• Marking

    • Calming Collars
    • Sergeants Stop That!™ Behavior Correction Spray
    • Calming Diffuser

    Marking and inappropriate urination is a problem in both dogs and cats. It’s one of the top reasons that cats are surrendered to shelters and humane societies. Left unchecked it can create damage to floors, walls, carpets and furniture — anywhere the pet is marking. The smell is strong and makes the room unpleasant to be in.

    After ruling out any medical problems that might be causing this behavior, you need to consider some of the other causes of marking. This might include changes in the environment such as a new pet or baby, or the absence of someone. In cats, it can be the result of litter box issues — cleanliness, type of litter used or other cats using the box. Even the presence of other animals outside in the yard can trigger marking behavior.

    The likelihood of marking is especially great among dogs and cats that have not been spayed or neutered and it is significantly reduced following the procedure.

    Pheromone Technology

    Stress is one of the main reasons for marking behavior. To target the stress try a Sergeant’s Vetscription Calming Collar (dog, cat). Also, use the Sergeant’s Vetscription Calming Diffuser (dog, cat) in the home to create a peaceful environment for him.

    Finally, if you catch the pet in the act, use a spray of Sergeant’s Vetscription PetSTOP! Behavior Correction Spray (dog, cat) that emits a loud noise to get the pet’s attention. Then redirect the pet to the appropriate place to do their business.

    Training Tips

    There are many ways to address the issue of marking. Most likely, you’ll need to tailor the tactics to your specific situation.

    • Watch your pet for signs that he might urinate and make a loud noise to interrupt the behavior. Then get him to the appropriate place and give praise if he urinates.
    • Clean soiled areas thoroughly, but avoid strong-smelling cleaners that can cause your pet to over mark the area.
    • Make the soiled area inaccessible or unattractive with surfaces that are not appealing. You can also play in that area with your pet or even put food there to let your pet know that the area is for other activities.
    • For cats, consider using a different litter or clean the litter box more frequently. If you have multiple cats, you may need to offer additional litter boxes.
    • Praise and encourage appropriate bathroom behavior.
    • Restrict access to rooms or objects that can cause marking such as areas where marking has occurred before, guests’ belongings or new purchases.
    • When you are not able to watch your dog or cat, confine him. You can also tether your dog to you with a leash.