25th October 2006


Cat owners will know the feeling: you come home from a hard day’s work, you open the front door and you’re greeted by the intense smell of cat urine!


While you’ve been busy at work your moggy has been busy marking your house with its own scent, which, unfortunately, is not as agreeable to our own noses as it seems to be to your cat.


What motivates them to do it even though we clean up after them every time? Is there anything that can be done?


A new study being carried out at the University of Lincoln will test out a new product which aims to stop domestic cats spraying indoors.


And cat owners in the area are being asked to step forward to help with the research.


“Urine spraying in cats is the number one behaviour problem for which cat owners seek help,” said Dr Maya Braem, who is leading the research.


“There are several possible reasons why cats spray urine. Despite appearances, it is not doing it to annoy you! There are many factors such as stress, uncertainty, sexually  triggered marking, anxiety or territorial marking that can increase your cat’s need to communicate this way.”


The product being tested by the university’s Animal Behaviour Clinic at Riseholme Park has been shown to be effective in treating in excess of 90 per cent of urine spraying in cats.


If you have a cat that sprays or you know of somebody who would be interested in participating in this free study contact Dr Maya Braem on 01522 895481 or email


All participants will be entitled to a free behaviour evaluation and will receive the treatment free of charge. Cases will need to be screened by their veterinarian and the cost of this will be reimbursed once it has been authorised.





      Contact: Jez Ashberry      Tel: 01522 837294                            [uni13cats]