All right folks, I’ve beenhassled about this forever. We’re going to talkabout litter boxes. As cats are all littleindividual snowflakes, they all come from the sameplace, from that big cat cloud, right? And like any other cloud,a little bit of pee must fall, or dingleberries,or let’s get catified.
All right, folks, we’regoing to break this down in a very fast fashionbecause there’s a lot of information to coverin a very short amount of time. Now here’s the first thing. If your cat is peeing or poopingoutside the box, number one, go to the vet. Rule things out.
Get a urinalysis done. Get a full blood panel done. Make sure that yourcat’s not acting out from a very simplephysical place. You got to know. I’ve had cases in the pastwhere a cat has actually been acting out this wasin the shelter environment. The cat was within aday of being euthanized
because of thisbehavior problem. And a friend of minewho’s a fantastic vet had the presence of mindto check the cat’s mouth. And sure enough, that cathad an abscessed tooth. And that’s why thecat was acting out, not using a litter box. And that abscessed toothalmost cost that cat her life. So let’s think about this.
Again, rule numberone, go to the vet. Now here’s the nextreally important chunk. You have to know thetools of the trade here. You’ve got to knowwhat you’re going to need in order tosolve the problem. You know I’ve talked toyou about this before. It’s the power of journaling. This helps you in anumber of different ways.
You step away from the pee. You step away from the poop. It’s not all about you andit’s not all about the fact that you’re angrybecause your cat peed. You’re looking for thewhats, the wheres, the hows, the whens, the whys. Now if this wasn’thappening a week ago and now it’s startingto happen regularly,
Why do cats urine spray and how to stop a cat spraying
Urine marking in home Urine marking is one of the ways cats mark their territory All cats do this and whilst this is fine outside You do not want this behaviour in our homes If your cat has started to urine mark in your home Please visit your vet to make sure there are no underlying health reasons for this change in behavior such as urine tract problems. You vet can also help you
to work out whether it’s urine marking or just your cat doesn’t want to use the litter tray For example the litter box is too small or you cat has difficulty gettinginto the box due to joint problems. Once cleared by the vet you need to identify what has triggered this behaviour. Has there been a changed to the litter used. or where the litter box is located. Cats do like privacy when they toilet.Try to place your cats litter box
in a quiet and private area. Make surethere is more than one place your cat has to go to the toilet. Have there been any changes in the home recently? Such as decorating, moving furniture or a new addition to the home a new pet or baby or any changes toyour routine. All cats are very territorial and like routine. Any slight change in their life or environment can cause them anxiety. Feliway is ally proven helpprevent and
reduce stress related behaviours such as urine marking. Using Feliway will help support your cat when changes are unavoidable. If your cat has urine marked somewhere in the home try to clean this as soon as possible. Simply using a surgical spirit and water mix or specifically designed product will remove the pheromone left by your cat without leaving a chemical smell. Everyday cleaning product may not workbecause their smell especially ammonia or bleach cleaners are usually strong and may increase the chance your cat urine marking on them. After the cleaned area has dried spray Feliway on them.
Spray should be applied at least daily. Until your cat stops marking that spot. A Feliway Diffuser can also be used to help reinforce the feeling of security. How long should Feliway be used? improvement can be seen in the first week of use But using Feliway for at least a month is recommended Remember some homes can benefit from
continuious use of Feliway especially multicat households This is not a problem as you can’t have too much Feliway. You may need to consider otherchanges to. Please watch the multicat film.