Are you providing your feline friend with the appropriate environment to keep it happy and healthy? Find out what the Five Pillars of Healthy Feline Environment are and avoid issues such as house-soiling. House-soiling is inappropriate urination, defecation &/or spraying. A cat’s use of locations other than the litter box comes under many names but it is one of the most common reasons why pet owners abandon or relinquish their cats. House-soiling can be a complex problem to solve, but there are ways to prevent, manage, or resolve these behaviours. Remember, your cat does not urinate or defecate outside the box due to spite or anger towards you, but because its specific physical, social or medical needs are not being met.
There are three basic causes of house-soiling:
- Every cat that exhibits inappropriate elimination should be examined by the veterinarian as soon as possible to rule out any medical conditions that could be a factor in inappropriate elimination. Urinary tract related diseases are painful, debilitating & can progress quickly!
Environmental & Social Factors
- Cats by nature are clean & need adequate un-soiled locations to eliminate, especially in a multi-cat home.
- In a multi-cat household, the presence of a more dominant cat near the litter box area may cause a less confident cat to seek out other places for elimination.
- Some cats may avoid using a litter box located in a high traffic area.
- House-soiling can occur if a cat has a negative experience while it was in or near the litter box (dirty litter box, sudden noises nearby like the furnace).
- Urine spraying is a normal part of feline behaviour in which a cat marks to leave its scent. Marking behaviour can include scratching, rubbing, urine spraying & middening (depositing feces).
- Un-neutered male & most un-spayed female cats will mark as part of their sexual behaviour. Neutering & spaying dramatically reduces this behaviour!
- Anxiety-related marking happens in response to a change in the cat’s environment. Marking near doors or windows usually suggests that the perceived threat is coming from outside the home. Marking in stairways, hallways, doorways or the center of the room usually indicates stress or threats from inside the home, such as other pets, new people in household or renovations.
The sooner house-soiling issues are addressed, the happier everyone will be, including your cat. Working with our veterinary team to identify the causative factors for the behaviour & by understanding & providing for your cat’s environmental & medical needs, you can help your cat to live a long & happy life. You are an important member of your cat’s healthcare team. You can be instrumental in helping with the success of treatments & improved health care.
PET OWNER’S GUIDE TO ELECTIVE SURGERY
Neutering & spaying are the most common elective procedures & though these procedures are common & sometimes referred to as routine”, they are still surgical procedures conducted under anesthesia. At Westmount we are very proud of the advanced level of surgical & anesthetic techniques & our team is trained in the use & application of laser surgery.
We appreciate that you want to consider all of your options when you are faced with a major decision about your pet’s health & we encourage you to ensure that your pet is receiving the highest level of care. Many people “shop around” for the best price without the knowledge of why the cost varies among veterinary practices.
When deciding where to have your pet’s surgery performed, make sure you ask & receive answers to the following questions:
(to ask when calling for your pet’s elective surgery)
We are here to help you help your pet! Book an appointment or call us at 403-283-3354 to answer any questions you might have regarding your pet’s preventative & surgical care.