have *never* heard of an effective way to stop intact male cats from spraying. It's an instinctual, hormone-driven thing. So long as he is producing the hormones, he'll likely do it.

As for getting the stains/smells out of your carpet, you may end up having to call a professional carpet cleaner - or have the entire carpet replaced. If you put him back in a cleaned environment without having had him neutered, he's just going to mark things as his again.

I hope this does not sound harsh. I applaud you for wanting to solve the problem rather than just get rid of the cat (which is what far too many people do when they have behavioral issues). I hope you will take my advice as it's intended - from one cat lover to another.

Mom to Bertie & Stormy, the rescue kitties and Demsee the matriarch rescue kitty who is still slightly miffed that she wasn't consulted before we started fostering rescue kittens.