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Cats and Inappropriate Toileting

June 14, 2021

When your cat leaves inappropriate messes around your house, it understandably causes some unease in the household. A very common reaction is to tell your cat off in an attempt to prevent the behavior from recurring.
However there are many causes for inappropriate urination, and if we can assess exactly what the problem is, we can better manage the behavior. Cats are by nature very clean animals and prefer to toilet and bury their waste. The fact that they are not doing this tells us something is not right in their world.

Causes can include:
🐾 Lower urinary tract disease causing sudden urge and discomfort.
🐾 Stress related cystitis from changes in their cat life that make them very uneasy and scared, this can include other cats or dogs in their world causing stress or it can be human related.
🐾 Kidney problems causing increased water consumption and therefore increased toileting and being ‘caught short’.
🐾 Territorial marking.
🐾 Old age mental type changes that lead to forgetting learned toileting behavior.

As there are a range of causes of inappropriate toileting it can take some time and effort to get to the bottom of the problem. One solution does not work for all cats and testing can be required to get to the bottom of the issue. However, we do regularly deal with this problem in cats and help owners and cats return to their former happy household.

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