The third branch of the RMAA is education.
Sharing information is the answer to reducing the pet overpopulation problem
facing not only New Hampshire, but the country.
Inappropriate urination is actually a common cause of death in cats since many are relinquished to shelters for this reason.Yet, the problem is almost always fixable.
Your cat may have underlying physical problems such as arthritis, diabetes, cystitis, kidney disease, feline cognitive dysfunction (‘kitty Alzheimer’s’) or any number of other physical explanations for inappropriately urinating. These are conditions that require treatment from your veterinarian. So, when a cat has accidents, rule number one is to visit your veterinarian. And, do it sooner rather than later.
Pet owners tend to let “mistakes” turn into habits. This makes the problem more difficult to deal with than had the owner immediately addressed the issue. Sure, any cat can have a “mistake,” but if there seems to be a pattern, talk with your veterinarian.
It’s important to describe to your veterinarian what’s really going on. There are a myriad of reasons cats eliminate outside litter boxes. Cats aren’t very nimble at dealing with change, which can cause anxiety. Therefore, the death of another pet or Uncle Ned moving into the guest room can create enough anxiety that triggers improper litter box behavior. The good news is that help is available through your veterinarian.
What is your cat doing?
Cat backs up against walls and/or furniture,
tail quivers, cat may vocalize and urine dribbles vertically.
Marking behavior is often much like cats spray painting to tag
their territories and perhaps to express anxiety
(rarely, cats also mark with stool).Voiding or house soiling:
Cat urinates on a flat surface, often leaving a puddle.
These tips might help to solve or prevent problems by spraying/marking cats:
These tips might help to solve or prevent problems by a cat house soiling:
Next to the litter boxAssuming that the cat is physically well, a cat that urinates next to the box may generally be communicating that the litter box location isn’t so much an issue, but instead the cat finds something aversive about the litter box.
source: Merial Protector volume 9, 2nd quarter 2011
Q: How often do I need to trim my pet’s nails?
Q: My pet doesn’t like his feet touched. What can I do?
Q: What kind of nail trimmers shouuld I use?
Q: How do I restrain my pet?
Q: Is it ok to only trim a nail or two at a time?
Q: How do I know how much to cut?
Q: What if I cut the nail too short and it bleeds?
If you suspect your pet has eaten anything thay may be toxic to them, including the following items, please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.There is a $65 consultation fee for this service.
What to do if you suspect your pet
has consumed a toxic material:
Rapid response is important, but don’t panic. You may not notice any adverse effects right away. Sometimes a poisoned animal may appear normal for several hours or for days after the incident. If you see your pet consuming material that you suspect may be toxic, do not hesitate to seek emergency assistance right away.
Take a minute to safely collect and have at hand any material involved. If you need to take your pet to your local veterinarian, be sure to take the product’s container with you. Also, collect and bring with you any material your pet may have vomited or chewed.
Contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
Please note: If your animal is having seizures, losing consciousness, is unconscious or is having difficulty breathing, telephone ahead and bring your pet immediately to your local veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic.
on how and when to use any emergency first-aid item.