Inappropriate urination/defecation and spraying are not always a sign of behavioural issues. If your cat is having any of these issues, it is their way of telling you something is wrong. A visit with a Veterinarian is recommended, to determine if this is a behavioural or medical condition. Some cats suffer from urinary tract disease, leading to a urinary blockage. This can be a major risk to your cat’s life and typically involves hospitalization.
Here are a few helpful tips to prevent behavioural problems
- Provide one litter box per cat in the house plus one extra. If you have three cats in your home, you should have four boxes for them. It is best if they are on each level of the house.
- Use unscented litter. Cats are very sensitive to smell; scented litter can be very unpleasant for cats.
- Provide a large enough litter box that your cat can move around. Some cats are not comfortable in covered boxes so you may need to remove the lid.
- Keep it clean! Scoop each litter box 1-2 times daily and change the litter out weekly. Wash with warm water and rinse well.
- Don’t feed your cat where the litter box is.
- As your cat ages, a box with lower sides might make getting in and out much easier.
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