BEHAVIOR CLIENT: Orange tabby was BFF’s with old lab who recently passed. Tabby became depressed, so guardian adopted an adolescent lab to console him. Several months later,Tabby is urine-marking window sills and door ways.
SOLUTION: Clicker train Tabby in soiled areas.
Here is how:
Step 1: Teach cat to touch a click stick with his nose.
Get yourself a click stick. It looks somewhat like a magicians wand and resist the urge to hold it as such and make pronouncements like, “Abracadabra, you are now a crusted toad!”.
Step 2: Grip the plastic base and extend the colored ball.
Step 3: Offer the ball two inches below the cat’s nose. As the cat inquisitively sniffs the ball, click. Reward with a bite-sized morsel of tuna fish–just enough to give him a taste.
Step 5: Practice in the urine-marked locations. Cats generally avoid soiling areas they associate with leisure, so the more you train, the faster his urine marking will decline.