House-soiling is a common reason for cat owners to seek veterinary advice,33 yet according to a 2016 study, only 31.7% of cats with house-soiling behavior were evaluated by a veterinarian for this condition.73

Asking specific questions regarding elimination habits and inquiring whether any house-soiling has occurred since the last examination is an important discussion item for each visit. Clients may assume these behaviors are normal or cannot be corrected. Timely intervention is critical to address these behaviors effectively.

House-Soiling Behavior

Detailed information on the treatment and prevention of house-soiling and the design of the optimal litter box is provided in the AAFP and ISFM Guidelines for Diagnosing and Solving House-Soiling Behavior in Cats.33

General Litter Box Considerations

Urine Marking

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc., CareCredit, Dechra Veterinary Products, Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc., IDEXX Laboratories, Inc., Merck Animal Health, and Zoetis Petcare supported the development of the 2021 AAHA/AAFP Feline Life Stage Guidelines and resources through an educational grant to AAHA