Feline sanitation problems are unfortunately common. Many pet parents become exasperated as they find themselves discovering yet another little puddle somewhere about the house. Or even something more unpleasant…
Do you have a cat with toilet problems? In this article, we will explain the reasons behind poor cat hygiene and what you can do to remedy the issue.
Reasons for poor feline toilet habits
Many people think that cats can be spiteful, but don’t worry, their unwanted habits are not the result of hard feelings towards you!
Additionally, it’s important to be able to distinguish between poor toilet habits and urine marking. Urine marking is done by unsterilised cats as a way to mark their territory with their scent. It is normally done on vertical surfaces, and is often referred to as ‘spraying’. Toileting problems, however, are inappropriate soiling or urination in places such as the floor or bed.
There are many reasons your cat might be inappropriately urinating and defecating.
One reason could be a change in their daily routine. The arrival of a baby, a new pet, moving house or simply new visitors, all of these could be troubling for your cat.
Anxiety plays a big role in bad toilet habits; it’s a question of emotional distress and an inability to adapt to a new environment. This can be even more prominent if your cat lives with other pets.
Urinary infections can also be at the root of the issue, and in this case you will need to contact your vet as quickly as possible. They will be able to prescribe an effective treatment.
Another reason for toileting issues is premature separation from the mother. Due to this, it is recommended that a new owner waits until a kitten is at least 3 months old before adopting.
How can I eliminate the problem?
Punishing your cat can be counterproductive. It is far more effective to find real solutions that target the problem.
A particularly effective solution is to use a pheromone diffuser such as the one from FELIWAY®, which helps in cases where toilet problems are linked to stress or a change of routine. It has a calming effect on the cat.
Another trick is to clean their litter tray with bleach, as cats will try and cover up the smell with their own scent. However, if you are cleaning up urine in unwanted places, white vinegar is your best friend.
Nonetheless, if you notice persistent issues with urination and soiling, don’t hesitate to contact your vet who can help you solve the problem.
Does your cat problems with inappropriate urination and soiling?