Many owners have every reason to doubt that cats are the cleanest animals. This applies to those cases when the animal begins to use the most unexpected and not intended places as a toilet. Despite all the efforts of the owners, the animal stubbornly does not want to change for the better. Let’s try to understand the reasons for this unacceptable phenomenon. What measures should be taken to ensure that the cat does not spoil in the wrong places?
Causes of feline ugliness
To accept effective meta, you must first understand the causes of the phenomenon. Let’s watch the pet, conduct a mini-investigation. So, the reasons for the feline rebellion can be.
Lack of attention from the hosts. If the owners are not at home for a long time, and the unfortunate animal is left to itself, then the first thing that comes to her mind is to remind herself of herself. True, in more than an original way. The cat goes to the toilet, stubbornly ignoring the litter box. Often, the animal chooses the master’s bed as a toilet bowl. It’s not because the kitty wants to “annoy” his owners at all costs. After all, the bed keeps the smell and warmth of loved ones.
Emotional states. Cats, like humans, are subject to a variety of emotions. The cat cannot express its negative or positive feelings in words, so, from our point of view, it does not act quite correctly.
If a kitten has recently been weaned from a mother cat, he thus experiences fears and stress. He is in a strange environment, among the mass of strange sounds and smells, he is not yet accustomed to the owner … So the poor fellow reacts in such a peculiar way.
The kitten just doesn’t like the litter box and litter box. It is possible that the litter box is located where there are often many people, and the pet wants to “reflect on life” in a secluded corner.
Sometimes a kitten simply does not know what a litter box is and how to use it for its intended purpose. It is enough to show a little patience, and your pet will turn into an exemplary cleanliness.
Health problems. The cat begins to “misbehave” in order to draw the attention of the owner to his problems.
If you carefully observe your pet, then you can easily determine the reason that the pet is trying to turn the apartment into a solid toilet. Now let’s see what needs to be done to prevent the bad habit from taking hold.
If an adult cat crap …
Such a problem, most often, arises if not a kitten is brought from the street, but a completely adult pussy. This behavior of the pet is understandable. Previously, the animal had the whole street as a toilet, and the animal is sincerely surprised: why on earth should he change his habits? In general, as in the song: “It’s good to be a kitty …”.
The main task of the owners is not to scold and, moreover, not to beat the animal. It simply will not understand what it is punished for. You will have to pay more attention to the animal, and as soon as it starts looking for a suitable place (rowing with its paws, worrying), grab the animal in an armful and drag it to the tray.
If the cat refuses to do his business in the tray, you need to persistently, but without rudeness, return him there again and again. By doing this, you reinforce the correct reflex and, in the end, you will achieve your goal. When the cat, finally, went where it should be, it is imperative to encourage it, stroke it, treat it with a treat.
Important! If the cat has done a “small need” in the wrong place, soak a paper napkin with the urine of the animal and take it to the tray. This will help to consolidate the reflex: “You need to defecate exactly here!”.
What shouldn’t be
To be honest, the owners often lose patience, trying to teach the pet to order. Here is a list of completely unacceptable in relation to a pet. You will never achieve your goal, and you will lose 100 percent of the animal’s trust.
Do not use physical force. Cats are independent animals. Unlike dogs, they do not tolerate submission. The animal can become embittered and already quite deliberately “mine” the most unexpected places, including sofas, beds and wardrobes.
You can’t, contrary to popular belief, “poke your nose” a cat into excrement. If the beast takes this as confirmation of the correctness of his actions, he will continue to disgrace.
Have you caught the cat for “obscene”? Take him carefully to the tray so that he will finish his business there. Passive contemplation will not lead to anything good.
Do not raise your voice at your pet. You will only spoil the nerves of both yourself and the animal.
Don’t compare your beast to others. A video watched on the Internet about a cat on the toilet or a neighbor’s story that a cat does not just go to the toilet, but also flushes after itself, do not mean anything. It is important that you love your animal and are trying to wean you from the bad habit. The rest is not that important.
Wean the cat to shit anywhere
The question is topical, to be sure. In fact, not everything is so bad, and it is not so difficult to accustom an undisciplined animal to order. Maybe you will adopt one of the following recipes.
- Take the cat to the litter box as soon as it starts to sit in the wrong place, assuming a characteristic posture.
- A great way to ward off a cat from your favorite carpet or other place in the apartment is ordinary table vinegar. Clean any faeces from the surface, wash with a chlorine-based cleaner, and apply a little table vinegar to it. This smell is extremely unpleasant for the animal, and the place will cease to be attractive. Very soon you will forget about cat “mines”. The main thing is to notice it in time.
- Essential oil (citrus, lavender, eucalyptus). This tool is suitable not only at home, but also in the entrance, if the neighbour’s cats decide to turn your front door into a public toilet. There is also a special drug “Antigadin”, which can be purchased at a veterinary pharmacy or pet store.
- Place citrus peels, garlic cloves or coffee beans next to the “cherished” places. Smells attractive to humans, to cats – an unbearable stench (checked!). Do this regularly. Unpleasant smells will drive the cat away from the place that he has chosen for the toilet.
- Place the litter box where your cat regularly relies on it. Now the animal goes to the toilet at least in the tray? Perfectly! It remains only to gradually (once every two weeks) move the tray to the place where it should be.
- A cat rarely shits where it feels truly comfortable. Get a cat pheromone spray from a pet supply store and spray it around where the kitty shits. The next time the cat will not relieve itself in this place. By the way, the smell of the spray is not felt by a person, so you will not experience any discomfort.
- If the animal has chosen a secluded corner (the same closet) for “dirty” affairs, then there is only one way out. It is necessary to make sure that this very corner is no longer secluded. Install backlight with motion sensor. For example, an LED strip. If the pet decides to go to the toilet, then the sparkling lights will scare him away.
- Sometimes it helps to close the place where the cat shits with a massive object. For example, you can close the door in the sofa with a heavy box, drawer, or sew on a piece of fabric. The animal simply will not be able to get to its usual place.
- If your cat shits on the carpet, it may be attracted by the nap surface. This may sound a little odd to you, but turn the carpet over for a while. It is quite possible that the smooth surface will not seem attractive to the beast for “feats”.
- Is the cat marking corners and furniture? Stick double-sided tape in these places. The tape with a sticky substance applied to it will scare away the animal.
- If your pet chooses your bed as a toilet, make sure that he is in the bedroom only under your supervision. When you leave home, close your bedroom. Make sure your bed is made in the morning. Generally, cats are attracted to the “waves” of sheets and blankets.
Make the ugly person have nowhere to sit. Stick wooden sticks or artificial flowers into the ground. The animal will not be able to stand on the ground and rummage in it for pleasure. And, therefore, the desire to crap will disappear.
Sometimes cats start to shit right after the castration procedure. Most likely, this is a reaction to the transferred stress. Calculate the place where the cat got into the habit of going to the toilet and wash it thoroughly using odors that are unattractive to the cat (we will not repeat which ones). Never use ammonia-based products. He reminds the cat of other animals, and the beast will begin to try with a vengeance.
Have your efforts been crowned with success? Has the cat started going to the toilet in the places intended for this? You can be congratulated! Do not forget to tell your pet how great he is, praise him and do not skimp on the treat. By doing this, you consolidate the achieved result.
Notes to the caring owner
If you have got a pet, then your task is to create the most comfortable conditions for it. Repeating in place and out of place Exupery’s phrase about responsibility for those who have been tamed, people are often in no hurry to put into practice what they know very well. A cat is not a toy or an object for experimentation. The phrase is rather hackneyed, but not devoid of common sense. Sometimes it is enough to give your pet a little more attention, pet him, talk to him to make the furry feel really happy. Believe me, your cat doesn’t need so much, but he will answer you with sincere love and devotion, which dogs never dreamed of.
- The litter box is also part of the pet’s comfort zone. Therefore, pay attention to the tray itself and its contents.
- Change your filler regularly. Wash the litter box with a product that is free of strong odors, which may deter the animal.
- Sometimes the tray configuration is not suitable for the cat. Some animals like the tray with a lattice, others – exactly the opposite.
- If the cat has undergone surgery (the same sterilization), then the tray with high sides can be uncomfortable for her. Replace it with a lower “toilet”.
- It happens that the filler is not suitable for the cat. There are frequent cases when a thoroughbred animal with a pedigree almost from the English kings calmly walks into sawdust, and stubbornly ignores expensive newfangled pellets. Therefore, if the cat has recently appeared in the house, prepare several trays with different fillers.
- The cat may feel discomfort if there is too much sawdust or other filler, or, conversely, not enough. The optimum layer thickness is 20 to 50 mm.
- A hallway and other noisy crowded places are not the best option for placing a tray. A quiet, secluded place (the same bathroom) is a more acceptable option.
As you can see, there are many reasons for the cat shitting all over the house. It is important to correctly identify the cause and be patient. Then you will be able to cope with this difficult problem.