HOW TO TRAIN A CAT TO USE THE LITTER BOX

HOW TO TRAIN A CAT TO USE THE LITTER BOX

Contrary to popular belief, you can train a cat to do several things, and one the first things cat owners should train their felines to do is to use the litter box. Most cats from a young age learn to their mothers to use a litter box, but if you’re adopting a cat, you will have to deal with the fact that she doesn’t know how to use one. Understandably, this is a fairly serious problem, but it is fixable since most cats have a strong instinct to bury the evidence after doing the deed. Here are a few simple steps that can help you litter train your kitty with minimal hassle.

Supplies you will need

Before you begin the training, here are the supplies you will need:

  • Litter boxes: You will need more than one litter box, especially if this is the first cat you will be training.
  • Kitty litter: There are different options here, but the preferred choice among cat owners is an unscented clumping litter.
  • Treats and toys: Cats need lots of motivation when it comes to getting trained, and you can help your feline create a positive association with the litter box by giving her treats and toys.

Steps to litter train your cat

Follow these steps to help get your cat on the right path:

  1. Choose the right boxes

Most people buy boxes that are too small for their cat, making it difficult for their pet to eliminate. A rule of thumb for choosing the right litter boxes is to make sure that they’re at least one and a half times her length. Most cat owners find it hard deciding whether to choose an uncovered or covered box since they both have their pros and cons, so it’s best to give your pet a choice in the beginning to see what she prefers.

  1. Find the right litter

Again, many cats have their preference when it comes to scented or unscented and clumping or non-clumping litters. However, most scented litters tend to irritate some cats or trigger an allergic reaction. There are different types of litter to consider but what ultimately matter is keeping it clean as a dirty litter is one of the common causes of cats eliminating outside.

  1. Show her the boxes

When you purchase the boxes, find a good location that’s accessible and convenient. The place should also be quiet so your cat won’t feel disturbed when it’s time to do her business. After that, show her the boxes by setting her into it so she can sniff and examine them.

  1. Introduce her to the boxes

The next step is to play with your feline near the boxes since most cats tend to eliminate after playing and running around. It also helps to learn her schedules so you can pick her up and put her in her litter box when you think she’s most likely to relieve herself.

  1. Reward with treats

Praise and reward your cat with treats whenever you notice her using it.

 

Wrap-up

Make sure you scoop out solid and clumped-liquid wastes on a daily basis to eliminate the dreaded “cat smell” from your home and to make using the box a pleasant experience for your pet. Additionally, never yell at your cat your cat if you notice inappropriate elimination as this will just frighten her and possibly cause her to associate the litter box with punishments.