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My cat is urinating in the house and not in the litter box. What can I do?

My cat is urinating in the house and not in the litter box. What can I do?

Abnormal urination can often be a sign of potentially serious urinary tract or other disease. Inappropriate urination may also be behavioral. Any pet that exhibits abnormal urination should be promptly evaluated by a veterinarian to determine if the problem is medical or behavioral.

Don't delay in having your feline friend examined. Quick treatment of urinary system disease offers a better prognosis, costs less, and gives earlier relief for any discomfort your pet may have. If it is determined that your pet has a behavioral urination problem, there are several strategies to help control the undesirable habit.

Suggestions for Behavioral Urination Problems

Many cats have preferences for a litter type or litter box location. If your pet is used to a certain type of litter and box location, continue to use it. Many prefer a quiet, low traffic area. Clean the litter box very frequently. Some cats will refuse to use a dirty box. Thoroughly and promptly clean soiled areas. An enzymatic odor neutralizer may be required to completely remove the scent.

Cats often continue to soil in an area that already has an odor. In cases where a pet always soils in the same spot, after cleaning and deodorizing, you may need to physically cover the area with a piece of furniture or a box, or close a door to prevent access. Sometimes, this will break a location specific behavioral soiling problem.

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