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Inappropriate Elimination in Cats

Inappropriate Elimination is the number one reason cats are surrendered to shelters. By eliminating physical causes then targeting other common reasons for litterbox avoidance, you can help your cat overcome this undesirable behavior.

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Cat Urine Problems
One of the top reasons for surrendering cats to animal shelters is for problems associated with spraying and/or urinating outside the litter box. We examine here the causes of spraying and peeing outside the box, how to combat litter box avoidance and urine spraying, and how to remove the stains and odor of cat urine from carpeting, bedding, and clothing.

Why do cats spray urine?
Why do cats spray urine? I've never experienced it first-hand before today. I saw Bob watching me play with my new kitten with his tail sort of twitching. He then proceeded to walk over to my bedroom door, turned his back on it, and stood there with his tail straight up and kind of quivering. I walked over to see what he was doing and saw very strong smelling urine running down the door.

How to Prevent Litter Box Problems
Changes in your cat's litter box behavior can almost always be traced to a medical condition, stress, or something she dislikes about her litter box environment. Fortunately, a little know-how and preventive maintenance can greatly reduce the chance of litter box problems.

Outside the Box - Part 1: How to Prevent Problems
Inappropriate elimination tops the list of problems feline behaviorists deal with, and it's the number one reason cats are surrendered to shelters or pounds. That's the bad news. The good news is that housesoiling problems can be prevented.

Outside the Box - Part 2: How to Solve Problems
Is it possible to correct housesoiling problems with any degree of certainty that they will not recur? The answer is yes-if you are willing to follow some important recommendations that will work with the cat's basic nature and instincts to modify the behavior.

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