House soiling can be a very frustrating issue. This may lead to you becoming very upset with yourself and/or your cat; however, did you know litter box training is not always a behavioral issue? Litter box training may have to do with medical problems which your cat may be experiencing.
Litter Box Training a Cat with Medical Issues
If your cat is experiencing problems with soiling, you should first check with your veterinarian to rule out any of the following medical problems:
Lower Urinary Tract Disease
Lower Urinary Tract Disease is common in cats. This disease has the same signs as a bacterial infection; however, there are no bacteria associated with this disease. In most cases, the cause of this disease is unknown. There are cats who are more susceptible to this disease, though. Cats which eat dry food or are stressed continuously may be more susceptible to FLUTD. The veterinarian is likely to order medical treatment and a diet change for this disease.
Bacterial Bladder Infection
This is also common in cats and is likely to result in unsuccessful litter box training. A bacterial bladder infection causes the bladder to become inflamed and a cat with this condition is likely to attempt to urinate frequently. The urge to urinate is extreme in some cases and it may cause the cat to urinate prior to reaching the litter box. Bladder stones and bladder tumors increase the likelihood of a bacterial bladder infection.
Incontinence in Cats
Your cat may be incontinent. This means she no longer has the ability to control her urination. A urine spot may be seen where she is sleeping. This could be due to an injury or potentially a tumor. A veterinarian is likely to run tests on the cat to determine the cause of incontinence. The treatment depends upon the condition.
All of these conditions can require anywhere from small treatment to surgical treatments; pet insurance can help with the costs of your veterinary bills.
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Amber Johnson, Animal Behaviorist
Miss Amber Johnson has many years of experience with pets and is a licensed cat and dog nutrition and behavior specialist. She currently collaborates with PetPremium where she counsels clients in pet behavior and nutrition. The statements made in this article are the personal opinions of Miss Amber Johnson and based on independent experiences and could be different from the opinions of PetPremium Pet health Insurance or any other pet health insurance provider.