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BHVR100-0407: Feline House Soiling

Debbie J. Calnon, BSc, BVMS, MACVSc (Behavior)
Kersti Seksel, BVSc(Hons), MRCVS, MA (Hons), FACVSc. (Animal Behaviour), Dipl. ACVB, CMAVA

April 23 - May 7, 2007
Interactive sessions: Monday evenings, April 23 and 30; 9:30 - 11:30 pm ET (USA)

The treatment of feline elimination disorders requires a basic understanding of why cats might begin to soil on surfaces and locations other than their designated litter area. Marking problems, for example, may respond to drug and pheromone therapy, but may not be significantly improved until the cause of the marking can be identified and treated. On the other hand, cats may begin to soil in inappropriate locations if there are medical or behavioral problems that lead to avoidance of their litter area, or if they develop preferences for other surfaces or sites in the home. This seminar will review the causes of inappropriate elimination, in order to develop appropriate and effective treatment protocols

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. Understand why cats might eliminate in inappropriate locations
  2. Differentiate marking from other forms of inappropriate elimination
  3. Develop treatment plans that work to improve or resolve the underlying cause
Course Outline:

Week 1 (4/23):

  1. Understanding why cats may eliminate in inappropriate locations
  2. Differentiating marking from other forms of feline inappropriate elimination
  3. Making the diagnosis: the medical and behavioral workup for feline elimination disorders
  4. Therapeutic options - how behavior modification, environmental modifications and drugs are used in treatment
Week 2 (4/30):
  1. Treating feline marking behavior
  2. Treating housesoiling cats - re-establishing regular litter use
Discussions will begin on the start date of the course and will continue for 7 days following the last real time session.


Member/$67, Non-Member/$120 by April 9, 2007;
Member/$74, Non-Member/$133 after April 9, 2007
Course registration also open to VSPN members.

Required Textbook: None

Recommended Textbooks:

Handbook of Behavior Problems of the Dog and Cat, 2nd Edition - Landsberg, Hunthausen, Ackerman, 2003.
Available in the VIN bookstore:

BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Behavioral Medicine - Horwitz, Mills, Heath, 2002.
Available in the VIN bookstore:

Clinical Behavioral Medicine For Small Animals - Overall, 1997.
Available in the VIN bookstore:

Training Your Cat - Seksel, 2001 - Hyland House Publishing Pty Ltd
May be available from online retailers.

Client Handouts, Behavior, CD-ROM - Landsberg, Horwitz.
Available in the VIN bookstore:

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Debbie Friedler
Continual Education Division
Veterinary Information Network


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