How Do Cats Spray?

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PawsForThought:
Does anyone know from where cats, both male and female, spray from? I know they're not spraying urine, so where does the spray come from? Thanks.

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PawsForThought:
[nq:1]It is urine sprayed on vertical surfaces. Gail[/nq]
Thanks, Gail. But doesn't the male (and maybe the female?) back up to spray so how does the urine spray in that direction instead of frontwards? __ See my cats: http://community.webshots.com/album/56955940rWhxAe Raw Diet Info: http://www.holisticat.com/drjletter.html http://www.geocities.com/rawfeeders/ForCatsOnly.html Declawing Info: http://www.wholecat.com/articles/claws.htm
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Gail:
[nq:1]Does anyone know from where cats, both male and female, spray from? Iknow they're not spraying urine, so where does the spray come from? Thanks. Lauren __ See my cats: http://community.webshots.com/album/56955940rWhxAe Raw Diet Info: http://www.holisticat.com/drjletter.html http://www.geocities.com/rawfeeders/ForCatsOnly.html Declawing Info: http://www.wholecat.com/articles/claws.htm[/nq]
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William Hamblen:
[nq:1]Does anyone know from where cats, both male and female, spray from? I know they're not spraying urine, so where does the spray come from? Thanks.[/nq]
They are spraying urine. To be sesquipedalian about it cats are retromingus, which means they pee backwards. They also do a lot of tail vibrating at the same time, which means to me that they like to do it. A cat can really hose down the object he is marking.
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Cheryl:
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[nq:2]It is urine sprayed on vertical surfaces. Gail[/nq]
[nq:1]Thanks, Gail. But doesn't the male (and maybe the female?) back up to spray so how does the urine spray in that direction instead of frontwards? __[/nq]
I'd like to know that too. I see Shamrock do that in the litterbox. Stands up with his front paws on the edge of the box, his butt in the air and pee straight backwards. I think even though it is the litterbox, he is marking it. He doesn't do it often and usually just after the boxes are cleaned which leads me to think he's marking. He overshoots sometimes, too. Gets the wall. Emotion: indifferent
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Gail:
[nq:2]It is urine sprayed on vertical surfaces. Gail[/nq]
[nq:1]Thanks, Gail. But doesn't the male (and maybe the female?) back up tospray so how does the urine spray in that direction instead of frontwards? __ See my cats: http://community.webshots.com/album/56955940rWhxAe Raw Diet Info: http://www.holisticat.com/drjletter.html http://www.geocities.com/rawfeeders/ForCatsOnly.html Declawing Info: http://www.wholecat.com/articles/claws.htm[/nq]
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Arjun Ray:
[nq:1]But doesn't the male (and maybe the female?) back up to spray[/nq]
Yes.
[nq:1]so how does the urine spray in that direction instead of frontwards?[/nq]
A cat's penis points backwards, not frontwards.

(As for the obvious followup question, it isn't a matter so much of backwards and frontwards as it's of upwards and downwards.)
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PawsForThought:
[nq:2]But doesn't the male (and maybe the female?) back up to spray[/nq]
[nq:1]Yes.[/nq]
[nq:2]so how does the urine spray in that direction instead of frontwards?[/nq]
[nq:1]A cat's penis points backwards, not frontwards.[/nq]
Thanks, Arjun. I guess you learn something new every day Emotion: smile Females can spray too, right? Don't tell me theirs is backwards too.
[nq:1](As for the obvious followup question, it isn't a matter so much of backwards and frontwards as it's of upwards and downwards.)[/nq]
LOL! Glad I didn't have to ask.

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PawsForThought:
[nq:1]From: William Hamblen (Email Removed) They are spraying urine. To be sesquipedalian about it cats are retromingus, which means they ... means to me that they like to do it. A cat can really hose down the object he is marking.[/nq]
Thanks, William. Both my cats, a male and a female, are fixed. When they get excited or are happy, they shake their tails. But fortunately, nothing comes out.

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