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BHVR100-0905: Feline House Soiling

Gary Landsberg, DVM, Dipl. ACVB

Kersti Seksel, MA (Hons), FACVSc. (Animal Behaviour) Dipl. ACVB, Registered Veterinary Specialist in Animal Behaviour

September 29 - October 13, 2005
Interactive sessions: Thursday evenings; Sept 29 and Oct 6 ; 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:

  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:
  1. Treating feline marking behavior
  2. Treating housesoiling cats - re-establishing regular litter use
Recommended Books: (Not Required):

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.

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

Discussions will begin on the start date of the course and will continue for 7 days following the last real time session.

CE HOURS: 4 CE Credits

Member/$61, Non-Member/$113 by September 15,2005;
Member/$68, Non-Member/$126 after September 15,2005

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Debbie Friedler
Continual Education Division
Veterinary Information Network


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