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Helping veterinary clients understand and treat cats with elimination disorders


12 Take into account the way cats perceive scent.

  • Do not use plastic liners. Whether or not they are scented, they smell different to cats. Cats also usually do not like the additional texture.
  • Do not use scented litters. Consider your cat's needs first. Scents that mask the scent of elimination products for you may be upsetting to cats.
  • Try placing a mint-scented bar of soap in an area your cat has soiled. Some cats will avoid it, while others won't, but you have done no harm.

13 Take precautions when handling litter boxes. Good hygiene for litter boxes can also contribute to good hygiene and healthcare for people. Immunocompromised and other at-risk individuals need to take care in handling cat feces. See the following websites for more information:;

14 Consider drug therapy. Anti-anxiety medications may help some cats that are otherwise unable to succeed with this program. But keep in mind that if your veterinarian decides that your pet could benefit from anti-anxiety medication, you will need to use it in addition to the behavioral and environmental modifications outlined in this column. Anti-anxiety medication should be used judiciously and only after a thorough physical examination has been performed and laboratory tests have determined that your cat is not unduly at risk from side effects of the drugs.

Dr. Overall, faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behavior (ACVB) and is board-certified by the Animal Behavior Society (ABS) as an Applied Animal Behaviorist.


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