Indications of the Problem

He’s “thinking outside the box” all right—you can smell it (stronger than the usual urine smell) and see it (on surfaces like baseboards and curtains). Perhaps you’ve seen your cat’s quivering tail, as he stands and sprays, with back feet treading, emitting a jet vertically, against a wall or other objects. He’s marking his territory, not just eliminating, which is urinating (that is horizontal, in puddles or drops). Marking/spraying accounts for about 40% of problem behavior cases in cats.

Possible Causes

 By marking/spraying, your fur-child is “instant messaging” other cats in the house, or those visiting from outside the home, that “This Land is My Land” refrain. Once spraying occurs inside the home, there’s often a learned association between spraying and certain areas, which then become fixed branding posts.

Potential Solutions

 After ruling out any possible medical problems, the first step is to neuter or spay your cat. However, if s/he continues to spray, we need to identify social or environmental triggers and then limit Fluffy’s exposure and reaction to them.  This often means household changes (access to spaces, effective odor elimination, increase space, etc.) and behavior modification.

 Replacing your favorite chair: $400. Replacing your favorite rug: $800. Getting advice from an experienced cat behaviorist: Priceless.

 If your cat has this problem, contact me by phone or email to schedule a time to discuss a solution. There’s no need for the huge expense of replacing your carpets, rugs, or furniture!  I help people (and their cats) across the country, as well as Europe and Canada, and I can help you.

As a trained cat behaviorist, I also manage other problems and fears; the aging cat, the feral cat and the stray cat can present special challenges of their own. Introducing a new baby into the resident cat’s household is another common problem for some families. These are the types of issues that require the intervention of an experienced behaviorist.

 

Initial telephone chat:  no charge

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Mini-consultation:  20-25 minutes for  $45.00

After questions (the more information I have, the better I can help),  we can discuss certain problems that may not need a longer consultation

 
In-depth telephone consultation:  $100.00

This includes in-depth questioning during a one-hour telephone consultation, and email follow-up report, with  recommendations. Especially useful for national or international  consults.

 
In-home consultation:  $180.00

This includes extensive questioning by telephone, a one- to three-hour visit to your home for in-depth discussion and observation of your cat’s  environment, and e-mail/ phone follow-up with  further recommendations. If needed, a follow-up visit is included.

 
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