Modifications for Cats that Urinate Inappropriately
- Try and determine if
the cat has experienced a recent stress in its life.
"Stressors" could include changes in the weather, the
cat's environment ( a recent move, addition of a new pet
or new family member ), change in diet or feeding
schedule, change of litter type, etc.
- Provide at least on
- Keep the litter boxes
in "quiet" areas of the home (avoid "high-noise" or
"high-traffic" areas). Try placing one litter box in a
spare room for the affected cat (a room that other
cats/pets in the household do not have access to).
- Do not use covered
- Use unscented, fine
grain type litters (different cats like different litter
- Change the litter
- Keep food and water
bowls in quiet areas of the home, away from windows,
heat vents, exhaust fans, etc. Keep food and water bowls
away from the litter box location.
- allow the problematic
cat more space and chance to be a "cat". Don't forget:
cats are independent creatures that like to be in
control. It would be great if the cat could have its own
room complete with its own scratch post, food and water
bowls and litter box. Provide toys that allow the cat to
chase and catch, and adequate surfaces for scratching
- Make any changes in
the cat routine, including diet changes very slowly.
- There are sprays that
your veterinarian may recommend in an attempt to
decrease "environmental anxiety". Such sprays can be
used in the environment close to the litter box, close
to food and water bowls, in areas where the cat likes to
- Your veterinarian may
recommend drugs in highly stressed cats.