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I have a yellow tabby cat who is very afraid of the male

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I have a yellow tabby cat who is very afraid of the male cat, Mr. Boo. He has started to mark furniture and wood cabinets. He is a sweet and loving cat. I hae to keep these 2 males in different rooms to keep the peace. He is due for his annual vet visit now.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Doc Sara replied 10 months ago.

Hi there, I'm Dr. Sara. I'm a licensed veterinarian who works exclusively with cats and dogs. I'm sorry to hear that you're having this frustrating problem with your kitties. Urine marking is definitely not an easy issue to deal with.

Firstly, I'd want to make sure that there are no physical problems with him by having you get him to the vet for his physical and a urinalysis to check for signs of infection or cystitis.

If this pans out to be a behavioral issue (based on the results of his physical exam and diagnostics at the vet), then you certainly do have options for trying to minimize the issue. Definitely if any of the cats in the home are not neutered - having them neutered is the very first thing to do. Beyond that, there are some great herbal and pheromone products on the market to help with anxiety and marking behaviors. A prescription diet made by Hill's called c/d Multicare Urinary Stress can be of great benefit to cats who might have both cystitis and stress related marking. Even if it's only stress, the herbal calming component contained in the diet can reduce stress and inappropriate elimination behaviors. Other prodcuts like the Sentry Good Behavior collar and Feliway spray and diffusers can be helpful for urine marking and anxieties. In my office we frequently recommend a product called Composure Pro made by Vetriscience for cats with any sort of anxiety issue. If none of these are helpful, you could also discuss using an anti-anxiety medication prescribed by the vet to help ease his anxiety.

Please let me know what other questions I can answer for you.

~Dr. Sara

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