How to Train Your Cat to Stop Urine Marking
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How do you stop your pet from marking?
A cat urinating outside the box can be a marked behavior, where a cat feels the need to mark its territory. But there are some underlying health conditions that can cause a cat to urinate outside the litter box and some environmental causes.
If this behavior has occurred more than once or twice, you can take your cat to the vet to rule out any health problems. If it is indeed tagging behavior, you can take steps to stop it.
Mark your lawn
Cats use urine to mark the territory that matters to them. Cats usually get along quite well until they reach social maturity between the ages of 2 and 4.
House dirt generally involves squatting and depositing urine or feces on a horizontal surface, while urine marking tends to target vertical surfaces.
However, cats can mark urine on horizontal or vertical surfaces. Intact male cats are the most typical culprits for urine spraying, but neutered cats of both sexes may decide to baptize the house.
Check the trash
Cats will reject the litter box if it is in the wrong place (too close to food or sleeping areas); if it is not clean or sometimes when they have to share it with another cat.
They may not want to "go after another kitten" or want a different box for solids and another for liquids.
Cats also have very specific preferences for filter types or box surfaces and sometimes the box can be too small to accommodate a large-tailed feline.
Spreading the smell of urine actually helps reduce stress levels in cats. Cats love routine, and anything that interferes with their normal daily life could put a twist on them.
It can be anything from new curtains, a stray cat patrolling outside your window, or even your unpredictable work schedule.
In the spring, when stray cats come into heat, the smell and sound can make indoor cats more stressed and increase territorial markings.
Also, stress can make any medical or behavioral problems worse. So whether your cat's problem is a health issue or strictly territorial labeling, a stress reduction program should help.
Use Feliway and Rescue Remedy
If you have more than one cat, your cats may be of social maturity and maybe fighting for a position in the household. Feliway's synthetic pheromone can be helpful in signaling to the cat that its environment is safe. Rescue Remedy also works for a percentage of cats to reduce stress.
Eliminate odors and create new associations
Be careful of your cat's urine marks. A black-light should illuminate the urine so that you can clearly see the dirty areas.
Clean thoroughly with an odor neutralizer like Anti-Icky-Poo, which removes the smell that brings cats back to the scene (and the smell) of the crime. Ammonia and bleach work well too.
The goal is to eliminate the odor so that the cat does not think it is okay to "go back" there.
Then change the location association by placing toys, a cat bed, or food bowls right above the location. Cats will not want to spray where they play, sleep, or eat.
Spraying Feliway in an inappropriate place can also discourage recurrence.
Add another litter box
With multiple cats, you may need to pamper twice (or more). Offer at least one litter box per cat and place them in different parts of the house.
Make sure they are extra-large, as some cats like the extra room to maneuver.
Also, provide scratching objects and resting places for each cat in a variety of places around the house.
The extra vertical space can allow cats to climb up and away from each other, while each "has" its own resting place. Individual cat shelves (only space for one cat) can prevent cats from having to share.
Verification problems and behavior
There are a number of health problems that can cause you to urinate out of the box, so a visit to the vet is recommended if you cannot stop the spray.
Kidney disease and diabetes can increase the volume of urine, so the cat cannot get to the box in time.
Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) can be caused by bladder stones, crystals, bacterial infection, or cancer that creates bladder inflammation (cystitis).
Cystitis hurts and makes cats feel like they have to "go away. " more frequently. Sometimes they associate the litter box with discomfort and look for other places to urinate.
On top of that, 60 percent of these cases are idiopathic, with no known cause, making the medical condition difficult to treat.
The signs of idiopathic cystitis tend to go away on their own in about five to seven days, but they can reappear especially during stressful situations.
Enjoy The Video Tutorial about How to Stop Your Cat Spraying Everywhere
Source: Our Pets Health
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