One feature I’d like to do more of is to showcase reader questions and tap into our wonderful Litter Box Mentors to help answer them. This week, Dylan’s owner Arlene is frustrated because Dylan is suddenly peeing in specific spots throughout the house. Read the question and then what Cat Coach Marilyn Krieger has to say:
Arlene: Hi, I have a male cat who started urinating on the floor. He does it by my front door, back door and bedroom window. He was a rescue so he was fixed before I took him home. This started in March. Our hardwood floors have really taken a beating. Dylan is 2 1/2 and lives with an older cat and a dog his age. We have had him tested at the vet and everything is okay. The vet said cats do this sometimes. This is not an answer. I hope you can help me!
Marilyn: Based on Dylan urinating next to the doors and windows, most likely you have neighborhood cats hanging out around the outside of your house. In order to change Dylan’s behavior you will have to discourage the outsiders from favoring your home, block your cat’s view of the outsiders and thoroughly clean the targeted areas with a good enzyme cleaner.
Use motion sensitive ultrasonic devices and other deterrents such as Bitter Apple and lemon to make your yard unpleasant to the outsiders. Make sure to point the ultrasonic cat deterrent devices away from the house so that they won’t bother Dylan. At the same time, block your cat’s view of the unwelcome visitors by covering the windows or do not allow him into the rooms that look out on to the intruders. The windows can be unblocked after the neighborhood cats bypass your house. Additionally, make sure you thoroughly clean the areas he is urinating on, using a good enzyme cleaner.
I hope this helps you, Arlene and Dylan! Readers, anything to add for Arlene to think about?
Marilyn Krieger, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and owner of The Cat Coach, LLC® solves cat behavior problems nationally and internationally through on-site, phone and Skype consultations.
Marilyn’s award-winning book, Naughty No More! focuses on changing unwanted cat behaviors through clicker training, environmental management and other force-free methods. She also writes behavior columns for Catster. Marilyn is big on education—she feels it’s important for cat parents to know the reasons behind their cats behaviors.
She is a frequent guest on television and radio, answering cat behavior questions and helping people understand their cats.