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Cat Behaviorist!

ladyisis123
February 3rd, 2005, 09:38 AM
Hello all,

I have read a lot about dog training but I can't seem to find too much on cat training. What I am really looking for is a "Cat Behaviorist" for my male cat.

I think he has issues and I thought it would be a good idea.

I have 2 other cats in my home (male). Since Samson got sick from blood in his urine he would urinate in all kinds of places. I spent more time cleaning the house then enjoying it :)

Now he is alright. He went through a year therapy of injections that normally were given to dogs. They had good stats on it so I pursue it and I am glad I did.

I think because he was in pain because of the infection he would urinate other places than in his litter box.

Even though he is better I think he still does it out of habit. I have tried everything - you name it. But then I thought, maybe it's a personality problem now and maybe a cat behaviorist could help.

I would appreciate of anyone knows of a cat behaviorist in Montreal, Quebec to post a reply to my post.

Thanking you all.

Susan

Lucky Rescue
February 3rd, 2005, 09:58 AM
I"m not a behaviorist and don't know of any for cats in this area, although there may be some.

If you really sure your cat has no more physical problems (yes discomfort makes cats avoid the litterbox as they see it as the source of their pain) then it may be just habit by now, or there may be something stressing him.

Never ever scold or punish him in any way for his urinating. This does not work with cats and makes things worse.

How does he get along with the other two cats? Do they bully or chase him in any way? Are there any strays hanging around your door or windows who may be spraying?

How many litterboxes do you have? There should be at least one per cat and one extra is a good idea. If a cat feels intimidated by another cat in the house and sees that cat in or near the litterbox he may go elsewhere.

If none of the above is a factor, then it may well just be habit now. If you're sure nothing is stressing him then you can use a big dog cage for him to stay in with his litterbox until he uses it unfailingly. He will have to use it, since he won't lie in his own pee.

Curious - what were these injections he was getting?

mesaana
February 3rd, 2005, 11:45 AM
Hello

Actually, there's Dr Diane Frank, who is a professor at the St-Hyacinthe Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in St-Hyacinthe. She has a board in animal behavior (she went to train in the USA for 3 years) and sees dogs and cats in the clinic there.

http://www.medvet.umontreal.ca/chuv/AnimauxCompagnie.html

Lyne