The first cause could be a lack of house-training. If your pets have soiled inside the home since day one, then it’s clearly due to lack of training.
Assuming they were properly house-trained, the behavior may be linked to anxiety or medical issues. To rule out medical issues, start with a trip to the vet.
If it’s a behavioral issue, discovering the specific reason for the behavior is imperative for developing a treatment program. Have you changed your schedule lately? Are you spending more time away from home? Have you changed your routine or theirs? Did you acquire a new family member or has one left?
Both cats and dogs are prone to anxiety. A disruption in their schedule or routine is often the cause of behavioral problems. Whether a favorite family member has moved out to go to college or a new job with longer hours is causing you to be away; your pets will feel the separation, think something is wrong, and may “act-out” by soiling the house.
Diagnoses of the problem and retraining are all that’s needed to correct the issue. Finding professional training classes can be as easy as doing a Google search. Many communities even provide pet training classes through various municipal programs.
Now let’s tackle the issue of why pets consistently soil in one area.
Both cats and dogs are naturally clean animals and that is why they tend to return to one spot repeatedly. They don’t want to mess other areas of their habitat so they focus on one area that they perceive as their “emergency bathroom.” Once an area has been soiled, the trace scent left after cleaning will bring them back to that spot.
My Favorite Pet Shop offers a product called Fizzion Pet Stain & Odor Remover. Fizzion is comprised of a proprietary blend of cleaners that removes the two most stubborn components of urine from the material or fabric. Fizzion comes with a convenient spray bottle and 2 tablets to which you add water. Additional tablets are sold separately at MyFavoritePetShop.com.
A product like Urine-Off is great for cat owners because it will eliminate urine smells and pheromone odors. Approved by the Carpet Rug Institute, Urine-Off comes in an easy trigger spray bottle and is perfect for removing urine from hard surfaces like tile, litter boxes, walls, and floors.
Eliminating in-house soiling is a two-part process. Learning what is upsetting your pets is step one while eliminating the actual odor is step two. At My Favorite Pet Shop we strive to bring you valuable information and products to help you tackle the complete problem.