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Caring Paws - December - Cat house soiling


This month we focus on our feline companions and the unpleasant behaviour of HOUSE SOILING.

As far as male cats are concerned, “marking” is a sexually related behaviour that in most cases could be avoided by having them neutered. However, the later the cat is neutered; the more likely he would have already learnt the habit and would therefore keep practising such behaviour. 

Urine and faeces elimination in inappropriate places throughout the house may be a medical problem that needs immediate attention. Consult your Vet if your cat is soiling the house even after he has been toilet trained. If no medical reasons exist, then other triggers should be considered.

Cats in particular can be very sensitive to environmental changes such as litter material, or other “house mates” sharing the same litter box. It is very important that you observe your pet’s preferences regarding litter material and placement of the litter box.
Most cats prefer clumping litter type and a covered box where they can get more “privacy” to pass faeces or urine.

Some cats like two separate boxes, one for urine and the other for stool. Most important is the cleanliness of the box, with daily removal of stool (also very important from a public health perspective), and weekly complete replacement of the litter material; more frequent if wet or more than one cat is in the household.

Litter box placement in a quiet, low traffic area is favoured by most cats.
Ultimately, it is up to you as an owner to understand your pet’s choices and to ensure a smooth, positive training experience as a valuable part of your cats’ daily life.

Always consult your friendly Vet for more information and advice.

Silvana Conillo BVSc

Owner of SC Veterinary Ultrasounds


 

       

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