How to tell whether cats are eliminating or marking

Help pet owners identify the reasons behind their cat's house soiling behavior.
Dec 01, 2013
By staff

When cats soil the house, they're usually performing one of two different behaviors—they're either marking or eliminating, says Dr. Valerie V. Tynes, DACVB, owner of Premier Veterinary Behavior Consulting in Sweetwater, Texas. Check out to help identify whether a cat is marking or eliminating. And remember, cats don't always follow the rules. A thorough examination by a veterinarian will uncover any underlying medical issues, and a veterinary behaviorist can help pet owners identify the reasons behind their kitty's tinkles and sprinkles and help plan an approach to address the problem.