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Cat Territories

Friday, July 18, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

cat sprayingIn the wild, cats lay claim to their territory. They leave their scent by rubbing, scratching and sometimes even urinating.

Scent is the main way that cats communicate. Although they can’t be in two places at once to monitor their territory, they have many ways to leave their calling card.

For example, when one cat comes home from the vet, the other cats may treat him like a stranger at first. He looks the same, but that doesn’t matter to the cats at home. He smells different. He’ll have to get a good sniffing-over before he’s one of the gang again.

Cats have scent glands in their cheeks and flanks and when they rub against you, they are marking you with their own, personal scent. Cats also leave their scent by scratching because they have scent glands in the pads of their feet.

Another way a cat marks leaves his sent is by urinating or spraying. Spraying is when a cat backs up to a vertical surface with his tail erect and squirts urine. His tail often quivers while he’s spraying. Regular urinating is when he squats to pee on the furniture, This is by far the most unacceptable way for him to leave his scent.

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