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CATS: Addressing Behavioral Problems
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Making It Work For You And Your Cat

Cats sometimes don't get the credit they deserve. They are often seen as solitary, aloof creatures. But this can be far from the truth. Cats can thrive in a family with children, and can even learn to play games that are traditionally associated with dogs, such as fetch.  If your cat has behavioral problems or will not use the litter box, here are some tips that may help you make it work for both you and your cat before you think about giving up.

  • Be sure your cat is spayed or neutered.  Intact male cats will spray. They will be on a mission to roam, increase their territory, find a mate and fight competitors. That behavior will be directed at companion cats. The spraying will be directed at your furniture and belongings.  CLICK HERE for information about low cost spay/neuter programs.

  • If your cat is new in your home, it will take a little time to adjust.  Just like a child, introducing a cat to a new home needs a little time, patience and work.  Did you provide them a safe room?  Did you plan litter training and maintenance?  Did you plan the introduction to other resident cats and dogs?   CLICK HERE for some tips on how to successfully introduce a new cat to your home.

  • Have your cat examined by a veterinarian. Behavioral problems are sometimes linked to a treatable medical condition. For example, a cat that has begun urinating outside the litter box may have a urinary tract infection that can be treated.

  • Contact a feline behavior specialist to discuss your cat’s behavior problems and solutions to the situation. For example, many cats reported to have litter box problems are actually reacting to a box that is simply too dirty or is not set up to their liking. Providing an appropriate, clean litter box situation has solved many such problems.

  • Contact Cats International, a Wisconsin-based non-profit organization, for behavioral advice at(262)375-8852, or CLICK HERE to visit their website for articles on how to solve feline behavior issues.