Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard
Snow Leopard cub (7 mos old) - Cape May County Zoo

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Bad Kitties!

Unfortunately, feline elimination disorders (or cats NOT using the litterbox) are one of THE top causes cats are brought to shelters or into a vet office to be euthanized.

I have lived in a multiple pet household for over 10 years and I can assure you, from personal experience, it is NOT a simple problem to solve.  In fact, it may NOT even be fixable. Yes, you may have to either live with it, alter the way the pet is housed or where they are staying OR choose euthanasia. I personally feel that when you get a pet, it is a LIFETIME commitment. However, I do also like nice things and understand the money and hard work that goes into these household items (carpets, wood floors, furniture, etc). 

This article is written by a top veterinary behaviorist and discusses some ways to help correct these problems.

Understanding and Treating Cats with Elimination Disorders

There are a few key things I think you should know though:
1. You SHOULD have one more litter box than cats. I was never able to do this because I don't want to put litter boxes in a kitchen, etc. 
2. The longer this problem goes on, the harder it will be to solve. So if it goes on for 6 mos to 1 yr - you are most likely going to have to live with it
3. The more cats - the greater the chance of this happening by 10%. So at 10 cats, you are guaranteed (pretty much).

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