All Feline Hospital Files - 'Feline Inappropriate Elimination'http://allfelinehospital.evetsites.netProbably one of the most common reasons cats lose their homes? Urinating and defecating outside of the litter box. There are two primary reasons for this medical and behavioral. Medical can range from urinary tract infection or inflammation, to metabolic diseases such as hyperthyroidism and kidney disease, and probably 80% of FIE is medical in origin. Behavioral can range from stress from factors inside the home, to a dislike of the type of litter or litter box. If your cat is urinating or defecating outside of the box, the first thing to do is to rule out a medical problem. This consists of a physical exam, a urinalysis, blood work, a blood pressure check, and possibly an x-ray. If no medical cause is found, then we look at behavioral causes, which is what this handout is about.Feline Inappropriate Eliminationhttp://www.allfelinehospital.com/feline-inappropriate-elimination1.pmlClick on the title to the left to download a printable pdf version of this handout.file/40879/Feline Inappropriate Elimination