Post # 1
I don’t have a bathtub & needed to give the kittens a bath. I put them in the shower (one of those glass sliding door ones, but not see thru). I didn’t turn the water on yet, but they started freaking out. Jumping, clawing at the door, running circles around the shower. Murphy started spraying, in the shower! I think he was just scared but still… is this a sign he might start spraying elsewhere? They are just over 12 weeks old. The vet didn’t want to neuter them til the middle of this month (giving them more time to recover from ringworm). I haven’t seen any cat pee anywhere or smelled it on our furniture so I don’t think Murphy had ever done that before.
How do I keep them from spraying? I’m afraid that since Murphy just did that, he will do it again in the house :(.
Post # 3
@canthugallcats: Black light will help you find it if they did. You’d smell it. One of my cats accidentally sprayed me once in fear. Next time you take them to the vet, ask them to express their anal glands (unless you already know how to).
EDIT: Try bathing them in the kitchen sink instead (one at a time, with the other confined to their kennel or a room where you know you’ll be able to capture them). Fill the sink with very warm water (not too hot), grab the front and back legs and gently lay them on their side in the water (without their heads going in it).
Post # 4
Hang in there until he gets neutered. It was probably just a fear reaction. If you think he’ll be fear spraying elsewhere, keep him confined until he’s neutered.
Post # 5
It sounds like the cat was frightened! The stench of cat urine is foul; would smell it if there were accidents/sparying. Try a black light as suggested. If you don’t have access to the light, simply have someone come over to your house, they’ll be more likely to smell any funkiness if there is any (our noses get desensitized to scents if we’re in them long enough).
Ask around about gettting the kitten neutered. I swear my cat was younger than 12 weeks when he got fixed (although, it was over 10 years ago when he was neutered, so my memory may be off).
Post # 6
@Birdie Love: I don’t think it’s because he’s young that they’re waiting. It was more related to the kittens extreme case of ringworm which has cleared up but it would be dangerous, to perform the surgery this early b/c it might cause a flare-up in the ringworm.
As an aside, two of the three of my cats were sterilized pediatrically(?), less than 12 weeks.
Post # 7
I forgot about the black light trick, thanks! I feel like the black light can help me with everything kitten related :).
The bathroom sink is pretty tiny, so the kittens wouldn’t really fit in it. Actually, the kitchen sink would probably work, but there’s food & dishes around it that I don’t really want to get kitten-water on. Hmmm…
Just being in the shower WITHOUT the water on freaked them out. Now I can’t remember if Murphy sprayed before or after I turned the water on. I think I turned the water on BECAUSE Murphy was spraying, so that it would go down the drain faster. However, I might have turned the water on (but not touching them) to adjust the temperature of it & that might what triggered it.
@birdielove – beekiss2 explained it well… they had an extreme case of ringworm & it could cause serious complications if they still have it.