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Training Your Cat To Use The Litter Box

Updated on January 6, 2017

Cats know what they like

Cats by nature will more often than not use a litter box all without a lot of prompting. Cats are quite fastidious about keeping themselves neat and clean, so instinctively they will want to make going to the bathroom a naturally efficient process. However in some cases you may still need to give your ball of fur a few pointers in the litter box department. The sooner you begin teaching your cat to use the litter box the happier you will be.

Cat in a box
Cat in a box

Litter Box Training Tips

Choosing a litter box- So many different styles of litter boxes to pick from. A good quality litter box is imperative if you want to have a clean, smell free area. There are automatic (self-cleaning) litter boxes, boxes with hoods, round or square. You decide what box is best for you and your cats needs. You want to make sure you get the right size so your cat is able to get in and out of the box with ease, or you may have a mess to clean up. Which brings me to my next tip.

Choosing a location- Depending on the box you have chosen, it is solely up to you where you put that litter box. It would be customary to put in an area that is quiet, so your cat has some privacy utilizing the new litter box without interruption. Steer clear of any food areas, a cat will not go where its food is present. Make it easy for your cat to use the litter box, hiding it, or putting out of the way in a confined area may make it difficult for your cat to use. If the box is readily available, the transition should be seamless.

Choosing a cat litter- There are so many cat litter products to choose from. Clay, fine-grained, soil, even corn, it is going to be solely up to you and your cat what functions best. Once you find what cat litter is best for your cat, stick with it, Most cats do not like change. They will let you know by going outside of the box. For example you may like a scented litter, while your cat will reject it. So it will be a process between you and your cat to choose the perfect litter. One thing to remember, always keep the box clean, or your cat is going to leave you a lovely present elsewhere. Cats do not like a dirty litter box. Adding a box of baking soda to the litter box will help eliminate orders.

And now is the time to introduce your cat to the litter box. If you have a kitten or a rescue who is use to going outdoors you will have to do a little more work. Put your cat or kitten in the litter box, this usually works better if you do this about 30 minutes after you feed your cat. Stand aside and let the cat explore the box. You may have to repeat the process several times. An older cat may not need as much attention as a smaller kitten. But there may be accidents, so be prepared for those. Cleaning solutions can be found at your pet store, or wherever you buy your pet supplies. Always use gentle reinforcements. Yelling and hitting will NOT make your cat go in the litter box. If you have time and patience your cat should be going in the litter box in no time at all.


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