Aside from urine-marking, house soiling in cats resulting from some kind of failure of litter box arrangements within the home is a common “misbehavior” of cats. Many owners, even ones who are really attached to their cat, too often lose patience with it and, in desperation, surrender it to a shelter. House soiling due to inappropriate litter box management is one of the easiest feline behavior problems to address. Understanding the problems and addressing them can lead to virtually 100% resolution of this problem. What can go wrong and frequently does go wrong will be addressed during this talk so that owners never again need to be in the difficult situation of having to survive the consequence of this misbehavior or surrender their cat. In the second part of this talk, furniture scratching will be discussed, including why cats do it and what can and should be done to address it. Most cat owners have no idea what constitutes an appropriate scratching post, where to put it, and how many should be positioned around the home. This failure to comprehend cats’ needs can have dire consequences for the cat, including declawing or relinquishment, neither of which is necessary nor acceptable.
THE WELL ADJUSTED CAT SEMINAR SERIES
A PetDocs Presentation
Presentation by: Dr. Nicholas Dodman, BVMS
Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
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Dr. Dodman, founder and Director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Tufts University, appears regularly on radio and television including: 20/20, Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Dateline, World News with Peter Jennings, Discovery Channel, NOVA and Animal Planet. In addition, Dr. Dodman is a columnist for the American Kennel Club’s quarterly publication, AKC Family Dog. Dr. Dodman has also authored 9 books including “The Dog Who Loved Too Much”, “Dogs Behaving Badly” and “The Cat Who Cried for Help”.
This video qualifies for 0.5 trainer CEUs and 0.25 behavior consultant CEUs