How to Stop a Male Cat from Spraying. Spraying is communicative behavior male cats engage in for a variety of reasons. As the urine emitted in spraying is pungent, and can cause stains to furniture and carpets, spraying can be a problem for many cat owners. If your cat is spraying, there are a variety of ways to correct the issue. Know the difference between spraying and urinating. Spraying, or urine marking, is communicative behavior that can be caused by a variety of factors. Urinating, however, is usually due to need and can often be attributed to a litter box issue alone. Spraying marks are found on vertical surfaces as a cat sprays by backing up into an object. They also have less volume than simple urinating. The urine emitted during spraying will smell stronger as the cat releases certain chemicals to send messages to other cats. Spraying is more common in un-neutered males, multiple cat households, and in households where there have recently been changes. Understand why a cat sprays.