Indications of the Problem
You’ll know it when you see it—or smell it. Your cat is either missing the litter box or choosing your rug, sofa, bed, floor or perhaps even the bathtub. Maybe dribbles, maybe pools of urine. You might have seen your cat squatting or standing, its tail quivering, back feet treading—or not. Is your cat urinating in inappropriate places or is he marking territory? Is she/he urinating or defecating in the wrong places or both?
There are several causes for your fur-friend to be doing this:
- There’s an infection or other medical problem that needs to be checked out with a trip to the vet. This is more common than you might expect.
- There may be a problem he/she is having with the litter box itself. Cats are very fastidious. Are you cleaning the litter box thoroughly and often enough?
- Different kinds of stress—environmental, social, human, other cats, dogs, etc.—can often trigger an inappropriate peeing problem in cats. A cat can often display anxiety through its bladder.
- If the cat isn’t neutered (using this term for both female and male), occasionally, hormone issues can be the cause.
We need to establish if the cat is marking its territory or (just) peeing in the wrong places. If the problem is peeing and/or defecating, then I next determine if it’s a medical cause. If not, then potential solutions could include:
- Removing the appeal of the location he/she’s decided is a great place to pee, while improving the cleanliness of the correct place: his/her litter box. Laundry detergents won’t work for this—and no vinegar, ammonia or bleach! These will actually attract and encourage your cat to “do its business” there! Instead, clean–thoroughly–with an enzymatic cleaner designed especially for cat urine.
- Decreasing the cat’s stress level by identifying and eliminating the cause of the stress. This requires the intervention of a trained cat behaviorist.
If your cat has this problem, contact me by phone or email to schedule a time to discuss a solution to the problem. A happy cat means a happier household! 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 skills of an experienced behaviorist.
|Initial telephone chat: no charge
|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.
|“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.” – Red Adair|