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What kind of surgery is there for cats who spray and have already

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What kind of surgery is there for cats who spray and have already been neutered?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.

Dr. Andy :

Welcome to JustAnswer! I would be happy to assist you. I am a 2003 graduate from UC Davis and a Medical Director of a 4 veterinarian practice.

Dr. Andy :

Surgery. None.

Dr. Andy :

This is a question of trying to modify behavior.

Dr. Andy :

I am going to provide all my typical info about inappropriate urination in cats. Spraying is a bit different, however, there are several recommendations you may find useful:

Dr. Andy :

Options for treating inappropriate urination, assuming not due to systemic (internal) problems including infection:

Dr. Andy :

- All areas where your pet is urinating must be cleaned with an enzymatic cleaner.

Dr. Andy :

Examples include:

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-You can apply double-sided tape to reduce your cat’s wanting to urinate in the area or place furniture in the way.

Dr. Andy :

Mistermax

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Urineoff

Dr. Andy :

-You can try to attract your cat more to the litter box by spraying feline pheromone in the litter box:

Dr. Andy :

Feliway Spray

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or

Dr. Andy :

-Sometimes, using a different type of litter can help. (Scented vs. unscented) (Clumping vs. non-clumping)

Dr. Andy :

-Always make sure there are more litter boxes. For one cat, there should be at least 2 litter boxes. If multiple cats, they each should have a litter box plus one extra.

Dr. Andy :

-Older cats can have a harder time with litter boxes that have a top on them or high sides. That is important to also keep in mind.

Dr. Andy :

-Other deterrents can include placing aluminum foil in the area of inappropriate urination.

Dr. Andy :

-Lastly, work with your veterinarian. There are medications that can also be of benefit:

Dr. Andy :

Pay close attention to the two medications mentioned above. These are possible alternatives to discuss a trial with your vet that can help.

Dr. Andy :

Good Luck

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Dr. Andy :

REMEMBER: Even after you click a accept, you can still review our discussion or reply if needed. Unfortunately, I cannot legally prescribe medications or offer a definitive diagnosis without performing a physical examination, which is necessary to establish a client-patient-doctor relationship. I will always try my best to assist you making the best decision for your pet.

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Customer: ipossibles know of all behavioral approaches but a vet has scheduled surgery of some sort with my husband...what might this be? Cat is already neutered.
Dr. Andy :

Well, possibly a PU:

Dr. Andy :

Although, I have a hard time believing a surgery like that would be done for just spraying before trying medication.

Customer: whatone hat is that? I am a neurologist...I can understand medical terms...
Dr. Andy :

It is essentially redirected urine by creating a new hole within the urethra.

Dr. Andy :

It is a bit invasive, but its the only surgery I could think of to try and curb spraying.

Dr. Andy :

I personally don't know any vet that would do surgery for a spraying cat before trying behavior modification or medical management with drugs first.

Dr. Andy :

As a personal opinion.

Dr. Andy :

To add:

Customer: The cat is spraying...I think stressed out with remodeling etc at home...but my husband is freaking out over spraying...would redirecting urine work for this?
Dr. Andy :

I thought you might enjoy this article:

Dr. Andy :

I really think surgery is a bad idea.

Dr. Andy :

You will see references to some of the products and medications I have recommended towards the end.

Dr. Andy :

About the best answer I can give.

Customer: Ok, I agree surgery seems drastic...I have it on hold. Thanks for the article.
Dr. Andy :

you bet. Good Luck. It will take some time, but with some adjustments and maybe medication, that should help.

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