An unclean pet creates many unpleasant problems for its owners. Puddles on the parquet, a damaged carpet, a disgusting smell-all this is accompanied by the presence of a cat in the house, which stubbornly does not want to go to the tray carefully set aside for it.
There can be many reasons for this behavior. First you need to find out what was the trigger for such unpleasant behavior, fix the problem, and then only try to change the behavior of the cat if it does not improve on its own.
Most often, problems with puddles and piles left in the wrong places are associated with incorrect behavior not only of the cats themselves, but also of their owners. You can train not only a small kitten to the tray (although it is much easier to do this), but also an adult animal (which is much more difficult, but possible). If the owner uses punishment instead of training-expect trouble.
Cats are vindictive and even vindictive creatures. Do not punish your pet if you do not catch it “in the act”. It simply does not have a long-term memory and cause-and-effect relationship, so the animal does not understand why it is being punished. Having decided that the owner is an enemy, the cat will take revenge in a way that is available to him-leaving urine and feces in different places – on the floor, on the carpet, on the sofa, and even in the owner’s favorite Slippers.
Another reason may be the incorrect device of the cat toilet. The tray may be too small or large, deep or shallow, standing on an uneven surface and wobbly, located in an inconvenient place for the cat. Oddly enough, cats are shy and do not like to “do their business” in front of people. It is better to remove the tray in an inconspicuous corner or put it in the bathroom. So it will be easier to clean, and the animal will quickly get used to it. But the door will have to be kept open or a special cat door will have to be adapted to it for free access.
The next reason why the cat does not want to go to the tray is a violation of hygiene. The presence of a filler or grate does not mean that feces and urine do not need to be cleaned regularly. The tray with the grid should be thoroughly washed and disinfected, as well as changed more often. Cat urine is concentrated, at the bottom of the product will necessarily settle crystals that can not be removed. In addition to unsightly and unpleasant smell, a stale tray will repel the animal – cats are very clean and squeamish.
Sometimes the reason for refusing to go to the toilet is the wrong filler. It is enough to change it to another brand, as everything is getting better. Why this happens is still unknown, because all types of fillers are tested and specially adapted for cat needs.
When the owner tries to teach the kitten to cleanliness by forcibly holding it in the tray, the animal most often perceives such actions as a manifestation of violence, at least – displeasure on the part of the owner. As a result, the Association “tray = punishment, pain” is fixed in his brain, so he tries to avoid a dangerous object in every possible way. The result-instead of training to hygiene, something completely opposite is obtained. It will be very difficult to dissuade the kitten that it is necessary to go to the tray, and not on the floor.
Cats are predators, so they have an instinct for burying feces and secretions, so in the early stages, the kitten should definitely put any filler in the tray in which it can dig. It may even be torn toilet paper or napkins.
To attract an animal to the tray, you need to put a piece of feces or a napkin soaked in the pet’s urine in it. Cats have an excellent nose, so they will immediately find their toilet and understand what it is intended for. To consolidate the skill, after visiting the animal tray, it is worth praising, caressing, give some Goodies. Soon, he will go to the toilet without problems.
Puberty and “tags” on the territory
Sooner or later, yesterday’s cute kitten will grow up and want to breed. There are only two ways out – either castrate, or suffer unpleasant moments that will be repeated at least 2-3 times a year.
Do not think that by taking a cat into the house, the owners will be spared from “smelly” marks. Cats do it too, just not as intensely. Most often mark cats in homes where several animals live – this is also a manifestation of territoriality. This behavior is also typical for females with a strong sexual Constitution. They “walk” more often and give their owners more trouble.
In cats, leaving odorous marks is a way to attract the male with pheromones, and this is how cats mark their territory. This is a normal natural phenomenon, absolutely unacceptable for people living in an apartment or house. There are several ways to deal with this problem.
The first one is radical, it has already been named. This is castration (sterilization). Other methods: mating, which for cat owners means pregnancy, childbirth and kittens that need to be attached, as well as the use of medications. These are hormonal agents that interrupt sexual hunting. Medications do not work immediately, some cats need several doses, and hormones can cause dangerous disorders in the body or diseases up to cancer.
Diseases that lead to “toilet” complications
The main health problem that can cause a cat to start leaving footprints outside its toilet is urolithiasis. It is common in cats because of the specific structure of their genitourinary system. When the attempt to urinate causes pain or the desire comes often and suddenly, the pet can do it anywhere.
Owners should pay attention to the following dangerous symptoms:
- traces of blood in the urine;
- frequent urination “drop by drop»;
- discomfort, anxiety in the process;
- when visiting the tray, the animal meows and shouts;
- muddy, foul-smelling urine with flakes and ” sand»;
- signs of inflammation of the external genitals;
- when you try to touch your stomach, back or pick up a cat screams and breaks out-it is clearly in pain;
- the pet becomes sluggish, refuses to eat, drinks a lot, or Vice versa, does not touch it at all.
Urolithiasis is extremely dangerous, it can cost the health and even the life of a pet, so treatment should be started as early as possible. If a cat has always been clean, and then suddenly began to walk “past the pot”, he has the above symptoms-you need to urgently go to the vet, and not find out why he pees in the wrong place. After treatment, everything will pass, the cat will be clean and healthy again, and this is the most important thing.
Hi, my name is Mike Fletcher. I am 36 years old and a veterinarian at a veterinary clinic in Granby Colorado. And this is my blog about Pets. I hope I can answer your questions here.