Update on elimination outside the litter box


Update on elimination outside the litter box

Marking behavior isn't the problem it once was, says veterinary specialist.
Jun 08, 2018

The constant forward progress of veterinary medicine shows itself in every area of the discipline. As Fetch dvm360 conference speaker John Ciribassi, DVM, DACVB, told Sarah Wooten, DVM, feline behavior has benefited from updates in identification and medication.

Elimination outside the litter box, for example, is now met with different responses than in times past. While this can be related to cats' issues with substrate or location, Dr. Ciribassi says marking behavior has historically been the most problematic.

"When I was first in practice ... a diagnosis of marking was for the most part a death sentence," Dr. Ciribassi says.

Now, with proper diagnosis and medications, this behavior can be controlled.

Dr. Ciribassi says most practitioners use fluoxetine and clomipramine as treatment in cases of improper elimination. However, of course, medication is not indicated in instances where the elimination problem is not related to marking, such as issues with substrate or location of the litter box.

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