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Behavior Modification for Urinating Outside of the Litter Box

Urinating outside of the litter box, also known as house soiling, is one of the most frustrating problems a cat owner can face.  Unfortunately, it is also a very common issue.

 

Urinating outside of the box can be caused by medical conditions or behavioral issues.  This article is dedicated to treatment of house soiling as a behavioral problem.

 

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Pain in Cats and Dogs

Animals Affected

All animals, regardless of species or age, experience pain.

Overview

Animals feel pain under the same circumstances as people. Anything that would cause pain in a person will cause pain in pets.

Symptoms

Symptoms of pain differ among species.

Cats:

Cats instinctively hide pain. Therefore, signs of pain in cats are usually subtle. A cat in pain may:

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Bad Smelling Cat or Dog

A wide variety of problems may cause a pet to smell bad.  They range from simple grooming-related issues to serious medical conditions.

Common Causes

More common causes are listed first.   Less common causes are listed later.

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Heart Disease and Heart Failure in Cats

Animals Affected

Cats

Overview

Heart disease in cats is caused most often by a condition known as cardiomyopathy.  In this syndrome, the muscles of the heart become unable to perform normally.  As cardiomyopathy progresses it may lead to heart failure (inability of the heart to circulate blood normally through the body) or other serious consequences.

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Metronidazole (Flagyl®)

Overview

Metronidazole has several uses in veterinary medicine.  It is effective against Giardia parasites.  It is employed in the treatment of many forms of diarrhea, including diarrhea caused by colitis and inflammatory bowel disease.   It aids in the treatment of certain liver disorders.  Metronidazole is an antibiotic that may be used in the treatment of certain types of bacterial infections.

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Bloody Urine in Cats and Dogs

Common Causes

More common causes are listed first; less common causes are listed later.

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Ringworm in Cats and Dogs

Animals Affected

Ringworm affects dogs, cats, people, rodents, rabbits, and other mammals.

Overview

Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin.  Contrary to its name, worms are not involved in ringworm infections.  In pets, ringworm primarily is a nuisance.   However, the infection can spread from pets to people.  This makes ringworm infections in household pets a serious concern.

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Spots of Blood in the House

Owners of cats and dogs often find drops or traces of blood on the floors or other surfaces of their home and suspect that their pet is the source of the blood.

Common Causes

More common causes are listed first.   Less common causes are listed later.

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Obesity in Cats

Animals Affected

Cats

Overview

Obesity is a syndrome in which the amount of excess body fat an individual carries is great enough to cause harm to health and well-being.   Obesity is a debilitating syndrome that is linked to a number of serious health consequences for cats.

A number of factors play a role in the development of obesity in cats.   However, the root cause of obesity is the consumption of more calories than the body needs.

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Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

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