Author: Sarah Pointer, BSc (Hons), RVN, FHEA Moreton Morrell College (part of WCG)

Sarah gained her BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour in 2005 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2008. She began nursing in small animal practice, before becoming a veterinary nursing lecturer at Warwickshire College in 2013, where she delivers an optional module in animal behavioural science to the veterinary nursing students. Her interests include emergency and critical care, feline nursing and behaviour, and veterinary nurse education and training.

Abstract: In the second of this three-part series on cat behaviour, we consider a common complaint received from owners: inappropriate elimination by their cats. This can involve either urination or defecation, although inappropriate urination is more commonly seen. With some basic behavioural knowledge, it is possible for veterinary nurses to advise on straightforward cases. However, it is imperative that any possible medical cause is ruled out initially and, if no quick resolution can be reached, referral is considered. In all cases, we must advise owners on correct cleaning methods to avoid exacerbating the problem.
Keywords: feline, behaviour, inappropriate, elimination, urination, defaecation

DOI: 10.56496/RAIJ1515

To reference this article: Feline behaviour Part 2 Inappropriate elimination. Pointer, S. (2022) VNJ 37(5) pp 37-40

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