Roblin Animal Hospital/ Red River Spay & Neuter:
"Spraying"/ Inappropriate Elimination in Cats
** Always rule out underlying medical causes fisrt, such as urinary tract infection, bladdar stones, crystals, etc.
- A marking behaviour that occurs on vertical surfaces.
- Both male and female cats will spray.
- Usually caused by stressful or territorial stimuli.
May occur due to:
- New pet in household
- Too many cats in the household
- New person in home
- New stimuli in neighbourhood
Change in relationship with owner:
- New job/schedule change
- Inappropriate punishments
- Owner leaves cat during holiday
- Spaying or neutering if not already done will solve a lot of the territorial urine marking. 90% effective in male cats, 95% effective in female.
Eliminate the stimulus that is causing the behaviour to occur.
- i.e. trying to remove unwanted cats in your yard, decrease # cats in household, educate client on proper discipline techniques.
Proper cleaning of the environment.
- Use products that clean the environment, not just mask odors.
- Products that are enzymatic, like Natures Miracle or Simple Solutions.
- You may want to suggest using a black light to find urine marking as urine will glow under a black light.
- Phermone spray: Feliway
- Occurs usually on horizontal surfaces and may be urine, feces or both.
Many different causes:
- Dirty litter box
- Too smelly
- Unacceptable litter
- Negative experience with litter box i.e. Too many people walking by.
If a cat defecates in the box and urinates outside or vice versa, may be a medical problem and has associated pain with the litter box.
- Feline Urinary Tract Disease
- Renal Disease
- Usually caused by too many cats
- Emotional problems