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!
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!
Have you ever wondered what it really takes to make your furry friend truly happy? Cats typically will alert you when there is something wrong, but how do we know when they are content with their lives? It’s as simple as learning to pay attention to the unique behaviours of these animals.
1. Talking to your cat (seriously!)
I know this one may seem a little strange, but the general consensus around cat owners is that frequent ‘conversations’ with their cats seems to make them more responsive and loving thus creating a cat who is happier and feels like it fits in with its environment. So start practicing your best meow!
2. A safe home environment
This one is pretty relatable, as who would want to spend their whole life in an environment that they didn’t feel safe in? Since your cat probably spends majority of its time at home it’s crucial that it has access to clean water, food and a quiet and cosy place to sleep, as don’t forget cats average 15 hours of sleep a day! It is also important that any other animals in the house your cat doesn’t particularly get along with are separated allowing for a stress free and safe environment.
3. A stimulating environment
Do you have anything to keep your cat occupied while you’re out of the house? Boredom is an easy fix by adding a few things to your home that your cat may enjoy. Sometimes it can be as simple as keeping the curtain open so your cat can watch the cars go past, or leaving a few cat friendly toys lying around within easy reach. There are also specified cat boredom crushers out there if you really want to keep your cat occupied, try online or your local pet shop.
4. Praise your cat!
It makes us happy if we praise our cats so really it’s a win-win situation! If were happy, these good vibes will rub off on our cats so why not share the love! And what better way to have some bonding time with your kitty.
If you have a cat, you want to ensure that you are feeding them cat food containing the best nutrition that is tasty too. There are a number of cat food brands in the market and it can get very confusing to decide which one is the best cat food for your pet. Many foods have fancy packaging and terms that suggest it is very nutritious. However, as a loving cat owner, you want to be certain that the food you purchase is healthy for your cat. The one way to be sure is to choose UltimatesIndulge’s best cat food products. We are one of the leading cat food brands in Australia continue to innovate to bring wholesome, nutritious and delicious cat food to the market. Continue reading…