If you’re reading this blog post and you have thoughts of getting rid of your cat for peeing inappropriately — the answer to your question, of course — is a resounding NO!
While it’s very common for people with a misbehaving cat to think of getting rid of them — in this post I’ll share some facts, and also ask you some questions that will probably make you think twice about getting rid of your little ball of fur.
First of all — let me ask you something.
Did you know that over 80% of cats that pee inappropriately can be treated successfully?
Have you tried neutering your cat yet?
Did you know that stress can be a major cause for inappropriate peeing in cats?
I have helped hundreds — if not thousands — of cat owners around the globe with their cat’s behavioral problems. Unless your cat belongs to the 20% of cats that nobody can help — I’m almost 100% sure there’s something you can do to try to stop the behavior. We just gotta find out what.
The very first question that needs answering is:
Why is your cat peeing in inappropriate places?
Is it just territorial behavior — which is completely expected? Or is it a UTI?
Maybe it’s a combination of both — territorial behavior and a UTI? That’s what you need to try to find out before you attempt to solve the problem.
Find the root cause of the problem and you won’t have a problem with finding a solution. I offer hundreds on this blog alone — and often link to resources I think would be beneficial for my readers.
The second question you need to ask yourself is:
Do you want to see your cat euthanized?
Because that’s what happens to cats that people get tired of. Especially if they have behavioral problems and leave puddles of pee around the house.
Think about it. Nobody is going to want to adopt a cat that sprays everywhere. Either it gets euthanized or spends the rest of its life in a tiny cage where it most likely won’t be feeling to well.
Is that really the fate your little kitty deserves, after all the love it’s given you?
Start off by taking your cat to a local veterinarian at the very least. Have you done that to see if there’s anything they can do to help?
A lot of cats suffer from anxiety issues, which can sometimes lead to erratic urinating behaviors. This is something I’ve covered extensively in other blog posts. Your local veterinarian might be able to offer you some medication for your cat which helps calm him or her to a level where the behavior stops.
Sometimes it’s not anxiety, but an illness lurking in the background like a urinary tract infection. I’ve written a blog post about how I was able to get my own cat, Scott, that was suffering from a UTI, to stop spraying in just 30 days following some expert advice.
I could give you hundreds of more tips on what else you could do before you even think about getting rid of your cat, but I won’t, since this blog alone (and its resources I link to) contain all the advice you need to stop the behavior.
How do I stop the behavior?
If you’re looking for a permanent way to get your cat to stop spraying — which I recommend most of my blog readers to do — give Cat Spray Stop a try. Created by Susan Westinghouse, a vet and cat specialist, Cat Spray Stop is an all-encompassing guide designed to help you stop cat spraying in your home in as little as 30 days using a unique method called the TTS method.
I have tried it with great results myself, and have also written a review of Cat Spray Stop over here.
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