Cats Mark Their Territory

catDo cats mark their territory? As much as cat owners love their cats, most are probably don’t like when their cats urinate outside of the litter box. It’s annoying, smelly, and not always easy to clean up. Our first—and possibly second and third—reaction is to be irritated and think the cat is behaving badly for some reason. It’s not necessarily the case.

There are two categories to look at: marking and incontinence. 

Cats mark their territory with urine as a message to other cats that this is their house or property. It can even communicate to other cats how long ago your cat was there. This could happen to avoid conflict with other cats. They can’t exactly use talk therapy to work out their problems.

There could be an underlying medical issue which cannot be communicated to you in any other way. There are many explanations as to what the medical condition could be.

Some of the reasons are:

  • Bladder infection
  • Diabetes
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Urinary stones

It could be any number of factors. It’s always important to take your cat to the vet for help if you are pretty sure they are not just marking their territory.

Are you a pet parent in the Morristown, NJ area? To find out more about Morris Animal Inn’s award-winning boardinggroomingtraining, and daycare services, give us a call.