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How to Get Your Cat to Use The Litter Box

Updated on April 29, 2016
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Cats are much easier to teach where to eliminate than dogs are. Usually just taking your cat to the litter box after meals and showing her (or him) is enough. However, if your cat is not using the litter box correctly, there are a few things that you can do to change that.

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Keep the litter box clean

One of the most important things is the cleanness of the litter box. Cats are very clean animals and they tend not to use the litter box if they think it is dirty. For some cats, you can clean it once a day, but for the most rigorous, it is necessary to clean it after every use. Once in a week you should clean it completely. Wash with water and change the litter. Do not use products with strong smell.

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Put it in a "safe" place

Cats will be much more likely to proper use the litter box if it is located in a calm and silent place. Do not put it next to the food and water either. Some cats will not use it in the same place they eat. Put it in a reserved place where mostly only the cat goes.

Use one box for each cat

The same way they do not like to use it when it is dirty, cats tend not to like to share their box with others. So, if you have more than a cat, use one box for each of them.

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Make it easy to access

Maybe your cat is very old or very young. If the box is hard to access, they will just go elsewhere. Make sure your cat can easily access the litter box.

These are the most common mistakes people make when trying to teach their cat to use the litter box.

If you ruled all these out and it is still not working, make sure that your cat is in good health. Take him to a veterinary for a checkup and ask for more advices.

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