Vet FAQ- Cat hygiene

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Here you will find answers by our team of vets to FAQs to frequently asked questions in relation to Cat, Hygiene

Frequently asked questions about Hygiene:

  • Lately, my cat has started to urinate on the carpet. What can I do?
  • Is it a hygiene concern if my cat sleeps in my daughter’s bed?
  • What can I do so that my male cat does not pee on the furniture?
  • My male cat still urinates in the same spot in the house despite castration and sometimes defecates in this spot. What can I do?

Lately, my cat has started to urinate on the carpet. What can I do?

Question:
I have a 3 year old domestic cat. For some time, she has been urinating again and again on one spot on the carpet. What can I do?

Answer:
Urinating can have several causes in cats. First of all, you should consider what could have caused urinating outside the litter tray. It can be connected to the litter tray. Did you change the cat litter brand or did you buy a new tray? Has the location of the tray changed or has the interior of the flat changed? Even small changes can cause an aversion to the litter tray in sensitive cats. Some cats also do not accept a tray which has not been cleaned immediately. You should take the following steps to make your cats stop this bad behaviour: Use good cat litter and cleaning to make the litter tray as attractive as possible for your cat and put this in the spot in which the cat urinates on the carpet. If there are several cats in the flat, each cat should have a litter tray. If she accepts the tray again, move this slowly, half a meter each day, back to its original spot. If the suggested measure fails to solve the problem, you can contact me again. You might have to bring your cat to a vet specialising on behavioural problems eventually.

Is it a hygiene concern if my cat sleeps in my daughter’s bed?

Question:
We have a small cat who likes to sleep with my daughter in her bed. Is that a hygiene concern for my daughter?

Answer:
Cats normally are very clean animals who clean their fur regularly with their tongue. Of course, cats can bring dirt into the house with their paws, however, this is generally not to be categorised as a hygiene concern. The danger with cats lies mainly in the parasites they harbour.  If the cat is let out from time to time, she can eat mice. These mice can have fox tapeworm which then settles in your cat’s intestines. This is not that bad for the cat but your daughter could be infected with it which can lead to serious problems in individual cases. In this case, you should therefore have the cat treated for tapeworm every 3-4 weeks. This can be done by tablets, an injection or also by an on the spot medication on the fur. Only then can you be sure that the cat does not harbour infectious worms.

What can I do so that my male cat does not pee on the furniture?

Question:
I have a one year old male cat that has been peeing on all the furniture for 3 weeks. What can I do my flat smells terribly?

Answer:
Your male cat shows normal cat behaviour. Male cats achieve sexual maturity at about one year of age and start marking their territory. This behaviour, which is necessary in nature to secure a territory, is unacceptable in the flat due to the strong male cat smell of the urine. This is inherent behaviour controlled by hormones. It cannot be removed by training; the only option to curb the urinating is therefore to have the cat castrated. This may seem cruel but you are not only sparing yourself the bad smell in the flat but also save the cat from numerous fights from which he will not always emerge the winner. In addition, un-castrated male cats have the tendency to run away when they are moving their territory. Castration is a small procedure for male cats and you are receiving a clean and more relaxed co-habiter.

My male cat still urinates in the same spot in the house despite castration and sometimes defecates in this spot. What can I do?

Question:
I have had my male cat (1.5 years old) castrated in August as he had started to pee in front of the door repeatedly. After castration, the peeing stopped but now he has started again. Occasionally, he even messes there. I sprayed the spot in front of the door with deterrent spray already but that doesn’t help either. I even built up the spot and he didn’t pee anywhere else but as soon as I took that down, he went back and produced another puddle. I am now using a carpet cleaner every day to get everything out of my carpet but that does not do the carpet any good in the long run. What can I do?

Answer:
Dirtiness in cats is a very common problem which unfortunately can generally not be solved by a few tips. Cats are very clean by nature. If they do their business in the house, it is therefore always a sign of protest against something. In very few cases, there can also be an illness involved; unclean cats should therefore also be examined by a vet. The protest in many cases is aimed at dirty litter trays. Some cats only use them when they are completely clean. Therefore, one should put down at least 2 litter trays for 2 cats and clean these several times a day if possible. Another protest is aimed at changes in the environment (children, new pets, moving etc.) The cat, for example, could also protest against it that you are leaving the flat and that he cannot come along. This protest can often only be solved by a behavioural therapist who studies the cat’s environment thoroughly and then creates a plan to satisfy the cat again and which can also solve the cleanliness problem. I therefore advise you to bring your cat to a vet specialising in this area if you do not get a handle on the problem.

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