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    Cat Spraying: Why They Do it and Ways to Tackle it


    You notice a wet spot on the side of the sofa, or the drapes, or maybe running down the front door. Hmmm, is that . . . ? Yep, it looks — and smells — like cat pee. Uh oh. What’s going on? Is your cat trying to tell you something?

    Actually, when your cat sprays, they are trying to send you (or another cat in or around your home) a message! It’s usually either, “I was here”/"this is my home,” or “I’m stressed out.”

    You see, spraying (or “marking”) is all about communication for cats. It’s different from fully peeing or pooping outside the litter box (a.k.a. “inappropriate toileting” or "inappropriate elimination") — which, though could also be due to stress or problems between the pets in your home, is most often related to a problem with your cat’s litter boxes (e.g., the type of litter used, the location or number of boxes available, or another of the common problems with litter box setup and maintenance). And, just to keep things interesting, both “spraying” and “inappropriate elimination” can also be brought on by, or worsened by, an underlying medical problem (e.g., arthritis, urinary tract inflammation (“cystitis”) or infection (“UTI”), kidney failure, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, or a host of other problems). This article is going to focus on helping you with a cat that’s spraying or “marking.” Read on to see if that might be your cat, and what you can do about it.

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    Topics: Cat Aggression, Litter Box, Urine marking in cats, Cat behavior problems, Cat urine

    Inappropriate Elimination in Cats: Why it happens and how to prevent it


    One of the most common complaints people have about cats is problems with eliminating (urinating or defecating) outside of the litter box. In one study, 57% of cats referred to a veterinary behaviorist were referred for this problem.1  In another study, roughly 1 in 4 cats surrendered to a shelter had a history of daily or weekly elimination outside the litter box.2 And a third study showed 9% of cats showing this behavior within three months of adoption.3
     
    While it is one of the most common issues cat owners face, it is also one of the most frustrating, and is one of the reasons there are countless numbers of cats now in animal shelters across the country. Many cat owners feel there is nothing they can do about the problem, but that isn’t the case. Making a few environmental changes can improve or even solve the problem and make everyone in the household much happier.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Urine marking, Cat marking territory, Urine marking in cats, How to stop cat from spraying, Cat marking in house, Stop a cat from spraying, Stop cat spraying, Female cat spraying, Cat behavior problems, Cat spraying, Cat Tips

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