Tuesday, July 5, 2011

How To Stop Your Cat From Peeing On The Floor

Even though cats are very independent, they still require instruction and guidance from their owner. Cats have  natural instincts that cause them to act and behave the way they do, but there is a big difference between instinctual behavior and bad behavior. Learn how to train your cat the right way, and you just might avoid having to deal with unpleasant behavior problems. There are things you can do to stop your cat from peeing on the floor or carpet and this behavior needs to be addressed right away.

Cats are very intelligent animals and believe it or not, they do respond to training. It does require patience and determination on the owner's part, but the end results are worth the effort. The most important thing to remember is that the sooner you start to correct unwanted behavior, the sooner your cat will respond. Bad cat behavior that is allowed to persist for a length of time will ultimately take longer to correct. This is especially true if the problem you are having is with a cat who is peeing on the floor. If the odor of urine is not eliminated from the floor or carpet, the cat will likely do it again just because the odor is there. If this behavior persists for an extended period of time, the scent will be almost impossible to remove from the floor and the behavior problem will continue.

The first thing you need to do if your cat is peeing on the floor is to find out why. This is especially true if you have had your cat for a while and this behavior is a new development. Kittens may have "accidents" while learning to use a litterbox but if a cat who normally uses a litterbox suddenly starts peeing on the floor, this needs to be investigated. It could be that you changed brands of cat litter and your cat does not like it. Some cats will not like a different litter as it may smell different or be of different texture and this is their way of telling you. This can be avoided by sticking with the same cat litter all the time. If your cat has been declawed, their feet can be quite sensitive and the litter you are using could be uncomfortable on your cat's feet. However, your cat could also be sick and this should be looked into first and foremost. Cats can develop urinary tract infections which can make the cat very ill if not corrected promptly so always give a call to your vet if your cat starts peeing on the floor or acts in anyway that is not normal for your cat. Your vet will probably want to examine the cat to determine if it is sick. Urinary tract infections can usually be treated and cured with the proper medicine and once the infection is gone, the cat should resume using the litter box and stop peeing on your floor.

Once any illness is ruled out by a vet, then it is a process of elimination (no pun intended) to determine what else would be causing this behavior. Did you recently change cat litter brands? Did you move the litterbox to a different location? Did you buy a new litterbox and perhaps your cat prefers the old one? Take a look around, and if anything is new or different, it may be the cause. Try keep the cat's environment constant, they sometimes disagree with changes you might have made and peeing on the floor could be their way of telling you so. Another possible cause could be a dirty litterbox. Cats will not use a litterbox if it is not cleaned on a regular basis. I clean out my cat's box on a daily basis. This keeps my cats happy and also prevents unwanted odors in the home. Another important factor to consider if your cat is peeing on the floor is the location of the litter box. Cats like privacy, and a quiet environment. If the litter box is in a noisy or high traffic area of your home, the cat may not feel comfortable using it where you have put it. Find an easily accessible area that is quiet, private and out of high traffic areas as this is most suitable for your cat's preferences and always make sure you have one litter box for each cat in your home plus one additional.

If your cat has been peeing on the floor, it is crutial that you eliminate the odor on the floor completely. Otherwise, the cat will continue to urinate there. You need to remove the cat urine odor immediately. Please refer to my other article for a recipe on how to remove cat urine smells, it is effective, and I also have other links on my blog for items you can purchase to remove the odor.

Remember, don't just assume your cat is just behaving badly for one reason or another. First consider that it is likely that your cat could have a urinary tract infection, and this should be addressed with your vet first. If you have your cat checked by the vet and there is no illness, consider the other possibilities listed in this article to help eliminate the possible cause and stop your cat from peeing on the floor

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