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Dear Christopher Cat

Winston, our 5-year-old Himalayan, recently starting urinating and defecating outside the litter box, even though we keep the two litter boxes clean.

He seems to get along well with Versace, our 1-year-old Persian, but I wonder if Winston is jealous. Last week, while I was in bed petting Versace, Winston jumped onto the bed and urinated. What can I do?

Christopher Responds

Winston needs to see his veterinarian for a thorough physical, urinalysis and fecal examination, to determine the reasons for his inappropriate elimination.

While you await test results, add another litter box to your home. The rule is at least one litter box more than the number of cats, and at least one box on each floor.

Clean the accident areas with a bacterial enzyme product, such as Anti Icky Poo, Nature’s Miracle or Simple Solution. It’s important to remove all odor, or Winston will return to the scenes of his crimes.

Prevent him from eliminating on your bed by closing the bedroom door. Cover other tempting locations with aluminum foil or a plastic carpet runner with the nubs facing up.

When your veterinarian identifies the cause of the inappropriate elimination – whether medical or behavioral – treatment will probably bring success fairly quickly.

If it doesn’t, request a referral to a veterinarian who specializes in feline behavior problems.

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