Easy Ways for Litter Training Your Cat
Because cats are such clean and tidy animals, many cats start litter training themselves using the litter tray as if by magic. Cats gravitate toward sandy areas to relieve themselves, and they like to bury their feces instead of leaving them in plain sight.
Sometimes, however, a kitten will have missed out on the memo and begin to leave his or her feces all over the house. Also, sometimes a fully grown cat will mysteriously forget all about his formerly angelic behavior and start neglecting the litter tray much to his or her owner’s dismay.
How can you get them back on the straight and narrow path toward using the litter tray again or begin them on the road if they haven’t yet learned? Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
For optimal litter training, place your litter tray up against a wall in a quiet, out of the way location. Much like you and me, cats like privacy when using the toilet. Corners are excellent spots. Make sure that the litter tray is not too near the cat’s food and water bowls.
Show your kitty where the litter box is and make sure he or she is thoroughly aware of its existence and that it is relatively close, but not too close, to other spots in which he or she likes to hang out.
Most likely, he or she will begin to dig into the litter instinctively. If not, gently take her little paw and simulate a scratching motion at the sand with it.
Try scraping into the fresh litter with your own fingers, and play with your kitten and the litter for a few minutes to help him or her get the idea.
When he or she uses the litter tray for the first time, make sure to shower heaping amounts of lavish appreciation on your kitten.
There is nothing like positive reinforcement to instill good behavior – even in a cat.
If he or she doesn’t start using it right away, don’t get angry. Punishing your kitten for not using the litter tray will only make him or her afraid of it.
Keep passively encouraging use of the litter tray by continuing to place your kitten inside of it at regular intervals. Eventually your cat will catch on.
If he or she does defecate outside of the box, use a dustpan or a plastic bag to pick up the feces and place them inside the litter tray.
Cats are intuitive little things and often this is the only action necessary for them to get the hint.
Don’t make a big deal out of it, just leave the feces in the litter tray for a little while and see what your cat does.
Cats are picky creatures. If their litter tray is not cleaned faithfully, at least daily, they can take that to mean that no one really cares where they do it.
Send the right signal to your pet by keeping her area clean and his litter tray fresh. You should also try not to change brands of litter too often.
It’s hard to teach an old cat new tricks, and cats tend to treat new kitty litters with an upturned nose.
If he or she was doing great until you changed kitty litter brands, try changing back and see if he or she doesn’t gravitate back to the litter tray.