Everything you Need to Know About Your Cat Urinating Inappropriately
Generally cats are pretty good with their toilet habits, and it is in fact quite easy to train them to use a litter box! However, cats can simply decide when they’re bored of doing this and move to other options. These are some of the reasons your cat may be exhibiting these behaviors:
Dirty litter box
Us humans can agree that a clean toilet is preferable over a dirty one right? Cats think the same about their litter boxes! This is a very easy fix and requires regular cleaning of the litter box and a regular change in litter. Veterinary professionals suggest scooping out your cats litter box once per day, and once a week changing the old litter out for new. As well as a once a week deep clean of the box itself in warm water, with unscented soap. For time poor cat owners, you can also find self-cleaning litter boxes online and at your local pet shop.
If you have multiple cats it is important that you have a separate litter box for each one, as cats have a habit of marking their territory and won’t want to use a litter box that has already been marked by its housemate.
Sometimes it can all come down to the type of litter you are using! A simple fix, however it may require testing out a few different types before you find the right one. To make this process a little bit easier, we suggest having two litter boxes; each with a different type of litter, and see which one your cat chooses!
Cats are creatures of habit, so when they break their normal routine it could be due to a medical problem. A urinary tract infection, diabetes and arthritis are common problems associated with this behavior so if the above steps don’t work seek veterinary attention.
Litter box location
Location, location, location! I can’t imagine many humans being happy to use the toilet in a room full of people, cats are the same! Try placing your cats litter box in a quiet and private part of your house, preferably one that doesn’t attract too much foot traffic. The laundry or a less used room is a great place to start!
Hopefully these 5 tips have helped you identify where your cats urinating problems have stemmed from. Remember that the longer you leave this matter unattended, the harder it will be to correct!
Has your cat ever done something notably odd that has led you to question what goes on inside that little head? I’m sure most cat owners will raise their hand to this. Cats are mysterious creatures, and while we may never find out the exact answer to these peculiar behaviours we have a pretty good idea what they may mean. Now we could wax lyrical about whether or not you really speak “cat” but what we have done is select what we think are three particularly interesting and somewhat entertaining little idiosyncrasies’, that our feline friends display. Keep reading to find out if your cats ‘weird’ traits are more common than you think!
Staring at the wall
Have you ever watched your cat, perfectly still and staring at the wall? You may think that perhaps she has seen a ghost, or is watching something the human eye can’t see. It is easy to assume your cat is tuning to its ‘sixth-sense’ however veterinary professionals assure us they are probably just zoning out or have their eye on a small bug. Usually in my experience it is the latter, as the inquisitive nature of the kitty is rather well known in saying such as “curiosity killed the cat”, but usually curiosity feeds the cat, at times the saying should be “if it moves prod it and taste it”.
This weird cat behaviour is a special one, as it is a sign that you have been accepted into your cats ‘tribe’. Not only is this a very high honour, it is also one of the ways your cat marks you with his scent, essentially declaring his ownership. In a way one could say that you have been knighted by his or her royal highness.
‘Zooming’ is a loose term used to describe those crazy room-to-room running sprees your cat goes on occasionally. You know the ones, where all of a sudden your cat has gone crazy and is flying around the house, in and out of rooms for no apparent reason? There are a couple of explanations for this behaviour, one of them is all the extra stored energy they need to expel from sleeping all day, however this is more common in younger cats. It could also be a reaction to an ‘intruder’ i.e. another animal in their territory.
Hopefully reading these 3 weird cat behaviours gives you a sense of ease knowing that most cats are the same!
As we know obesity has become a common concern these days, in both humans and animals! It can become quite upsetting to see your cat suffer from weight related issues, and there are a number of ways to combat and prevent them. It is in your best interests to combat obesity if you would like to avoid costly vet bills and I am sure we all do.
First, let’s start with how to tell if your cat is in fact carrying a little bit too much extra weight. A cat that is overweight will generally not have any visible bone structure in its face, a fatty pad on the belly and no ‘waist’ when viewed from above. Some other symptoms may include noticeable problems in movement and joints, lethargic behaviour and hair loss. While this may sound confronting to some, I have listed below some easy tips in combating these symptoms that will hopefully get your cat back onto a healthier journey.
This is the easiest most effective way to help your cat shed some of that extra weight. It is important that you feed your cat a specially formulated high quality food, perhaps one that is designed for weight loss. Generally wet food is a better choice as it contains water which will help fill your cat up and aid in proper digestion. It is also important that you don’t feed your cat scraps of human food as these are generally highly calorically dense and will delay your cats weight loss altogether.
2. Smaller food bowls
A great way to prevent your cat from overeating is to switch out its food bowls for smaller ones. Your cat won’t notice a change in bowl size or the psychological trick of eating less!
3. Play time!
Schedule at least one fifteen minute block every day for play time with your cat, not only is this great exercise for your cat it will also be a great bonding activity for the two of you, win win! You can purchase wands and balls from the pet shop to make it more exciting for your feline friend.
4. Create an exciting environment
Have you noticed your cat sleeps in the same spot all day? Maybe it’s because she has nothing ‘better’ to do. Try clearing some space on a shelf or adding a scratching post to create a more exciting environment, even an old cardboard box will keep your cat occupied for a while!