Dr Kate’s top 5 pet problems – 4: feline toilet etiquette


For cats, weeing or spraying inside is the number one unwanted behaviour. As I explained to The West in Friday, 7 November 2014’s Habitat section, I have spent a long time pondering this problem.
Cats are fussy when it comes to litter/tray and its location. For example longhaired cats don’t enjoy how the litter sticks to their hair, old or overweight find the extra effort to propel themselves into the tray vexing, larger cats hate small litter boxes and most cats just think the tray is for single use. To avoid urine crimes around the home
1. Allow 1 litter tray per cat plus one extra
2. Clean used trays as soon as possible
3. Choose a tray that’s length is 1 ½ times the length of your largest cat (lid of large plastic tub is ideal)
4. Refresh litter weekly and clean with a small amount of dishwashing detergent and water
5. Get your vet to test for a urinary tract infection – 30% of cats with inappropriate urination and/or urine spraying have one

About Dr Kate

Perth vet and proprietor of Kalmpets Animal Behaviour Centre and Dog Day Care, Dr Kate Lindsey completed a first class honours degree in zoology and neuroscience at UWA, followed by a veterinary degree with first class honours, at Murdoch. Since graduating in 2005, Dr Kate has worked as a vet in small animal practices around Perth. As her zoological roots show, she has always had an interest in animal behaviour. Dr Kate successfully completed a post-graduate program in veterinary behaviour medicine and was admitted as a member of The Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Animal Behaviour in 2012. She is a qualified veterinarian behaviourist. Dr Kate established Kalmpets in 2012, Western Australia’s only sole focus mobile vet behaviour practice that delivered comprehensive solutions to improve behaviour problems in dogs, cats and pets.

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