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Will finding a mouse in the wall cause a cat to suddenly start spraying?

Oscar is great about using his litter box, however, a few days ago, I started noticing a decided odor in our bedroom (which is where Oscar spends most of his time). This is also about the same time as we started hearing a mouse scurrying in our walls. Could it be that Oscar is letting this little bugger know that's he's the head pouncer in charge?

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  • Melissa FordMelissa Ford Santa CruzMember Posts: 3,914
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    It may be behavioral but that could be coincidental. you should have Oscar's urine tested to be sure he doesn't have a UTI. IF he's negative ask your vet for their recommendations on behavior modification.
  • Joy WaltersJoy Walters Member Posts: 9,276
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    Cats will spray not only to mark territory or to attract females, but also out of stress, fear or frustration. Oscar J. may not realize it's a mouse in the wall. Are YOU sure it's a mouse? Could it possibly be a cat, a raccoon or something else? If he' spraying in one area only, you can try something called "S-s-s-scat" which sprays a harmless but unpleasant liquid from a motion sensor when the cat passes. Unfortunately, it will probably also spray YOU and DH when you both pass by. You know you need to clean the area with Nature's Miracle to keep him from coming back. The UTI check is a good suggestion, too. You can also shut the door to keep him out. In any case, maybe you should call an exterminator to get the critter out of the wall and Oscar J. back into his litter box.
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