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Cat in a Box: Litter Tray Problems & Solutions

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019
  • 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, August 14, 2021
  • 8:30 PM
  • Recorded webinars, free webinars


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Dr Jen Nesbitt-Hawes

Photo by Alicja Koczaska on Unsplash

Toileting outside of the litter box is one of the most common problems encountered in cat behaviour consulting. It’s a serious issue as it results in conflict, breakdown of the human-cat bond, rehoming and even euthanasia. You can make vast improvements to the lives of your clients and their feline friends by helping solve house-soiling problems.

Dr Jen will examine the various causes of this problem, environmental, social, and medical and will then outline a strategic approach for the detective work required to get to the bottom of the issue. What do cats prefer when it comes to litter trays, and do all cats agree? (Hint: no, they do not.) Would a cat ever subtly harass another cat to the point where the companion started having to think ‘out of the box’? (Hint: certainly.) What medical conditions could impact a cat's litter tray usage? (Hint: many.)

Learning Objectives 

Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of what cats prefer when it comes to litter boxes.
  • Establish a process for identifying and resolving common litter box problems.
  • Gain an overview of medical conditions that must be ruled out when tackling house soiling problems in cats

      About The Presenter

      Dr Jen Nesbitt-Hawes graduated as a veterinarian from Sydney University in 2001 with a strong interest in animal behaviour. She completed the CVE course in Veterinary Behaviour in 2003. A brief detour to Africa led her to complete a Masters in wildlife medicine. Her thesis involved catching urine and faeces from released captive orangutans in Sumatra (where she quickly discovered that it’s not the orangutan you are watching who is most likely to be aiming in your general direction). 

      Dr Jen returned to Australia to work in general practice, mainly with small animals, and susscessfully gained Membership of the ANZCVS Veterinary Behaviour Chapter in 2014. She served as Chapter President from 2016 to 2018. 

      Dr Jen currently runs Pet Perspective- a Veterinary Behaviour practice focusing on behaviour education. She has been involved with: 
      presenting online for the Australian Veterinary Behaviour Interest Group.
      moderating a Facebook page for veterinarians interested in behaviour. 
      running reactive dog classes on the Central Coast of NSW. 


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