Yes they do!
The statistics are hard to ignore; when about 1 in 20 fixed female cats sprays, about 1 in every 10 male cats spray.
So, in theory, a female cat would be much less likely to spray than a male cat. 
You love your tomcat.
He’s everything you’ve ever wanted in a feline friend – with the exception of him spraying on anything and everything.
You have him neutered in the hopes that he directs his urine into the litter box.
However, the little guy just keeps peeing around the house.
He’s typically so well-behaved.
Do all male cats spray in the house?
Why does he insist on marking every single place in sight? Does this mean my cat is unhappy?
And how can you get him to change his urine-soaking ways?
If you’re looking into getting a feline companion (whether it’s your first, or you’re wanting a new little addition to your fur family), the “cat spraying problem” may be one of the big reasons you lean more towards getting a female cat.
However, even fixed female cats can spray – so getting a female cat in hopes of not having the spraying problem won’t always be successful. You could still end up with a female cat who is fixed and sprays – it’s possible.
Spraying is a more common problem than you think, and there are some solutions!
Before we get to solutions, you need to find the problem, and that can be a bit difficult because there is a difference between spraying and urinating.
Although people commonly mistake the two for the same problem, they are two fairly separate issues and need to be addressed in different ways.
Spraying differs from urinating in a few ways; spraying marks are usually found on vertical surfaces (like a wall, couch, chair, etc) because a cat usually sprays when backing up into an object or lifting their legs.
There is also usually less spray than there would be urine (with urine being a puddle and spray being… well, spray.)
Spray will also have a much stronger smell than your cat’s litter-box urine, as the car uses spray to release chemicals (pheromones) to send messages to other animals.
While spray is usually meant as a message to other cats (for breeding or territory marking purposes), if your cat is just outright urinating in different locations in your home, it’s very likely that YOU are the one your cat is trying to send a message to.
It could be that your cat needs a change in litter-box (location, bigger litter box, have it cleaned out, etc) or that they are craving your attention and using urine as their sign of protest.
Why Does a Cat Spray?
Inappropriate urination is the most reported behavior problem from cat owners.
Studies indicate that at least 10% of cats will pee outside of their litter box at some point in their lives, and it’s important to understand why your cat is urinating somewhere other than his designated box.
Cats use their urine as a method of communication.
Mostly, it’s how they communicate with other animals.
The odor of their spray changes depending on the message they are trying to send (this is why spray will smell quite a bit stronger than the urine in your cat’s litter box).
- A recent addition to the family?
- Death of a loved one?
- New relationship?
- Change in your job?
Just as these experiences cause stress in humans, so too do our beloved pets feel stress.
Cats, in particular, like predictability.
Changes, even seemingly minor ones, can create panic and one of the ways that they express their anxiety is by eliminating in places other than the litter box.
Why is my cat spraying?
#1. MARKING TERRITORY
Cats, by their very nature, are territorial.
Urinating in a particular area is one way to mark physical territory and even to mark their owners. (Gross, but true.)
#2. MATING BEHAVIOUR
Spraying is also a part of their mating behavior as the scent of a cat’s urine can indicate that he wants to mate.
This behavior is typical for cats who have reached the age of sexual majority, which is around five to six months of age.
This is why it’s vital to neuter your male cat before that age.
The testicles produce testosterone, a hormone that can cause aggression as well as sexual urges.
Removing the testicles before your cat reaching sexual maturation should prevent much, if not all, of the urination problem.
Sometimes, however, your furry feline will continue to pee in places other than his litter box. It turns out that there are different reasons that a cat might spray.
#3. MEDICAL ISSUE(S)
An underlying medical issue may be the cause of your cat choosing to pee outside of his box.
Anything from diabetes to a urinary tract infection, kitty might be trying to communicate that he’s in pain when he pees by behaving in this uncharacteristic manner.
A quick trip to the vet will be able to uncover any medical issues and get your love back on track.
#4. LITTER BOX ISSUES
There might be litter box issues that are the cause.
Cats are very discriminating when it comes to, well, everything.
Even something as fundamental as your choice in kitty litter can affect his state-of-mind. Seriously.
Making a change in the litter can cause your cat elimination anxiety. So think twice about buying a different brand just because it’s on special this week.
That being said, your kitty might not like the first brand you’ve chosen, and a litter switch might nip this problem before it gets out of hand.
If your cat doesn’t like the litter box you’ve chosen, he’s not going to use it.
Below is a “Ask Dr. Wendy” – Vets To Go Mobile Veterinary Care:
If, however, you randomly decide to get him a new litter box and he suddenly starts leaving you presents around the house, it’s probably a smart idea to switch back to the original box.
Speaking of the litter box, the location of the litter box might be your cat’s problem.
Perhaps it’s in a high traffic area.
Cats are fastidious about their personal care and crave privacy when taking care of their bodily functions.
Putting the litter box in a place where they are bound to be interrupted or observed might be the cause of their litter box avoidance.
Try placing the litter box in a quieter, more private location.
But not too dark.
Despite a cat’s ability to see in dim light, they are not fans of complete darkness.
Putting the litter box in a dark closet is apt to spook your furbaby. Or maybe you’ve set the box near a washing machine or furnace. The noise might be the problem.
Also, your cat’s preference may change over time.
A location might no longer be the right place because your cat has decided he doesn’t like that area any longer.
In other words, a simple relocation of the litter box might be the solution.
Not only do they not like to share their litter box with other cats, but some cats also will not urinate in the same box where they poop. (Yes, seriously.)
Some of them are particular and will only use a litter box on the same level of the house they are on at that time.
The best solution?
At least one litter box per cat on each level plus an extra one.
Pay attention to which boxes are getting used to figuring out what your kitty needs.
Anxiety can be the reason behind spraying.
Eliminating stress from the life of your cat may make all the difference.
Try thinking like a cat:
What dangers might be lurking outside?
Perhaps there is a neighborhood cat that has been window stalking your sweet kitty.
Or a squirrel climbing the tree in your front yard that he’s been unsuccessfully attempting to catch.
Help control his environment by closing the drapes so that he can’t be vexed by what’s going on in the outside world.
Can You Stop A Male Cat From Spraying?
By now, you’re probably thinking that this is a hopeless cause and you’ll just have to get used to your cat spraying whenever they are the slightest bit displeased.
I know it can be frustrating, but you just need to find a solution for your cat. Cats can be finicky, and it may take a while for you to distinguish what is causing the problem.
If you have already had your pet neutered and the problem still persists, you could try some of the following;
- Litter Box Solutions
Ensure the litter is cleaned at least once a day, perhaps provide your cat(s) with a second (or even third) litter box to see if this solves the problem.
Moving the litter box to a different location or getting your cat a bigger litter box may also help.
- Behavioural Solutions
Your cat could be using the spray as a method of communication.
Spending more quality time with your cat, allowing them regular access to toys and/or cat trees may give your pet the attention they are seeking by spraying.
- Medical Solutions
Aside from having your cat neutered, there are some other medical conditions that may be behind your cat’s spray; a urinary tract infection, liver disease, feline leukemia virus, hyperthyroidism…(to name a few). 
Consult with your vet if you find that the other solutions aren’t working and the spray is consistent.
In the meantime, you will need to really get rid of the urine odor.
Otherwise, tomcat will just keep returning to it.
There are a few common ways you can get rid of cat urine odor for good:
- Don’t rub it! Grab some toilet paper or paper towel and blot/dab at the stain first.
- Whatever you do, avoid products with ammonia as cats are drawn to that scent.
- Using vinegar and water spray on the isolated pee spot will repel your kitty from returning to that area.
- You can also use some homemade remedies to clean the spot.
- Another alternative is to use synthetic pheromones to deter your cat. They mimic the odor of other cats and may prevent your cat from marking the area.
- There are also pheromone diffusers that you can use (I love the Feliway calming products) in the places where your cat is most likely to spray. They will not spray where they can sense another animal may have.
- Lastly, you can use baking soda to get rid of any actual stains the urine may cause – let sit for 10 minutes and vacuum away.
And if you’re looking for something to really clean it, you can use an actual cat urine cleaner spray
Like these ones listed on Amazon…
- Bubbas Super Strength Commercial Enzyme Cleaner-Pet Odor Eliminator
- Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain & Odor Eliminator
FAQ – Spraying Cats
- Will My Female Cat Spray – Or Do Only Male Cats Do This?
As stated in the beginning of the post, while it’s less likely that your female feline will spray around your home – it is still possible.
There really is no way to tell if your cat will begin to spray, until they do. 
- Will My Neutered Male Cat Still Spray?
While it’s uncommon, this is still possible. In the case that your cat is still spraying after you have had them neutered (before the age of sexual maturity), the spraying may be the result of a behavioral or medical issue.
Seek a consult with your local vet if the spraying problem persists after your cat has been neutered.
- When Should I Spay/Neuter My Cat?
The best odds for spaying/neutering your animal to prevent issues like these (and for general health) is to do it before they reach 6 months of age. According to a 2008 study, 87% of cats in the United States are spayed/neutered. 
It’s a super common procedure and there are quite a few benefits (like lessening the odds of spraying!)
Spaying or neutering a cat is usually recommended when your cat is between the ages of 8 weeks (or above 2 lbs) and before they reach 5-6 months (which is around the time a cat would reach their sexual maturity). 
Doing it within this window of time allows for fewer complications, faster healing time and it’s all around easier on your pet.
Although it’s incredibly frustrating to find your cat spraying around your house, seemingly using any place but your litter box – don’t punish your cat.
He isn’t spraying to annoy or upset you. It’s just his way of communicating.
If all else has failed:
… you have tried everything from neutering your cat to moving their litter box to 7 different rooms, and still your furry friend insists on spraying – consult your local veterinarian on what other steps you can take.
Your vet can likely recommend some behavior modification programs or other options to help your cat relearn where to pee.
Whatever option you choose, just remember that being a pet parent requires patience and lots of TLC.
 VetInfo – Why Is My Cat Spraying After Being Neutered?
 The Nest – Can Female Cats Spray?
 PetMD – Why Do Cats Spray?
 Catster – When to Spay/Neuter Your Cat?
 Catster – Is There a Right Age to Neuter a Kitten?
 PetMD – How to Stop a Cat From Spraying/Marking