My Pet World: Some cats pee on couches; Other cats are being bombarded by birds | Pets

Dear Cathy: We recently noticed that our rescue cat, Chanel, was peeing on our sofas. She tried putting ammonia on the spots after washing them and rubbing her nose in the spots. Nothing helps. She continues to do so. We adopted Chanel and CoCo from the same cage at the same shelter. We fear CoCo will follow Chanel and do the same. How do we prevent Chanel from doing this?Angie, Henderson, Nevada

Dear Angie: Many things can lead to improper disposal of cats, from litter box placement, type of litter and hygiene, anxiety, stress, or just seeing another cat outside. Until you know, you will have to try several things to see what works.

To get started, take Chanel to your vet for a test. When animals suddenly start urinating on furniture and other strange places, this can indicate a health problem or disease. Once treated, this incorrect removal should stop. Rule it out quickly so you know what to try next.

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After that, don’t use ammonia to clean up their accidents. Ammonia is a natural byproduct of urine, designed to lure cats to the designated location or tell another cat to stay away. When you clean with ammonia, you invite Chanel (and possibly CoCo) to pee on the couch. (I bet you’re a little scared because you did this. Don’t; it’s a common mistake.)

Use an enzymatic cleaner that eats up the biological materials left in the furniture (urine, faeces, faeces), removing all traces of droppings and odor.

Then, you can also try spraying the area with Bitter Apple (available at the pet store) to discourage them or placing a barrier directly on the road, such as a crate, to encourage them to use the stain for naps instead. (Don’t rub your cat’s nose in urine. I’m not sure why pet owners do this on a large scale, but this does work and is not a legitimate training technique. In fact, it can have the opposite effect.)

Keep the same number of boxes as the cats plus one – that is, three boxes. Leave the lid away from a litter box in case Chanel prefers to stand on the edge to relieve herself. Place litter boxes in different areas where a resident cat can prevent another from using a particular box. (A cat cannot protect the three litter boxes if they are in different areas of the house.) Sift the litter twice daily, and use a litter box (available at pet stores) in all three bins to help lure Chanel back into the bin.

If you suspect any of this is stress related (Chanel saw a cat outside, you had companionship, you just moved, etc.)Use pheromones in the room with the couch or place pheromone collars on both cats to help take the edge off.

Dear Cathy: We feed three feral (sterilized) cats in the yard and the rooftop. They won’t let us touch them but they depend on us for food and water. Recently, two bluebirds attacked the cats. They terrify them and won’t let them eat to the point that cats are afraid to come into our yard. I tried spraying the birds with water to keep them away, but nothing worked. There is no other place I can feed the cats. please help. I need some ideas on how to deal with this problem.Dolores, Bethpage, New York

Dear Dolores: When you say two, I hear the word “pair,” which tells me that the birds are probably a mated pair trying to protect their young, which are probably nearby. If this is the case, the behavior will stop when their birds leave the nest.

In the meantime, you have two options.

First, get a kennel, kennel, or other covered structure for your garden, and put cat food inside. This gives the cats a place to eat without being overwhelmed by the birds.

Second, feed the cats at dusk when bird activity is minimal. Cats are nocturnal, and these birds are not, so moving cat feeding time to early evening is a simple and easy way to keep calm.

Dear Cathy: I love your column. I want to suggest that people who have dogs who have difficulty walking on tile or wood floors make sure their pets’ paws are trimmed. My sister had a husky which performed better on the floors when the hair that grows between his paws was clipped. – Seal, Andover, Connecticut

Dear Ciel: This is good advice for the reader. Thanks for sharing it.

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